Drinking with dogs: Lake Tahoe bars that welcome pets
Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to once again adventure on the lake and find new biking and hiking trails — and who’s going to be there for it all? Your dog, which also deserves to join you for those post-exploration drinks. As the craft brew scene continues to boom, bars are popping up around the lake: Here are the spots you can count on to welcome your pet.
Make sure your dog is on a leash before entering the following businesses — it’s common courtesy and we don’t want lost dogs (or any butt-sniffing).
Two South Shore breweries allow dogs inside their taprooms — Sidellis Lake Tahoe and South Lake Brewing Company. Both establishments feature picnic-style tables that contribute to the family-friendly settings and encourage both community and the opportunity to meet new people.
Play corn hole, settle in with board games and relax in the ambiance of two beer garden-type settings as your pooch makes new friends and doesn’t get FOMO from being left in the car while you indulge.
South Lake Tahoe also offers part-bar, part-restaurants where you can relax with your dog on an outdoor patio. Brother’s Bar & Grill is a great spot for those who want to catch the game, grab a beer and spend quality time with their dogs. The patio features picnic tables, a fire pit and an outdoor projector — and you can enjoy it all with your furry friend by your side.
McP’s Taphouse, located in Stateline, has over 40 beers on tap (along with wine and spirits) and welcomes dogs in the outdoor courtyard. Enjoy people-watching in one of the busiest areas of South Shore with a cold one and your dog at your feet.
Looking for less of a bar-type scene where you can take man’s best friend? Many restaurants near Heavenly Village welcome dogs on their outdoor patios, and Revive Coffee & Wine, a coffee house-turned-wine bar (that also has a small variety of beer) also invites your animals to hang out in the outdoor area with corn hole, a slackline and more.
One of the most well-known Tahoe breweries is found in Incline Village: Alibi Ale Works. This taproom opens its doors to patrons over the age of 21 — and their well-behaved dogs. Enjoy the establishment’s rotating craft brews at the bar, an indoor table or outdoors and let your dog socialize in this community-centered taproom.
All pups are allowed outside at Mellow Fellow, an all-ages restaurant and bar located in Truckee. The spot offers games, daily events and 40 on-tap brews, in addition to hard ciders, a selection of wines and both sandwiches and snacks. Bonus: If your dog is well-trained, it’s welcome inside the taproom.
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. has two locations: a pub in Tahoe City and a taproom in Truckee. And dogs are welcome at both. The brewpub features a dog-friendly outdoor patio and serves up American dishes in an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family. The taproom allows well-trained dogs indoors and is arguably the best spot to find the widest selection of the company’s drinks.
Places to grab a beer with your dog, and that have a more restaurant-type feel, include Moe’s Original Bar B Que (Tahoe City) and Austin’s Restaurant (Incline Village). Moe’s serves Alabama-style barbecue and has a dog-friendly patio complete with scenic views of the lake. At Austin’s you’ll find southern comfort food and a brand-new bar that features 10 beers on tap and more, in addition to an outdoor patio where your dog is welcome.
Learn more about each joint on its respective website.
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