Hot Diggity Dog Bars

In Do, March 2021, Web Exclusive by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Raise your hand if you got a pup during quarantine. We know, there’s a lot of you—during the pandemic, dog adoptions and sales soared (because what better way to entertain yourself during quarantine?!) Just in time for you to show off your new pooch to the world (and finally get out of the house), two new dog bar concepts have already been announced in Raleigh this year. 

And, no, we don’t mean places where your beloved Fido can guzzle down a beer—but rather parks and grooming and boarding spots where you can let your doggo(s) off-leash and enjoy a round or two yourself. Here, we do a deep-dive into all the “utlimutt” dog-friendly sip spots bowing around town, plus a roundup of places to pamper your pooch post-play sesh.

CityPlat dog park and outdoor bar

Photo by Leo Suarez |

Commercial real estate agency CityPlat was the first to announce its dog bar concept in late February. The agency’s fun new digs were proposed for the triangle-shaped lot at 504 Hillsborough St. (where Edenton merges with Hillsborough), which has been relegated to parking-lot use for several years. The dog park and outdoor bar will feature drinks—think coffee and beer—served out of shipping containers; retail; and a large play area for dogs to roam. “Picture an open and welcoming community-focused space for dog owners and dog lovers alike to connect and play fetch right in the heart of the city,” said Gaurav “G” Patel, senior advisor for CityPlat, in a LinkedIn post last month. An opening date has yet to be shared, but we sure can’t wait to hit up this “pawsome” spot once it’s unveiled. 

West Street Dog

Triangle Business Journal revealed plans for a new full-service grooming and boarding spot that’s reportedly opening at 400 N. West St. (the former Still Life nightclub location) near Smoky Hollow this summer. The 7,000-square-foot concept is the brainchild of commercial real estate attorney Grey Littlewood, who’s working with GoDog pet hospitality business owner Ben Eberdt and Raleigh-based Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa’s Tom Rhoads to bring his vision to life. West Street Dog will be a place where both pet owners and their fur-children can lap up some social time. During the daytime, says Littlewood, owners will be able to drop their pups off for daycare and grab a coffee to-go, while on nights and weekends, the space will “convert to an off-leash social place for dogs and their owners with a full bar.” It’ll truly be the best of both worlds. Cheers to that!

Spoil Your Pooch

While you wait for these dog bars to open, Fido could use some fur-bulous self-love. Treat your pup at one of these luxe local dog spas and groomers—they’ll be the most pup-ular (and good-looking) pooches at the park.


Recently opened in Apex, this wellness-focused grooming concept ensures your doggo is clean, healthy and happy with a six-point wellness check that ensures everything from Fido’s teeth to his skin to his glands are in good shape. Scenthound offers essential services (baths, ear cleaning, nail clipping, teeth brushing), blowouts (yeah, your dog can get them too) and haircuts. After a visit, your pup might look better than you…

Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa

Even Fido could use a staycation. Drop your pooch off at doggy daycare, where he/she’s sure to make some furry friends with Suite Paws’ outdoor play yard, structured play activities—and even pool time! (You may find yourself saying to your pup, “Trade lives with me.”) Pet spa services like breed-specific grooms, shave downs, baths, deshedding, nail trims and nail grinds are offered as well.

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming

Woof there it is! If your pooch is in need of some pampering (um, always!), Woof Gang is dedicated to giving your pet the best of the best with VIP treatments like salon-style grooming, baths, nail trimming, ear cleaning and more. Woof Gang also features premium, all-natural foods, health products, treats,  to name a few—plus homemade Fido-friendly cookies. All good boys (and girls!) deserve one.

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