How Dog Friendly is Columbus?

Whether you’re visiting or planning to call Columbus home, your four legged friends will love the summer weather in Columbus.

With sunshine right around the corner, many are looking for great options to take our four legged friends around town.

Who let the dogs out? Columbus!

Restaurants and bars

The REAL Happy Hour is any hour a dog is not staring out the window forlorn, awaiting your return. With over 100 restaurants and counting in Columbus that cater to dogs, it is definitely a great place to have pets. From coffee shops and bakeries to restaurants and bars, there are a slew of dog friendly patios in the Columbus area.

The honorable bark goes to Oddfellows, taking it one step further than the patio. Bring your friendly, polite furry friend inside this bar to enjoy the visit.


Get out there and wag those tails! Columbus has some great pet friendly events. Check out the Dublin Pet Fair (late September) or the Rescue Run (late May) or get zen with Dog Yoga at Wild Goose Creative. Take your four legged friend out to socialize and enjoy the day.

Still looking for that perfect fur friend? Visit Mingle with Mutts at Franklin Co Dog Shelter each month.



Columbus has an abundance of human and doggy parks. There are a plenty of options, whether your pal does better on a leash or wants to run around and play with others. Wheeler Memorial is always a top pick, or enjoy the day at Pooch Playground or Alum Creek.

Extra Treats for Short North Barks District

The Short North Barks District is a great place to spend time with your favorite tail wagger. Shop, eat, drink and enjoy the day. Featuring the one and only Three Dog Bakery, Short North is also home to dog friendly establishments like Oddfellows and Bodega. Spend the whole day and we guarantee your pooch will nap the whole way home.

All in all, Columbus is a pretty dog friendly place. With many options in Columbus-proper as well as in the ‘burbs – your furry friend will be happy to call Columbus home!

Heather Argenti