Dogs are the best. And Pittsburgh is a pup-friendly kind of town.
It’s true! This city is among the most liveable for us humans and our four-legged companions. There are parks perfect for a daily walk. And hiking trails just waiting to be explored. But those spots only scratch the surface of all the dog-friendly places. There are off-leash parks where your pup can run wild. Bars and restaurants that cater to canines (and their owners). Plus apartments and hotels where the entire family, dogs included, will feel right at home.
Nestled between Lawrenceville and Downtown, this spot in the Strip District is about as dog-friendly as it gets. We won’t say that every tenant has a dog. But we can confirm that certainly seems to be the case. Because there are dogs everywhere (in a good way). So there’s no doubt that you and your dog will fit right in. Heck, they even put in a dog park (stocked with clean up bags) for residents. Bonus: the Dog Stop is right down the street.
Just across the railroad tracks from the Cork Factory is where you’ll find these upscale apartments. With easy access to riverfront trails, a dog park across the street and a whole bunch of pups to play with from across the way, this place will win your dog over in no time.
It seems like everywhere you look Walnut Capital is developing a new property. And while most of their apartments are pet-friendly, Bakery Living is a place you and your canine friend will fall for fast. It’s in the center of all the development happening at Bakery Square, next door to a park and down the street from pet supply store. There’s even a doggie shower and mudroom to make cleanup a breeze.
This new pet-friendly apartment complex puts you and your pooch in the heart of SouthSide Works. You’ll love the long list of amenities, like the private balcony and in-unit washers and drivers. Your four legged friend will the nearby trails most appealing. And you’ll both appreciate the active living meets urban environment available here.
Looking to live in Lawrenceville? Of course you are. The hype for this neighborhood is at an all time high. Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your BFF (best furry friend) and get moved in to your new home. Once you do, you’ll want to stop by Espresso a’Mano to make friends with your (people and pup) neighbors. And be sure to check out the Bernard Dog Run by the 40th Street Bridge.
If city living is on your must-have list, but pet policies have stifled your apartment search, allow us help. You see, there are more than a few in-the-city spots for urban dwellers and their city slicking pups. Thanks to the Penn Garrison Lofts and the Century Building you can call the Cultural District home. And if you’re trying to get closer to Market Square or the Point, look to the River Vue or Stanwix Street Apartments.
We can’t lie, Pittsburgh is pretty spoiled when it comes to pup-friendly restaurants. Well, maybe we should call them pup-friendly patios or outdoor seating areas. The health department frowns upon bringing Fido inside. Still, plenty of places allow pets outside. And these places are among the most accommodating. Bring your best friend along for a healthy brunch at Coca Cafe, Marty’s Market or Square Cafe. For a casual canine outing, look to Social or Double Wide Grill. Osteria has homemade biscuits on hand. And Nine on Nine is the go-to for your posh pup.
Like the excellent eatiers we just mentioned, there’s plenty of places to grab a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) with your dog in tow. In the South Side, the Library will serve up the libations and Big Dog Coffee will come through with the caffeine. Speaking of coffee, there’s always at least one dog outside of Espresso a’Mano. At Bayardstown Social Club, membership includes your four-legged family members. People and their pups are also welcome at Grist House Brewing, the Brew Gentlemen, Voodoo Brewing and Arsenal Cider.
Classic. Elegant. Historic. Pet-friendly. Just a few words that define Pittsburgh’s premier luxury hotel. The two-tier ballroom will wow you. And your dog will thank you for treating her to such a swanky stay in the Burgh.
If history and luxury aren’t your style, you might be better suited staying at the trendy spot next door to the Omni. The Hotel Monaco is more hip than historical, but equally as accommodating to your dog. They’ll make your pup the top dog of Pittsburgh.
There’s dog-friendly and then there’s dog loving. The Fairmont is the latter. Because any place that has a canine door-dog who works in the lobby and greets guests as they arrive goes way beyond accommodating. Edie, the canine ambassador, and the Fairmont staff will welcome your pup with open arms. But if your dog couldn’t make the trip and you need a pretend pup for the day, you can sign up to take Edie for a walk around Downtown.
If you’re coming to Pittsburgh and want to stay somewhere other than Downtown, look to Hotel Indigo in East Liberty. The East End offers plenty to do. That goes for you and fido, who is always welcome at this pet-friendly establishment. Be sure to stop by Frick Park to let your dog run wild in the designated off-leash area. Or head to Highland Park which is also nearby.
If you’re coming into town for a Pirates or Steelers game, this would be a great spot to stay. You can walk across a bridge and be on the North Side in minutes. You can also take your dog for a walk along the riverfront trails that run along both sides of the river. Plan it right and you can play in Point State Park before returning to your room to lounge in luxury.
Run along the trails, around the fountain or in the open space throughout this park with your pup in tow. It’s the perfect place to escape the urban jungle without leaving downtown.
It’s a half-acre of land, under the 40th Street Bridge, that’s completely fenced off and ready for your dog to run, off leash, until their heart’s content. Thanks to their tireless effort by members of the Lawrenceville community, this park became a reality back in 2012. Now, it’s a favorite spot for area dog owners. There’s even separate areas for large and small dogs. But no water source on site, so don’t forget to bring your own.
There’s plenty of room to roam at this Pittsburgh park. But there are two off-leash areas for your dog to run free within Frick. Take Riverview Trail past Blue Slide playground to the first spot. Or head to Hot Dog Damn on the lower portion of Tranquil Trail. Bonus: You’ll find water fountains and disposal bags along Riverview Trail.
Make your way to Mt. Washington and take advantage of this large, fenced in dog park. It’s an off-leash area where your pup will love to play and lay, or likely some combination of both.
The trails in the South Side are perfect for walking. But the South Side Dog Park is where the real pooch party is. There’s two acres, fences in, with separate areas for big and small dogs to live it up off leash.
From grooming to training, daycare to overnight stays, the Dog Stop should be your go-to stop for all your dog care needs. With six locations in Pittsburgh, you’re never far from one of their facilities. Leave your dog to make some new pals while your figure out what to do with some free time!
For every doggie service under the sun, Misty Pines should be near the top of your list. From education and training to grooming, boarding and a huge dog park, this place has everything you and your pup could ever want. Spend the day roaming the fenced in play area complete with a pond and obstacles to climb up, over, around and through. There is water on site, but it’s BYOB; you’ll need your own bowl.
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