Just about the most frequently asked question of frequently asked questions for any business: is it dog-friendly?
It’s an important question and one that’s worth answering. In a country of 65 million, we own nine million dogs. That’s about one dog for every seven people, or, one dog for every four homes.
Our four-legged friends have been domesticated for roughly 33,000 years, and so you’d think in that time we’d just allow them to come everywhere with us, but sadly that isn’t the case. We know dogs aren’t allowed in everywhere because let’s be honest, they bark, steal food and require constant attention. But we’re not interested in where they can’t go, we want to know where they can go, so here’s our Essential List of where you can take mans-best-friend in Liverpool.
Let’s kick things off with an easy one. It hardly comes as a surprise to anyone that a company with the name BrewDog is dog-friendly. In fact, Brew Dog goes the extra mile, from 12 til 6 on a Sunday there is ‘yappy hour’ where dogs are offered a dog-friendly beer with treats.
It may also please you to know that the companies love of dogs extends to its staff. Any staff that buy a new puppy or old rescue are given a week’s ‘puppy parental leave’ for the dog to settle into their new surroundings without the owner being absent. Good on you, BrewDog.
This quaint little cafe is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Childwall and their Sunday brunch is immensely popular in the local area. They are situated conveniently near Calderstones Park and are only a short walk away. Dogs are allowed but obviously not in droves, so don’t go taking a full pack, but if you do choose to pop in with your pooch they will be offered a bowl of water while you have a truly terrific brunch.
There is nothing better than lazing on the couch with your best mate and watching a movie, so why not join the club. Literally! Barx Office is Liverpool’s first and only dog-friendly cinema club. They meet semi-regularly once a month to enjoy movies.
Unlimited treats, as well as tea and coffee for humans, are included in the ticket price so be sure to get your fill.
Salt Dog Slims
As the name suggests, this is another bar & restaurant that opens their doors to dogs. Located in the trendy Ropewalks District, Salt Dog Slims is a great place to hang with friends and enjoy some perfectly crafted hot dogs as well as some wickedly good – and immensely big – steins.
They’re open every weekend from 1.00pm so you can bring your dog during the day, but you’ll probably want to get off later on as it does get quite lively as the sun goes down.
When Liverpool’s first ever street-food market first opened its doors in the Cains Brewery, they made it clear that dogs are more than welcome. Even a quick browse through their Instagram page will show the wide range of canines they’ve had through their doors. They have an open food market every day as well as specific markets such as vegan or crafts on Sundays. All are dog welcome.
The food market can get quite packed so be careful if your pal isn’t too confident in large crowds.
Remember, this is only a short, and by no means full, list of dog-approved Liverpool jaunts, but there are so many others to choose from. Liverpool is an incredible dog-friendly city and most pubs and bars will welcome your little guy in. Have a browse through our Business page and be sure to like us on Facebook to get more Essential information.