These 7 awesome restaurants and cafes are going to the dogs (and cats)
What makes Rover’s owner sit and stay? How about a puppy cafe?
NYC is already crawling with cat cafes, where diners can sip a cup of coffee or work on that novel while chilling with a purring kitty.
Soon the dogs can have their day with Boris and Horton, a pending pooch-friendly lounge and cafe in the East Village, where a father-daughter duo envision New Yorkers bringing their dogs to play indoors while they grab java or wine, browse canine merch, or just hang out in the puppy playroom. And on weekends, they want to have adoptable rescue pups fill the space for dogless New Yorkers to find a friend. It plans to open by December.
Little City Books in Hoboken, N.J. told Moneyish that it keeps a bowl of fresh water and organic treats on-hand for canine visitors, and once a month they host a free “Reading Tails” program where kids read aloud to certified therapy dogs to help them get over their reading anxiety.
“Most of the staff are dog-lovers, including me, so it makes the workplace happy,” co-owner Kate Jacobs told Moneyish. “And Hoboken is a city full of dog owners, who are always walking their dogs around town – so if they can pop into the bookstore on a dog walk, it’s good for business.”
Pet parents are expected to spend $69 billion on their fur babies this year, so it makes sense that more bars, cafes and bookstores are opening their doors to four-legged customers. Approximately 44% of U.S. households have a dog, and 35% have a cat. And those that don’t may be looking for a place to pretend for awhile.
That’s why cat cafes have been so big in Japan and Taiwan since the late 90s – to help many residents who are not allowed pets in their apartments to decompress from work and stressful urban life with a little furapy. At last count, Japan had 150. Meow!
So countries like the U.S., the U.K., Korea, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Germany and France have also pounced on the trend with copycats.
Here’s a list of some bars and cafes that cater to our four-legged friends:
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The Purrfect Roast Catfe
Chicago’s first cat cafe is poised to open on July 28 on the first floor of the Tree House Humane Society no-kill shelter. They’re still ironing out the details, but it will feature a cat-free space if you just want to paws for a cuppa joe, as well as the appointment-only kitty room to play in. The kittens are already settling in. See treehouseanimalsblog.org
Brendan Behan Irish Pub
Booze hounds are welcome at this Boston bar, which boasts more than 30 craft beers on tap. They don’t serve food, but you can order a slice from Captain Nemo’s across the street. Then sit back with your pup, raise a glass, and enjoy Tuesday trivia nights or Thursday readings and discussions with local authors. Slainte! See brendanbehanpub.com
This Asbury Park, N.J. watering hole hosts “Yappy Hour” from noon to 7 p.m., which features an outdoor deck and patio adjacent to the bar where dogs can splash in swimming pools, run off excess energy at the agility course, or take a paws in the ‘time out’ area while their owners knock back beers. And Mondays are for little dogs only. See wonderbarasburypark.com/yappyhour.html. If you’re getting away to the Jersey Shore, the pet-friendly Asbury hotel also allows dogs to stay in rooms and lounge by the pool for a $75 fee, part of which goes to a local shelter. And floors are tile – convenient in case of accidents. See theasburyhotel.com
Brooklyn Cat Cafe
The borough’s first feline cafe also stars adoptable animals hungry for forever homes, and it’s just $5 per half hour to play with them (reservations recommended.) Enjoy vegan and vegetarian treats like chocolate, popcorn and taffy, or check out cat-themed classes and events like yoga and movie nights. And speaking of warm and fuzzies, Brooklyn Cat Cafe went viral this month for bringing in two young rats from an animal rescue service to be nannies to young kittens still nursing from bottles. The rats groom, cuddle and play with the itty bitty kitties. See catcafebk.com/
NYC’s first purrmanent cat cafe on the lower East Side invites animal lovers to nosh catified baked goods – like kitty-shaped macarons from Macaron Parlour – while hanging with adoptable tabbies looking for forever homes. It’s $6 per half hour, for up to five hours (reservations recommended), or you can book packages like $30 for 90 minutes, which includes two baked goods, a macaron and a drink for you, as well as a treat for your favorite cat. There’s also also Yoga & Kitties classes, and Drag Bingo on weekends. See meowparlour.com.
Seattle is steeped in dog-friendly spots, and this tail-wagging cafe features a room for Fido to frolic with other pups while you sip your coffee. There’s a service window so you can keep an eye on your pet, or give him a treat – like the cafe’s complimentary dog biscuits. And if he’s a really good boy, you can even order him a “pooch latte” made with peanut butter and rice milk. See barkespresso.com/
We are officially open!! The kitties are waiting for your cuddles 😸 $10/hr or $15/day.
The Casual Cat Cafe
This Texas tabby joint just opened in Richland Hills with 10 or 12 adoptable kitties roaming a cat lounge littered with toys and scratching posts. They’re just serving bottled drinks, Keurig coffee and prepackaged muffins, cookies and candy for now, or you can get UberEats or Doordash to deliver takeout until the cafe is fully up and running. Guests must take off their shoes to protect kittens from germs – or someone stomping on a puss with his boot. Just $10 per hour, or $15 for the day. See thecasualcatcafe.com
The fast-casual national burger chain doesn’t just dish juicy burgers and crinkle fries for humans – it’s actually got a menu just for canines that includes the “Bag O’ Bones” doggie bag with five Shackburger dog biscuits (around $7.50), or the “Pooch-ini” vanilla custard scoop topped with a couple of Shackburger dog biscuits (around $3.95). The chain also puts out water for dogs, and has spots to tie their leashes. The menu is unavailable at ballpark, airport, stadium and international outposts, though. See shakeshack.com/food-and-drink/
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