Boozing With Man’s BFF: Dog-Friendly Bars in Culver City

Mya in a t-shirt by Holly Hite

Mya all dressed up and ready to hit up some dog-friendly bars.

Ever since I got my rescue pit bull Mya, I want to take her with me everywhere. I mean, wook at that wittle face! Unfortunately, most bars/restaurants usually won’t let me share a table with my new canine bff, something about it being a violation of a health code or something. Pfft! In any case, that hasn’t stopped me from trying to find dog-friendly bars within the 1.5-mile radius of where I live in Culver City/Palms where I can booze it up with Mya close by. Here’s what I found.

Akasha: Akasha has a couple of patios, one adjacent to the dining room and one off the café side. Dogs aren’t allowed on the patio but can be tied up outside it. Although I love stopping by here for a little breakfast and the happy hour, I’m squeamish about leaving Mya outside the fence since the sidewalk is kinda narrow so if other dogs walk by there could be a problem. In any case the trick is to score a seat off to the side away from the main thoroughfare. Recommended drink: One of the organic seasonal cocktails (the list on the site needs to be updated).

Bigfoot West: They have a patio enclosed by a fence with slats so you can tie your pooch to the outside of it and pet him/her through the spaces, if your hand can fit, that is. Unfortunately, this is a smoking patio so if you can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke, you might want to skip this one since it seems like a lot of Bigfoot’s patrons like that bad habit. I hate smoke but the appeal of a great beer selection  and whiskey was hard to resist. Happy hour is daily from 5-9pm with $5 cocktails. Recommended drink: Boont Amber Ale on tap — smooth, flavorful, refreshing or a Manhattan. The happy hour drinks are too light (and sweet) for my taste so I stay away.

Father’s Office: Surprisingly the place that doesn’t allow photography, babies or ketchup lets you bring your dog but only if you tie him/her up outside of the patio. What I like about this is that Mya is dog-aggressive but since she’s tucked in behind plants and there’s a lot of room for people and their dogs to walk a wide birth around her she can’t get into trouble. Anyway, yay for enjoying really tasty craft beer alongside man’s best friend. Recommended drink: Can’t go wrong with any of their beers plus they also have a full bar so check out their Manhattan.

Gyenari: OK the food and cocktails here aren’t all that great but gotta love a patio with heated lamps and a place to tie up your doggy nearby. When I went they said I had to tie Mya outside of the fence but shhhh! they didn’t yell at me when she “snuck” onto the patio. Heh. Recommended drink: Stick to straight booze, neat or on the rocks. UPDATE 4/21/11: Gyenari is now closed but has been replaced with MoKo.

Le Saint Amour: The patio of this French brasserie actually has a place designated pour les chiens. It’s tucked in from the sidewalk so your dog doesn’t get stepped on by passers-by. Great place for enjoying wine and bites with friends. Keep in mind that they have delicious bone marrow here. However when I tried to give the leftover bone to Mya, she wouldn’t have it. She’s one picky eater. Recommended drink: Take your pick from beers like Allagash or Le Fin du Monde or from the wine list which features wine by the glass from $9-$15.

Native Foods: If you’re into organic beers (I’m not really), this is the place for you. They have a patio so you can enjoy your En ?Cha-Cha? Lada Bowl and Stone beer with Fido (on the other side of the fence of course).

Rush Street: Now I haven’t taken Mya to this Culver City barestaurant yet but they are right next door to Gyenari and also have a patio that you can tie your dog outside of. Same situation in terms of food and cocktails as Gyenari — meaning meh — but take your pick if you want to sit at a bustling patio or a quieter one. They have happy hour here but it’s only applicable to the second floor. Bew. Recommended drink: Draft beer or straight booze (their cocktails are too sweet for the likes of me).

8 Responses to Boozing With Man’s BFF: Dog-Friendly Bars in Culver City
  1. lynn @ the actor's diet
    March 16, 2011 | 8:13 am

    great list! if i’m in the CC area i’ll bring my pooch.

  2. Caroline on Crack
    March 16, 2011 | 8:14 am

    Thanks! One day I hope to explore other areas of LA with Mya. 🙂

  3. Elana
    March 16, 2011 | 10:06 am

    Yes! The husband and I were just talking about this idea this past weekend driving around with our little one (rescued a couple years back, part pit, part chocolate lab, part possibly whippet, part gas bomb). Someone needs to come up with a recent comprehensive list of places to drink with your dog. I work in CC and sometimes have the dog, but we live up near eagle rock. Maybe I’ll come up with a list for that area… everyone seems to have a dog in these parts.

  4. cari
    March 16, 2011 | 10:27 am

    ooh, i compiled a doggy friendly list for dt too!
    spring street bar patio allows dogs
    far bar in little tokyo allows on the patio during happy hour
    spitz outdoor patio (not great selection of drinks though)
    corkbar and bottlerock both have dog friendly outdoor seating
    the falls has a patio but i dont think you can bring your drink outside so its kind of pointless
    my fav place though is coles bc drinks are good

  5. Bren
    March 22, 2011 | 9:53 am

    I used to live in LBC/Seal Beach and they are super dog friendly. A few of the beachfront cafes not only allow pups on the patios but they have doggy treats on the tables!!

  6. Tara
    March 24, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Father’s Office also doesn’t let you get their burger without onions. Seriously? just don’t put on the onions. Instead i had to scrape off the carmelized goo and suffer heart burn. Grr!

  7. TreasureLA
    April 21, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Bigfoot West is my go-to Happy Hour in Culver City (walking distance + happy hour until 9 pm = perfect) but sometimes they only have one bartender working and it can take 45 minutes to get a drink. Cocktails seem a bit weak as well. Cheap empanadas from next door though.

  8. Caroline on Crack
    April 21, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Elana,
    Good idea! I’d love it if everyone all over LA came up with such lists. Then I can take Mya outside of Culver City. 😉

    Cari,
    Speaking of which, thanks!

    Bren,
    Wait, they don’t allow dogs on the patio but have treats available? That doesn’t make sense some how.

    Tara,
    Aww, that’s not good.

    TreasureLA,
    I wanted to get the empanadas but they only take cash! And yeah, the cocktails at Bigfoot are way weak. That’s why I order the Manhattan.

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