Having a night out on the town? Celebrating a new raise? Toasting to the new year? Whatever your reason is for heading out this weekend, you don’t need to leave your furry companion lonely at home anymore – there are tons of dog friendly bars, breweries, and beer gardens right here in Orange County that you can go to. Not only that, they have delicious, ice cold beers that are sure to quench your craving.
Here are our top picks for locations that welcome humans and dogs alike. Many of these local favorites not only serve refreshing beverages, but snacks to munch on as well. Remember to drink responsibly and be courteous to other customers by keeping an eye on your dog.
Inspired by the Old West, Gunwhale Ales aspires to preserve the art of European farmhouse brewing. They serve signature “coastal ales” that reflect the wilderness of early California. Bring your drinks to the outside patio, so you both you and your dog can appreciate the fresh air.
There is beauty in the simplicity of Bootlegger’s Brewery. Located in Downtown Fullerton, there are tons of options for food and entertainment surrounding Bootlegger’s Brewery if you want to explore. You can situate yourself on one of the many picnic tables in the large outdoor area for you to chill with your dog after you grab your drink at the garage-style beer bar.
All-American Aleworks – Anaheim, CA
Tucked away in a suburban business complex, All-American Aleworks has the perfect solution to a long day at the office. The brewery prides itself on serving classic American-style ales and lagers to Orange County locals. Big plus: veterans receive discounts at this patriotic brewing experience and dogs are more than welcome.
This family owned brewery is exactly what it sounds like – a family owned brewery with four sons. Stop by for an all-natural beer in their taproom or try some of the culinary creations offered from the food trucks right outside. The location itself is spacious and open, perfect for friends, family, and most importantly, dogs.
Board & Brew in Tustin, CA has yummy sandwiches and crisp beers… what more could you ask for? Make sure you feed your dog before you head out or bring some extra treats since the both of you will be drooling over the amazing food. For tips on dining with your dog, you can check out this article from Trips with Pets. It gives great insight on what to bring and how to feed your pet in public.
Embrace your inner child at Unsung Brewing Company. The brewery owners were hugely influenced by superheroes like Batman and the Hulk, hence the giant comic book posters on the walls. Even their wide selection of beers, ranging from IPAs, stouts, reds, etc, are named after animated characters.The decor takes a minimalist approach, so no need to worry about your pup trampling over anything. Outside, there also a few tables and benches for the two of you to lounge about or you can head over to the Anaheim Packing District, which is only a block away.
If you’re looking to stay a little later and have a lot of fun, Chapman Crafted Beer is an excellent brewery for choice. You and your four-legged best friend can enjoy games like corn hole or ping pong. They also have Taco Tuesday Trivia Nights if you have a knack for remembering random facts. As for their beers, there is a selection of 8 or 9 beers every night and you can even order an entire (aptly named) 64 oz growler.
Stop by Legends Craft Brewery with your dog the next time you’re in Anaheim. They serve many fruity beers like their Heavenly Melons Belgian Wit and Strawberry IPA. If you’re taking your pup out on the weekends, it can become quite busy, so make sure he or she reacts well to crowded environments. Here’s a quick guide to grooming your dog’s bar patio etiquette from Andrew Warner if you’re concerned.
Downtown Santa Ana has definitely been become a hot spot in Orange County with all the new trendy bars and restaurants popping up on First and Fourth Street. Equipped with a full menu, furnished outdoor garden, and tons of beer and wine options, Dear Lacy fits right into the hip new vibe. There are also plenty of other restaurants and activities to check out in the area after you have your fill, so you can take your dog for a nice stroll, too!
Drop by one of Backstreet Brewery’s 3 locations in Irvine, Vista, and Anaheim, for a crisp beer after a long walk with your dog! Established in 1998, this brewery offers an assortment of beers, food trucks outside, and fun games for everyone. There’s plenty of seating inside and out – just attach your pet’s leash to a sturdy object to ensure nobody gets lost.
Spending time with your pet and going out for a drink with friends shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We can’t stress enough, however, how important it is to be extra responsible with your alcohol when you have your dog with you. Now that you’re barking up all the right breweries, you’ll want to maximize your fun and safety. For you and your pup to stay on your best behavior, check out this guide from Bier Kast. You can read what to expect at the breweries and how to prepare for them.
If you’re looking for more dog friendly activities in Orange County before you go bar hopping, here are just a few fun things you can do. In the event that something doesn’t go quite according to plan and your dog needs medical attention, Brookhurst Animal Medical Center is a local veterinary practice dedicated to treating your pet. We’re here for pet emergencies, regular checkups, or if you just want to stop by and say hi!