Dog-Friendly Spots OC
Credit: Cecily Breeding
Dog-Friendly Spots OC
Credit: Cecily Breeding

7 Spots in OC Where They Actually Prefer You Bring Your Dog

From Breweries to Boats, You and Your Pup Will Love These Destinations

Let’s be real. Life is ruff without our pups by our side. There is no better feeling in the world than bringing your best friend along with you wherever you go! And while some restaurants and shopping malls aren’t dog-friendly, we’ve lined up some noteworthy spots that not only allow pooches, but welcome them! So grab your doggy bags, roll down the windows, pack up your pooch and join us at our favorite OC places where they actually want you to bring your dog. 


Pup Fest at Pasea Hotel

Dog-Friendly Spots OC
Credit: Cecily Breeding

If your pup lives for the ap-paws, Pup Fest is a must. Every spring, Huntington Beach’s Pasea Hotel hosts their annual Pup Fest where four-legged friends raise the woof! Happening on April 2nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year, both general admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase. Like Coachella, you’ll see dogs dressed up in funky outfits listening to live music (expect performances by David Rosales and Sega Genecide) with their favorite humans. From costume contests and games to bark bites and boozy drinks, at Pup Fest, anything is paw-sible! Also be sure to look out for photo ops and, of course, the pup-arazzi. This event is just too cute to miss.

Location: Huntington Beach


The Dog Pawrk Brewing Co.

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Nothing is better than cracking open a beer with your best friend, and for some of us, our best friend walks on all fours. At The Dog Pawrk Brewing Co., located in San Juan Capistrano, you and the whole family can enjoy food trucks, pinball machines, Connect Four, trivia, live music and more. With a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, dogs are always welcome to join at this locally loved brewery. They even have pet vendors and events, including pup massages and beer just for dogs. So grab a brew and join us in their barrel room decorated with painted pooches for a furry good time!

Location: San Juan Capistrano


Wet Dog Tavern in Huntington Beach

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While you’re in Huntington Beach, get yourself and your pooch a bite to eat at Wet Dog Tavern. Overlooking the scenic HB Pier and wild waves, Wet Dog Tavern is the quintessential dog-friendly lunch spot. With a menu brimming with delectable dishes like carnitas sliders and pepperoni grilled cheese sandwiches, there is something for everyone to enjoy here–humans and dogs alike! Wet Dog Tavern is not only famous for its people food; its dog menu is full of dishes dedicated to your fluffy friend too!

Location: Huntington Beach


OC Doodle Romp

Looking for your pooch to make a pal? The OC Doodle Romp is a must-visit to meet other doodle-obsessed pet owners. Every month at the Laguna Beach Dog Park, doodle-lovers and doodles themselves gather to mingle and make furry friends. Be sure to follow their page on Instagram to be a part of every romp they have. So if you’re absolutely mutts over all things doodle, the OC Doodle Romp is your dream come true!

Location: Laguna Beach


Hike Las Ramblas Trail Head

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Looking for a trail with roaming emerald hills and an ocean view for you and your furry friend? Then hiking Las Ramblas Trail Head sounds like your next stop! This short hike, spanning about two miles, is teeming with sweeping views and tons of land for your pup to explore and meet other canines. With gorgeous SoCal weather and plenty of pooches to meet along the trail, we’ll see you there for your next fur-ocious hike!

Location: San Juan Capistrano


Vision Electric Boats

Living in OC means you and your hound don’t have to wait for summer to get on the water. And if your dog is a water lover like you, then cruising in an electric boat on the harbor is truly a treat. At Vision Electric Boats in Newport Beach, grabbing your retriever and commencing on a sunset boat ride comes easy. With two types of electric boats to choose from and plenty of activities to do while boating, your pooch will be feeling pawsh! How about making it a double date—dogs included? 

Location: Newport Beach


Go for a Stroll and Then Dine at Park Bench Cafe 

Huntington Beach might be known for its sandy shores and a world-class dog beach, but taking a stroll at Central Park might just be your pup’s new favorite activity. Nestled in this picturesque park is a local favorite called Park Bench Cafe! This outdoor eatery is fully equipped with a dog menu that will make your pup drool. So let’s skip the Star-barks, and we’ll see you at Park Bench Cafe, or should we call it the Bark Bench Cafe?

Location: Huntington Beach

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Noelle Dahl graduated from Sonoma State University in 2020 with a BA in English. Currently living in Huntington Beach, Noelle spends her days throwing pottery, combing the beach for seashells or planning her next adventure.
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