The 5 Most Dog-Friendly Places In New Orleans
While it's true that there are few things New Orleanians like more than our festivals, food, and football, there is one "f" that tops that list: our furry friends. Upon arriving in New Orleans, you'll notice there's a lot of them-- and what's more, we bring them everywhere. So if you're looking to get Fido out of the house, but don't want to sacrifice good food or atmosphere, here are my suggestions for where you and your pup should pop a squat during your visit to the Big Easy.
As the name suggests, The Bulldog is a place where not only is your pet welcome, but even encouraged. They have a huge selection of beer (50+ on tap and 100+ bottled) and your typical bar food like burgers and cheesy fries (albeit delicious). If you're looking for some cheap souvenirs (or need some new glasses for your apartment) check out their spacious patio area on Wednesday Pint Nights!
Bayou Beer Garden
A favorite of any good beer-drinking New Orleanian: Bayou Beer Garden is a must-see for any visitor, especially if you have your dog in tow. As the name suggests, they have plenty of outdoor seating and a lot of beer and delicious food (both of which are reasonably-priced). I personally love to spend fall nights like these at Bayou Beer Garden enjoying the unseasonably (for us) cool weather with a delicious stout with my porter-colored dog, Luna.
Bonus: More into grapes? Check out their sister restaurant next door: Bayou Wine Garden!
For some slightly fancier fare, check out Café Amelie in the Vieux Carre. This restaurant, which offers a contemporary take on traditional Louisiana favorites, has a romantic courtyard which is plush with greenery and a fountain. This French-inspired oasis is beautiful and peaceful, and what's more: they'll even allow your dog to partake in the fun.
Uptown, Mid-City, French Quarter
With a huge selection of brats and beers plus an outdoor patio dotted with string lights, both you and your pup can enjoy a night out and be in good company. The staff at Dat Dog has never failed to entertain and delight me, and the food is really reasonably priced as well as delicious. With three locations throughout the city (and now several outside of New Orleans) you're undoubtedly close to one like... right now. So go!
Bonus: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons the patio area hosts an art market that's definitely worth checking out!
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
Central Business District
Probably the most dog-friendly option of any other listed here, proclaiming proudly that “dogs are always welcome at Lucy’s”. With a Sur-Fur puppy menu, gratuitous bowls of crushed ice when it’s hot, and a great happy hour for the humans, it's a great “pitstop” if you're in the area and want a quick bite or tasty margarita on your way to the Quarter.
Note: Lucy’s is usually pretty busy and loud, so some dogs (like mine) might be a little displeased with an atmosphere that's otherwise a lot of fun for their human companions.