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Tampa Bay’s dog-friendly guide

Explore these dog-friendly places in Tampa Bay that span from spots to eat, drink, shop, exercise, swim, and stay the night.

A dog, which looks like a chihuahua, faces the sunshine in front of the TAMPA sign near Sparkman Wharf. The dog is orange and white, and the lettering on the name is red.

Stewie thinks Tampa is the most dog friendly city there is.

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Round of a-paws, please. From doggy-friendly watering holes like The Dog Bar to spoiling your pup with royal treatments at Spoil Me Dog Spa, it makes sense that Tampa and St. Pete rank No. 2 and 3 respectively in WalletHub’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities list.

Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery, hitting the night market, or just dining out, well bone appétit. Get ready to dig into this guide for dog-friendly spots around the 813 + 727. Pro tip: You can use BringFido to find more pup-permitted restaurants, pet-friendly hotels, and events, too.

🐾 Bars + breweries

  • World of Beer, 5311 Avion Park Dr., Tampa | Serving up brews + bites, this WOB location features an outdoor patio that allows Fido, Buddy, or Scout to join you for a pint.
  • Two Shepherds Taproom, 4813 N. Grady Ave., Tampa | For the free-spirited pup, consider this 21+ indoor-outdoor dog park + taproom where your off-leash lads and ladies can freely roam and mingle.
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company, multiple locations | The perfect precursor to a post-meal walk with your pooch, TBBC caters to your four-legged friends with its dog-friendly patio featuring water bowls and a doggy dining menu.
  • Pups Pub, 2202 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | This full-liquor dog bar lets vaxxed pups roam free while their age 21+ human watches a Lightning or Bucs game.
  • Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E. 2nd Ave., Tampa | Pop into Coppertail’s patio with your pup for a glass of Tampa-brewed beer and a bite (we recommend the loaded waffle fries or fried pimento cheese).
  • The Dog Bar, 2300 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | The outdoor sports bar is always hoppin’ with doggos racing on the turf or splashing in kiddie pools, and owners sipping brews + grabbing snacks at the food truck du jour.
  • Ferg’s Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Hole up in stadium seat booths to watch a Rays game and keep a watchful eye on your pup as they enjoy the dog park.
  • Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave. N., St. Petersburg | Looking for a Sunday hangout? The centrally-located watering hole has a range of locally named beers and a large outdoor turf patio with Adirondack chairs for lounging with your furry friend.
  • 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg | Soak in funky live music sets, beer + sour flights, and overall sense of community — and pups are welcome too.
  • Mutts & Martinis, 2900 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Catch a game inside before heading out to give Fido some playtime in the pool. Pro tip: Play sessions are divided between big and small dogs, so the little ones can enjoy themselves too.
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Kevin the Corgi recommends chilling on the patio at Sparkman Wharf | Photo by @corgi.named.kevin

🐾 Restaurants

  • On Swann, 1501 W Swann Ave., Tampa | Like most spots in Hyde Park Village, On Swann welcomes canine companions on its patio, so you can indulge in that iconic kale salad — you know the one — and drop a few nibbles of bacon to your furry bestie.
  • Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa | If you’re craving something savory, sweet, or spiked, you can camp out by the water with a bite from one of many offerings with your furry friend.
  • Bulla Gastrobar, 930 S. Howard Ave., Tampa | Pass the paella on this SOHO patio, perfect for a date night with your favorite person... also known as your dog.
  • Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa | Soul food Sunday brunch, anyone? We recommend the fried chicken and waffles on the patio, with your resident couch dweller.
  • Ulele, 1810 N. Highland Ave., Tampa | Whether you’re stopping by the outdoor bar for a drink, or sit by the lawn with your favorite plate, Ulele welcomes your dog(s) outdoors.
  • bartaco, 1601 W. Snow Ave., Tampa | Remember how we said Hyde Park Village was dog-friendly? The popular taco spot is no exception with its outdoor patio.
  • Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | Your dogs can join you for a night of waterfront eats from one of the renovated storage facility’s vendors, but only service dogs are allowed inside the market.
  • Forbici Modern Italian, 1633 W. Snow Ave., Tampa | Another Hyde Park Village favorite, Forbici boasts a shaded patio to ensure your pasta-lovin’ pup stays cool.
  • Goody Goody Burgers, 1601 W. Swann Ave., Tampa | Might we recommend a plain burger for the good boy? This spot’s patio wraps half the establishment, ensuring a place for everyone (and every pup) at the table.
  • Red Mesa Mercado, 1100 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg | Nothing hits quite like a laid-back Taco Tuesday. Hit up Red Mesa’s walk-up window with your pet and chill out at a courtyard picnic table with an icy soda.
  • The Avenue DTSP, 330 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | The Avenue has excellent happy hours and specials, and pups are welcome to join you at sidewalk tables.
  • The Library, 600 5th St. S., St. Petersburg | Finally, a library that allows pets. The buzzy St. Pete restaurant allows dogs at its outdoor cafe tables, so you can enjoy a prosciutto flatbread or rice noodle salad together.
  • Trip’s Diner, locations + patios vary | Pups are always welcome at these self-proclaimed “not-too-fancy” diners. We like the breakfast burritos and sandwiches.
  • El Cap, 3500 4th St. N., St. Petersburg | You’ve probably driven by the iconic neon sign before, but you should stop in for a burger. Visiting the longtime joint is like taking a journey back in time, and your favorite furry friend can come along, too (as long as they stay on the patio).
  • URBAN Brew and BBQ, 2601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | The expansive patio is perfect for relaxing with your dog and partaking in some mac and cheese, pulled pork, and other homestyle staples.
A golden retriever in a bandana is smiling at the camera with his tongue out. There are pumpkins beside him.

Posing by the water is a must for doggos at Armature Works.

🐾 Hotels

  • Aloft Tampa Downtown, 100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | Stay in the heart of downtown — with Fido, of course. Aloft allows you to bring two furry friends up to 40 lbs and doesn’t charge a pet fee.
  • Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg | This historic downtown hotel has pet-friendly rooms available. Rates range from $30-$50 per night and the hotel allows up to two pets per room under 35 lbs.
  • Crystal Bay Hotel, 7401 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Grab a pet-friendly room under 10 minutes from the beach, so you can spend your days on the sand and nights snuggling your best bud. Heads up: Pass-A-Grille Dog Beach isn’t too far.
  • Hotel Alba Tampa, 5303 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa |The Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel offers a pool bar, lots of outdoor spaces, and is pet-friendly. The hotel allows guests to bring up to two pets (cats and dogs are allowed) up to 100 lbs for an additional fee of $75 per pet, per stay.
  • Camelot Beach Suites, 603 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach | This boutique spot claims to be the only award-winning pet-friendly hotel on Clearwater Beach, and it’s clear to see why. You can hang out by the heated pool with your doggo before strolling over to get white-sand-covered toes.

🐾 Shopping centers

  • Saturday Morning Market, 230 1st St. SE, St. Petersburg | Held every Saturday from October-May, this massive outdoor market is one of Tampa Bay’s finest. Leashed pups are welcome, and many vendors bring water bowls for patrons to sip from.
  • Hyde Park Village, 1602 W. Snow Ave., Tampa | The South Tampa hub has outdoor spaces galore + boasts tons of luxe stores (think Sunni Spencer, Sephora, and West Elm), restaurants with outdoor seating, and plenty of benches and tables to relax with your pup — there’s a monthly fresh market too.
  • Central Avenue, St. Petersburg | Take your furry friend on an afternoon walk down the long stretch of downtown. While Central Avenue isn’t a mall, it’s stacked with tons of local boutiques, antique stores, and even pet shops.

🐾 Trails

  • Hillsborough River State Park, 15402 US 301 N., Thonotosassa | Hike, raft, and camp with your doggos — just make sure to bring poop bags + keep them on a leash.
  • Tampa Riverwalk, 200 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa | Tow man’s best friend along for a scenic Riverwalk bike ride or walk, and stop in at the Curtis Hixon Dog Park to finish off the experience.
  • Upper Tampa Bay Trail, 9201 W. Waters Ave., Tampa | This 7.25-mile long paved trail takes you from Citrus Park and down the west bank of the Channel A waterway — entrance is $2 per vehicle.
  • Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, 605 11th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | Pull on your best walking shoes and head to this downtown park for a two-acre walk featuring 500+ palm trees.
  • Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa | It’s $2 per vehicle to get your four-legged friend some exercise. Heads up: They’re not allowed on the boardwalks, but the trails are gorgeous.
Dogs run free at a dog bar. The sun is setting in the background and people are mingling.

Dogs can run free at Two Shepherd’s Taproom.

Photo by TBAYtoday

🐾 Coffee shops

  • Buddy Brew Coffee, locations + patios vary | Depending on the Buddy Brew of your choosing, furry patrons are welcome on the patio, like the Hyde Park Village location.
  • The Blind Tiger, locations + patios vary | With a bunch of locations around Tampa, there’s almost always a Blind Tiger outpost close to you and your pup.
  • Black Crow Coffee Co., locations + patios vary | This local fave crafts stellar iced matchas and specialty coffees, and there’s outdoor seating so you can bring your companion along.
  • Kahwa Coffee, locations + patios vary | Located on both sides of the Bay, Kahwa serves a wicked strong brew and welcomes pups on its patios (make sure to ask for a treat).
  • Spaddy’s Coffee Co., 5206 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. | The beloved Seminole Heights spot is renowned for its tasty joe + friendly community feel in the presence of furry friends.

🐾 Parks

  • Curtis Hixon Dog Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa | Fido can pop in and out of tubes, mingle with other friends, and pop up on platforms at this Riverfront park — poop bags and water stations provided.
  • North Shore Dog Park, 901 North Shore Dr. NE. St. Petersburg | This mulch-covered waterfront park is always bustling with big and small pups alike. Plus, there’s ample picnic tables, a hose-down station, and other recreation activities close by.
  • Chase Park, 5313 27th Ave. S., Gulfport | Located just a quick walk from Gulfport’s main drag, this park offers large and small dog zones, a wash station, and plenty of tree-canopy shade.
  • 4th and Angel Dog Park, 1802 E. 4th Ave., Ybor City | This dog park opened in 2023, and has lots of spots to sit and talk with (human) friends + lies next to bagel-heaven Pete’s Ybor.
  • Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin | Craving a little nature? This massive state park feels isolated + has tons of beach for your furry friend to run.
  • Henry and Ola Dog Park, 502 W. Henry Ave., Tampa | Fresh for 2024, this Seminole Heights spot has 10,600 sqft for fetches + big stretches. We checked this one out.
Dogs run around at Henry and Ola Dog Park. The sun is shining and there are parked cars and trees outside the metal fence which surrounds the park. There are three dogs near each other.

Henry and Ola Park is the newest spot for Seminole Heights dogs.

Photo by TBAYtoday

🐾 Dog beaches

It’s important to note that city beaches, in particular, are not dog-friendly unless otherwise noted. The following are dog-friendly beaches + parks. Read more from the Barks & Recreation department; yes, that’s real.

  • Davis Island Dog Beach, 864 Severn Ave., Tampa | This dog beach is conveniently located right next to a boat ramp + offers a long stretch of off-leash sand. Heads up: It’s fully fenced.
  • Fort De Soto Dog Beach, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde | Bring the whole fam (pups included) to camp out on the beach for the day. This spot boasts a beautiful stretch of white sand, wash-off stations, and dog parks.
  • Sunset Dog Beach, 7545 Bayshore Dr., Treasure Island | This Treasure Island beach is a local fave, and is conveniently located down the street from Caddy’s on the Beach in case you need some refreshments.
  • Pass-A-Grille Dog Beach, 1-199 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach | This time, bring Fido along for your beach day. The quaint slice of St. Pete Beach offers a dog-friendly section on the bay side.
  • Picnic Island Beach Dog Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa | Let your pups race along the beach while you take in the sunset over the Gandy Bridge.

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