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A dog at Bender’s
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12 Dog-Friendly SF Bars and Restaurants

Because sometimes you just don't want to leave your best friend at home

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A dog at Bender’s
| Tamryn J./Yelp

There's nothing like a good drink at your favorite watering hole...except when your canine BFF is home wondering where you are and wishing he were with you. (And maybe eating your favorite pair of shoes as revenge.)

Luckily, SF has totally gone to the dogs in that you can bring your furry friend to almost every bar or restaurant with outdoor sidewalk seating. But on the days when you're looking for something with a little more atmosphere, leash up your pup and head to one of these 12 bars and restaurants. They're all happy to welcome dogs, as long as the dog is well-behaved, on-leash and it's not super crowded (like on a Friday or Saturday night).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bender's Bar & Grill

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806 S Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-1800
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Bender's is a legit neighborhood dive bar with stiff drinks, two pool tables, ample bicycle "parking," a back patio, heavy metal on the juke box, and some of the best tot-chos and fried pickles in town. Even better: You can totally bring your dog there (inside and out) and house made dog treats are available to purchase so that Fifi doesn't get too jealous of your tots.

2. Bloodhound

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1145 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-2840
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Bloodhound was doing the whole reclaimed wood, Edison bulb, and drinks in mason jars thing before everyone in the entire world was doing it, but the space holds up despite the fact that the look is, well, over. But honestly, who cares what the bar looks like? The drinks are great, there's a pool table, Big Buck Hunter, a legit jukebox, and you can bring your canine companion with you to keep you company.

3. Bus Stop

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1901 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-6905

The saddest part about going out to watch the game is leaving your pup at home for three hours. Thank goodness for the Bus Stop in Cow Hollow, wich doesn't make you choose one or the other. This dog-friendly bar has been in business since 1919 and has 26 flat screens, making it one of the go-to sports bars in SF, regardless of whether you've got a dog in tow.

4. Churchill

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198 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 754-0194
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The WWII-inspired space at Churchill makes this feel like one of the fancier dog-friendly spots on the list, and though the cocktails definitely follow suit, they're also delicious and to the point, which any drinker should appreciate. Plus, any good SF dog deserves to class things up a bit from time to time. Grab a seat on one of the couches by the windows; it's the perfect spot to tuck in for a few hours with your best friend laying at your feet.

5. El Rio

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3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-3325
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There's no where better than El Rio's back yard on a sunny day, but dogs are allowed inside at this Mission dive bar as well, so it's also a great option when the fog blankets the city or it's, uh, raining cats and dogs. And if that weren't enough, there's ping pong, a pool table, shuffle board, dice games, and the bartenders make a mean margarita.

6. Holy Water

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309 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 555-5555
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The bartenders at this Bernal Heights bar pour exceptional cocktails and offer an extensive spirits list, so it's easy to see how this could easily become a favorite watering hole... especially since Professor Wagglesworth is totally welcome with all of his doggie colleagues. Go there at the 11th hour to sip on rare and unique offerings that rotate nightly and are only available starting at 11 p.m.

7. MoMo's Restaurant

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760 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 227-8660
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While MoMo's is not a place you want to take your dog when the Giants are playing at home (too crowded), the patio makes the perfect spot to lunch and day drink with Squeakers pretty much every other time. The food can be a little pricey, but the drinks are reasonable and really, what's an $18 burger when you're lucky enough have your best friend next to you incessantly begging for a bite? Exactly.

8. Murio's Trophy Room

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1811 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 752-2971

This Upper Haight watering hole has a long bar, comfy chairs, Moroccan-inspired light fixtures, a pool table, and the same jukebox it had before it got a 2012 remodel, and is the perfect place to grab a drink with your dog (he'll have a water, please) after work or on a weekend afternoon.

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9. Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

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1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8439
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The lawn at Park Chalet can get a little crowded on the weekdays, but if your dog is super friendly, it's the perfect spot to lay out a picnic blanket, drink beer, and listen to live music. Just be prepared for a parade of petting because when dogs and pints are involved, suddenly everyone wants to say hi. Fido wouldn't have it any other way.

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10. Toronado

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547 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-2276
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Everyone always complains that the bartenders at Toronado are surly, but how surly could they be if they allow dogs? And anyway, what's a little attitude when there are over 45 craft beers on tap? Just do your best to keep your dog under the table or by your bar stool because you will hear about it if he's sprawled out in the middle of the floor and getting in the way of customers. And definitely don't try to bring your dog when this place is crowded as the bouncer won't be having it.

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11. Zazie

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941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332
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While you can always bring your dog to one of Zazie's sidewalk tables, on Monday nights "Zazie Goes to the Dogs" and you can dine with your pooch on the heated and covered garden patio. What's even crazier is that Zazie actually rewards you for bringing in your dog by providing endless dog treats and $10 off any bottle on the wine list. C'est bon!

12. 7 Mile House Sports Bar & Grill

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2800 Bayshore Blvd
Brisbane, CA 94005
(415) 467-2343
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7 Mile House is technically just south of SF in Brisbane — it’s an old roadhouse at the seven mile marker from the heart of the city. Regardless, it’s an SF classic in its own right, and beyond live music, American and Filipino food, and lots of drinks, they’ve got a very serious affinity for dogs. See their dog menu and “yappy hour” with snacks for little Bummer and Lazarus, plus “dog beer” — that’s actually just water with some beef juice in it, but they don’t seem to know the difference.

1. Bender's Bar & Grill

806 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bender's is a legit neighborhood dive bar with stiff drinks, two pool tables, ample bicycle "parking," a back patio, heavy metal on the juke box, and some of the best tot-chos and fried pickles in town. Even better: You can totally bring your dog there (inside and out) and house made dog treats are available to purchase so that Fifi doesn't get too jealous of your tots.

806 S Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Bloodhound

1145 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Bloodhound was doing the whole reclaimed wood, Edison bulb, and drinks in mason jars thing before everyone in the entire world was doing it, but the space holds up despite the fact that the look is, well, over. But honestly, who cares what the bar looks like? The drinks are great, there's a pool table, Big Buck Hunter, a legit jukebox, and you can bring your canine companion with you to keep you company.

1145 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. Bus Stop

1901 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The saddest part about going out to watch the game is leaving your pup at home for three hours. Thank goodness for the Bus Stop in Cow Hollow, wich doesn't make you choose one or the other. This dog-friendly bar has been in business since 1919 and has 26 flat screens, making it one of the go-to sports bars in SF, regardless of whether you've got a dog in tow.

1901 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Churchill

198 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

The WWII-inspired space at Churchill makes this feel like one of the fancier dog-friendly spots on the list, and though the cocktails definitely follow suit, they're also delicious and to the point, which any drinker should appreciate. Plus, any good SF dog deserves to class things up a bit from time to time. Grab a seat on one of the couches by the windows; it's the perfect spot to tuck in for a few hours with your best friend laying at your feet.

198 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

5. El Rio

3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

There's no where better than El Rio's back yard on a sunny day, but dogs are allowed inside at this Mission dive bar as well, so it's also a great option when the fog blankets the city or it's, uh, raining cats and dogs. And if that weren't enough, there's ping pong, a pool table, shuffle board, dice games, and the bartenders make a mean margarita.

3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Holy Water

309 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

The bartenders at this Bernal Heights bar pour exceptional cocktails and offer an extensive spirits list, so it's easy to see how this could easily become a favorite watering hole... especially since Professor Wagglesworth is totally welcome with all of his doggie colleagues. Go there at the 11th hour to sip on rare and unique offerings that rotate nightly and are only available starting at 11 p.m.

309 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. MoMo's Restaurant

760 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

While MoMo's is not a place you want to take your dog when the Giants are playing at home (too crowded), the patio makes the perfect spot to lunch and day drink with Squeakers pretty much every other time. The food can be a little pricey, but the drinks are reasonable and really, what's an $18 burger when you're lucky enough have your best friend next to you incessantly begging for a bite? Exactly.

760 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

8. Murio's Trophy Room

1811 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Murio's Trophy Room

This Upper Haight watering hole has a long bar, comfy chairs, Moroccan-inspired light fixtures, a pool table, and the same jukebox it had before it got a 2012 remodel, and is the perfect place to grab a drink with your dog (he'll have a water, please) after work or on a weekend afternoon.

1811 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121
Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden

The lawn at Park Chalet can get a little crowded on the weekdays, but if your dog is super friendly, it's the perfect spot to lay out a picnic blanket, drink beer, and listen to live music. Just be prepared for a parade of petting because when dogs and pints are involved, suddenly everyone wants to say hi. Fido wouldn't have it any other way.

1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Toronado

547 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Daisy Barringer

Everyone always complains that the bartenders at Toronado are surly, but how surly could they be if they allow dogs? And anyway, what's a little attitude when there are over 45 craft beers on tap? Just do your best to keep your dog under the table or by your bar stool because you will hear about it if he's sprawled out in the middle of the floor and getting in the way of customers. And definitely don't try to bring your dog when this place is crowded as the bouncer won't be having it.

547 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

11. Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

While you can always bring your dog to one of Zazie's sidewalk tables, on Monday nights "Zazie Goes to the Dogs" and you can dine with your pooch on the heated and covered garden patio. What's even crazier is that Zazie actually rewards you for bringing in your dog by providing endless dog treats and $10 off any bottle on the wine list. C'est bon!

941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. 7 Mile House Sports Bar & Grill

2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane, CA 94005

7 Mile House is technically just south of SF in Brisbane — it’s an old roadhouse at the seven mile marker from the heart of the city. Regardless, it’s an SF classic in its own right, and beyond live music, American and Filipino food, and lots of drinks, they’ve got a very serious affinity for dogs. See their dog menu and “yappy hour” with snacks for little Bummer and Lazarus, plus “dog beer” — that’s actually just water with some beef juice in it, but they don’t seem to know the difference.

2800 Bayshore Blvd
Brisbane, CA 94005

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