(This blog first appeared on ColumbiaPatch.com on March 26, 2013.)
What is Pub Dog? A pub for dogs?
EverythingDogBlog #35: Pub Dog?
What is Pub Dog? A pub for dogs?
by Skye Anderson, MS
I had been meaning to visit Pub Dog, a Columbia pizza and drafthouse, for a long time and finally, one recent weekend, I stopped in on Friday night and returned for Saturday lunch and even Sunday lunch with a few of my dog friends. Do I have to tell you how much I like Pub Dog? And I don’t even drink! But I am a dog person.
This establishment is totally dog-themed, from the (gold-painted) pawprints on the counter and tables, to each individually-wrapped mint in the (ladies’) restroom that says, “Prevents Dog Breath.” How cute is that?
A Brace of Beer
Pub Dog serves only their own premium house draft and bottled beer, made by one of the three owners in his home’s Westminster brewery though the beer can be bought in 150 establishments in Maryland. And Pub Dog beer is unique – first of all, it comes in pairs (in the dog world, a pair of dogs is a brace) – two mugs of the same brew for one price. They also have a selection of mixed drinks and the usual beverages, including wine.
Their brews sport names like White Dog, Amber Dog, Black Dog, Imperial Dog, etc., and they even have ‘mixed breeds’ which are half-and-halfs (the Muddy Mutt is half Thirsty Ale and half Black Dog, the Bloodhound is half Black Dog and half Raspberry Dog). Add a seasonal beer, and, voila!
A Patio for Dogs (see photos)
We (people and dogs) started out on the patio even though it was almost too cool. Pub Dog happily provided water for our dogs plus a handful of dog biscuits. After the dog-people left with their canines, I moved inside.
Love Those Pies!
For the humans, it was appetizers, thin-crust pizzas and salads. I had an Old Yeller pizza, my friends had a Froggy Dog pizza and a Dog Pound pizza. (They are almost too large for one person, but we managed, somehow, without needing a doggy bag.) Pub Dog even has Smash Dog pizzas.
Pub Dog took over the former Hard Times Café in 2007 - patio activities (dogs welcome) can be seen from Dobbin Road (address: 8865 Stanford, near Wegman’s).
In Baltimore, Too
The Baltimore location (Federal Hill), opened in 2001, is located in a former rowhouse and occupies all three floors. Hours for the Baltimore location are 5 pm - 2 am with a warm and friendly ambiance (see the photos).
Join the Kennel Club
Join the lunch-bunch Kennel Club from 11-3 Monday through Saturday and get a card stamped for each pizza or salad. After 8 stamps, the next one is on the (dog) house!
Hours are 11 am til 2 am, daily, with Monday being Trivia Night. Pub Dog also has the usual Happy Hour and the rather unique gift cards, bumper stickers, and ball caps. Now I just have to decide on a color! You will probably be seeing me around Columbia, walking a black lab, wearing a Pub Dog t-shirt - woof at us!
Pub Dog Does It All
Want a Pub Dog decal or t-shirt? Pub Dog can do that. Call in or order online for carry-out? No problem (but the website button, Dog Food, means Dog-Themed Human-Food not milkbones!). Doggie bag? No problem. WiFi? That, too. Add a 22-ounce Pub Dog cup of beer in a Pub Dog cup for $6, bring the cup back for half-price libations on Sundays.
Come with the two-legged the kids after Sunday School for pizza. Stop by for a business lunch. Watch the play-offs.
Bring your best friend, too!
And Now, for a Little Zuma
And speaking of dogs, heeeeere’s Zuma (see photo), having a blast in the hopefully final snow of winter. What a hoopin’ dog!
(Photos: Pub Dog [credit: Pub Dog], Pooch at the Pub [credit: MLove of Columbia Dogs on the Go], Fun with Dogs/Friends and Pooches on Pub Dog Patio [credit: Amy P of Columbia Dogs on the Go], Zuma's Final Winter Hoop Fling (we hope) [credit: DStark)