January 23, 2023

Best Dog-Friendly Breweries in Durham

Durham is home to a plethora of local breweries, many of which are dog-friendly and feature large outdoor and indoor spaces, which can be particularly accommodating for dogs. Here are some of our favorites:

Ponysaurus: Located in the Downtown East neighborhood of Durham, Ponysuarus has become a popular weekend destination. The 6,000 square feet facility features a taproom, beer garden, pizzeria, covered outdoor patio and occasional food trucks. Most of the seating is outside, making it an easy place to bring your dog.

Hi-Wire: Originally started in Asheville, Hi-Wire expanded into Durham at Golden Belt in 2018. Hi-Wire features 8,844 square feet of interior space, as well as a 1,678 square foot outdoor covered patio and beer garden. You’ll also find shuffleboard courts, soccer, pool tables, table tennis and food trucks. The sheer size of Hi-Wire makes it a great place to bring your dog.

Fullsteam: One of Durham’s original micro-breweries launched in 2010, Fullsteam has become a popular destination, and you’ll likely find it at your local grocery store. Fullsteam’s mission is to craft distinctly Southern beer that celebrates the farm and food traditions of the American South. Keep in mind that because they serve food, they ask that all dogs remain in the outdoor space (unless you have a service dog).

Bull City Ciderworks: If you’re craving cider (and even if you’re not), you need to visit Bull City Ciderworks. The cider bar has 24 draft cider taps and a selection of NC craft beers in cans (Fullsteam, HiWire, Four Saints etc.). They have a big outdoor space with decks, picnic tables and a fire pit, offering many spots to sit with your dog.

Gizmo Brewworks: With locations in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, it was finally time for Gizmo to open up in Durham. Located in the new University Hill development on the second floor, there is plenty of outdoor space both in and around the taproom to enjoy time outdoors with your pup.

DSSOLVR Durham: Drop in for a pour of beer, wine, cider, or hard seltzer! They now have Hot Drinks and Jello shots too! Dogs are welcome both inside the taproom and outside on the covered patio. They have dog beds, water bowls, free dog treats, and an entire basket of dog toys available in the taproom!

TRUSS VET TIPS: Don’t forget to bring a leash, poop bags, treats, and a dog bowl (for water). Breweries often have some of these essentials, but it’s always helpful to come prepared. And keep in mind, most breweries will require that you have your dog on a leash while at their location. Lastly, if you’re thinking of drinking six beers instead of sipping on a few, you may want to leave Fluffy at home 🙂

Have a brewery that you think should be added to this list? Let us know at woof@trussvet.com.