Whenever I make plans to leave the house, my first question is, “Can I bring my dog?”
To the delight of every dog lover who walks through our doors, Online Optimism is a dog-friendly office. On any given day, our bright, airy space overlooking Magazine Street will entertain big dogs, small dogs, and dogs in between. Online Optimism office dogs have it made. From company snacks slipped under the desk to naps on our comfy green couch, we keep our canine companions almost as happy as we do our clients.
And they keep us happy, too. According to Business Insider, the presence of a dog (or even a cat) in the office can lower stress levels and boost productivity. So where can you take your office dog after work to blow off some steam? In addition to a long walk or a stop at the dog park, New Orleans is home to a plethora of dog-friendly establishments, from restaurants to coffee shops to bars.
To get you started, here are a few places from all over town where you can hang with your woofer after you’ve both clocked out.
Dogs are allowed inside as well as on the outdoor patio at this beloved Uptown warehouse bar. As long as your dog is on a leash, you’re good to go. In addition to the usual food and drink fare, the bar has a generous selection of frozen drinks, and outside you can find cornhole and tasty nibbles from local food trucks.
Situated on the edge of the French Quarter across from Louis Armstrong Park, this moody refurbished watering hole boasts a long list of craft beers. Grab a seat at the bar, or cuddle up with your doggo in a big, comfy booth. Black Penny also regularly hosts food pop ups, so be sure to grab a bite (and slip Fido some, if you’re feeling generous).
What could make the best barbecue in town even better? Dogs. Furry friends are welcome in the backyard garden at this iconic Bywater spot. The Joint smokes all of its meats on site and has been featured on top 10 BBQ lists by Zagat and Bon Appetit. It was even featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network program, Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Walk off your brisket coma afterwards with a stroll around the grassy square right across the street, which is a hotspot for neighborhood dogs.
Ready, Set, Dog-GO!
I try to bring my dog, Luna, out on the town as much as possible, and whenever I do, we both win. I’ve socialized her largely by taking her out to dog-friendly establishments. By spending quality time together in places we both love, she’s transformed into a dog who can relax at the office or even chill out on my lap in a crowded airplane. If you want to prepare your dog to come to work with you, going out together on the weekend is a great place to start!