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A cold beer in one hand, your dog in another—now that’s a little slice of heaven. While North Carolina law prevents you from bringing your dog inside places serving food, four-legged friends are still welcome to join in on these patio spaces and dog-friendly places around Bryson City.

Mountain Layers Brewing – Grab an expertly crafted brew at a small batch brewer featuring a stellar tap list. Dogs are welcome on the back patio, complete with tasty eats from a local food truck most evenings. Or bring your own food and nearby restaurants will deliver.

Nantahala Brewing – Sit on the front deck across from the train depot and sip one of their many award-winning brews, like the best-selling Noon Day IPA or the Dirty Girl Blonde. A robust music schedule is dubbed #MusicOnTap. Chill on a dog-friendly patio with your furry best friend.

Bryson City Outdoors Craft Beer Department – Located on town square, Bryson City Outdoors Craft Beer Department is a pooch’s paradise. Choose from tons of unique beers—or wine. Dogs are welcome on the patio and with you while you shop in the retail store. Your dog will love the airy outdoor patio; you will love the massive beer list.

CJ’s Grille – CJ’s Grille loves dogs, great beer and good stories. Bring your dog to the patio area for delicious grub featuring wings, tacos, and burgers along with a full bar of your favorite beers, wine and mixed drinks.

Anthony’s, Derailed Bar and Lounge – Anthony’s has an outdoor area that offers just enough shade on sunny days. Dogs are only allowed on the patio but on a nice day it’s the perfect spot. Order a pizza (their specialty) while you slurp a cold beer or choose from a variety of wine and mixed drinks.

Nantahala Outdoor Center-Big Wesser – Found on the banks of the Nantahala River, Big Wesser perfectly combines a convenient location, casual food and weekly live music in summer with a large beer selection. Dogs are welcome on the outside lower level, right along the Nantahala River. Enjoy river sounds, a cold brew, and Big Wesser’s mouth-watering burgers, sandwiches and salads.

These restaurants have outdoor pet-friendly seating with plenty of mouth-watering food selections, however no beer or alcohol:

  • Mountain Perks
  • Filling Station Deli
  • Boxcar Cafe & Cones

In the interest of everyone’s safety, always keep your dog on a leash. And never share your beer with a dog; it can be toxic to pets.

Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Karen Proctor
Executive Director


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