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End of an Era for NY Dogs

September 1st, 2011

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.

No more

According to an article in the Seattle Times, New York dogs are no longer allowed in pubs or bars, nor even in the outdoor seating areas of these establishments.

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.

Denny Shay's Barroom, New Bedford, MA

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.

I'm 3, that's 21 in human years

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.

"Happy" Hour Ends

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.

Known and Liked

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:

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  1. From Heather, September 1, 2011:

    HAHAHAHAHA! all a person has to do is claim that the dog is a service animal and the pub can’t deny them entrance. it’s also against the law, at least in MT, for any restaurant to ask for proof. 😉

  2. From Amy Williams, September 6, 2011:

    Oh how sad…. :(

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