Want to go out for a few drinks but don’t want to leave your pup at home? Fortunately, there are several dog-friendly bars in Jersey City that will allow you to bring your pup along with you. According to New Jersey state law, establishments that serve food are generally not allowed to accept dogs inside the venue, unless it’s a service animal. Therefore most bars in Jersey City only allow dogs in their patios or outdoor spaces, although some (usually ones that don’t serve food) allow them inside too. Here’s a full list of the best places in Jersey City where you can bring your furry companion to join in the fun!
Golden Cicada is a popular local spot with a large outdoor area that allows dogs. In fact, this bar is so dog-friendly that it even has its own instagram to appreciate the local pups! Just check out @cicadapups to see some of the cutest dogs in Jersey City.
A great spot for summertime, Golden Cicada serves a decent selection of cocktails and a Mexican-inspired menu featuring guacamole, quesadillas, tacos and nachos. If you have a sweet tooth, their deep fried oreos are to die for.
Wurstbar is a fantastic sausage/beer spot with dog-friendly outdoor seating so you can dine outside with your pup. Happy Hour runs from 4pm to 7pm and includes $6 draft wines, $6 poutine, $3 fries, $5 cider and $5 lager. The staff are all dog-lovers, so your furry-friend will get lots of attention, and they’ll usually bring out dog bowls with water.
Only open during the summer season, Surf City is a huge open-air venue perched right on the water. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a sunset drink while looking out at the boats coming in and out of Liberty Landing Marina.
The entire establishment is dog-friendly, so your pup can soak up the summer vibes too! We’ve seen dogs of all sizes down here, although the website states that only dogs under 20lbs are welcome. With an artificial sand beach, a frozen-cocktail bar and a self-service food counter offering lobster rolls, Surf City is definitely the place to be in summer.
Located up on Newark Ave, Grace O’Malley’s is a dog-friendly Irish pub with affordable drinks and a casual vibe. The bar serves an extensive selection of whiskeys and classic pub fare such as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and pan roasted chicken.
Zeppelin Hall is a large European-style beer hall with spacious indoor and outdoor areas. Since dogs are allowed indoors and outdoors, it’s definitely one of the most dog friendly bars in Jersey City. In summer you can sit outside in the beer garden and listen to live music, while in the winter you can cozy up inside next to the fireplace.
Greene Hook doesn’t allow dogs inside, but this bar has plenty of outdoor seating where you can sit in the sun with your pooch. Obviously this isn’t ideal in winter time, but once the weather warms up it’s definitely a good option if you want to sit outside.
This bar offers one of the best Happy Hours in Jersey City, with half price oysters, $5 tacos, $6 wines and $4 Coors Light or Yuengling from 4pm to 6pm. Staff will usually supply dog bowls with water if you ask for it.
Hudson Hound doesn’t allow dogs inside, but they have several outdoor tables where you can sit outside with your dog. This British-style pub gets some decent sun exposure too, so if you want to enjoy the sunshine and tan while you drink, this is the spot for you.
Corgi Spirits Distillery
Like gin? Head on over to Corgi Spirits Distillery, which boasts a spacious indoor area as well as an outdoor patio that’s perfect for the summer months. Since Corgi Spirits doesn’t serve food, you can bring your dog inside to chill with you.
There’s a comfy living room area with sofas and a fireplace, which is closed off so you don’t have to worry about your dog escaping. The gin menu features seasonal gin cocktails, fever tree tonics and gin flights in case you want to try a few different flavors.
Located on the edge of town near Liberty State Park, 902 Brewing Co. is a 2,000 square foot, industrial-style space serving a wide selection of freshly brewed ales and lagers . Dogs are welcome in the taproom, and they’re also welcome on the roof deck, which offers beautiful views of Manhattan. 902 Brewing hosts regular events too, including live music nights, Halloween parties and other seasonal celebrations.
If you’re looking for somewhere to hang out with your dog indoors, check out Departed Soles – a brewery located in the center of town right in the heart of the Powerhouse Arts District. You’ll find a wide selection of beers and gluten-free beers on tap, including hazy IPAs, English-style ales, sours and lagers. All dogs are welcome, as long as they’re well-behaved and on a leash.
This seasonal bar boasts a spacious waterfront beer garden where you and your pooch can enjoy the summer sun. The drinks menu features beers, wine, mojitos, margaritas and cocktails, and there are regular food trucks should you start feeling peckish. With plenty of tables and grassy areas, it’s the perfect place to enjoy views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
Ed & Mary’s
Ed & Mary’s is a cozy neighborhood pub with a dog-friendly outdoor dining area. On the menu you’ll find American pub fare, craft cocktails and an extensive beer collection.
A Final Word…
So that completes our list of the best dog friendly bars in Jersey City! You may also want to check out our list of the best vets in Jersey City, the best dog parks in Jersey City and the best pet stores in Jersey City!