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Pet-Friendly New York City: A Date With Your Dog on the Lower East Side

Great dog-friendly bars and cafes on the Lower East Side.

After being home with pets 24/7 during lockdowns, it's harder than ever to leave your dog behind when you head out for a coffee or happy hour. On the Lower East Side and in the East Village, there are lots of dog-friendly places. Here's where to go.

Book Club

Did you ever want to curl up with a good book and a glass of wine somewhere other than your own home? Head to Book Club on East 3rd Street. This independent book shop doubles as a wine and beer bar as well as a coffee shop. There's ample outdoor seating out front and in the cozy backyard. Inside there's bar and cafe seating in the front and comfy armchairs in the back. Everything is dog-friendly, but your pup must stay on a leash at all times. Never leave your pup at home again when you go to peruse your favorite authors. 

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Dog With Books (©Hannah Grace)

La Contenta

The outdoor seating at La Contenta is the perfect place to get together with friends and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine. Don't leave the dog behind! The outdoor seating is dog-friendly as long as your furry friend stays on a leash. Stop by for happy hour when select cocktails are $11, beer is $6, and house red and white are $8. There are also a handful of food specials. Be sure to slip your dog a pet-friendly taste under the table.

Subject

Lower East Side locals know about the friendly staff and perfectly made cocktails at Subject on Suffolk Street. The cocktails are high caliber, but the ambiance is low-stress. Movies play on the projection screen in the back throughout service, and the colorful outdoor dining bungalows are dog-friendly. Bring your pooch for a cold drink after a play date at the Corlears Hook Dog Run. 

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Cocktails With Your Dog (©Tamara Bellis)

Von

Von has the feel of a haunted speakeasy. Bring your dog for extra protection from spirits while you enjoy frozen margaritas, negronis and other classics. If you're sitting outside, serves will come around and take orders so long as you're seated. Grab a group of 12 and enjoy a wine glass with one of Von's co-owners. It's far more than a class. It's an entertaining look into the world of wine full of music and humor.

Boris & Horton

No list of dog-friendly places would be complete without Boris & Horton. Dogs are allowed at all times, and Boris & Horton even have their own specially made treats to hand out to all the good boys and girls. All dogs must be fully vaccinated to enter, and the rules are similar to those at the dog park. Dogs are allowed off-leash, but owners must be responsible if their furry friends get too rowdy. It's a great space for dogs to be themselves and to socialize with other pups and people. There's a full menu of coffees, pastries, sandwiches, and even beer and wine for the humans. 

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Dog-Friendly Cafe (©Jojo Yuen)

d.b.a. East Village

d.b.a. East Village has long been a spot to grab a beer or a bourbon with your dog in toe. The curated beer selection and a long list of spirits keep the locals coming back with their pets and attract new customers all the time. Regulars have been known to celebrate their dog's birthdays at d.b.a. East Village, and there are special events throughout the week like trivia.