dog happy hour

 Let’s get this out of the way first: No, it is not suddenly okay for dogs to consume alcohol.


It is, however, suddenly okay to bring your dog to happy hour while you imbibe in a few adult beverages.


We’ve been seeing a lot of “Doggy Happy Hours” pop up around the country and we like where this trend is going. We are fans of multi-tasking and bringing our dog to Happy Hour means that our pup can get some much needed socialization time while mama gets some much needed drinking time. Life has never made so much sense.


The best part is that most of the places hosting Doggy Happy Hours don’t just allow you to bring your dog – they make your dog feel completely at home and create a special menu just for them.


Union Pub, Washington, D.C.: Their patio is dog-friendly year round, but this summer they launched a new program called “Pooches on the Patio.” Every Saturday from noon-4 p.m. the dogs get treats and water, while their human counterparts get clever dog-themed goodies like miniature corn dogs, Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat, and Dogtail Vineyards red and white wines. The best part? A portion of the proceeds goes to animal charities.


Rumor, Las Vegas, NV: Now your dog can have the opportunity to learn that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. At Rumor, a hotel a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, people and their dogs are allowed to hang out for a big gathering in the courtyard. There are often over 150 people and you and your pup are allowed to run around leash-free. “Yappy Hour” is every third Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m. and the $10 admission includes a drink and a gift bag filled with doggy treats. Part of the proceeds also go to the Animal Foundation, a shelter in Las Vegas.


W San Diego’s Kelvin Patio, San Diego, CA: The W Hotels’ weekly happy hour is every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 and they offer $5 human apps and dog treats, as well as drink specials for both you and your dog. Your puppy gets to choose from grilled beef tips with gravy over rice, grilled hot dogs, soup bones, homemade dog biscuits and doggie ice cream. To drink? Bowls of bottled water, because your dog is special like that.