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Dog owners treat their furry friends like family, and they never miss an opportunity to bring them along on their adventures. After all, what better way is there to spend an evening or weekend grabbing a cold brew with your pup by your side? Luckily for Charlotteans, our city is one of the top pet-friendly places in the country — and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite local spots to inspire you.

Dog Bar

Want to let your pup roam free without taking them to a dog park? Dog Bar offers a similar experience, with dogs allowed to roam around freely in a safe, fenced-in environment. Complete with astroturf, a misting system and a shaded patio, this Charlotte favorite is perfect for pets and humans alike. This neighborhood hangout offers live music and an extensive list of brews and spirits — and best of all, it’s just minutes from Empire West End Towns.


Skiptown is Charlotte’s spot for pups and their people, with turfed indoor and outdoor play areas, sun, shade and water for dogs and cold brews for us. And if you’re looking for a great place to leave your dog for the day or the weekend, they also provide dog daycare and dog boarding. This state-of-the-art dog spot requires you to register your pet with their human-friendly app prior to visiting. Check out their monthly #SkipHomeWithMe adoption days to bring home a dog in need. Located in Charlotte’s South End, Skiptown is minutes from Empire West End Towns.

Bark in the Park

There’s nothing more exciting than a stadium filled with roaring fans enjoying a baseball game. Well, Bark in the Park at the Truist Fields offers all that and more. Bring your beloved furry friend to one of the last few events this month. You can purchase tickets and watch the Charlotte Knights in great company just minutes from Empire West End Towns.

Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte

Charlotte’s original dog bar, Lucky Dog Bark & Brew is the whole package, with indoor and outdoor yards, grooming, and boarding and daycare options. Let your pooch enjoy their services while you enjoy the unbeatable atmosphere and bar. Lucky Dog has three locations around Charlotte, including one just minutes from Empire West End Towns.

NoDa Brewing Company

NoDa Brewing Company opened their tap room in 2011, and has since become one of Charlotte’s most popular breweries for both people and pooches. This dog-friendly venue offers great beer and free tours. While you’re ordering yourself a drink at their outdoor bar, you can also scoop up some treats for your dog. They’ve created a four-legged friend patio haven complete with carabiners to hook up your pup and plenty of water bowls to keep them hydrated. Come check out their outdoor patio just minutes from Empire West End Towns.

Canine Café Charlotte

With a name like Canine Café, you’re sure to find some sweet treats for you and your pup in store. Located in the vibrant South End of Charlotte, Canine Café offers a wide range of raw and canned food, featuring either grain-free or grain-inclusive recipes. You’ll also find a selection of bones and chews, and durable toys to keep your dog happy. Next time you’re celebrating your dog’s birthday or adoption day be sure to pick up a “pawty-cake” or a dog beer to commemorate the occasion, just minutes from Empire West End Towns.

Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar and Ribs

A pet-friendly dining experience, fresh seafood, award-winning barbecue and true southern hospitality is what​ has made Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar and Ribs a local favorite for nearly 20 years. Enjoy a refreshing cold beverage with a plate of their Alaskan Snow Crab legs or slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork. With a wide range of menu items, there’s sure to be something for everyone. A short drive from Empire Kennington, their outdoor patio overlooks the lake so you can enjoy a beautiful view with your pup.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

At the U.S. National Whitewater Center, dog owners can share thrilling outdoor experiences with their furry companions. From scenic walks along designated trails to dog-friendly paddleboarding on the calm waters, there’s no shortage of activities to partake in. Dogs can also join their owners in relaxing by the riverbanks or attending outdoor events hosted by the center. With a range of pet-friendly amenities and the beautiful backdrop of the Whitewater Center, it’s an ideal destination to embrace the great outdoors alongside your canine friend. Plus, it’s just a short drive from our residents at Empire Camber Woods.

Mary Warner Mack Dog Park

Nestled within Anne Springs Close Greenway, the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park is a cherished haven for dogs and their owners. This well-maintained park located near Empire Massey features secure play areas, walking trails, and separate sections for large and small dogs, ensuring a safe and enjoyable off-leash experience. Named after Mary Warner Mack, the park promotes community and responsible pet ownership through events and amenities. It’s a vibrant space where dogs can play, exercise, and socialize, fostering the special bond between humans and their canine companions.


Need a humans-only night out? Charlotte’s brimming with great things to do and trendy new restaurants to try. Check out these places to put on your radar and local restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Images courtesy of: Jametlene Reskp (First Banner); Mia Anderson (Dog Bar); Skiptown LinkedIn (Skiptown); MILB – Charlotte Knights (Bark in the Park); Kyo H Nam (Lucky Dog Bark & Brew); Alvan Nee (NoDa Brewing Company); Jesper Brouwers (Canine Café); James Barker (Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar and Ribs).


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