You’ve got dog questions, we’ve got dog answers. Durham is a seriously dog friendly city. The list of spots you can bring your pup along may be longer than the spots you can’t. Here’s the best dog-friendly hangouts, breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, dog parks, hiking trails, events, and even where to get a pup of your own in Durham.

What are the best dog-friendly hangouts in Durham?

Breweries and Bottle Shops

Gizmo Brew Works– 3109 Shannon Rd #201, Durham, NC 27707

Ponysaurus– 219 Hood St, Durham, NC 27701

Durty Bull-206 Broadway St #104, Durham, NC 27701

Bull City Ciderworks– 305 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701

Sam’s Bottle Shop– 1112 NC-54, Durham, NC 2770

Fullsteam Brewery– 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Ramblers– 115 Fuller St, Durham, NC 27701

Beer Durham– 404 Hunt St #110, Durham, NC 27701

Beer Study– 2501 University Drive, Suite 4, Durham, NC 27707

Glass Jug– 5410 NC-55 suite v, Durham, NC 27713

Growler Grlz– 4810 Hope Valley Rd STE 110, Durham, NC 27707

Barrel Culture– 4913 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

Hi-Wire Brewing– 800 Taylor St, Durham, NC 27701

Coffee Shops


Bean Traders– 105 W Nc 54 Hwy #249, Durham, NC 27713

Cocoa Cinnamon– All three locations have patios and outdoor seating: 420 W Geer St, Durham, NC 27701, 2013 Chapel Hill Rd, 27707, 2627 Hillsborough Rd, 27705

Joe Van Gogh– 4711-5A Hope Valley Road Durham, NC 27707 & 1114-B West Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701

Cloche Coffee– 721 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

Everlou Coffee– 506 N Mangum St #102, Durham, NC 27701


Many Durham restaurants and bars allow well-behaved, leashed dogs on their outdoor patios. This is in no way a comprehensive roundup but will give you a starter list of go-to places where you can get food with your dog in tow.



Namu Beer Hall– 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Boxcar– 621 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Outdoors Only

Velvet Hippo Rooftop Bar– 119 Orange St 3rd Floor, Durham, NC 27701 (Gorgeous rooftop bar with dog friendly hours on the weekend!)

Motorco (Parts and Labor)– 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Bull City Burger and Brewery– 107 E Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701

Eastcut Sandwich Shop– 3211 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila– 604 Fernway Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Beyu Caffe– 341 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

Parker and Otis– 112 S Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

Foster’s Market– 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Geer St. Garden– 644 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Dulce Cafe– 5826 Fayetteville Rd Ste 106, Durham, NC 27713

Bull and Bean– 3710 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Clouds Brewing– 905 W Main St #22, Durham, NC 27701

Local 22– 2200 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705

*Note: It’s a good idea to check in with any location before taking your dog with you. If you find that a location on this list is no longer pet-friendly, please let me know! Do you have a favorite spot where dogs are welcome? Contact us!

Dog Parks

Note: For Durham county dog parks, there is a $17 fee to register your dog annually and you can register online here.

Northgate Park

  • 400 W Lavender Avenue Durham, NC 27704 (Located on the north side of Northgate Park, off of Lavender Avenue)
  • Small and Large Dog Areas

Duke Park

  • 1608 Acadia Street Durham, NC 27701
  • Small and Large Dog Areas

Piney Wood Dog Park

  • 400 E Woodcroft Parkway Durham, NC 27713
  • Small and Large Dog Areas, plus a program area

Downtown Durham Dog Park 

  • 304 Elliott Street Durham, NC 27703 (Located on the corner of Roxboro and Elliott Street)
  • Small and Large Dog Areas

Rock Quarry Dog Park

A new dog park will be opened at Rock Quarry Park, and will serve as the replacement for Northgate Dog Park. It will be located in a large wooded area along the Ellerbee Creek Trail, between the northern section of Rock Quarry Park and Edison Johnson Recreation Center. (More details to come)

Hiking Trails


The Eno River State Park– 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705

American Tobacco Trail– Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54

Duke Forest– 800 White Pine Dr, Durham, NC 27705

West Point on the Eno– 5101 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27712

South Ellerbe Creek Greenway Trail– Entrance is off West Trinity Avenue

Al Buehler Cross Country Trail– The Al Buehler Cross Country Trail is a gravel running and walking course located around the perimeter of the Washington Duke Golf Course. Although not technically part of the Duke Forest, the trail is maintained by the Office of the Duke Forest as a service to the University and the Durham community.

Bennett Place– A fifteen minute walk will take one through the forests, which were once corn and wheat fields of James Bennett.

Riverwalk (Hillsborough)– The main entrance is by the Eno River Parking Deck at the end of Nash and Kollock Street, adjacent to the Gateway Center.


Barley Labs

Here’s some shops specifically catered to our furry friends or that allow them inside while you shop.

Unleashed– a locally owned dog and cat store, they offer food, treats a self-service dog wash station, and more. 1000 W Main St, Ste 1C Durham, NC 27701

Oliver’s Collar4711 Hope Valley Rd #4b, Durham, NC 27707– Where to go to get elaborate treats made with dog-friendly ingredients because obviously you celebrate your dog’s birthday

Barnes Supply Co.– 774 9th St, Durham, NC 27705- Barnes Supply sells garden and pet supplies and lawn-care products.

Classic Treasures Consignment– 2659 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707- Classic Treasures sells new and used furniture, they allow leashed, well behaved dogs inside.

Once and Again Consignment– 3738 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707- Offers new and gently used merchandise, they allow leashed, well behaved dogs inside.

What are the must-do dog-friendly events in Durham?


Bark in the Park– Dog-friendly promo nights at select Durham Bulls games.

Where can I adopt a dog in Durham?

Durham is home to a number of organizations — from brick and mortar shelters to independent, volunteer-run, foster-backed rescues — working hard to re-home stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs. Here’s a couple of organizations we personally partner with:

Hope Animal RescueAdopt | Donate | Foster

APS of DurhamAdopt | Donate | Volunteer

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