The quintessential neighborhood bar with a great vibe (they call themselves "the best half-assed bar around"). There is also a small but tasty food menu that includes their Pimento Cheese Bacon Burger and Madelyn's Pimento Cheese Sampler (it's the South--you can't have too much pimento cheese!). The front deck with a view of street is pooch-friendly. Dead Mule actually is a club, with a $5 membership fee. Best $5 you'll ever spend! Open daily 3 p.m. t o 2 a.m.
Not to be missed. Serving up Southern classics with a twist, the Weathervane has one of the prettiest dog-friendly patios we have ever seen, brick and tree-lined, with a wonderful secluded atmosphere. Our favorites on the menu include Sweet Tea-Glazed Salmon, Fried Green Tomatoes and Okra with Smoky Ranch Dressing, and Ashe County Pimento Cheese Fritters. Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
The place for animal lovers in Charlotte, The Dog Bar is located in the hip, artsy NoDa neighborhood. This pub welcomes all sizes and breeds of dogs, and owners have to show proof of a rabies vaccination when they bring the pooch in for the first time. After that, the dogs have the run of the place, and they can roam all over the fenced in yard. The Dog Bar doesn't serve food, but you can order from any of the nearby restaurants.