Mild temperatures, big backyards, comfy front porches, and plenty of pooch-friendly outings make Atlanta an excellent choice for dogs and their owners. In the ATL, more and more restaurants, bars, and shops are catering to man's best friend, giving dog parents reason to spend extra time with their pets. If your four-legged companion loves to socialize, shop, and romp, this guide to dog-friendly Atlanta will come in handy. Woof!
The Great Outdoors
Atlanta Beltline (Eastside Trail)
The first finished phase of Atlanta's famed Beltline project, the Eastside Trail provides three-miles of park space stretching from Midtown to Reynoldstown. Embrace nature in the city when you amble the Beltline with your furry friend by your side.
The Chattahoochee River
In Atlanta, there's no better spot to revel in nature than by the "Hooch" as it's called. Assuming 10,000 acres, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is dog-friendly as long as pooches are kept on leashes and owners clean up after them. Go-to trails include the 3.6-mile West Palisades Trail at Paces Mill Park (features shallow water for a swim) and the scenic Vickery Trail at Roswell Mill.
Piedmont Park Dog Park
Canines and their owners have tons of area to romp and play sans leash at this dog park in Midtown's Piedmont Park. It's equipped with separate plots for small dogs and large dogs, shaded areas, water faucets, and Dog Popsicles from King of Pops on weekends. After your play outing, grab a bite to eat at nearby Park Tavern, another dog-friendly place in Atlanta.
Atlanta Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Cafés
300 Marietta St NW
Get a taste of German culture at this beer garden in the Centennial Park District of Downtown Atlanta. Der Biergarten offers more than 20 German beers to guzzle with hearty German fare like spaetzle, schnitzel, and huge, doughy soft pretzels to sate your hunger. Hang out with your pooch on the lower level patio.
Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
650 North Ave NE
Caffeine fiends adore the lattes, espresso, and Chai tea at this cafe adjacent to Ponce City Market. Kick back in the screened-in space, sipping your Batdorf & Bronson coffee alongside your loyal pal.
454 Cherokee Ave SE
Tilapia tacos, Cuban sandwiches, and build-your-own burgers are just a sampling of the tasty choices at this dog-friendly restaurant in Grant Park. Known for its welcoming atmosphere, Dakota Blue invites all ages, including pooches on the patio, which is open when Mother Nature cooperates.
7 Kings Circle NY
This Peachtree Hills restaurant and bar features a screened-in patio for four-legged friends and a fantastic ambiance for pup parents. Treehouse Pub is a solid pick for drinks, light bites, and weekend brunch.
1077 Juniper St NE
Here, healthy salads have a place on the menu next to southern comfort food classics like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken and shrimp & grits. And at Einstein's, the outdoor dining space – rumored to be one of the best in Atlanta – buzzes with energy, so socialized dogs will love the vibe.
Lucky Burgers and Brew
A Golden Retriever named Lucky is the pup behind the name of the three dog-friendly Atlanta outposts cooking up juicy Certified Angus burgers. The "Poodle Chaser" – topped with brie, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard is a front runner, and the "Georgia Dawg Pounder" – served with a fried pimento cheese ball and spicy red pepper jelly – was voted best burger in Atlanta.
Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
After walking the East Beltline Trail with Fido, stop by this "basecamp for the urban explorer," as the website states. Fried sweet potato pie, pimento cheese fritters, and the Backyard BBQ Board – a spread of pulled pork, wings, Brunswick stew, Texas toast, and dill pickles – round out the campfire cooking-inspired menu, which changes almost daily. In good weather, opt for outdoor seating with your four-legged pal.
Highland Pet Supply
1186 N Highland Ave NE
A pet retailer, training center, and dog wash, this Virginia-Highland shop has been pleasing pooches and their discriminating parents since 1992. Expect well-stocked shelves, knowledgeable and helpful staff, and plenty of treats and toys to keep your pup happy while you shop.
The Whole Dog Market
With four locations in Metro Atlanta including Doguree – the flagship facility offering daycare, boarding, grooming, training, and a vet hospital – the Whole Dog Market is a pet food superstore selling a varied selection of healthful foods and treats.
Inman Park Pet Works
914 Austin Ave NE
No more stinky dogs! This pet food and supply shop is also a dog spa – a self-wash salon for bathing dogs with sweet-smelling spa products. The individual stainless-steel wash stations are hygienic, helping clean up even the dirtiest doggies.
Bark Fifth Avenue
3169 Maple Dr NE
If you're into chic four-legged fashions, then this Buckhead boutique is worth checking out. Shop exclusive designer clothing and luxury accessories such as dog bags, collars, beds, and bowls – many bejeweled and bedazzled – as well as gourmet treats and food, for the most discriminating dog owners who love to spoil their pets.