Dog friendly spots in Tampa Bay, FL

Chihuahua dog with a bandana in front of a red Tampa sign
Stewie thinks Tampa is the most dog friendly city there is. | Photo from @acutienamedstewie

If you ever venture down to Hyde Park, up the Riverwalk, or along Channelside, it’s no surprise that Tampa ranked as the No. 2 most pet-friendly city in America. And, on those particularly perfect Florida days, sometimes it’s so hard to leave your fur-baby alone. Luckily, Cigar City is a fairly dog-friendly place with a smorgasbord of picture-perfect patios to parade your pup.

A corgi sitting in a gray metal chair with a beer on a wooden table in foreground
Kevin the Corgi recommends chilling on the patio at Sparkman Wharf | Photo by @corgi.named.kevin

To help you figure out some of the best pro-puppy places around town, we connected with BringFido the ultimate pet-friendly resource and compiled a few recommendations. DYK their headquarters are in Greenville, SC, one of our sister city markets hey @GVLtoday.

Pro tip: you can also use BringFido for more than just dog-friendly restaurants. You can use it to find pet-friendly hotels + events too.

🐾 Bars + Breweries

  • World of Beer, 5311 Avion Park Dr. | 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. | 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.
  • Pups Pub, 2202 W. Kennedy Blvd. | Pups Pub is a full-liquor dog bar where all playful patrons are fully vaxxed against rabies and parvo.
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 1600 E. 8th Ave. + 13937 Monroes Business Park | 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. 
  • Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 East 2nd Ave. | 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 downing beers and 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 win  — or loss — 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 | We love 3 Daughters for their funky live music sets, beer and sour flights, and overall sense of community — and pups are welcome too.

🐾 Restaurants

  • Datz, locations + patios vary | Don’t experience all dat Datz has to offer alone — bring your pup for some front-porch sittin’ .
  • On Swann, 1501 W Swann Ave. | Like most spots in Hyde Park, 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.
  • Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill, 7720 W. Courtney Campbell Cswy. | Whether or not we agree that Whiskey Joe really tamed a gator, we can all agree that this spot is a solid, beachfront eatery to relax with your dog.
  • Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Dr. | If you’re craving something savory, sweet, or spiked, you can camp out at Sparkman Wharf in one of its many waterfront settings with your furry friend.
  • Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. | Your dogs can join you for a night of eats from one of Armature Works’ vendors but must stay outside Heights Public Market unless they’re a service dog.
  • Bulla Gastrobar, 930 S. Howard Ave. | Pass the paella on this SOHO patio, perfect for a date night with your favorite person… or pup.
  • Ella’s Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave. | Soulfood Sunday brunch, anyone? We recommend the fried chicken and waffles, on the patio, with your resident couch dweller… AKA your pooch.
  • Ulele, 1810 N. Highland Ave. | Whether you’re stopping by the outdoor bar for a drink or want to sit on the patio or lawn with your favorite app, Ulele welcomes your dog(s) outdoors.
  • Bartaco, 1601 W. Snow Ave. | Remember how we said Hyde Park was dog-friendly? Bartaco is no exception with its outdoor patio.
  • Forbici Modern Italian, 1633 W. Snow Ave. | Another Hyde Park favorite, Forbici boasts a shaded patio to ensure your pasta-lovin’ pup stays cool.
  • Goody Goody Burgers, 1601 W. Swann Ave. | Might we recommend a plain burger for the good boy? This spot’s patio wraps half the establishment, ensuring a spot for everyone (and we mean every pup) at the table.
  • Red Mesa Mercado, 1100 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg | Nothing hits quite like a laidback Taco Tuesday. Hit up Red Mesa’s walk-up window with your pup 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 with your pup. 
  • 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 burger 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 n’ cheese, pulled pork, and other homestyle staples.

🐾 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 location.
  • The Blind Tiger, locations + patios vary | With more than seven locations around Tampa, there’s almost always a Blind Tiger outpost in walking distance of you and your pup. 
  • Black Crow Coffee Co., locations + patios vary | St. Pete local favorite Black Crow crafts the best 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).

🐾 Dog beaches + parks

Two Basset Hound dogs with ocean, palm trees, and sunset in the background.
Benny and Jerry most definitely approve your next trip to Picnic Island Beach Dog Park. | Photo by @bennyjerrythebassets

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.
  • Picnic Island Beach Dog Park, 7409 Picnic Island Blvd.
  • Curtis Hixon Dog Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr.
  • Fort De Soto Dog Beach, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde 
  • Sunset Dog Beach, 7545 Bayshore Dr., Treasure Island 
  • Pass-A-Grille Dog Beach, 1-199 Pass a Grille Way, St. Pete Beach
  • Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin

Check out what Visit Tampa Bay has to say about more pet-friendly destinations in the area. Was there a dog-friendly patio or spot we missed? Share it with us.