Ginger the dog gets a snow ball at Pelican’s SnoBalls
In an age where dog beer and cat wine are a thing, it’s not that shocking that pets and their “human companions” are doing more than just playing Frisbee and taking naps together. More and more bars and restaurants around town are becoming dog-friendly and showing their support of your four-legged BFF (best furry friend) by offering a few treats for both you and them.
Pelican’s SnoBalls on Rosewood Drive, for example, offers a “pup cup” made of peanut butter-flavored shaved ice and topped with a dog biscuit.
“In Raleigh, where we were founded, there was a dog named Charlie who loved French vanilla, and his owner asked if Adrian and Austin (the founder and his son) would put some in a bowl for him, and he loved it,” said Matthew Marcom, owner, operator and franchiser of Pelican’s SnoBalls on Rosewood. “So everyday, he would come up and order Charlie a French vanilla. After the dog passed away, in his honor, they renamed the French vanilla Vanilla Charlie in Raleigh. Since then, every store we’ve opened we say, ‘Let’s do pup cups!’ ”
Quite a few other places around town offer water dishes, some offer discounts on drinks during “yappy hour,” and one restaurant created a separate menu altogether for dogs. Take a look at the list below, and plan your next outing with your dog in mind. You’re not the only one who could use a change of scenery, doggone it!
World of Beer: During “yappy hour,” the restaurant encourages people to bring their dogs – and as a treat, you get 25 percent off Tito’s vodka and Lagunitas beer. Dishes of water are provided for the dogs, as well as treats, if available. 902 Gervais St. (803) 509-6020, worldofbeer.com/Locations/TheVista
Jake’s: Probably the most well known “yappy hour” in town, this is the place to get together with other dog enthusiasts. The closed-off back deck becomes a puppy playground with dogs running around off leash. Treats and baby pools filled with water and ice are summer staples. 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2112 Devine St. (803) 708-4788, jakesofcolumbia.com
Scoopy Doo: Located in the heart of Five Points, this gelato shop was made for humans, but dogs have been known to be seen wolfing down a gelato … or two. The peanut butter sorbet is a hit with the four-legged customers – go figure. 725 Saluda Ave. (803) 765-6999, www.facebook.com/Scoopy-Doo-Gelato-Shop
Craft and Draft: Columbia’s premier beer store and growler shop is not only great for humans, but it also is dog-friendly and provides dishes of water so you don’t have to drink alone. 2706 Devine St. (803) 764-2575, www.craftanddraftbeer.com
Dwaun Sellers, firstname.lastname@example.org