In a country with a population of roughly 326 million people, the United States is home to an estimated 90 million dogs. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder more bars and restaurants are opening their patios and welcoming in customers of the two and four-legged variety.
The good news for both residents and visitors to Buffalo: The Queen City is teeming with spots to dine with your fur-baby.
“We try to have a place for everybody,” says Melissa Gardner, owner of Five Points Bakery and Café on the city’s Westside. “There are a lot of people who walk their dogs in Buffalo, and allowing them to eat here just makes sense. [The dogs] are viable customers too.”
That’s music to the ears of dog owners like Matt Bannister, who enjoys taking his two-year-old black lab/greyhound mix Noia out with him — but it isn’t always easy to find a place that welcomes four-legged patrons. “If I can take her for a walk in town, and stop for a drink or something to eat with her, that would make the experience all the better,” he says.
That’s music to the ears of dog owners like Matt Bannister, who enjoys taking his two-year-old black lab/greyhound mix Noia out with him — but it isn’t always easy to find a place that welcomes four-legged patrons.
“If I can take her for a walk in town, and stop for a drink or something to eat with her, that would make the experience all the better,” he says.
Bannister says he’s never had an issue with talking his dog out (Noia has even been to see live music at a sports bar), but it comes down to pet owners knowing their dog and making informed decisions. “The pet owners I know are really responsible, and as long as people use common sense, I don’t think it is an issue,” he says.
Hydraulic Hearth on Swan Street in Buffalo’s Larkin District has welcomed dogs to their patio since the law allowing pets was passed in 2015, and owner Harry Zemsky says he sees, “a dog or two every day” joining their owners for drinks and a bite to eat. So they’re taking it a step further in June and turning their Beer Garden over to the dogs — at least for a few hours.
“We are having what we are calling a puppy happy hour in June,” he says. “We are partnering with an app called BarkHappy, and we are going to host it in our Beer Garden.”
And that’s not the only way to sip local brews with your pup this summer: On August 12, Resurgence Brewery is hosting a Barks @ the Brewery event with Buffalo Barkery.
Out and about with your pup this summer? Check out these dog-friendly eateries.
Five Points Bakery
44 Brayton St.; 884-8888
Plenty of outdoor seating at this unique Westside bakery. Enjoy an order of their exotic toasts made from breads baked in-house daily while your pooch relaxes on the patio. And for those hearty Buffalonians who scoff at winter, the patio is open year-round. Perfect for your next walk.
“I’ve never had any complaints about having dogs out there,” owner Melissa Gardner says. “I think it has been a really positive experience for everyone.”
1250 Niagara St.; 381-9868
Set back from the road, the outdoor seating at Resurgence is ideal for a first-time doggie diner. Partake in a game of corn hole while your pup relaxes, and sample one of Resurgence’s tasty craft beers. The brewery is also hosting a Barks @ the Brewery event in with the Buffalo Barkery on August 12, where pups can snack on sweet treats from the barkery while their humans can sip on more than a dozen brews.
716 Swan St.; 248-2216
Hydraulic Hearth may be best known for its brick oven pizza, but it’s also another of Buffalo’s dog-friendly eateries. Not only is your four-legged friend welcome on the patio seven days a week, but Hydraulic Hearth is holding a “Puppy Happy Hour” on June 14. Bring your well-behaved dog, enjoy a beverage or two, some tasty pizza and dog-gone good deals.
307 Bryant St.; 881-7592
Relax on the patio, enjoy a taste of Italy, and best of all, if your pooch gets thirsty, the café provides plenty of cool water and a dog bowl, ensuring both owner and dog stay well hydrated.
1104 Elmwood Ave.; 886-1449
A meeting spot for generations of Buffalonians now includes your furry friend. In addition to plentiful beers, great wings, and a delicious pub menu, the bustling small patio is a great spot to sit and keep tabs on all the new projects going on in the Village. Given its location in a busy section of Elmwood Avenue, the patio at Coles may be best suited for the most relaxed dogs out there, as there’s a lot of distractions to take in.
Deep South Taco
291 Ellicott St.; 235-8464
Deep South boasts a big patio that welcomes well-behaved pooches on a leash. Though known for their cocktails, they’ll gladly bring your pup a bowl of water to keep cool while you snack on authentic Mexican fare.
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