Stay! At Pups and Pints

New doggie-centric pub and play place in Virginia Beach welcomes pooches and their people, too
pups and pints

Heard the one about the dog that walks into a bar and asks, “Is this fire hydrant taken?” That’s not so far-fetched at recently uncrated Pups and Pints. A splash pad sporting a cherry-red hydrant—along with a giant tennis ball, spraying hoops and more—is just one of many allures at Hampton Roads’ first dog park-taproom.

Alex Lawson, Christina Sims and Kevin Raad fashioned a hipster resort for Rovers (and their owners) with Adirondack chairs ringing fire pits, light-strung pergolas, leash clip-equipped picnic tables, even pup-proportioned chaises, amidst more than two acres of romping room where “pawficials” ensure safe play.

Although health regulations allow only humans inside the stylish restaurant, there’s food and beverage service al fresco for both four- and two-legged friends. And fear not, Fido, you can belly up to the walk-up bar.

As Molly, a stunning three-year-old Norwegian Elkhound, pads that way, staff holler her name as if she’s Norm at “Cheers.” She’s a regular with her pet-parent Chris who marvels: “This place has atmosphere.” Molly’s partial to the grilled chicken bites from the canine cuisine section of the menu which also offers all-natural “pupcakes” and doggie donuts.

Chef Mason Carter credits baker Sam Giuliano for the homemade treats while he oversees people food such as flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, and wings. But even his menu has gone to the dogs with creative wieners given names like German Shepherd (bratwurst with spicy mustard). Cocktails, too, are pooch-themed (the Mutt Margarita will make you beg for another) and beers on tap include Wasserhund, natch.

Dogs don’t need to sign in to partake in the outdoor dining and entertainment/game areas on-leash, but daily passes and monthly/annual memberships allow access to the off-leash zones (worry-free as vaccinations are required). A doggy daycare is in the works, too. And even if yours isn’t one of the 65 million U.S. households with a dog, you’re still welcome. You’ll have such a doggone good time though, you probably won’t be without one—or more—for long. No joke.

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Marisa Marsey is a food, beverage and travel writer whose awards include 1st place Food Writing from the Virginia Press Association. A Johnson & Wales University representative, she has sipped Château d'Yquem '75 with Jean-Louis Palladin, sherpa-ed for Edna Lewis and savored interviews with Wolfgang Puck and Patrick O’Connell.

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