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Dog-friendly businesses guide for Richmond

Explore these dog-friendly businesses in Richmond that span from places to eat, drink, shop, exercise, swim, and stay the night.

Several groups of people sit under umbrellas at a cidery.

The Scott’s Addition patio at Buskey is pup-friendly.

Photo by Buskey Cider

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Round of a-paws, please. From private membership canine country clubs like Ruff Canine Club to spoiling your pup with royal treatments at The Berkeley Hotel, it only makes sense that Richmond ranks in Forbes’ Top 25 Best Cities for Dogs list.

Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery, hitting the night market, or just dining out, well bone appétit. Get ready to dig into this guide for dog-friendly businesses around the 804.

Pro tip: You can use BringFido to find more dog-friendly restaurants, pet-friendly hotels and events, too.

An overhead view of the patio at Hardywood Brewery

The outdoor beer garden at Hardywood is dog friendly.

Photo by Hardywood

🐾 Breweries

  • Three Notch’d Brewing Co., 2930 W. Broad St. | This RVA Collab House features 12 taps of beers brewed with other local restaurants, homebrewers, musicians and more — plus your dog can join outside.
  • Stone Brewing Taproom, 4300 Williamsburg Ave. | Indulge in seasonal beers, one-time releases, and archived vintages that come in bottles, kegs and growlers while your pup enjoys branded dog treats from their novelty items menu.
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2410 Ownby Ln. | Hang at their outdoor beer garden with your pooch by your side and try their vast selection of drafts.
  • Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Rd. | Another dog-friendly outdoor biergarten that shouldn’t be missed, this tasting room features 36+ beers, along with live music, food trucks and events.
  • Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh St. | Get your craft beer and charcuterie fix in the beer garden with water bowls and treats available for your fur-baby.
  • Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 3445 W. Cary St. | Why limit yourself when you can have beer, wine, cider and a chef’s dinner all in one place — although dogs are only allowed on the patio.
  • Isley Brewing Co., 1715 Summit Ave. | Sip on artisanal beers with your leashed, friendly pup both outside on the patio and inside the tasting room.
  • Legend Brewing Co., 321 W. 7th St. | Chow down on some of Richmond’s finest burgers and sandwiches with a cold brew on the spacious patio.
  • Triple Crossing Brewing Co., 113 S. Foushee St. | Hang out on the outside deck with a draught and savour the Neapolitan-style pizza — just make sure your pooch doesn’t get a whiff.
  • Väsen Brewing Co., 3331 W. Moore St. | Taste the rustic and funky flavors of beers crafted in honor of the brewery’s Scandinavian heritage and chill with your puppy at the same time.
  • Tabol Brewing, 704 Dawn St. | Bring your pup to jam to live music and throw back crisp lagers and pillowy pilsners topped with meringue-like foam both inside and on the outdoor deck.
  • Southern Railway Taphouse, 100 S. 14th St. | Choose from 40 beers on tap and a decked out menu of apps, burgers, tacos and pasta with canal views for you and Fido.
Several people sit at outdoor tables under white tents in front of a stone building.

Scott’s Addition has several pup-friendly spots.

Photo by Blue Bee Cider

🐾 Wineries + Cideries

  • Brambly Park, 1708 Belleville St. | Have a ball with your leashed dog on two acres of open grass and trees while sipping on fine wines, beers, and cocktails.
  • Buskey Hard Cider, 2910 W. Leigh St. | Try a crisp and clean cider made with 100% Virginia apples and hang with your pooch on the back patio.
  • Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Ave. | Paw-sitively cheesy. Take it easy at Virginia’s first urban cidery — home to Truckle Cheesemongers who specialize in grilled cheese and cheese boards — where the cider is made from rare and heirloom Virginia apples.

Even pups love taco Tuesdays at Casa del Barco.

Photo via Casa del Barco

🐾 Restaurants

  • Casa Del Barco, Locations vary | With three restaurants around Richmond, a culinary team who journey to Mexico to bring back the most authentic recipes, and 130+ tequilas available, you and your pooch will want to snag a spot on the patio before they’re gone.
  • Bottoms Up Pizza, 1700 Dock St. | A staple of Shockoe Bottom, this pizzeria has been making gourmet pizzas for 20+ years and welcomes you and the pup to dine in on the downstairs patio.
  • Julep’s New Southern Cuisine, 420 E. Grace St. | Enjoy the charming ambience of this upscale southern restaurant with your pooch on the front patio.
  • Max’s On Broad, 305 Brook Rd. | Take in the Art District with French cuisine and enjoy the view of Broad Street and Maggie Walker Plaza from the summer patio.
  • Oak & Apple, 1814 E. Main St. | Let’s not bark up the wrong apple tree — keep your dog well-behaved and satisfied on the patio with a rotating selection of dog treats while you enjoy meats straight off the Ole Hickory smoker.
  • Burger Bach, 3426 Cary St. | With carefully raised New Zealand beef and lamb, hand-cut fries made to order, and seafood that delights — like sautéed Prince Edward Island mussels — this gastropub invites you and the pup in to have a bite (or three) on the patio.
  • Ironclad Coffee Roasters, Locations vary | Try their craft-roasted coffees and layer cakes with plenty of outdoor seating at the Shockoe Bottom and West End locations.
  • Siné Irish Pub, 1327 E. Cary Rd. | Chill on the spacious and rustic outdoor patio in the heart of Shockoe Slip.
  • Sheppard Street Tavern, 2922 Park Ave. | Bring friendly dogs only to this patio in Museum District with daily food specials like $6 wing night and burger night.

Explore the Canal Walk and pop into Shockoe Slip shops.

Photo by RICtoday

🐾 Shopping centers

  • The Richmond Night Market, 100 N. 17th St. | Bring your leashed dogs to 17th Street Market every Saturday from 5-9 p.m. between April and December to explore and support Richmond’s art community.
  • River District Plaza, 1700 E. Main St. | Explore this shopping district along cobblestone streets with your well-behaved and leashed furry friends — just be sure to keep them outside of stores.
  • Riverfront Canal Walk, 139 Virginia St. | Walk the 1.25-mile trail that runs along the water with access points nearly every block from 5th Street to 17th Street.
  • Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Pkwy. | Shop ‘til you drop at this dog-friendly shopping center that allows pups in stores, as well as the dog park.

Book a dog-friendly stay at a Richmond hotel.

Photo by @ashleydcalkins on Instagram

🐾 Hotels

  • The Berkeley Hotel, 1200 E. Cary St. | Travel in luxury and bring your pampered pooch along — maximum weights of 50 lbs. They’ll receive a special dog bed and plenty of gifts for $100 per day.
  • Graduate Richmond, 301 W. Franklin St. | Enjoy this mod-meets-preppy indoor space with your pup for only $35 per night.
  • Quirk Hotel, 201 W. Broad St. | Immerse yourself in this charming hotel’s Italian Renaissance design with furry friends up to 70 lbs.
  • Linden Row Inn, 100 E. Franklin St. | Check in with the Pet Lover’s Rate and get special accommodations for your furry friend.
  • The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St. | Exquisite and fit for a king — no literally, the hotel has hosted a king, 13 presidents, foreign dignitaries, and even reptiles since opening in 1895 — you and up to two pups of any size are in for extraordinary experiences and rich history, with a side of afternoon tea for $50 per night.
  • Hilton Richmond Downtown, 501 E. Broad St. | Taste the history of Richmond in this hotel built in the historic former Miller & Rhoads department store with a pooch up to 50 lbs for $50 per night and provided dog bedding.
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott, 555 E. Canal St. | Bask in gorgeous views of the James River at this downtown hotel that won the 2021 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Hotel and allows pets up to 50 lbs for $75 per night.
  • Residence Inn, 14 S. 14th St. | Sleep in style at this modern hotel in the heart of Shockoe Slip and bring your pet along for $100 per night.
  • The Omni Richmond, 100 S. 12th St. | Surround yourself in both luxury and the colors and textures of River City at this hotel that breathes southern hospitality and allows dogs up to 25 lbs for a $150 cleaning fee per stay.
  • The Commonwealth, 901 Bank St. | Get to know stylish comfort in a landmark hotel that’s been around for 100+ years. It boasts tattoo art, furniture, artwork, and coffee from local artisans — and amenities for your up-to-40-lbs dog for $100 per stay.
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