4 Dog-Friendly Food & Drink Events Happening This Summer in the D

By: Michael Fossbakk | May 9, 2018

I think it’s safe to say that winter is over, but, after all, this is Michigan so I’m crossing fingers and knocking on every wooden surface I see. Assuming my superstitions keep Michigan from turning into a frozen tundra (again), one of my favorite ways to enjoy the weather is to spend it outside with my dog. (Well, if I had a dog, it would be.) For all you loving dog owners, there are dog-friendly happy hours, group walks and more happening all summer in metro Detroit.

Yappy Hour at Sports & Social Detroit and Mike’s Pizza Bar

Neighboring establishments Sports & Social Detroit and Mike’s Pizza Bar will be hosting their first “Yappy Hour” on May 14 before Comerica Park’s “Bark in the Park.” All dogs will be allowed on the patio and Yappy Hour will run from 4-7 p.m., during which time each drink ordered comes with a treat for your dog. While this is the first time they’ve hosted this event, Sports & Social Detroit says it won’t be the last.

Pop’s Puppy Kissing Booth

Pop's for Italian Puppy Kissing Booth

Kisses galore at Pop’s for Italian’s Puppy Kissing Booth. Photo credit: Patrice Iacovoni.

Opening day for Pop’s for Italian’s Puppy Kissing Booth is Saturday, May 12. Enjoy brunch from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. and take a photo with the adorable puppies. A percentage of brunch sales and proceeds from a silent auction will go towards Canine Companions Rescue Center (CCRC), a 501(c)3 non-profit dog shelter that works to find loving homes for dogs without.

Drinking with Dogs at The Skip

Canine to Five is hosting “Drinking with Dogs” at The Skip in Detroit on May 29. Bring your dog to happy hour and each drink ordered will benefit Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC). The Skip has a great team of mixologists that can make just about anything. I recommend the cucumber margarita. Dogs must be leashed.

Pack Walk to Treat Dreams with Canine to Five

Speaking of Canine to Five, all summer long on the last Wednesday of each month, you can enjoy a group dog walk with other dog lovers. The walk will begin and end at Treat Dreams in Ferndale, an ice cream shop with great flavors, like salted caramel and dark chocolate brownie, and more exotic ones, like extra virgin olive oil and pistachio. All flavors are made in-house and free Treat Dreams Pooch Pops will be available for the puppers.