“Pawesome” Places: Great Places to Take Your Pet in
You won’t have to see your pet’s sad eyes in the window while you head off to have fun for the day anymore. This list is dedicated to both you and your pet! So go on and have a good ol’ yeller time in St. Louis with these purrfect pet-friendly places for you and your furry friends!
1. Discuss Art with your Best Friend at American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Photo Courtesy of American Kennel Club via The Washington Times
The American Kennel Club is a 14,000 square foot facility featuring the world's finest collection of dog-devoted art. They have over 700 original works of art within the confines of the historic Jarville House. Visitors are not only welcome, but encouraged, to bring their dogs along with them to the museum. All dogs must be well-behaved and leashed while in the museum. We’re unsure if cats are allowed, but if you can walk your cat on a leash, we’re guessing no one will mind. The museum even provides fresh water and treats for your pets! There’s also a nice park located right outside the museum, which is a great place to take your dog for a stroll after touring the museum (and to ensure he doesn’t pee in your car). Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, $1 for kids, and free for pooches!
Check their website for more information: Museum of the Dog
2. I Woof, You Woof, We All Woof for Ices Plain & Fancy
Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
You may have heard of this neat little place in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood that specializes in flash-churning ice cream using liquid nitrogen, but did you know they serve their own flavor of doggy ice cream for your dog to enjoy to-go or right there on their pet-friendly patio? It’s called Sticky Charlie and is made from peanut butter, sweet potato, yogurt, and anchovy. Don’t worry, their human flavors are much more appetizing. Fifty percent of the proceeds from Sticky Charlie are donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis; they’re trying to raise $1,000 for this year’s 1K for K9s, so bring your pooch and help support this great cause!
Check out their Facebook page for more information: Ices Plain & Fancy
3. Have Some Drinks with your Best Friend at Yappy Hour at The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch
Photo courtesy of Explore St. Louis
Although you can’t bring your dog on a tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery, you can take them to the brewery’s Biergarten from 4:00 PM until close on Thursdays from June through September for Yappy Hour! Dog owners at Yappy Hour enjoy specials on food and drink as well as live music! Offers include $2 Bud Light (drafts and bottles), $3 pretzel sticks, and $5 wings. The Biergarten hosts a different live band performing each week, so there’s always unique music for you and your pup to enjoy. Even if you don’t actually own a dog, this is still a fun event to attend for some great entertainment, cheap drinks, and the company of man’s best friend. Just don’t try to feed someone’s dog alcohol--that’s usually not appreciated (though the dog might like it).
Check their website for more information: www.budweisertours.com
4. Have a Doggy-Owner Date at Molly’s in Soulard
Photo courtesy of Molly's in Soulard
If you live in St. Louis, you’ve surely heard of this place. It’s a restaurant and bar located in the heart of historic Soulard, with a great nightlife scene on the weekends. Molly’s is also a pet friendly place with a huge patio. In fact, the restaurant is primarily outside, and they always encourage customers to bring their furry friends. Molly’s also has their own menu just for dogs (the first in St. Louis!), which they unveiled in 2015 in partnership with Purina. The menu has a variety of options to choose from, like Rollhide or Chewnola appetizers, Beneful Beef or Roasted Chicken Stew, Beggin’ Bacon Strips, and Baked Delights Snackers with soft savory centers in cheese and peanut butter flavors. They also host Yappy Hours, with a special one coming up in October including a puppy costume contest with prizes and puppy hors d'oeuvres from Purina! So next time you’re considering going out for dinner and drinks, consider taking the pooch along with you and head on down to Molly’s, where you both can dine like kings!
Check out their website for more information: Molly's in Soulard
5. It's Soap Purrfect at Beacon Car and Pet Wash
Photo courtesy of Beacon Car & Pet Wash
Has your car and pet gotten dirty from all this fun around St. Louis? Well then head to Pacific, Missouri to clean your car and your canine at Beacon Car & Pet Wash! This newly installed pet service features shampoo, conditioner, disinfectant, a warm blow dryer and much more. They have also just installed new car washing systems, so both your Fiat and Fido should being looking good to go while checking off all the activities on this list!
Check out their Facebook page for more information: Beacon Pet and Car Wash
6. Pizza Pawty! at Failoni’s on the Hill
Photo Courtesy of Failoni’s Pizzeria
Failoni's Restaurant & Bar, the classic, historic St. Louis restaurant (they are over 100 years old!), is also a very pet-friendly place! Located in the outskirts of Dogtown on Manchester Avenue, Failoni’s has a nice outdoor patio for fine dining with fido. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Failoni’s hosts Dine with your Dog. On these days, the patio is usually filled with hungry dog owners (and probably even hungrier dogs) that bring their pups along for some socialization with other pets. They also have deals on pizza - buy one get one half off - and pasta - $6.99 for an adult pasta dish! It’s a great, friendly atmosphere for humans and pets alike!
Check out their website for more information: Failoni's Dine With Your Dog
7. Have a Ball at Pooches in the Ballpark
Photo courtesy of St. Louis Cardinals Twitter
Let your dogs hang with the birds. In June 2016, the Cardinals hosted their 12th annual Purina Pooches in the Ballpark event. Every year at one select Cards game, the purchase of a special ticket allows you to bring your four-legged friend to Busch Stadium and enjoy the game with other pet owners in specific pet-friendly sections of the ballpark. Before the game, you can go to Ballpark Village and watch highly trained dogs compete in a dock diving competition, where they jump into a 40-foot long, 10,000 gallon pool. You’re also invited to bring your pup onto the field and participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track! All participants will receive a Purina goodie-bag and a Cardinals pet leash holder and photo frame courtesy of Nestlé Purina. So, although it’s already passed for this year, make sure to keep it in mind for 2017, and get your pooch some Cardinals attire if you want a chance to win more cool prizes!
Check out their website for more information: Pooches in the Ballpark
8. Celebrate Mardi Paw at the Beggin’ Pet Parade
Photo courtesy of Beggin.com
Did you know that St. Louis is home to the world’s largest costumed pet parade? (There probably aren’t actually that many costumed pet parades in the world, but we wanted it to sound important.) Every year, at the end of January, Soulard hosts a parade where thousands of suited up pets make their way through Soulard in style. Editor’s note - throwing beads to dogs is unlikely to make them undress. The event is free to watch, and they ask for a $10 donation to enter your pet in the parade. Sounds more like a fee than a donation at first, but all proceeds benefit the Open Door Animal Sanctuary. The best dressed pets are selected as members of the Royal Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus and are crowned at the Coronation Pageant in Soulard Market Plaza. After the parade, the fun continues with a party and free concert, also in the Market Plaza.
Check out their website for more information: Beggin' Pet Parade
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