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Nashville’s dog-friendly guide

Explore these dog-friendly places in Nashville that span from places to eat, drink, shop, and stay the night.

A dog poses for a photo on its leash in Centennial Park in front of the Parthenon.

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Round of a-paws, please. From dog-focused shops like The Modern Dog Company to spoiling your pup with royal treatments at Yardstick, it makes sense that Nashville ranks in the top 50 of WalletHub’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities list.

Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery, hitting the farmers markets, or just dining out, well bone appétit. Get ready to dig into this guide for dog-friendly spots around the 615.

Pro tip: You can use BringFido to find more dog-friendly restaurants, pet-friendly hotels, and events, too.

🐾 Coffee shops

  • Elegy Coffee, locations vary | The honey bear cold brew is a coffee-lover favorite across three locations, plus, you can ask for a pup cup for your furry friend.
  • Frothy Monkey, locations vary | According to TripAdvisor, this coffeehouse with locations all over the city is “one of those excellent places that is truly dog friendly (not just tolerant).”
  • Fido, 1812 21st Ave. S. | Legend has it, a dog by this name actually discovered coffee.
  • Red Bicycle, locations vary | Rob J.'s Google Maps review says not only is this spot dog-friendly, the pup cups even have bacon in them.
  • The Loading Dock, 2028A Lindell Ave. | Ditch the concrete — your pup will feel right at home sprawling on the outdoor patio’s artificial turf.
  • Dose Coffee, locations vary | This dog-friendly stop now has three locations to choose from.
  • Steadfast Coffee, 603 Taylor St. | Work remotely from the large outdoor patio during warm weather and you’re sure to spot plenty of pups.
  • Barista Parlor, locations vary | Pro tip: Start your morning at the Sylvan Supply location’s outdoor patio before taking Fido for lunch next door.
  • Sump Coffee, 8 City Blvd. | Free street parking means a slow morning spent with your furry friend at oneC1TY’s outdoor seating areas.

🐾 Breweries, cideries, and wineries

  • Hi-Wire Brewing, 820 Division St. | Leashed pets are allowed inside and on the outdoor patio. Pro tip: Ask for a treat for your pup at the bar.
  • The Co-Op, 2005 Belcourt Ave. | Frosé all day on patio and porch spaces at the Hillsboro Village location and the forthcoming Gulch eatery, which opens in April 2023.
  • TailGate Brewery, locations vary | TailGate received 4.8 out of 5 bones from canine critics on BringFido.
  • Harding House Brewing Co., 904 51st Ave. N. | You’ll frequently spot pups on the outdoor patio, and 51 Dog Park is conveniently located right across the street.
  • Fat Bottom Brewing Co., 800 44th Ave. N. | While you sip pints and play cornhole at the outside beer garden, Fido will cheer you on from the table.
  • Yee-Haw Brewing Co., 423 6th Ave. S. | Whether you’re watching games on the big screens or listening to live music, your pup can join you all day long on the outdoor patio.
  • Diskin Cider, 1235 Martin St. | Fire pits during cooler weather, cornhole, and water bowls for your pup? Say less.
  • Bearded Iris Brewing, 101 Van Buren St. | Maria D. notes its “good location, plenty of outside seating, and dog friendly” atmosphere on a Google review.
  • Monday Night Brewing, 1308 Adams St. | A large gravel lot for parking, plenty of outdoor seating, and oftentimes a food truck on-site — this spot is ideal for posting up with your pup.
  • Jackalope Brewing Company, 429B Houston St. | Pro tip: Ask your bartender for a water bowl before heading out to the patio.
  • East Nashville Beer Works, 320 E. Trinity Ln. | The family-friendly outdoor beer garden has something for everyone — including a playground for the kiddos, space for the pups, and plenty of seating for the adults to chat and catch up.

🐾 Restaurants

  • Scout’s Pub, locations vary | The restaurant is named for owner Andy Marshall’s pup Scout and welcomes dogs at both its Midtown and Franklin locations.
  • Americana Taphouse, 94 E. Main St., Franklin | The umbrella-shaded patio offers a cool area for you and your dog to dine off of the main downtown strip in Franklin.
  • Jasper’s, 1918 West End Ave. | Dine al fresco with your furry friend while enjoying a wide-range menu with items like hot chicken, burgers, salads, pizza, and more.
  • Miel, 343 53rd Ave. N. | The open-air, covered and partially-heated outdoor space in the restaurant gardens is pet-friendly.
  • Five Points Pizza West, 4100 Charlotte Ave. | The restaurant patio began allowing pets at the start of the 2023 season.
  • Puckett’s, locations vary | Puckett’s offers dog-friendly dining on their patio for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the downtown Nashville and downtown Franklin locations.
  • Little Hats Market, 1120 4th Ave. N. Ste. 101 | “Great food, great people, cool vibe, and a very roomy patio!!” — Reader Pam B.
  • Double Dogs, locations vary | This restaurant is described as the “ultimate sports bar for dog lovers” on Google and a portion of proceeds from the signature Diddley Lager are donated to local humane societies.
  • Phat Bites, 2730 Lebanon Pk. B | This restaurant has been known to give your pups a bowl of chicken and rice according to reviews.
  • M.L.Rose, locations vary | One pawrent even noted having a pup “birthday party” here — this restaurant features handcrafted beers, a covered patio, and picnic tables.
  • Bringle’s Smoking Oasis, 4901 Centennial Blvd. | You’ll enjoy the brisket and one of the many beers on tap while Fido lays on the artificial turf watching the game on the big screens.
  • Biscuit Love, locations vary | This brunch must-do was even rated in a list of “Downtown Nashville’s Top Dog-Friendly Patios.”
  • Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, locations vary | Dogs are allowed on the outdoor patios across all locations, though the downtown eatery has a vast covered outdoor beer garden.
  • Pete & Terry’s Tavern, 501 Broadway | This pet-friendly tavern boasts the NFL Ticket, live music, craft beer, sandwiches, wings, nachos, and more. Pro tip: You can allow your pup to get the post-food zoomies out at the Pups N Play dog park outside of Bridgestone.
  • Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen, 1004 4th Ave. N. | The outdoor beer garden earned 4.3 out of 5 bones on BringFido, with pawrents specifically noting the artificial turf, heated and cooled covered patio, and pet-friendly supplies.

🐾 Hotels

  • JW Marriott Nashville, 201 8th Ave. S. | This downtown hotel allows guests to bring along two furry friends with a max weight limit of 50 pounds each for $100 per stay.
  • Germantown Inn, 1218 6th Ave. N. | The inn’s two pet-friendly suites include The Adams and The Parks with a non-refundable $50 fee for the first pet and $25 for the second.
  • Waymore’s Guest House and Casual Club, 811 Main St. | This boutique hotel offers 93 pet-friendly rooms and suites.
  • W Nashville, 300 12th Ave. S. | W Nashville welcomes dogs 60 pounds or less (max two) for a $100 non-refundable fee per stay.
  • 1 Hotel Nashville, 710 Demonbreun St. | You’re welcome to host up to two pets per room at this sustainable urban retreat.
  • The Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Pl. | A maximum of two pets per room are welcome for $50 per night or $150 max per stay.
  • 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, 221 2nd Ave. N. | 21c is happy to accept pets up to 50 pounds in certain rooms — a $75 pet cleaning fee will be charged to the reservation.
  • Dream Nashville, 210 4th Ave. N. | Dogs weighing less than 50 pounds are welcome in pet-friendly rooms.
  • Thompson Nashville, 401 11th Ave. S. | Thompson Nashville allows up to two pets with a combined weight limit of 50 pounds (with a 40 pound individual weight limit) at no additional charge.
  • Graduate Nashville, 101 20th Ave. N. | Poindexter Coffee is located inside this pup-friendly hotel and the baristas have been known to give furry friends a treat, too.
  • Omni Nashville, 250 Rep. John Lewis Way S. | Pets under 25 pounds are welcome at Omni Nashville with a $125 non-refundable cleaning fee.
  • Fairlane Hotel, 401 Union St. | A limited number of pet-friendly rooms are available for up to two pets with an additional $75 non-refundable fee per pet.

🐾 Shops

  • White’s Mercantile, locations vary | As a “general store for the modern tastemaker,” White’s welcomes pooches of all kinds and has even been known to give out treats to Nashville’s pups.
  • Draper James, 2608 12th Ave. S. |Don’t forget to snap a photo of your furry friend at the mural outside.
  • Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pk. #14 |This book store even has its own shop dogs, each with very important roles.
  • Gift Horse, 1006 Fatherland St. #301 | Bring your pup along to help you pick the perfect handmade card, paper good, or gift.
  • Silo Market, 5500 Centennial Blvd. Ste. A | Grab your market goods and post up on the outdoor patio for lunch — but don’t forget Fido’s treat from inside.

🐾 Parks and trails

  • Radnor Lake State Park, 1160 Otter Creek Rd. | Pets are allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail.
  • Frankie Pierce Park, 130 Lifeway Plaza | This downtown green space also offers a fenced-in dog park featuring a paved walkway and a large area of artificial grass.
  • Gulch Dog Park, 1216 Pine St. | Be sure to snap a photo of your pup in front of the locally-painted murals.
  • Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave. | Explore all 132 acres the park offers, walk the one-mile walking trail, or take your dog out for some off-leash socialization at the dog park.
  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy. | This urban oasis is a popular dog hike with good reason — carillon bell chimes and 11 acres of walking.
  • Two Rivers Dog Park, 3150 McGavock Pk. | Pet owners can do laps with their pooches while they play on the 0.3-mile path around the park.
  • Percy Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Rd. | Warner Parks span more than 3,100 acres of forest and field and Edwin Warner Dog Park houses a fenced-in area for your pooch featuring puppy water fountains.
  • Shelby Park, Shelby Ave. and S. 20th St. | This 300-acre multi-use park is just two miles from downtown and includes the Shelby Bottom Natural Area — the dog park is located behind the community center.
  • Fair Park Dog Park, Bransford Avenue | This puppy play park is conveniently located near the fairgrounds and GEODIS Park, receiving a 4 out of 5 bones on BringFido.
  • Fannie Mae Dees Park, 2400 Blakemore Ave. | This compact outdoor area offers shade trees, playground equipment, and local art.
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