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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, National Dog Day. Dogs are great. In many cases they are way better than people and sometimes better than cats (sorry Kitkat!). If there is any day of the year you absolutely need to take your dog out for some quality time its today. So get out there, guzzle some cheap booze, and hang out with your best friend in the world.

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Red Rocks Neapolitan Bistro: Red Rocks is for real right across the street from a dog park, so after you’re done playing some catch (or attempting to play catch) with your pup just head right across the street between 4pm and 6:30pm for $4 peroni & brooklyn drafts, $5 well drinks, $6 negronis, and some awesome snacks ranging from $3-$9 ranging from roasted olives to an antipasti plate (depending on how fancy you want to get). Make sure to grab a seat out on the patio so you can surreptitiously sneak your bud food.

The Heights: Anytime between 4pm-7pm feel free to settle down on the patio with your pup and guzzle some $6 sangria, $5 bar snacks, and more. Plus the servers are totally cool with bringing your dog some water while you hang out.

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Mintwood Place: Are you a fancy person with a fancy dog? Then Mintwood Place is perfect for the both of you. Chill out on the patio between 5:30pm and 7pm and enjoy some $5 glasses of house wine wine, $4 draft beers, or a $8 cocktail of the day.

Wonderland Ballroom: If you’re not a fancy person and your dog isn’t either, than the Wonderland patio may be your best bet. From 4pm to 7pm they offer $2 off drafts and rail drinks so you can get good and wasted with your best friend.

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Dacha Beer Garden: Dacha is entirely outside so your pup will feel right at home here (and will probably get all the attention). Head on over between 4pm and 7pm for $5 singles and $10 boots of hefe, pils, and Hellbender.

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Hotel Monaco’s Doggy Happy Hour

480 King St., Alexandria, VA

Alexandria’s Hotel Monaco hosts a doggy happy hour at Jackson 20 on Thursday nights at 5pm, starting in April and running through October. Bring your dog for complimentary treats and water, and for a chance to chat with other owners over drinks and happy hour snacks. – Ashlyn Frassinelli

Cantina Marina’s Happy Hour
600 Water St., SW

Cool off your pup by the Southeast Waterfront at Cantina Marina, a nautical-themed restaurant with dog-friendly happy hours each Monday. Humans can take advantage of $2 beer specials; pups can take advantage of a free Milk-Bone. – Ashlyn Frassinelli

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1515 Rhode Island Ave, NW

Every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, wine and summer grilling staples like sliders and hot dogs at this mutt friendly spot. The deal is cash only, $5 for food and $5 for drinks. – Julie

Art & Soul

415 New Jersey Ave, NW

The upscale southern haunt of celebrity chef Art Smith is turning out its Pooch Patio menu during the dog days of summer. Your pup can sip on non-alcoholic “Bowser Beer” and munch a frozen raw bone or homemade dog biscuit while you enjoy some specials for the two-legged set. The bar menu offers a wide range of seasonal specialty cocktails and tasty southern classics, think fried chicken biscuits and the tequila forward Spirit of Justice cocktail. Happy hour is every week night from 4pm to 7pm. – Julie

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Rocklands Yappy Hour

3471 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA

Rocklands Barbeque’s Arlington location hosts a “yappy hour” on Thursdays during the summer. Bring your pooch and let them hang out on the patio, where water, treats, and a few small barbecue snacks will be provided. – Ashlyn Frassinelli

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1610 U St., NW

Bring your dog to the patio at Stetsons on Monday to party all night long with half price hamburgers and drink specials galore.

Town Yappy Hour

2009 8th St., NW

Head on over around 6pm on Tuesday to hang out with some cute people and their cute dogs while you drink $3 drafts.

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