It’s always nice when we can bring our furry children around with us when we venture out into the world. Our dogs are a part of our family, and we want to be able to take them with us wherever we go.
And when we get turned away from our favorite bar or pub because of their “No Dogs Allowed” policy, the inevitable frustration and disappointment sets in.
Luckily in the Bay Area, more and more dog-friendly establishments have been opening, providing space and fun for everyone with a furry companion to come enjoy. You’ve got quite a few options to select from. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best dog friendly bars in Marin County; to help you whittle down your choices and find the spot that’s perfect for you and your pooch.
Marin Brewing Company
“The Best Dog-Friendly Big-Name Craft Beer”
1809 Larkspur Landing Cir.
If you’re in search of hand-crafted beer you can drink with your dog at your side, look no further than Marin Brewing Company. Craig Tasley and Brendan Moylan began this brewery in 1989, and it grown and flourished since.
Offering a wide variety of award winning ales and a menu of over 30 beers, you’ll be sure to find the perfect drink for you. With an authentic pub offering food all the way until midnight, and a large outdoor patio space for you and your pooch to drink and be merry, you’ll want to be sure not to miss out on this inviting location!
Hook Fish at Proof Lab Beer Gardens
“The Best Dog-Friendly Seafood & Beer Garden”
254 Shoreline Hwy
If you’re in the mood for a uniquely Bay Area experience, come on down to Hook Fish at Poof Lab Beer Gardens. Locally sourced seafood is the name of the game here since 2004, and you’ll be guaranteed some of the freshest and tastiest fish and chips you’ve ever had. As for the beer, you can select from a wide variety of locally sourced beers, ciders, wines, kombuchas, and non-alcoholic drinks. This restaurant and beer garden offers a large and ambient-lit outdoor deck and yard for people and dogs to enjoy. There’s plenty of seating on the beautiful wood deck to eat and relax with your beer. And just past the deck, the oversized lawn with provided games allows you and your dog plenty of room to roam and enjoy yourselves. Hook Fish at Proof Lab Beer Gardens truly is one of the most unique community meetup spaces in Marin County, and you’ll definitely want to make a trip here!
Indian Valley Brewing
“The Best Dog Friendly Microbrewery”
Indian Valley Brewing isn’t far from downtown Novato, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Locals rave about the Hazy Blond and Scotch Ale, and they would be crazy not to. Try a flight to find your new favorite beer, and don’t forget to take a growler home with you.
But don’t leave too soon! With its genuinely friendly staff, spacious atmosphere, plenty of board and card games around, and a rotating assortment of food trucks and live music, it’s easy to spend the whole day here. And the best part? Your furry friend came come along for the ride, inside or out!
“The Best Dog-Friendly Wine Bar”
Mantra Wines feels halfway between a beer tasting room and a wine tasting room: its atmosphere is somehow funky, eclectic, warm, and inviting all at once, with plenty of personality to spare. Order a charcuterie platter from Finnegan’s next door, kick back and listen to the live music, and be sure to bring your dog!
Mantra wines also offers a pair of semi-private areas for larger groups too, so you can bring everyone along for the fun.
“The Best Indoor-Dog-Friendly Taphouse”
Okay, so maybe this one isn’t in Marin county, but if you’re up in Rohnert Park, it’s worth a visit. If you’re looking for a less flashy and truly local experience, try Parliament Brewing. Established in 2016, this small scale taproom crafts specialty beers based on creativity and customer response. Their focus is on unique and delicious flavors, and they’re always willing to adjust and improve their recipes along the way.
And as long as your furry friend is a friendly one, then you’re more than welcome to bring them inside with you to enjoy the atmosphere! They’re working on and outdoor seating section currently, but for the time being your dog is allowed indoors at Parliament Brewing!
Travis Marina Bar
“The Best Dog-Friendly Pub With A View”
Referred to as “Mike’s Place” by locals after a former member of the yacht club who ran the place for many years, Travis Marina Bar is a charming place to come and enjoy the sights. Located on the second floor of the Presidio Yacht Club, this establishment offers a full-service bar, includes tap and bottle beers and wines, and a kitchen with your usual pub food.
But the best part is the outdoor patio, where you and your dog can sit and enjoy the beautiful sight of the Golden Gate Bridge and the sprawling skyline of San Francisco. It’s guaranteed to be a place you’ll want to visit regularly.
“The Best Dog-Friendly Brewery & Gastropub”
In San Rafael, you’ll find cuisine and delicious craft-beers at State Room gastropub and brewery. Offering farm-to-table cuisine that changes with each season, and beers that are all brewed in-house, your taste buds will delight no matter what you choose!
Not only do they have an outdoor patio that’s heated and dog-friendly, they also provide unlimited dog treats and cold water bowls for your pooch, making them one of the most dog-friendly locations on this list! Make sure to treat yourself and your pet to a trip to State Room, you’ll both be sure to have a great time!
Pond Farm Brewing
“The Best Dog-Friendly Brewery & Food Truck Garden”
Locally-crafted beer is a hot trend in the Bay Area, and it’s hard to find a location with so many options out there. If you’re the kind of person who loves food trucks, then you should check out Pond Farm Brewing. They craft just over a dozen different beers of a wide variety for every type of beer drinker.
The best part is their outdoor patio area, which has food trucks rotating in and out periodically, offering up a different food experience for you each and every time you go. You and your dog can roam around and enjoy the ambiance and drinks while you decide what food you two will want to share!
Tiburon Tavern at The Lodge of Tiburon
“The Best Dog-Friendly Locally-Sourced Upscale Tavern”
Located at the Lodge of Tiburon, the Tiburon Tavern offers a more upscale experience for those of us who want to have a more refined evening out. Offering farm-to-table dining, they specialize in creating New American cuisine with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. As for drinks, you can order anything from their full-bar service, or you can choose from their selection of local Napa Valley wines.
Boasting a large outdoor deck and patio, they’ll provide your pooch with their own water bowl with the Tiburon Lodge logo printed on the side. They want to make sure that your dog is treated as well as you are when you visit. Tiburon Tavern is truly a Bay Area experience that you will definitely want to set some time aside to visit.