Dog's Day Out in Atlanta, GA
If you’ve spilled coffee one too many times while walking your pooch, head to Park Grounds, a coffee shop in Reynoldstown. Park Grounds offers the only thing that could improve a morning cup of joe: free Wi-Fi while your best four-legged friend plays off leash in a fully-fenced dog park. If hunger pangs have you howling, the café’s baristas serve up more than coffee: you can order from an extensive breakfast and sandwich-heavy lunch menu, which also serves up dog treats. Doggie bag dispensers with bio-degradable bags let you clean up the aftermath with ease.
If you’re looking for a country-in-the-city place to run your dog (especially with a stroller or bike) head to the Silver Comet Trail. Start at the eastern trailhead in Cobb County and meander over 60 miles of paved, flat trail to the Georgia-Alabama state line. (Here the Silver Comet connects to the Chief Ladiga Trail, which you can follow for 33 miles to Anniston, AL.) The trail follows the old eponymous railway line and meanders through suburban tracts and wilderness, crossing several pedestrian bridges and trestles on the way. The eastern end of the trail offers plentiful parking at the various trailheads as well as water fountains.
Piedmont Park is home to both an extensive dog park under the Monroe Street bridge and a dog-friendly restaurant conveniently nearby, the Park Tavern. The dog park boasts separate fenced spaces for little guys, letting puppies nip at someone their own size while larger dogs run with their own packs. After you and Fido work off some social energy, head over to the Park Tavern, where over 50 patio tables with umbrellas and plenty of doggie drinking dishes offer excellent cooldown opportunities – especially if it rains, when draft beers will set you back just a buck.
Lady and the Tramp’s back-alley meatball courtship just might come to mind if you hit up the Thirsty Dog Tavern. The T-Dog, in Peachtree Hills, offers robust Italian food, the usual whet-your-whistle pub offerings, and a menu of doggie treats for your four-footed friends. Beyond the bar, the 50-inch flatscreens, and the backyard patio is a small grassy dog park -- replete with red fire hydrant -- where your canine can have his own happy hour. Order a plate of pasta for yourself, but be sure to give Fido his due – his menu includes kibble, hot dogs, or a filet.
If the live, international sports playing on the televisions don't interest you and your pooch, the people watching at the Brewhouse Cafe certainly will. Located in the heart of Little Five Points, the English-style pub house allows dogs both on the patio and inside the bar. They have a large selection of imported beers and serve lunch and dinner daily and a weekend brunch. From the traditional pub fare of burgers and wings to fried calamari and leek and potato soup, the menu has something for every palate. Several nights are themed with not only activities but drink specials as well, such as Tuesday night poker and Wednesday trivia.