Greenville is extremely dog friendly. We love dogs here. And if you find the thought of leaving your pooch at home unbearable, then get ready to put on that leash.

I take Ellie with me almost everywhere. And I’ve found that since I adopted her, I’m more likely to frequent those establishments who also love dogs. So I know where to go.

Downtown Greenville is super dog friendly. You’ll see people out all the time with their pups. Whether it’s along Main Street, in Falls Park, or along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, there are plenty of places to get your dog’s walkies in.

Plus with all of the outdoor patios and sidewalk seating, you’ll be able to catch a bite with your furry friend.

Beyond downtown your options only increase. Our neighborhoods offer several dog friendly (inside and outside!) establishments that are perfect no matter the season.

And if you’re an outdoors lover, then get ready to strap on those hiking boots. There are lots of trails nearby, and I don’t go hiking without Ellie. She would be so mad if I left her at home.

So if you’re ready to pack a collapsible water bowl, some treaties, and your favorite leash, then let’s snap on that harness and go. This is your dog friendly guide to Greenville, SC!

We Love dogs.

8 Best Dog Friendly Places

These are my absolute favorite places in Greenville to take Ellie with me.

Best Coffee Shop:

Grateful Brew

Best Shopping:

Mast General Store

Best Place to Walk:

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Best Brewery:

Birds Fly South

Best Taproom:

Community Tap (N. Main Location)

Best Instagram Spot:

Falls Park

Best Rooftop Bar:

Hoppin’

Best Dog Park:

Connestee Dog Park

Where to Eat & Drink With Your Dog

I’ve included my favorites below, but know there is some overlap here. For example, some of the taprooms and breweries offer food (or have food trucks on site) so you can grab a bite to eat as well as have a beer.

Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

If the restaurant has outdoor seating, it’s probably dog friendly (outside). For indoor seating, check out the breweries and taprooms below. Because if food is cooked onsite, then dogs aren’t allowed inside.

NOSE DIVE

| Downtown

This restaurant is in a great spot for people watching downtown and it’s along a very wide section of the sidewalk. They have several outdoor tables. But if you’re going on a Friday or Saturday, definitely try to make a reservation.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe

| Swamp Rabbit Trail / Water Tower District

Part cafe, part grocery, this iconic location in Greenville has so much to offer. Sandwiches, pizza, craft beer, and an artisan grocery for you to select from. Plus it’s along the SRT which makes it a perfect pit stop on your walk.

Moe’s Original Barbecue

| North Main

Several outdoor tables with heat lamps, a fire pit, and fans depending on the season, this is one of my go-to spots. Plus Liability Brewing is right next door which is dog friendly indoors. And you can bring food over.

The Commons

| Southernside

This food hall is right off the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Unity Park. It’s got lots of outdoor seating for its amazing restaurants: Golden Brown & Delicious, Automatic Taco, & Bake Room. Plus Community Tap’s trailside location.

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

| Laurens Road

Originally hailing from Asheville, Rocky’s has a great outdoor covered patio with several tables. In the summer it has shade and fans. And for the winter there are several heat lamps. Plus this is my favorite fried chicken in town. And Ellie is always ready to snag some mac and cheese.

Dog Friendly Breweries

Most breweries in Greenville are dog friendly in their outdoor spaces. But a few are also dog friendly inside. Check out my brewery guide for all the best breweries in town!

Birds Fly South

Hampton Station / Water Tower District | inside & outside!

Liability Brewing

North Main | inside & outside!

Tetrad Brewing

Overbrook | inside & outside!

Fireforge Crafted Beer

Downtown | outside & garage only

Southernside Brewing

Southernside | outside only

Dog Friendly Bars / Taprooms

There are lots of bars in Greenville that allow dogs outside. If you want to head indoors, look for one that doesn’t serve food. (Food trucks are ok!)

Grateful Brew

South Pleasantburg | inside & outside!

Community Tap

North Main | inside & outside!

Piney Mountain Bike Lounge

North Pleasantburg | inside & outside!

Hoppin’

West End | inside & outside!

Unleashed Dog Bar

Haywood Road / Woodruff Road | inside & outside!

Where to Shop With Your Dog

There aren’t many places to shop (inside) with your dog. But whenever I discover a new location, I’ll be adding them to this list!

Normal Stores

Mast General Store

| Downtown

When I tell people that Mast is dog friendly indoors, they are always shocked. This is one of the best stores downtown. They have clothes, outdoor gear, souvenirs, candy, and more. And well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome!

Orvis

| Downtown

All Orvis stores are dog friendly. So if you need to grab some high quality outdoor gear (or dog gear, my favorite leash is from Orvis), then head to our Orvis store.

Little Bird Boutique

| Traveler’s Rest

I recently discovered this small store in Traveler’s Rest. And while I haven’t been inside (it was an early Sunday morning and they were closed), I’ll be stopping in next time!

Other

In addition to those above, Hobby Lobby & JoAnn Fabrics are also pet friendly. I’ve called the Hobby Lobby on Wade Hampton to confirm – plus I’ve been inside several times with Ellie – and JoAnn has a sign on the door (though I haven’t tested it out with Ellie).

Pet Stores

Paw Paws

| Downtown

This pet store specializes in handmade dog collars, leashes and harnesses, but they have a whole lot more at their store (including some doggie ice cream)!

Barkery Bistro

| Augusta Road

Need to pick up some homemade dog treats? Welcome to Greenville’s upscale pet bakery! But they have more than treats. Grab a new collar, bed, or even schedule your dog’s grooming here!

Paws & Claws

Augusta Road | Verdae Boulevard

This is your all-in-one stop: boutique, salon, and nutrition center. Grab some toys, treats & food (made in the USA), and make an appointment with their grooming salon. And they have two locations in town.

Pet Wants GVL

Woodruff Road

Looking for an easy way to feed your pet high-quality, fresh food? Then look no further than Pet Wants. Their food is cooked in small batches, and they even deliver to surrounding communities in the Upstate. You can pick up food and more at their retail location.

Saluda River Pet Food & Supply Center

| North Pleasantburg

Saluda River has a lot more than just supplies for your dog or cat. Have hamsters, birds, ferrets, or reptile as well? Then you can grab everything you need here.

Events For Your Dog

No pets are allowed at city sponsored events (like the Saturday Market, Main Street Fridays, Fall For Greenville, etc.) A good rule of thumb is if main street is blocked off for it, then dogs are not allowed.

Mutt Strutt

| End of October

Most years this event has occurred in the spring and includes a 2 mile walk/run through downtown with your dog followed by a small festival. In 2020 and 2021, the event has been pushed to the fall and has gone virtual. But that shouldn’t dissuade you! 100% of the proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society and the dogs and cats they care for.

Yappy Hour at NOMA Square

| Second Wednesday of the Month (April through November)

NOMA Square hosts multiple events throughout the year and each month there’s one just for the dogs. Think live music, food, and pup-tinis! Currently there are no Yappy Hours scheduled but NOMA is planning on bringing them back this fall.

Yappy Hour at Brewery 85

| Fourth Sunday of the Month (April through October)

While dogs are always welcome at Brewery 85, this Yappy Hour is special. There are tickets (~$12), but they include 2 beers, and snacks. Plus all proceeds benefit Greenville County Animal Care. You can’t ask for a better reason to drink a beer. Currently there are no Yappy Hours scheduled, but they’re planning on scheduling a couple this fall.

Waggin’ At The Waterpark

| 2nd & 3rd Saturday of September

Want to go to the waterpark with your dog?! Then pencil in this end-of-the-season event! Discovery Island Waterpark and Otter Creek Waterpark each open their park to the dogs for some good water fun. And there are separate play times for small dogs and big dogs. Your dog must be 3 months old and have their vaccinations (documetnation required).

Where to Get Some Exercise

One of my favorite activities to do with Ellie, is to hit the trails. Greenville has an amazing outdoor scene, and there are tons of things to do. Check out my hiking guide for all the best places.

Falls Park & Cleveland Park

These two downtown parks have it all (and are actually connected). Start in Falls Park and check out the Reedy River Falls & the Liberty Bridge. Make sure to snap those iconic Greenville photos. Then head south down the Swamp Rabbit Trail. You’ll pass through Cancer Survivor’s Park (and be sure to stop by the Rock Quarry Garden – a small hidden gem with a little waterfall). Then you’ll find yourself in Cleveland Park in less than a mile. Do some people watching, run around in the grass, and then head back when you’re done.

Swamp Rabbit Trail

It’s hard not to talk about the Swamp Rabbit Trail (SRT). It’s a 22 mile paved path for walking and biking. And it’s got so many amazing stops along the way. Below are my favorite stops / starting and ending points. So hit the trail and if you get hungry or thirsty, then pull over (so to speak). And all of these have dog friendly outdoor seating.

  • The Commons / Southernside Brewery
  • Hampton Station
  • Swamp Rabbit Cafe

Conestee Nature Preserve

This 406 acre state-designated Wildlife Sanctuary has over 13 miles of trails (with more than 6 of them paved). I love to come here and take a quick walk in the woods. Ellie enjoys all the sights and sounds and smells.

Plus with the Conestee Dog Park right near the entrance, we come here almost every week. This is my favorite dog park in town.

Unleashed Dog Bar

Half dog park, half craft beer taproom, all amazing. This is the only off-leash bar in all of Greenville. There is a membership fee (day pass or annual), but it’s totally worth it. I love being able to drink local craft beer while watching Ellie run freely around in their enclosed space.

Dog Friendly Trips

These are the dog friendly trips we’ve taken over the years. As we go more places, I’ll add in additional itineraries!

Hendersonville Day Trip [Fall Edition]

Just an hour away, you can easily spend the whole day here: breweries, hiking, farms & orchards, and more!

stepps orchard

Weekend Trip to Highlands

With a dog centric hotel, breweries, restaurants (with outdoor seating), and lots of hiking options nearby, this is your perfect weekend getaway with your 4-legged best friend.

A dog friendly weekend in Highlands NC

Beach Trip to Ocracoke

This island in the Outer Banks is only reachable via ferry. It’s got deserted beaches (4WD only), cute restaurants, a brewery, and very friendly people. Plus lots of dogs!

things to do in ocracoke

Weekend Trip to Charleston (James Island Edition)

Since we’d been to downtown before, we focused this trip on James Island, its eateries, and nearby Folly Beach. And of course some breweries.

dog friendly folly beach