Where to Go Drinking with your Dog on the Upper West Side

Upper West Siders love their dogs! We have one of the highest populations of dogs in NYC, and you cannot walk down any street without passing by a furry friend. Many people struggle with determining which local restaurants and stores are pet friendly, so here are some dog friendly spots on the UWS!

The Boat Basin Cafe

79th Street in Riverside Park

Enjoy the breeze off the Hudson River and relax with refreshing cocktails and pub food at this popular outdoor drinking spot. The beautiful views and open atmosphere make it a perfect place to enjoy some time with some friends-and your furry companion! This is one of my favorite places drink outside in NYC.

The Boat Basin Cafe typically opens in late March, and stays open through the end of October.

Dog Friendly Spots on the UWS


Fred’s Restaurant

476 Amsterdam Ave

Dog obsessed? This popular Upper West Side brunch place is for you! Fred’s is named after an adorable black Labrador Retriever who was bred and trained by Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This family-oriented restaurant is covered with pictures of dogs and is a local favorite for brunch. Sit outside and you can have your dog at the table with you rather than tied up on the sidewalk. Or bring your dog to the bar! Try Fred’s mac and cheese!

spring on the upper west side

photo courtesy of Sarah W.


Pier i Café

Riverside Park South (at 70th)

Looking for a beautiful place to enjoy the sunsets? Look no further than Pier i Café, which is an outdoor venue with live music, incredible views over the Hudson, and room for your pooch too! This is a perfect place to come relax after work or into the evening with a good selection of food and drinks.

Pier i Cafe will open on May 1st, and stay open until mid-October (weather permitting).

Dog Friendly Spots on the UWS


Ellington in the Park 

West 105th in Riverside Park 

Conveniently located right by the 105th Street dog run, this two-level outdoor eatery is a great place for humans and dogs alike. The upstairs level features waiter service, with a full bar and live music in the lower level.

They’ll be open in April and will stay open through October!

dog friendly upper west side

photo via Pinterest

There are many restaurants on the Upper West Side with outdoor seating that will let you bring your dogs. Many stores on the UWS also allow your pets to come inside with you as long as they are leashed. Some even put out water bowls and treats (like Chase Bank).

Enjoy this weather and don’t worry about leaving your pup behind! Hit up local cafes, restaurants and parks, and let us know which you find to be most dog-friendly!

Dog Friendly Spots on the UWS

See you soon, friends!

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