Aug 3, 2011
For me, there is nothing more satisfying than coming home from work to be greeted with furry paws on my chest, a wagging tail and slobbery kisses all over my face. I have a sweet-faced, tan Pit Bull named Abita Amber for her coloring and knack for being the life of the party. My dog is my favorite companion and we’re always finding new dog-friendly establishments. Many people don’t realize just how dog friendly New Orleans is. There are dozens of bars, restaurants and parks around town that cater to pooches and their people. I’m writing this blog, with a little assistance from Abita, to help fellow dog owners discover new spots where they and their canine counterparts can both pass a good time. Each month Abita and I will explore a new bar and rate it from one to five wags of the tail for its hound hospitality. If you have any suggestions for bars you’d like us to cover, please let us know in the comments section.
For the first chapter of our dog blog, Abita and I visited the Bridge Lounge. It is well known in the upper Garden District as a dimly lit watering hole where man and his best friend can relax and enjoy a tasty beverage. You can tell it’s a dog joint from the moment you enter. The cement floors and black and white pup portraits lining the walls give the place a cool, artistic look. Despite the Bridge Lounge’s reputation as a dog bar, Abita was the only patron of the four-legged persuasion when we visited.
We went to the bar and I ordered a St. Germain’s Infirmary for myself and an agua served neat for Abita. No, I didn’t get her an Abita to drink because I recently discovered how bad alcohol is for dogs. If you still think a drinking dog is a fun party trick, think again. They can’t process it the way we do. However, Abita does have a weakness for coca-cola. When we had visited the same bar a while back, Abita managed to sneak behind the bar like the devilish princess she is to find a bag of soda syrup on the shelf. She chewed a neat hole in the corner and allowed the sticky substance to pour all over the floor. It really wasn’t her fault. It takes so long to get a drink at the bar that Abita had to chew something to occupy herself. I’ve learned my lesson from that disaster and always warn the bartender of her tenacious sugar cravings. When we finally got our drinks, they were delicious and well worth the wait. The St. Germain’s Infirmary was a little on the sweet side, but was light, floral and very refreshing on a hot July night.
We sat down and Abita made herself right at home. She sprawled out along the black leather booth and soaked in the intimate environment. Laughing faces around a table made visible by the dancing glow of a solitary candle. Dark corners. Cozy crescent booths. She adapted to the scene and gazed longingly at patrons who walked by begging to get her belly rubbed. All leashed dogs are welcomed at the Bridge Lounge, but Abita prefers it when she is the only dog so she can soak up all the attention. The Bridge Lounge features a daily happy hour and live music or a DJ on the weekends. Perhaps one of the best nights for you and your dog to enjoy some quality time and friendly competition is Trivia Night every Tuesday. The bar draws a crowd of people and their pups ready to get stumped.
Abita’s overall impression of the Bridge Lounge – five out of five wags of the tail. The bartender really won her over with dog treats he had hidden behind the mixers. I personally was won over with the ten different types of mojitos, specialty cocktails, extensive wine list and local draft beers. The Bridge Lounge definitely has a little something for everyone, dogs included.
For more information about the Bridge Lounge, please visit http://www.bridgeloungenola.com.