Pooch-Friendly Places in Charleston

Dogs in Charleston Now that spring is in full bloom, why not make your days out in the Charleston sunshine even brighter by bringing along your four-legged friend?

From Bark Parks to one of Charleston’s most charming bakeries, you and you pup are in for a treat! Just take a look at this short guide to plan a day-trip on the town for you and your pup:

Isle of Palms Bark Park: Let you pooch off the leash to socialize with other happy mutts at the Isle of Palms Bark Park. The Bark Park is a safe, open place where you can meet and mingle with other dog owners while your pup parties. Remember that dog parks require current vaccinations and that you keep an eye on your friend throughout your stay!

Hampton Park: Hampton Park is one of Charleston’s largest parks and boasts a beautiful old rose collection—just the key to invigorating your senses. Take your pup for a scenic stroll along its peaceful fitness trail where you’ll see a variety of Lowcountry trees. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing day out with your fluffy companion.

Sugar Bakeshop: Sugar Bakeshop is located on Cannon Street in downtown Charleston, just off the beaten path. If you haven’t discovered this new sweet spot, it’s time to check it out! Owners Bill Bowick and David Bouffard have transplanted themselves to Charleston from New York City. And better yet, they came bearing treats to share for all. Renowned for its Lady Baltimore cupcakes and Huguenot tortes, this bite-sized bakery even has gourmet dog treats for your pampered pooch! Enjoy your dessert in the beautiful walled garden with your four-legged friend!

Holy City Brewing: Holy City Brewing is one of Charleston’s favorite breweries—and your dog will love it, too.Take a tour of the brewery, and enjoy a hoppy German pilsner in the Holy City Brewing’s tasting room with Fido at your side!

Inn at Middleton Place: Visiting a quaint South Carolina bed and breakfast can be even more fun if your best friend can join, too!Luckily, the Inn at Middleton Place isn’t only a favorite local Bed & Breakfast—it’s also pet-friendly for companions under 50 pounds. Located on a scenic plantation with beautiful landscaping and views, the Inn will steal your heart with its endless hospitality. The breakfast buffet is one of renown, and you can enjoy long walks around the historic grounds with your pooch.


For a complete list of public venues where you can bring your pooch along, click here.

Local Breweries in Charleston

With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to experience the hops, malts, and flavors of Charleston’s signature brews.

  • Holy City Brewing: Holy City Brewing is one of Charleston’s favorite venues. Located on 4155 C Dorchester Road, their year-rounds are true classics, a hoppy German pilsner and a porter that are refreshing in any season. Specialty beers run the gamut from IPA, to stout, to Belgian Strong Pale Ale, to bacon porter. Holy City Brewing’s tasting room is a seamless part of the brewery, where you’re welcome to relax, taste what’s new, or take a tour. Best of all, their tasting room is pet-friendly, so bring your pooch along for the fun!


  • Palmetto Brewery: Owner and head brewer Ed Falkenstein has been cranking out a colorful variety of pale and dark ales at the Palmetto Brewing Co. since 1994. The company was the first microbrewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition. Falkenstein and his small team of brewers use fresh barley malts and hops in every brew. Next time you’re out on the town, keep an eye peeled for Palmetto’s Espresso Porter. The robust, full-bodied flavor comes from the dark roasted malts and is accented with a coffee espresso roast by Charleston Coffee Roasters.


  • Southend Brewery: Southend Brewery and Smokehouse, located in the historic Wagener Building on East Bay Street, has a haunted past that only adds to the incredible flavor of your visit. The gorgeous building has a three-story atrium housing large copper and stainless steel brew tanks in which they brew six craft beers. Try the Love Me Two Times Blonde, their signature ale with a subtle hop finish, which pairs perfectly with Southend’s Lowcountry cuisine.


  • Mooka Brewery: Located on 389 Huger Street, Mooka Brewery creates a variety of brews that utilize local ingredients, unique styles, and seasonal flavors. Sample their Sour D Belgian Ale for a unique flavor experience. This beer is tart, crisp, ultra smooth, and available year-round.

Have you sampled any of these Charleston favorites?