Everywhere you go in Los Angeles, you see them: the Chihuahua in the leather tote, the mutt in the medical alert vest, the flailing-tongued pit bull riding shotgun. Whether she’s permanently attached to Fido or you both just want a place you AND your dogs can get to know each other, the below picks are some of L.A.’s top spots for a dog-friendly (or even dog-centric) date.
930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
You’ve got to do it at least once. This swanky hotel and popular brunch spot allows dogs out on the patio—and even caters to them with a special all-natural dog menu, including such items as Hank’s Apple Crunch Cakes and Stella’s Mutt”za” Balls. Your dog will go ape to eat a tasty meal by your side—and if you’re lucky, your date will treat you to a blueberry scone you’ll drool in your dreams about for weeks to come.
8260 Mulholland Drive
Studio City, CA 90046
This enormous off-leash dog park was built right into the side of the mountain, so the terrain may give your dog a good workout if he ventures up the path. It’s fenced in, in case you’re worried about your dog running loose, is well-equipped with pooper scoopers, benches and shady areas, and was just upgraded to include an ADA-certified ramp for those who require safe access down the hill. As far as public L.A. dog parks go, this one can’t be beat.
5200 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
A part of Griffith Park, this free outdoor train museum offers rides and tours, and so long as your dog is on his leash, he’s allowed to roam the museum with you! Just note that your little buddy can’t ride aboard, so if your date’s set on sitting in the choo choo caboose, it might be best to leave your canine companion at home.
5000 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
If you’re not up for driving all the way to Huntington Beach, this is a closer option which allows dogs to frolic off leash, splash in the water, fetch Frisbees, sniff a few rears and roll around in the sand. Bring a handful of quarters for parking and wiggle your toes in the sand as you and your partner watch your dogs go wild.
Torrance, Valencia, and West Covina
Call beforehand just to make sure, but most locations of this delicious lunch spot allow dogs to accompany you to outdoor tables provided that they are on leash. In a restaurant that hands out bone-shaped mints, has an online dog gallery and often supports local rescue efforts, I’d expect no less! And—major plus—everything on the menu tastes good, from Lazy Dog’s “Nutritious & Delicious” menu to their lunch specials, brick-oven pizza and wok-fired dishes.
Culver City, Hollywood, Sherman Oaks
Whether you want to sign up for dog agility or obedience class, or you just want to bring your pooch to the private gym (an indoor dog park), this is an amazing place to indulge your pet. You and your date won’t be able to wipe the smiles off your faces as your dog jumps through hoops, climbs stairs and explores the “equipment.”
626-B S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
This dog-friendly downtown bar has a small outdoor patio where your fur-baby can rest as you two grab one of 26 craft beers on tap to wash down your sandwich. If you’re a dude and this is your first date, show up early, grab a table on the patio and don’t tell her you’re bringing your dog—once she looks into his puppy dog eyes, you’re in my friend. You’re in.
1929 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
It’s just so dang cute. This café is “housed in two historic bungalows, surrounded by garden patios,” in which your dog can sit by your side waiting for a hand-out. It’s really quite a lovely place for a date. In the morning, choose from a variety of omelettes and crepes; at lunch, try a cheese tower for two, a salad, burger or wrap; in the evening, sip a refreshing cocktail with some lamb or tilapia sliders. No matter what your cup of tea, Alcove Café will be your cup of tea—and Toto’s too.
Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park
17500 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
This trail offers beautiful views, so bring your camera, two bottles of water and a bowl for your pup—because she can trot along your side off leash.
M/W/F – 6 PM
Runyon Canyon – Fuller Entrance
Want to get fit together and be surrounded by wagging tails? Then get your heart pumping outside, make some new friends and even get your dog a little off-leash exercise coupled with obedience training. This unique workout class is a fun alternative to your typical dinner date and will add a little sunshine to your burgeoning romance.
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