This East Bay community of Concord has a vibe all its own, not to mention reasonably priced lodging and all manner of indoor and outdoor places to explore with your dog by your side. It might be discovering a new brew while exploring the thriving craft beer scene, trying poke for the first time or making an excursion into a nearby slice of wine country you never knew existed.
Downtown Concord revolves around Todos Santos Plaza where you’ll enjoy farmers markets, free summer concerts and walking-distance access to many restaurants and shops including Tower Grille, where you and your pup can enjoy pizza, sandwiches, margaritas and other traditional American fare on a dog-friendly patio.
A few minutes away, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar welcomes you and your four-paw companion on the outdoor patio, where you can enjoy specialties ranging from the usual pub grub (soups, salads, burgers) to the unusual (bananas foster French toast, Thai noodles, roasted Cornish game hen) and many, many beer options. Oh, and there’ a dog menu, too, just in case Fido is tempted by what’s on your plate.
Other first-rate dog-friendly options include Grant Street Pub & Pizzeria, Eureka! and Lucille’s Smokehouse. If you’re into craft beer, Concord Tap House, Epidemic Ales or Hop Grenade Taproom & Bottleshop are the dog-friendly places to check out.
Need a place to stretch legs before you hunker down at a table? Newhall Community Park encompasses lots of open space including the Paw Patch fenced dog park with separate areas for large and small (under 30 pounds) canines. Your four-legged companion can also run off steam at Baldwin Dog Park (closed Tuesdays).
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