13 Dog Friendly Spots In Atlanta
Mary Jackson, Cook & James
Welcome to Atlanta where the players play… with their dogs! According to Access Atlanta, A-town is one of the dog-friendliest cities in the US, and with over 60% of ITP residents owning a pooch or two, we couldn’t agree more. With the dog days of summer fast approaching, you’ll definitely want to check out our list of 13 dog-friendly ATL spots/events. If you’re just wanting to get outside with your four legged best friend, Atlanta has parks around the city. One of the most popular parks for dog owners is Piedmont Park, a 3-acre park located in the heart of Midtown. A relative newcomer on the dog scene is the Freedom Barkway, a 2-acre park in the Old Fourth Ward area of town with water stations for both people and their canine companions. Let’s not forget this ATL favorite- The Atlanta Beltline. This 2-mile long pathway winds through the heart of east Atlanta, passing scores of unique shops, restaurants, and boutiques. On a beautiful sunny day, the Beltline is the perfect place for dogs to strut their stuff. Aside from parks, there are plenty of other activities for pets and their humans to take advantage of like restaurants, pubs, coffee houses and even fur-friendly events around the city!
Restaurants & Bars
Lucky’s Burgers and Brew, with three Atlanta locations, is named after the owners’ golden retriever. Lucky’s was established “as a local watering hole for patrons and canine alike,” and they boast a menu of items named after a slew of different dog breeds, like the Memphis Bloodhound, the Chihuahua, the Poodle Chasher, the German Shepherd, and the Boxer.
Bellwoods Social House, is an upscale pub in midtown that has a “dog bar” where they serve fresh water and treats to their canine customers.
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall is right off of the BeltLine and offers craft cocktails, small snacks, and pooch-friendly patio. It’s the perfect stop in between Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market. Plus, a new green space out front called The Grove offers expanded space for you and your pup to enjoy the Georgia heat.
Park Tavern, Situated right on Piedmont Park, is the perfect spot to enjoy a bite to eat while overlooking the Atlanta skyline— all with your furry friend at your side. Sit outside and people watch in the park while enjoying everything from sushi to burgers.
Victory Sandwich Bar is a stop you’ll want to make if you’re looking for a trendy but laid back atmosphere. You can sip on a Jack and Coke slushie and pet your pup at the same time.
Dancing Goats in Old Forth Ward serves up espressos and single origin coffee on a trendy patio that’s perfect for working or lounging with a four-legged friend.
Braves - Bark in the park. Atlanta Braves are hosting Bark in the Park again this year, presented by WAG-A-LOT, on Sunday, May 20 at SunTrust Park! You and your dog can come cheer on the Braves as they take on the Miami Marlins at 1:35 p.m. You'll enjoy the game from the Xfinity Rooftop and every dog will receive a Braves leash to wear proudly around town!
Woofstock Atlanta. Mark your calendars for Woofstock! This dog friendly event will be held from 11am to 7pm Saturday/6pm Sunday on Sep 22, 2018 and Sep 23, 2018 at Smyrna Market Village in Smyrna. Admission is FREE.
5th Annual Run Your Happy Tails Off! 5k & 1-Mile Run. Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Run Your Happy Tails Off! 5k & 1-Mile Run! This dog friendly event will be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 23, 2018 at Newtown Park in Johns Creek. Admission is $15 - $30.
The Atlanta Preservation Center runs multiple walking tours through the city, most of which are dog-friendly. You and your pooch can visit Ponce De Leon Corridor, Grant Park or Westview Cemetery, and learn the history of the landmarks. Oakland Cemetery is another great historical site, housing the graves of numerous Atlanta celebrities.
Mosh with your mutt at Boxerstock, a dog-friendly music festival held in Marietta’s Jim Miller Park in October. Music and food trucks will keep pet parents happy, while dogs can play with Frisbees and learn new tricks.
For one day each December, the Atlanta Botanical Garden opens its doors to pups for the Reindog Parade, where pets and owners can show off their holiday duds.
Pups get the last lap at Piedmont Park’s Splish Splash Doggie Bash, where four-legged friends can take a dip before the pool closes for the season in October.