Friday and Saturday night walks will be a little less social and much drier for dogs as a long-held tradition ends in New York.
Long a tradition, dating back to the 1800s, neighborhood bars were known for hosting dogs. Specific dogs were even associated with specific bars. Some bars were even more egalitarian, as seen below.
However, the New York health department has been cracking down and because beer, wine and spirits are also considered to be in the food category, dog-friendly bars can no longer allow dogs entrance if the bar wishes to pass a health inspection.
Gone will be the evening stroll with Rex and a quick pop-in to the corner bar to have a beer or two with friends. The camaraderie and social hour, for both man and dog, will become a distant memory.
Across the pond, however, the tradition remains solid and approved. In fact, the dogs are welcomed and known in their respective pubs. It is a sad commentary, I think, that we Americans are losing this time-honored tradition. From now on we will only be able to experience it if we fly to the U.K. and Ireland.
So raise your glasses as from now on the only way New Yorkers will see a ‘dog’ in a neighborhood bar of an evening will be the following: