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Out of the Ordinary Dog Friendly Activities in Seattle

out of the ordinary dog friendly activities

Maybe you’re trying to nail that first impression with a really creative first date. Or maybe you’ve just gone to the same three breweries and off-leash parks so much, you’re starting to crave a change of pace. Seattle is increasingly a, “where I go, my dog goes, too” kind of town, but even here, it’s still easy to feel limited by your out-and-about options.

Often the world forces us into a cruel Catch-22: do something unique and fun, but leave the dog at home; or commit to the limited same-old, but know the pup can come along. Before you hurl curses at the activities god, hold up! We’ve got you! We put together a shortlist of not-so-same-old things you can do around Seattle, where your wingman is totally welcome to tag along. Use this as your guide to break the bar & park monotony with some out of the ordinary dog friendly activities.

Mini Golf at Flatstick Pub

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Flatstick Pub, the Puget Sound area’s refuge for adult mini golfing, has three locations, two of which are 100% dog friendly. The new South Lake Union location is service animals only, but both the Pioneer Square and Kirkland locations are wingman-approved at all hours, with a special Yappy Hour Monday-Friday from 6-7pm, and all day on Sunday. Flatstick really is the best of all worlds: all three locations serve food and the mini golfing and Duffleboard courses are genuinely fun, with local themes and “henry” mural touches to make you feel right at home. Plus, the tap list is no joke. Skip the same-old bar and come here instead. (Website)

Fremont Ice Cream & Brew Cruises

out of the ordinary dog friendly activities
(Photo: Fremont Brew Cruise)

Nothing feels quite so “Seattle” as a boat trip around Lake Union. Whether you’ve lived here for twenty years or two weeks, cruising past houseboats, watching seaplanes takeoff and land, waving to kayakers— all with the Space Needle and Gasworks Park bookending your view— never loses its charm. Board “The Fremont Ave” and you can get all of that, plus a drink and a snack. The folks behind the Fremont Brew Cruise offer two different experiences in the summer: the first is a by-reservation (in my experience, easy to come by) Happy Hour cruise Monday-Friday, serving craft beers from Fremont Brewing. The second is the more family-friendly-oriented tour, serving ice cream treats and running on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, both tours serve alcohol and ice cream, and the tour guiding is no more or less 21+ because of the tour differentiation— just pick a day when the sun’s shining, and enjoy the water with your dog by your side! (Website)

Scenic Flight with Kenmore Air Seaplanes

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Got some cash burning a hole in your pocket? Taking off and landing straight out of Lake Union, cruising over Elliott Bay— doesn’t sound half bad for an out of the box Saturday afternoon, right? Dogs are welcome on any of Kenmore Air’s scenic tours and destination flights and, if they’re lap-sized, they fly free. If you’ve got someone to impress, “I saw Mount Rainier by plane today, and my dog sat next to me” would be a pretty hall-of-fame date recap. (Website)

Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race or a Seahawks game at King’s Hardware

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King’s Hardware is one of the very best dive bars in a dive-bar-loving town. The staff is down to earth, the drinks are stiff, the vibes are good, and they’ve got skee ball and Big Buck Hunter to boot. Well-behaved pups are welcomed anywhere in the bar. Oh, and their food is really good. So, just in general: go to King’s Hardware. However, back to the specific point of this article, which is not simply nice places to drink: King’s has a big projector they pull down for watch parties. Come to watch a Seahawks game with The People, or wait for next season of Drag Race for Thursday night viewings of all the sashaying action. (Website)


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Seattle Spots Perfect for a Dog-Friendly First Date Drink

First dates are no one’s favorite activity. Sure, there’s always a rush of excitement in meeting up with a near-stranger and crossing your fingers that a genuine connection crops up. But, chances are, you’re also probably mentally preparing yourself for something that falls more on the passable-to-excruciating spectrum. Anyone who’s racked-up a few first dates knows: it’s not pessimism, just healthy realism.

Clearly the goal is to have an easy-going, nice time (that’s the point here, people!). But not all digital chemistry translates into in-person chemistry, and not all first dates go smoothly, be it awkwardness or nerves, even when genuine interest is there.

But never fear! You have TOOLS to prepare for success! Or at least a much more pleasant time if things start turning south, or just need a little hand to get back on track.

Our tried-and-true recipe for success? It’s simple:

Step 1: Bring dog

Step 2: Attend dog-friendly location

Step 3: Imbibe responsibility at said-location

There you have it. Conversation slowing to an awkward crawl? Hey, look at these cute dogs we can focus on! Nervous you’re not totally on top of your game tonight? Take a quick pause, a long sip, and grab a confidence boost from that all-worshipping gaze from your best, four-legged compatriot, and you’ll be right back on your feet.

It’s a hot one this summer, so dog-friendly patios are in abundance. We’ve done some of the legwork for you in Wowzer’s hometown, Seattle, and picked some of our favorite spots for dog-friendly imbibing.

Great Spots for the Beer Crowd:

Stoup Brewing – Ballard



Stoup Brewing, tucked in the Ballard brewing district, has been serving up some of the best beer Seattle has to offer since 2013. And the taproom itself stands up to such delicious beer, giving you the perfect setting to enjoy it in: a large indoor area opens its garage doors to welcome daily food trucks, while the outside patio offers a second bar and laid-back Ballard crowds enjoying the sun. Its other headlining feature? There are always loads of dogs there.

Chuck’s Hop Shop – Central District



Chuck’s is truly, as advertised, the land of a thousand beers. And a must-go for any Seattle beer geek. Or anyone with taste buds and a heart open to beer, really. Food trucks, two locations, and an absolutely insane tap list and bottle selection– how could this get better, you ask? Being super dog-friendly, that’s how. All good boys allowed. At the Central District location, you might even be able to have your pups added to the polaroid board of happy Chuck’s attendees, pictured above.

Wining & Dining More Your Thing?

Bottlehouse – Madrona



If wine is your beverage of choice for the evening, you couldn’t snag a more romantic, charming spot for date & pup than Madrona’s Bottlehouse. Set in a lovely craftsmen home, complete with wrap-around porch and backyard, the restaurant and wine-spot-extraordinaire allows well-behaved pups in all of their outdoor seating areas. And you might even meet Kevin! That’s the little cutie above; he’s kind of a regular.

Vif – Fremont



The lovely Vif on Fremont Ave is a sure-fire win for a casual lunch or happy hour date that will have you feeling like a modern Parisian. Café, coffee shop, and wine bar in one, Vif provides no matter what your fix may be. Its outdoor patio is 100% pooch-approved and makes for the perfect place to lounge in the sun with a crisp rosé and some good company.

For a Stiff Drink with the Good Boys:

Hazlewood – Ballard



Ballard’s Hazlewood loves to welcome your furry, non-drinking tagalongs, and will impress your date with its witchy, stiff cocktails and dark-elegant vibe. You’ll often find multiple pooches lounging on the sunny, front patio while their owners indulge in an excellent drink nearby. If date #1 goes well enough for a few more rounds, leave the dogs at home and enjoy Hazlewood’s romantic upstairs lounge for a tucked-away, intimate feel.

Montana – Capitol Hill



Seattle is the home of grunge, after all, so why not take advantage of one of the many dog-friendly dives the city has to offer? Montana Bar in Capitol Hill doesn’t pull any punches, so grab yourself a pickle back and enjoy the no-nonsense vibes with your fellow Capitol Hill-ruffians. There’s outdoor seating looking out over Olive Way to boot for this hot summer season.

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The Year of the Dog 2018

If you celebrated the Chinese New Year this winter, or follow the Chinese zodiac, you probably know that 2018 rang-in the Year of the Dog.

Any dog lover knows that a strong sense of loyalty, enthusiastic companionship, and a whole lot of love and kindness are a dog’s bread-and-butter. And traditionally, the Year of the Dog helps us channel exactly that energy, encouraging us to be good to one another and take on new opportunities that bring love to ourselves and those around us.

It feels pretty dang lucky that we’re launching Wowzer in the Year of the Dog.

Wowzer is the fun way to make more meaningful connections. It’s the dating app for dog lovers.
If you’re a dog person, you’re probably looking for someone who gets it: gets why it takes 10 minutes longer at the store if there are lots of cute dogs there, gets why you keep putting away part of your paycheck to “adoption fees,” gets why you’re out on that walk, even though it’s pouring.

With Wowzer, that’s the only requirement. That you “get it.” Whether you have a dog, or don’t, but would love to be with someone who does (or wants one as much as you do), Wowzer is the place where you can connect on common ground.

Because being a “dog person” isn’t just about not minding dog hair and face kisses, it’s appreciating that unique, goofy love dogs give away in abundance. If you can really appreciate that, Wowzer is your place to find new connections.

Wowzer launches in Seattle in the fall of 2018.

Look out for summer 2018 events and new Wowzer content. Follow us to stay updated on our progress– chances are you might see some pretty cute dog pictures along the way.