Places in city that say `Pets welcome'

Baltimore is becoming more dog-friendly


August 11, 2005|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,SUN STAFF

It's lunchtime, and you're starving. You want to grab a bite and then maybe swing by the video store or shop in Fells Point, but you haven't walked your dog, Boopi. You tiptoe toward the back door, hoping he won't hear you, but it's too late - he's already sitting there with the leash in his mouth and that look in his eyes that melts you into a puddle.

Boopi loves you so much - how dare you walk out and leave him here, alone, in your home all day? Take him with you to this list of dog-friendly places around the city. But don't step out with the pooch in tow, drop by your local cafe and string him to a pole while you go inside.

"Bad idea," said Janet Boss, a dog trainer with Best Friends Dog Obedience on Falls Road. "Even if you have a really well-trained dog lying down outside at the signpost, you can't count on what somebody might feed your dog, or anything else."

Boss said it's better to leave Boopi at home if you can't accommodate him where you're going. And, of course, Boopi needs to be well-behaved and on a leash.

Here's a list of some local cafes, bars and stores where you can safely take your dog. City parks aren't on it because most parks welcome dogs (as long as you clean up after them). Health codes keep Boopi and other dogs from legally setting paw in enclosed restaurants and bars where food is being served, so they're not on the list either. While Baltimore doesn't exactly win the Most Dog-Friendly award, the city isn't as bad as it used to be, Boss said.

"Some cities are a lot more pet-friendly than others," Boss said. "Baltimore's getting there, but I don't think we're quite there yet."

Bonjour, 6070 Falls Road. 410-372-0238. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

The Daily Grind, 1720 Thames St. 410-558-0399. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. Walk around to the side and knock on the top half of the door for outside service while your dog waits at your side. One person per dog, please.

Donna's Cafe and Coffee Bar, 3101 St. Paul St. 410-889-3410. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.- 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. 800 N. Charles St. 410-385-0180. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Dogs allowed at outside seating at both locations.

Ethel and Ramone's, 1615 Sulgrave Ave. 410-664-2971. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Dogs allowed on porch and patio.

Fashion Attic, 1926 Fleet St. Call for hours. 410-276-0817 Dogs allowed inside the thrift store.

GlasZ Cafe, 6080 Falls Road. 410-377-9060. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Dogs allowed at outside seating.

Greene Turtle, 722 S. Broadway St. 410-342-4222. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Dogs allowed at outside seating.

Kiss Cafe, 2400 Boston St. 410-327-9889. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Dogs allowed at outside seating.

Lulu's Off Broadway, 1703 Aliceanna St. 410-537-5858, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Dogs allowed at outdoor seating.

Patterson Perk, 2501 Eastern Ave. 410-534-1286. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. After walking Boopi in nearby Patterson Park, order some coffee for yourself and a dog treat for him. The cafe also leaves filled water bowls outside, in case Boopi gets parched.

Peter's Inn, 504 S. Ann St. 410-675-7313. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Dogs allowed at outside seating.

Sound Garden, 1616 Thames St. 410-563-9011. Call for hours. Dogs allowed inside the music store.

Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 902 S. Charles St. 410-234-0235. Call for hours. Dogs allowed at outside seating.

Video Americain, 3100 St. Paul St. 410-889-5266. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.--midnight Friday-Saturday. 400 W. Cold Spring Lane. 410-243-2231. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Dogs allowed inside the video store at both locations.

The Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave. 410-467-7777. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Dogs allowed inside the store.

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