The “Woof” on the Street is That Ballard is “Pawesome” for Doggies!

It’s no secret that Seattle is a city of dog lovers—as of 2011 (the most recent numbers we have) according to the U.S. Census and the Seattle Animal Shelter, in Seattle there were 153,000 dogs to 107,178 kids. Seattle’s population has grown a LOT in recent years so it’s possible this has changed, but judging by all of the dogs you see at parks and how many dog-friendly restaurants keep popping up, Seattle’s doggy population is going strong!

Ballard is an *ESPECIALLY* dog-friendly neighborhood, and here you’ll find bars, restaurants, parks, groomers, pet stores… everything you need to keep you and your furry friend happy.

Want to spend some ~quality~ time with your pup? Read on for 3 fun dog-friendly activities to do with your four-legged friend (and as we enter new re-opening phases, more and more of these offerings will become available!):

1. Take your pup on a date to a dog-friendly eatery. 

When you look up “dog-friendly” restaurants in Ballard on Yelp, the list is immediately overwhelming. It’s important to keep in mind that even though a place may be “dog friendly,” it doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily be able to bring fido inside—it might just mean you can have your pup in their outside patio area. So that’s just something to keep an eye out for, especially as the weather gets chilly around here!

Here are a few dog-friendly eateries in Ballard where you can actually take your pooch inside:


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Anchored Ship Coffee Bar 

It’s almost like this cute little coffeeshop was designed for Instagram… it’s stylish decor and frequent doggy customers offer the *perfect* atmosphere to hang out in. Oh… and of course, visitors rave about the espresso drinks (standouts being the Lavender Chai and Spicy House Chai) and there are also breakfast items and pastries on the menu.


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King’s Hardware 

King’s is part of The Derschang Group, so if you like Linda’s Tavern, Oddfellow’s Cafe, Bait Shop, etc., then this one is a must-visit restaurant in Ballard. Not only can your doggy go inside with you, but you can play skee-ball when you’re done with your burger, hot wings, or nachos.


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This dark and moody lounge is known for their cocktails, and its intimate setting is perfect for getting cozy with your neighbors (and their dogs!).


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Kiss Cafe

No need to leave your furry friend outside with Kiss Cafe! Here you’ll find a HUGE menu of sandwiches, breakfast all day, 99+ bottles and canned beers to choose from, soups, salads, wraps… and more.


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Lamplighter Public House

This laid-back pub is your typical sports bar dive—stop by to watch the game and indulge in awesome bar food. Make sure your pup eats before they tag along with you—they’ll definitely want some of your burger or pulled pork sandwich if they come on an empty stomach!


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Norm’s Eatery & Ale House

Ok, so Norm’s is *technically* in Fremont, but it’s SO close to Ballard that we had to mention it. Norm’s really takes being dog-friendly to a new level of “pawesome-ness” (ha, ha…). They have a menu just for the doggies, and there’s a fenced in dog play area.


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2. Visit the Golden Gardens Off-Leash Park to check out the new agility equipment.

Just recently in Fall 2019, the City of Seattle added some cool new agility equipment to the Golden Gardens Off-Leash Park. In addition to installing the new equipment, they also did some landscaping maintenance like removing overhanging tree limbs and overgrown brush so dogs have more space to play. The refresh is part of a city-wide effort to improve dog parks. Take your pooch to burn off some energy at the park and to meet other furry friends! In case you’ve never been, the off-leash park is in the upper northern area of Golden Gardens.

3. Freshen fido up with a spa day!

When your pup needs a fab new hairdo or is getting a little stinky, Ballard has no shortage of places for pet makeovers. Here’s a few local favorites:


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Citydog! Club

Citydog is quite the operation—they offer boarding services, a play park, and a fabulous Style Bar! Citydog clients can get a bath, blow-out and brush, nail trim and grind, ear cleaning, and more that’ll leave your best furry friend refreshed and smelling like new.


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Petapoluza Pet Supply & Grooming

Known as Seattle’s “only truly independent natural pet supply store and grooming boutique,” Petapoluza is a one-stop-shop for everything you need. Stock up on food, get a special treat for your pup, buy supplies, and book a grooming appointment. There’s also a self-serve bath area where you can use all of Petapoluza’s bath amenities and shampoos yourself.

One of our latest listings is a 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath townhome in a *fantastic* Ballard location! Click here for all photos + info. 

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Matt Miner

Real estate guru and Seattle know-it-all


In everything that I do as your REALTOR®, I have one guiding principle in mind: To make certain that your home-buying or selling experience is a happy, successful, wonderful life experience! We build trust and security with our clients using knowledge and transparency.