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Which Wilmington-area bars allow well-behaved dogs?

Cassie Foss

Q. Occasionally I enjoy a glass of wine out with friends but hate to leave my golden retriever home alone. I noticed a few pups out at Satellite and Liquid Room recently. Which Wilmington-area bars allow well-behaved dogs?

Unfortunately for those pups that long to accompany their owner to the local watering hole for a pint, they’ll have to stay outside the bar or at home.

According to the New Hanover County Health Department, establishments that have multi-use use glasses or serve food are regulated by the state’s rules governing the food protection and sanitation of eateries and the N.C. Food Code.

The rules state:

6-501.115 Prohibiting Animals.

(A) Except as specified in section (B) and (C) of this section, live animals may not be allowed on the PREMISES of a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT. Pf

(B) Live animals are allowed in the following situations if the owner or operator does not permit animals to physically contact FOOD, serving dishes, UTENSILS, tableware, LINENS, unwrapped SINGLE-SERVICE and SINGLE-USE ARTICLES or other FOOD service items that may result in contamination of FOOD or FOOD-CONTACT SURFACES and does not permit animals to physically contact EMPLOYEES engaged in the preparation or handling of FOOD:

(1) FISH or crustacea in aquariums or display tanks;

(2) Patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers in offices and dining, sales, and storage areas; and sentry dogs in outside fenced areas;

(3) SERVICE ANIMALS accompanying persons with disabilities in areas that are not used for FOOD preparation

Follow this link to read the section on page 178 in the state’s Food Code: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/food/NC_Food_Code_Manual_2009.pdf

Bars and restaurants that have only single-service (disposable) cups or serve canned or bottled prepackage drinks and no food are not regulated and may allow animals inside, according to Alicia Pickett, an environmental health program specialist at the New Hanover Health Department.

In addition to restaurants listed here (http://www.myreporter.com/?p=18040), a few more local bars allow dogs outside or on patios, including:

Satellite Lounge, www.satellitebarandlounge.com, 120 Greenfield Street, Wilmington [Map this], 910-399-2796

Duck & Dive Pub, www.facebook.com/duckanddive, 114 Dock Street Wilmington, NC 28401, 910-399-2866

Barbary Coast, http://www.facebook.com/barbary.coast.9?fref=ts, 116 S Front St, Wilmington [Map this], NC 28401, 910-762-8996

The Dubliner, http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dubliner-Irish-Pub/352203026669, 1756 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington [Map this], NC 28401, 910-343-8342

Goat & Compass, http://www.goatandcompass.com, 710 N 4th St Wilmington, NC 28401, 910- 772-1400



Do any restaurants in downtown Wilmington permit large dogs in the sidewalk cafe seating area?

Are bars required to have patrons become members and sign in when they visit?

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2 Responses to “ Which Wilmington-area bars allow well-behaved dogs?”

  1. On April 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm Bryan Cournoyer wrote:

    The Goat and Compass on North 4th also has a fenced in back patio for your furry friends.

  2. On October 7, 2017 at 9:05 am Kristina wrote:

    Letting any animal in any restaurant should be not permitted at any level. This is disgusting, unsanitary, irresponsible at the person bringing the animal into an eating establishment. Just because you have been eat at a hog Troff, does not mean you have to bring the entire farm with you and make everyone join you. Do everyone the favor and STAY HOME!!!

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