Columbia, SC

Dining with Dogs in Columbia

Ava Roxanne Stritt @SpaTravelGal

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Lilo enjoying her Publico Puppy PlateAlexis Stritt

While we have all been spending a lot of time this past year at home, so have our pups. Our dogs have gotten so used to us being around, that leaving them at home is painful for them. So, why not take them with you? As spring has arrived, that is what many in the Columbia, South Carolina region are doing just that now. They are dining with dogs in Columbia!

Here are a few of the top places that will cater to you and your dog when dining out with your pups this spring and when the dog days of summer arrive.

Publico Puppy Plates

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Dining with Dogs at PublicoAlexis Stritt

The #1 place to dine with your dog in Columbia is Publico Kitchen and Tap. Just one look at the lovely outdoor oasis and you can see it is perfect for treats for your favorite furry friend. They even have their own hashtag for your experience -  #TreatYoPup! 

This fresh, funk, and hip place will be fun for all, but dogs will especially enjoy the experience. Ask for bartender/server Alexis, who is a huge dog lover and see the treatment your pup will receive. Just take a look at their Puppy Plate menu and you can automatically see the authentic love they have for your pup.

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Frozen Aperol Spritz & Brussel Spouts at PublicoAva Roxanne Stritt

You can enjoy daily bar specials like a frozen Aperol Spritz, local craft beers and the freshest Latin-Asian inspired cuisine around. From tasty tacos to savory salads and so much more, they have it all. No matter what you’re in the mood for, we know you won’t be disappointed! Don’t miss their bunch for a special day. 

Note: Proceeds from Publico’s Puppy Plates go to SQ Rescue, Inc. a nonprofit organization that has been helping find loving homes for abandoned and abused animals for over 20 years. If your canine can’t quite get enough or would rather stay at home, please inquire about their to-go quarts of food. Sizes - Taco (Dogs under 25 lbs), Burrito (Dogs 25 to 50 lbs) or Whole Enchilada (Big Boys and Girls). You can even add Sweet Pumpkin Biscuits with Blueberry Yogurt Frosting for their dessert or treat. 

Jake’s on Devine

Another good choice to spend some quality time with your dog is Jake’s on Devine. It is definitely a good place to go have a beer and hang with friends both 2-legged and 4-legged freinds with fur or without on the back deck. They offer #YappyHour with drink specials. 

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at the Hanger

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at the Hanger is located in the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar, near downtown Columbia. The menu features various bar snacks and handcrafted pizzas, in addition to their brews on tap, and also specialty cocktails. They have a large outdoor area that is extremely good for giving your dogs a brisk walk. Also you can watch the planes take off from their rooftop sitting area. 

Savage Brewery 

New on the dog friendly scene is Savage Craft Ale Works. Their massive world class venue is now a community hub for West Columbia. Through leading-edge brewing styles, their team of veterans brings first responders, military and civilians together to share a beer that nourishes a spirit of curiosity and collaboration. Savage Craft has a Dog-Friendly Biergarten. This new modern facility will delight you both for sure! 

While You are Out SHOP

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Doc Enjoying His Day OutMorgan Stritt

While you are out dining with you in Columbia, there are many other places that will be welcoming to you both. Yes you can shop with your dog in Columbia, SC too! Check them out:

Mast General Store has been serving shoppers since 1883 and it is still a favorite today. Find clothing, outdoor adventure gear for more dog friendly days and of course, nostalgic barrels of colorful candy at this popular dog-friendly store. Don’t be surprised if a staff member presents your pup with a treat.

A favorite of everyone is Soda City on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each weekend. Here one can shop at 100s of  vendors up and down Main Street Columbia. Find many locally handmade items - PLUS some of the best food in town. All types of music usually fill the street. Recently, there was a young man (under 10) with his violin (or fiddler if you like) in the middle of the street filling the air with his amazing sound. If you want to support local, Soda City is the place to be with your pup. 

Explore with your Pup

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Lily & Ellie hiking at Congaree National ParkAva Roxanne Stritt

HIKE at a national park with your four-footed pal. South Carolina is home to an extremely interesting and unique national park.

At Congaree National Park, 26,000 acres of tall tree-filled trails await. The natural nature of the lovely trails and lots of wildlife (smells) will peak the interest of your dog and yourself. It will appeal to all. Also their trails are easy to navigate and walk as many are raised up. Do not miss this local national nature treasure. 

No matter where you go, take those dogs out for the day and enjoy your community. 

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