Charlotte is the best when it comes to being dog friendly: There are a number of bars for dogs and dog owners, shops that allow your furry friend to come along for your next shopping excursion, and countless patios or parks for them to bask in the weather. Whether you’d like to contain your furry friend indoors, let her roam free outside, or even find one place with the functionality to do either; you’ve got options.
Picture this: Your dog is tiring themselves out in a fenced in environment, while you can relax with a beer, glass of wine or cocktail in hand. This NoDa hang out even offers a patio area with TVs.
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
Come meet a staff who is perfectly dog friendly and dedicated to the care and safety of canines. With 3 locations, a full-service bar, boarding, day care, bathing and the functionality to schedule these offerings online – Lucky Dog’s got your back (and your dog’s, too.) There is tons of space to choose from whether your dog wants to play inside or outside, and even some doggie playground equipment. Make sure you order one of their dog-themed cocktails.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Dogs must stay on their leash but the USNWC is still one of the top Charlotte dog friendly destinations.Your pup can adventure right next to their best friend’s side as you paddleboard, kayak, hike and more. This is a premier outdoor facility and will offer the perfect day out for you and your friend.
Catch some rays, have a beer and socialize your dog with other pups all at the same time on one of Charlotte’s many brewery patios. With around 25 different options that allow pups (like Triple C, Birdsong, and Town Brewing), you’ll have many to choose from and can even get some steps in by hopping between neighboring establishments.
Seoul Food Meat Co
Chill out with your bud while enjoying some Southern Korean BBQ at Seoul’s covered, fenced-in dog park complete with a sanitized turf. This would be a great way to have a craft beer or custom cocktail with your friends without having to leave the dog at home.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Tacos, margaritas and dog-friendliness? Say no more. Grab a lime and enjoy Babalu’s patio that wraps around the building.
Get away to Charlotte’s historic Dilworth and Myers Park centered on a seven-acre lake. Paved trails and athletic fields are available for optimal fun.
Frazier Dog Park
Experience Uptown in Third Ward with 1.3 acres of fenced space with a separate area for your smaller pup. Take advantage of the many paths to get out all of that extra energy. Cross through the shaded creek and admire trees hanging with hammocks full of neighborly nappers.
Mary Warner Mack Dog Park
Take your next canine adventure to the next level with a whopping 12 acres of enclosed space. This Fort Mill treasure is a perfect setting for dogs of all sizes to play.
As You Shop
Wrangle your favorite pal in order to treat yourselves at a dog-friendly bakery that has been serving Charlotte for over 20 years. Canine Cafe specializes in all-natural treats, celebratory cakes and pastries that are all made daily. Bones, chews, rawhide alternative, toys, CBD oil, accessories and even dog beers are all things you can happen upon in this vibrant, South End spot.
Sleepy Poet Antique Mall
You may not have known that one can appreciate 55,000 square feet of antique dreaminess with their furry companion by their side. From records to retro furniture, the Sleepy Poet is not only any antique lover’s new favorite spot, but also so well organized that there’s very little risk of anything being knocked over.
Need the perfect little gift or trinket for a friend but have your dog with you? No problem; this Dilworth gift shop has the paper goods and hand-picked books you’ve been wishing for. A tip from us: Don’t miss out on their canine-specific area for treats, mugs and novelties for dog-lovers.
Park Road Books
Peruse the shelves of Charlotte’s only independent bookstore that carries strictly new titles with your four-legged friend. Small but mighty, Park Road Books has been around since 1977 and definitely has that intimate, family feel that makes this bookstore so great.
Johnny Fly Co. NoDa
Shop eco-friendly sunglasses and chemical-free leather bags here with your pup. Right next door to Neighborhood Theatre, Johnny Fly Co. is located in Charlotte’s art district. That means you’ll get to see a variety of vibrant murals throughout the town as you walk your dog.