The “Paws” and Cons of Dogs at the Bar

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Dogs in America are more and more often considered family members these days, and folks like to bring their furry family members with them everywhere–often including the bar, if they’re allowed. Whether you choose to allow dogs on the premises is up to your region’s health codes, and then up to you. Consider these “paws” and cons of furry friends at the pub to help you choose the right fit for you.


Con: In some places, dogs violate health codes.

Before you welcome your friend’s Fido inside, find out your area’s regulations related to animals and food/beverage industry. In some regions of the U.S., health codes equate dogs with cockroaches. Elsewhere, dogs are allowed in outside areas, like sidewalk bars or patios. And still other places allow dogs indoors as long as the establishment does not serve food.


Con: Some pet parents are more responsible than others.

Exposing dogs to social situations, especially where alcohol is present, requires responsible pet ownership. If dogs are allowed in your business, you may need ground rules clearly posted (e.g., owners who leave dogs unattended will be asked to leave with the pet; loud dogs or dogs that misbehave will not be allowed, etc.). The privilege of bringing a dog into a social situation requires vigilant patrons to ensure the safety of other patrons, both human and dog.


Pro: Events for well-behaved, leashed dogs are popular with dog owners. It’s estimated that up to 47% of American households include dogs, so that’s a big happy demographic you’re serving.

Hosting a dog-friendly event is a simple, fun way to show your customers you care about their families. Inviting owners and their well-behaved dogs to enjoy happy hour specials and dog biscuits on your outdoor patio can be fun for everyone, and low overhead for you. Promote events like these on an app like TapHunter and on your website events list so that pet parents can find dog-friendly fun more easily.


Pro: Dog-friendly businesses develop customer loyalty in passionate pet owners who will be more likely to frequent places their furry family members are welcome. And they’ll tell their friends!

Promote your decision to be dog friendly, because customers with dogs are looking for businesses like yours more and more. Grow your loyal customers-with-dogs base by labeling your business as “welcoming well-behaved dogs” in print advertising and in your windows. Tag your business as “dog friendly” on TapHunter so users can easily find you for a night out with Fido!


Cheers to choosing what’s right for your business, whether you invite dogs in or not. Now you have a few “paws” and cons to help you decide.

*Please note:TapHunter does not condone giving alcohol to dogs.