10 Things to do with Your Dog in LA!
September 7, 2016
Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with my dog, Remi, so it only makes sense that on his birthday I have to share a post dedicated to him. Therefore, today’s post is about Remi’s top 10 favorite things to do in the Los Angeles area! We hope you’ll get inspired to take your pup to some of these places too! Happy 9th Birthday buddy!
1. Lay Out at Leo Carrillo Beach
Where: Leo Carrillo Beach, 35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Why: Leo Carrillo is one of the few beaches in the Los Angeles area that allows dogs. The beach is picturesque, clean and family friendly. Remi loves to bask in the sun and play in the waves!
What to Know: Dogs are allowed on North Beach, which is west of tower 3. In Leo Carrillo State Park pets must be kept on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet long. Bring water for your pup because it can be quite warm during the day! Parking is $10 for a standard sized car.
2. Let your fur blow in the wind as you drive down PCH
Where: Pacific Coast Highway which runs along the coast of California. Get on PCH in Santa Monica and drive up to Malibu for lunch!
Why: The views are incredible! Remi loves to hang his head out the window and breath in the fresh, sea air!
What to Know: In the summer there can be a ton of traffic on the PCH so if you are easily annoyed by traffic consider taking this trip in the winter months. Make sure your dog is secured in the car just in case you get into an accident!
3. Have lunch at Malibu Cafe
Where: Malibu Cafe, 327 South Latigo Canyon, Malibu, California 90265Why: Malibu Cafe is one of the cutest restaurants in the entire Los Angeles area. The cafe not only has great food and drinks, but also many outdoor games and places for photo opps with your pooch. Remi loves to play with the other dogs here and pose for photos with the signs!
What to Know: Leashed, well-behaved dog’s are allowed on the outside patio. Typically, there are quite a few dogs here at a time so make sure your fur baby plays well with others! Valet parking is $8.
4. Grab a beer at Angel City Brewery
Where: Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Why: Angel City Brewery is located in the arts section of downtown and allows your pup to go inside the public house! Once inside, you can enjoy delicious craft beers and play board games while your pup mingles with the hottest hipster dogs in LA. During the summer check out, “Barks, Bubbles and Brews,” a dog-washing party in the parking lot that benefits, “Much Love.”
What to Know: Dogs are allowed in the public house but not in the actual area where they brew the beer. If you want to do the brewery tour you’ll have to leave your pup at home.
5. Dine at Pump
Lisa Vanderpump meets Remi!
Where: Pump, 8948 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Why: If you love the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” or “Vanderpump Rules,” as much as Remi does, then you know all about Pump! For those of you that don’t watch, Lisa Vanderpump, star of both shows, opened a very trendy restaurant in West Hollywood called “Pump.” Lisa loves animals, especially her dog Jiggy, and is very welcoming to four legged friends. If your dog needs a trendy night out on the town this is THE PLACE to take them. Remi loves to come here to dog watch and “be seen” with his favorite Hollywood dog friends Teddy and Dude.
What to Know: Pump allows well-behaved dogs in the front part of the restaurant on the patio. Pump can get pretty packed and is a party most nights so make sure you only bring your pooch if they aren’t bothered by loud noises. Dress to impress on the weekend because everyone here is fabulous!
6. Hike with Your Hound
One of our favorite things about Los Angeles is that it is full of amazing hiking trails. Hiking is a great way to keep you and your pup in shape so here are 3 of Remi’s favorite spots to ruff the outdoors and workout!
Where: Runyon Canyon, 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Why: Runyon Canyon is a 130-acre park nestled in the Hollywood Hills that offers multiple off-leash hiking trails. You may recognize the park from tabloids because it is famous for stars like Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Ryan Gosling hiking with their dogs! (Hey Girl, can I have a treat? ) Remi loves this park for socializing and to take in the view of the famous Hollywood Sign.
What to know: Parking can be a bit tough in the neighborhood. Make sure to read the signs to avoid a ticket! Also, pay attention to the signs in the park so you know which areas are ok for your dog to be off leash. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm you can take a Bowwow Workout with your dog in the park for $15.
Bronson Canyon Bat Cave
Where: Bronson Canyon, 3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Why: To the Batcave! That’s right Bronson Canyon is a hike to the legendary bat cave from the Batman TV series in the 1960’s. This hike to the cave is only about 2/3 of a mile round-trip with just 50 feet of elevation gain, so, it is a great trail for older dogs that can’t handle Runyon Canyon. Dadadada dadadada Batdog!
What to know: To get to the park from Franklin Avenue, go North on Canyon Drive and drive 1.4 miles to the end of the road at Bronson Canyon Park. There is a small parking lot on the left or a larger lot 1/10 of a mile south of the trail. Dogs must be kept on leash while in Bronson Canyon.
Remi exploring the Old Zoo in Los Angeles
Where: Old LA Zoo, 4801 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Why: The old zoo is one of the most unique hiking trails in Los Angeles. When the current Los Angeles Zoo was built a few miles away this zoo was never torn down and was turned into a picnic area. Now, you can take your pooch on this easy half-mile hike to explore the old animal cages and exhibits! It’s also great for photo opps. Remi loved seeing what is was like to live in a lion’s cage! He also felt really bad for the animals because their cages were so small.
What to know: The Old Zoo is a bit tricky to find. Take the 5 freeway to the Los Feliz exit and then drive west on Los Feliz to the first light. Here, turn north on Crystal Springs Road and after about a mile and a half turn left on Griffith Park Drive. After about a 1/4 of a mile you’ll see a parking area. Once you park you’ll see a merry-go-round and a sign that says “Old LA Zoo.” From here, the Zoo is about a 5-10 minute walk.
7. Yappy Hour in Los Feliz
Los Feliz is the perfect place for a pup crawl! There are many outdoor bars and restaurants on Vermont and Hillhurst where you can enjoy the day with your dog! Two of Remi’s favorites are below!
Where: Rockwell Table and Stage, 1714 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Why: Rockwell has a wonderful patio where dogs are allowed. On Saturdays from 4-6pm Rockwell has Yappy Hour for dogs with special treats! After a long week of work guarding our house Remi loves to come to Yappy Hour and unwind.
Where: Home, 1760 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Why: At Home, dogs aren’t only welcomed, but spoiled by the staff with organic dog treats and fresh bowls of water. Home is great for humans too with delicious comfort food and drinks! It’s a wonderful place to spend a Sunday.
Other dog friendly restaurants in Los Feliz are Alcove, Fred 62, Figarot Bistro and Palermo. They are all worth checking out!
8 . Vinoteque
Where: Vinoteque, 7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Why: It’s already hard enough to find a great wine bar in LA so finding a great wine bar that also allows dogs is like finding a needle in a haystack. Vinoteque has an amazing wine list, great food and a friendly staff that loves dogs! Remi loves to come by for Happy Hour, which is held from 5-7pm, to get some fresh air.
What to Know: Dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio of Vinoteque. On Wednesday nights Vinoteque hosts trivia at 8:00pm so grab your pooch and your smartest friends and get ready to compete for fabulous prizes! Vinoteque is also known for the love locks at its entrance so make sure you lock your love with your significant other before leaving!
9. The Grove
Where: Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Why: The grove offers shopping, many dining options, and entertainment throughout the year, which makes it a wonderful place for pets and their owners. Make sure to check out the Dog Bakery in the Farmer’s Market, or Sprinkle’s for a doggie cupcake! Remi loves the yogurt frosting!
What to Know: Make sure to keep your dog leashed and abide by the rules of each store within the grove. All of the outside areas are dog friendly but certain stores do not allow animals inside. The grove can be quite crowded so make sure your dog won’t be frightened in a large group of people.
10. Rosie’s Dog Beach
We started with a beach and have to end this post with a beach. Remi’s second favorite beach in Los Angeles is Rosie’s Dog Beach!
Where: Rosie’s Dog Beach, 5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
Why: Rosie’s is a great place for dogs because they can enjoy the beach off leash! Remi loves to play with the other dogs at the beach and take an occasional dip in the ocean.
What to Know: Rosie’s is open from 6am- 8pm daily. You can find metered parking in the Bennett Avenue lot. Only one dog per person is allowed at the beach. Make sure to stay in the dog zone and clean up after your pooch.
Happy Birthday Remi!!!
Lindsay, Christopher and Remi