By Julie Brigati
No need to feel guilty about leaving your four-legged friend at home. Several metro area restaurants cater to owners and canines alike with dog-friendly patios, happy hours and pet fare that far exceeds kibble and bits. Even dog yoga. Yes, read on.
Make sure to have a leash in tow and these restaurants will be happy to serve you and Fido.
• Art & Soul
The outdoor patio is open all day, everyday for dogs with discerning palates. The Pooch Patio Menu is replete with selections such as the non-alcoholic Bowser Beer crafted with a beef stock base, and a 6-ounce grilled steak.
• Jackson 20
Pups are welcome every Tuesday and Thursday in the courtyard from 5 to 8 p.m. at Alexandria's Hotel Monaco. For tonight's doggy happy hour, Jackson 20 is teaming up with Pure Prana Yoga Studio to offer a special dog yoga session at 6 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard. (Bring a mat and a nonretractable leash.) The class is free and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Stay tuned for more dog yoga dates.
• Park Hyatt Washington
On Wednesday, July 13, the Park Hyatt kicks off its Paws at the Park Happy Hour. Head to the hotel's outdoor grounds for a drink and a great cause. Twelve dollars buys you your choice of beer or wine, a biscuit for your pup, and benefits the Washington Animal Rescue League. Attendees will also be able to meet and potentially adopt dogs from the shelter. Upcoming happy hours will take place on July 13 at 6 p.m., Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 19. (Park Hyatt photo by Moshe Zusman.)
• Chef Geoff's on New Mexico Ave.
Patio dining is available for you and your furry companion at the uptown location of Chef Geoff's throughout the summer for lunch and dinner seatings. Complimentary bowls of fresh water await tableside.
• Hotel Helix
Helix Lounge hosts a "Doggy Happy Hour” every Wednesday night from 5 to 7 p.m. for social breeds, both human and canine. While you sip and snack, your pooch will be served fortified vitamin water and treats.
Julie Brigati is a Public Relations major at the University of Southern California. In both Los Angeles and her native DC, Julie enjoys uncovering the latest in fashion, art and food.