Dog-Friendly Brewery Guide: NoDa & Villa Heights

See where dogs are allowed - and some special pet perks - at Birdsong, NoDa, Divine Barrel and other NoDa breweries.
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After a near-three-year hiatus, North Carolina once again allows dogs in breweries. But there’s a catch: They’re still not permitted in taprooms that prepare and serve food.

To help you keep track of the latest on where you can grab drinks with your dog, we’ve rounded up the pup policies at 30+ Charlotte craft beer spots. While we were at it, we also asked about other dog-friendly brewery perks like treats, water bowls and dog-focused events.

We’ve already broken down the dog rules at breweries in South End and LoSo. Next up: NoDa, Villa Heights and nearby neighborhoods.

Birdsong Brewing Co.

Dogs allowed inside? Yes

Just outside the heart of NoDa, Birdsong is a dog-friendly brewery inside and out. Find a spot in the grassy area, settle into an Adirondack chair or grab a high-top table in the taproom. You can even snag a free treat from NoDa’s Four Dogs Pet Supplies with your round (limit one per dog).

Bold Missy Brewery

Dogs allowed inside? No

This patio is the perfect spot to grab a beer with your own feisty four-legged female, but dogs aren’t allowed inside as Bold Missy also serves food. The brewery often hosts dog-friendly and dog-loving events like adoptions, paint your pet nights and a Halloween dog costume contest.

The Chamber by Wooden Robot Brewery

Dogs allowed inside? Yes

The vibe isn’t the only thing that’s different about Wooden Robot’s NoDa location. Unlike at the original South End brewery, dogs are allowed inside at The Chamber. They’re also permitted on the downstairs patio (but a no-go on the rooftop beer garden).

Divine Barrel Brewing

Dogs allowed inside? Yes

Divine Barrel welcomes pups both inside its spacious taproom and on its shaded patio. Look for big red water buckets outside and treats for purchase from Yappy Hour Bakery inside. It’s also not uncommon to spot dog-friendly vendors at the brewery’s NoDaHood Market the first Saturday of each month.

Free Range Brewing

Dogs allowed inside? Yes

Your dog is welcome to join you inside or out at Free Range, but the brewery asks that you keep your four-legged friend a healthy distance from the bar. Hit the patio for some fresh air with your pooch, or check out the spacious, kid- and dog-friendly warehouse in the back of the building.

Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts

Dogs allowed inside? It depends

It’s patio-only for pooches at Heist’s original North Davidson Street brewery because it also serves pub fare. But dogs are welcome inside and out at the Barrel Arts facility a few miles away. Enjoy a drink in the taproom or choose a spot among the ample seating in the gravel and grassy areas out front.

NoDa Brewing Company

Dogs allowed inside? Yes

Dogs are regulars on NoDa Brewing’s social feed, and they’re allowed inside and out at both The OG (North Davidson) and North Tryon locations. You’ll also find treats near the patio walk-up window at North Tryon. Keep an eye out for dog-focused events like Pets, Paints & Pints; You Drink, We Donate nights to benefit local rescues; and more.

Protagonist

Dogs allowed inside? No

Dogs are limited to the patio since this newish NoDa nanobrewery and taproom serves food, but they’re probably unlikely to mind. Protagonist supplies the water bowls and its prime location at the corner of North Davidson and East 35th streets supplies the pupper-friendly people watching.

Salud Cerveceria

Dogs allowed inside? No

Sorry, friends: No dogs allowed at this upstairs companion to the bottle shop that’s been a NoDa staple since 2012. You don’t have to go far to find the neighborhood’s original dog-friendly drinking spot, though. Just cross the street for leash-free, indoor / outdoor fun at the Dog Bar.

You know your dog best. Consider your four-legged friend’s comfort around crowds, noise and other dogs – and remember not all humans are as eager to say hello as your dog can be. All brewery-going canines should be leashed, friendly and vaccinated unless otherwise noted.

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