Cool Pet Places for the Dog Days of Summer

Pets—why do we love them so much? Is it because a house is never lonely where a loving dog or cat waits? Or is it simply that some angels choose fur over wings? Whether your favorite furry friend barks or meows, there are some great places in town to enjoy the company of either. Here are four that we really like.  

Centennial Dog Park  

While you were at work, your loyal companion waited so patiently. But now the day’s done, and it’s time to take that wonderful waggle-butt out for some well-deserved play. The destination is Centennial Dog Park, a mere bone’s throw from the Parthenon. Centennial Dog Park is a safe, fenced-in place where your fluffy Fifi might meet her faithful Fido, or where your exuberant Rex might run and romp with a revved-up Rover. Your four-legged friend is certain to have a blast and–who knows—you just might make a new friend of the bipedal variety.   

2500 West End Ave., Nashville, Tennessee

TailGate Beer

After a hard day’s work, few things are as welcome as a cold craft beer in one hand and a hot slice of pizza in the other. But to make this terrific tableau even better, bring your dog along. Welcome to TailGate Beer’s “Yappy Hour,” a monthly meet-and-greet dedicated to dogs. While you sample some of Tailgate’s award-winning house-made brews, your dog can chow down on some brewery-made gourmet dog treats and lap up some fresh water. Tailgate’s cool location and 7.5 acres of green space make this an ideal location for a dog-friendly time.

7300 Charlotte Pike Nashville, Tennessee, 615.861.9842,

Mewsic Kitty Cafe

If you love cats and enjoy locally sourced teas and juices, muffins and coffee drinks, then Mewsic Kitty is purrr-fect for you. Part cafe, part animal shelter, Mewsic Kitty’s adorable, adoptable cats hang out free of any cages while you work and chat. Should you be so cool as to have one of the kitties choose you for a fur-ever home, then you can adopt. Any uneaten muffins can be taken home in doggy bags, but please ask for one quietly.     

 2519 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, 615.891.2993,

51st Kitchen & Bar  

From flights of wine on Wednesdays to the live music on Thursdays, from the pooch-friendly patio to the dog park in the front yard, this is one great place that welcomes both you and your pet. 51st is an American bistro with Southern roots featuring a diverse menu and a full bar in an older home converted into a restaurant.

5104 Illinois Ave, Nashville, Tennessee, 615.712.6111,