5 Best Spots to Hang Out with Your Dog

For those who can’t stand the idea of leaving their dogs home alone on a beautiful day, these dog-friendly stores, restaurants and bars in the Pittsburgh area welcome humans and canines alike.

The author's dog at the park. Photos via Instagram

April showers bring…lots of mud. Too much mud to take your pup to any of Pittsburgh’s dog parks (unless you’re planning on bath time afterward). While dog parks and open fields may be best for getting out your good boy’s (or girl’s) energy, the dog-friendly spots below are perfect for low-key dog days out.


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White Whale Bookstore

4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield

Bloomfield indie bookstore White Whale opened in October 2016 as a place to connect books with book lovers. It’s across the street from a Starbucks and Paddy Cake Bakery if you need a coffee or a treat while you browse, plus it’s in the midst of Liberty Avenue’s shops and restaurants. The best part, of course, is that you’re more than welcome to bring your canine best friend to hang out with you while you debate buying Fred Rogers’ biography.


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4115 Butler St, Lawrenceville

For those who prefer to sip on beer instead of coffee, Bierport Tap Room and Bottle Shop has 19 beers on draft and a cool concrete floor that panting pups love to lie on. The basement bar is bring your own food — so grab a snack from any of the restaurants on Butler Street before heading over.