Pooch pubs: 5 great Shanghai hangouts for you and your furry friend

Pooch pubs: 5 great Shanghai hangouts for you and your furry friend

A guide to some of Shanghai’s canine-friendly establishments

With the warm summer months creeping up on us we'll all be looking to get out of the house and have a stiff summer tipple or two. And Shanghai's pet owners can now bring their furry companions with them. Here are five venues that happily open their doors to patrons as well as their best canine pals. 

Cuvee Shanghai1. Cuvee Wine Bar

This casual and unaffected spot for wine lovers sports a softer side for its fuzzier patrons as their oenophilic humans enjoy any of the over 150 wines from an onsite cellar. Options also include wine by the glass. And, as a good wine wouldn’t be the same without its culinary complements, their French-inspired snack menu (think cheese) never disappoints. Beer and cocktail buffs are far from neglected with a weekly all-you-can-drink Friday beer buffet and selection of both classic and seasonal cocktails to keep you staying for just one more.

“The owners and management of Cuvee, being animal lovers ourselves, welcome well-behaved dogs of all sizes,” says Mat Ryan, Cuvee co-owner. “With the warmer months here, it’s a great place to sit in the courtyard with a cocktail or glass of wine, and we’ll hook you up with a bowl of water for your dog. Missing our own pets that we’ve left behind at home, we love to see the smiling faces of a pampered pooch.”
Cuvee, 528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu 康定路528号, 近西康路, +86 21 6288 1189, www.cuvee.net.cn

O'Malley's Shanghai2. O’Malley’s

This original 19th century French Concession home has bragging rights as Asia’s first traditional Irish pub, and has made a name for itself with an ever-busy line-up of nightly promotions and live performances. Their outdoor patio and garden are a hit with all crowds and ages come sunnier days, and Fido is no exception.

Kevin Szhou, assistant manager, says “O’Malleys has been a family favorite for many years with the large garden and play areas around. Of course no family would be complete without some pets in attendance enjoying the fun.”

The garden playground is a godsend for Mom and Dads in need of some liquid therapy while the little ones exhaust themselves to sleep. This animal-loving venue has also served as a long-time base of SCAA’s monthly Adoption Days (Second Chance Animal Aid) helping abandoned and stray animals citywide find homes.
O’Malley’s Pub, 42 Taojiang Lu, near Hengshan Lu 桃江路42号, 近衡山路, +86 21 6474 4533, omalleys-shanghai.com

Cotton's Shanghai3. Cotton’s

“Why is Cotton’s such a good place for dogs?” asks Cotton Ding, Cotton’s owner. “The garden and brunches, of course! And we also allow dogs inside. We don’t carry dog food, but spring is here, so soon we’ll be doing our Sunday garden barbecue -- the ribs are always a dog favorite!”

Cozy and laid-back both inside and out, Cotton’s was and is a Shanghai watering-hole tradition. Perfectly peaceful digs for that long lazy afternoon and all-day Sunday brunch, the drinks never seem to stop flowing and include signature seasonal cocktails to either ice you down or warm you back up, and at times, served by owner Cotton herself. Add to that a large selection of Western snacks and on-going tunes, and you and the pooch may never want to leave.
Cotton’s, 32 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu 安亭路132号, 近建国西路, +86 21 64337995; 294 Xinhua Lu, near Fanyu Lu 新华路294号, 近番禺路, +86 21 6282 6897, www.cottons-shanghai.com

Blue Frog Shanghai4. Blue Frog

This popular Western eatery boasts seven around-town locations offering some of the city’s best burgers and hefty portions of international favorites making more than only Fido’s mouth water.

“Blue Frog has always been animal-friendly, welcoming our patrons' 'best friends' to join their masters over drinks or a meal," says Jack Cai, general manager.

Offering a bit for everyone from after-work imbibers (they have over 100 shots and a long list of cocktails) to business lunches, family brunches and the late-night crowd, why should they leave out the family dog?
Blue Frog, multiple locations, 207-6 Maoming Nan Lu, near Yongjia Lu 茂名南路207-6号, 近永嘉路, +86 21 6445 6634, www.bluefrog.com.cn

Colabo Shanghai5. Colabo

Tucked back at the end of a long alleyway in an old Concession mansion, first impressions may not scream Italian fare, but solid servings will prove otherwise with a particularly tasty selection of grilled meats and pizzas.

Co-owner Kazuteru Nakamura notes, “Colabo has a nice garden where doggies can walk freely while their owners have lunch or dinner by their side.”

Come warmer weather, families and their companions (both human and canine) dine and drink the evening hours away in the outdoor garden. Summertime favorites for regulars include private barbecue parties, with top canine spots closest to the charcoal grill, of course.
Colabo, multiple locations (this is the only one which allows dogs), 156 Fenyang Lu, near Taojiang Lu 汾阳路156号, 近桃江路 +86 21 6437 3793

Honorary pooch patrons:

And the list of pooch-friendly venues continues. Some have restricted areas and it’s always best to call head (especially large dogs owners), but overall these venues are open to a bit of canine company:

  • Abbey Road for its garden seating.
    45 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu 岳阳路45号, 近东平路, +86 21 6431 6787
  • Café du Monde allows dogs in their outside seating only www.cafedumonde.com.cn.
    2/F, Rm. 0607, Bldg 33, Pudong Zendai Thumb Plaza, Lane 199 Fangdian Lu, near Dingxiang Lu 芳甸路199弄大拇指广场33号2楼0607室, 近丁香路, +86 21 5033 1574
  • Citizen’s Cafe allow small dogs on the small balcony area.
    222 Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu 进贤路222号, 近陕西南路, +86 21 6258 1620
  • Element Fresh allows dogs in their outdoor areas only.
    Multiple locations, www.elementfresh.com
  • Kaiba allows dogs both in and outdoors.
    Multiple locations, 528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu 康定路528号, 近西康路, +86 21 6280 5688
  • Mesa & Manifesto requires people to call ahead and only allows dogs on the terrace.
    748 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu 巨鹿路748号, 近富民路, +86 21 6289 9108
  • Papa’s Bierstube allows dogs both in and outside and also hosts JAR’s (Jaiya’s Animal Rescue) adoption days.
    22-24 Hongmei Pedestrian Street, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu 虹梅路3338弄, 虹梅休闲街22-24号, 近延安西路, +86 21 6465 8880
Shanghai pet, dogEditor's Note: Pets are, well, pets and not people, so certain requirements must be understood (with some required by law) when it comes to bringing them into bars and restaurants.

For the venues listed here, all dogs are required to be clean, well-behaved, fully-licensed and on a leash. It’s just a shame the same can’t apply to some human clientele.
Stephanie Thomas is a freelance writer of all trades based in Shanghai.
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