by Borderstan.com July 12, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,009 0

DoubleTree Hotel DC, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos, doggy happy hour

The DoubleTree Hotel at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW is one of the locations of three weekly doggy happy hours in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tori Tyree. Questions? Leave a comment or email Tori at [email protected].

Recently someone asked me what I thought about doggie happy hours in D.C. and I realized I had never actually been to one. In this part of Northwest D.C. — where dogs are sometimes substitute children — restaurants with patios have discovered that a night dedicated to your pooch (with drink specials) is a definite business builder.

So, I decided it was time to check one out for myself and headed to the DoubleTree Hotel at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW on a recent Thursday evening. The crowd was small, and in a gated patio, all the dogs were off leash. The bartenders knew all the dogs by name and brought them bags of dog treats before getting drinks for their two-legged companions.

There were Pit Bulls hanging out with little Cockapoos. An old Husky was checking to see if anyone had dropped any food, and a Terrier mix alerted the crowd about any newcomers.

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