5 Dog-Friendly Places to Get a Craft Beer in Los Angeles


Since 2014, well-behaved dogs have been allowed to dine in the outdoor areas of restaurants in Los Angeles (as long as it's okay with the proprietor), and they can even join customers inside some pubs and craft breweries. Here are some of the best pubs where your pooch is welcome. While giving dogs alcohol is a definite no-no, many pubs do provide water bowls and treats.

1. Angel City Brewery
Leashed dogs are welcome outside and next to tables inside this popular pub in Downtown L.A.'s Arts District. Angel City calls itself "the center of a revival for the city's artists, musicians, hustlers, and craftspeople"—and canines too, apparently. A rotating selection of Angel City beers is always on tap, including Lager, Salted Caramel Gose and, once a year, Avocado Ale (hey, this is L.A.). Food isn't served, but the parking lot is often filled with food trucks.

2. The Pub at Golden Road
While you enjoy cider, wine or one of the 20 beers on tap on this Atwater Village brewery's outdoor deck, your dog can feast on house-made dog biscuits. Plenty of water bowls are available around the deck in case you're not the only one who's thirsty. And if you're hungry, Golden Road serves international bar food like short rib tacos, Bavarian pretzels and deep-fried cheese wontons, as well as vegan dishes.

3. Monkish Brewing Company
Located about 20 miles south of downtown L.A. in Torrance, which is a hotbed for (dog-friendly) craft breweries, Monkish specializes in Belgian-style ales, which you can sample in its tasting room with your pup by your side. Smog City Brewing Company, just a five-minute walk away, is also dog friendly and, unlike Monkish, also serves IPAs.

4. Blue Dog Beer Tavern
You can pretty much tell by its name that this Sherman Oaks pub in a 70-year-old California bungalow is pooch friendly. There's a shady patio, water bowls and even burger patties for your dog on the menu. Although there's no brewery on site, over 60 brews are available, with a rotating selection of eight beers on tap. The Blue Dog also serves wine, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

5. Congregation Ale House
The dog-friendly Long Beach "chapter" of this Catholicism-themed local chain of gastropubs has 66 beers on tap and over 120 bottled beers, with names like Hop Communion and Dark of the Covenant. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunches are also served. Dogs are welcome to congregate on the outdoor patio.

Laura Goldman is a freelance writer and lifelong Angeleno. Check out her i Still Love Dogs blog and follow her on Twitter.

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