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San Francisco is one of the most puppy-friendly cities in the country; in fact, the city has more dogs than kids! Because of this, you’re sure to find plenty of places in the city to spend with your four-legged friend. We’ve rounded up some of the best dog-friendly parks, restaurants, bars, hotels and other spots in San Francisco!
Places to Walk
San Francisco has plenty of parks, trails and beaches to offer where your pup is welcome. One such place is Crissy Field, where your pup can play with other dogs on the beach. The off-leash area allows pups to splash in the calm waters, but access to the Wildlife Protection Area is prohibited. Another dog-friendly beach, Baker Beach, offers off-leash play north of Lobos Creek, as well as stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s most dog-friendly parks, with four off-leash areas to choose from. It’s a popular place for pups to come with their owners, so your furry friend won’t be alone. At Land’s End, your leashed pup is welcome to hike on this beautiful trail with views of the rocky California coast.
Places to Eat and Drink
Hungry for a bite to eat but don’t want to leave your precious pup behind? Thankfully, there are restaurants and bars in the city that happily accept four-legged friends. Formerly known as “Stray Bar,” Holy Water in Bernal Heights is a local favorite that welcomes pups of all kinds through its doors. Toronado is another Fido-friendly bar, open from 11:30am to 2am daily, but we recommend you don’t bring your pup here on a busy night. Swing by Park Chow with your pup and sit outside on the lovely patio while you enjoy some quality dishes. Your pup can get a water bowl, too. For a lazy weekend or eventful weekday with your best pup pal, Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden offers one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco for dog owners. The restaurant is the perfect social spot for pups and their people to listen to live music on their big, green lawn out back.
Places to Stay
Need a dog-friendly place to lodge while you’re in town? There are several to choose from, but we’d like to share a couple of our favorites. Right by Crissy Field, the Inn at the Presidio makes a great choice for boarding with your pup. For an added $40, the hotel will accommodate your room to suit you and your furry friend. Plus, there’s even a bowling alley! At the Argonaut Hotel, each pup can join you for an extra $50, with “no size restrictions or extra charges,” according to the hotel’s website. This dog-friendly hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf is iconic for its coastal feel and under-the-sea theme. They also boast nearby recreational areas for you and your pup to enjoy.
Places to Ride
Before planning your route for the day, it’s important to know which public transportation services are welcoming to your pup. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) line allows dogs in carriers to ride with no extra charge. To get to places the Bart line doesn’t cover, you can take Muni, which is short for the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Pets on Muni can ride in a carrier during non-peak hours for a fee equal to the fare of its owner. When using the rideshare services Uber and Lyft, the acceptance of four-legged passengers is completely up to the driver. “Once you request a car, you can call the driver and ask if they allow dogs in their car. Lyft will refund any charges if you have to cancel the car” (7×7).