Shuffle Board: A shake of salt, a splash of skill, a little luck, a lot of strategy, and a great time!
Seattle has plenty of bars with shuffleboard, and quite a few dog-friendly spots too… But did you know there are a handful of dog-friendly establishments with shuffleboard tables in the Emerald City?
Sure, the absence of opposable thumbs makes your pup a poor pick for a teammate. Maybe a better choice for a cheerleader!
If you ever have a hankering to play shuffleboard with your dog, here are Dog Gone Seattle’s picks for the 5 Best Dog-Friendly Spots with Shuffleboard Tables in Seattle.
2827 NE 55th St, Ravenna
The Duchess is a little gem of a dive bar tucked away just north of U Village in Ravenna. This place is a popular hangout for college kids during UW football games, but otherwise attracts a wide mix of patrons, including the four-legged variety. Duchess features a full menu of decent pub fare and a good selection of local craft beers and timeless favorites (read: PBR).
If you’re looking for the Shuffleboard table, you will find it on the lower level, adjacent to the bright Husky purple pool tables and the pop-a-shot game. It’s free to play: Just use the handy eraser board to keep score! (And, with some luck you’ll fare better than I did…)
Official Dog Policy: Well-behaved leashed dogs welcome during non-peak hours at bartender’s discretion.
2226 2nd Ave, Belltown
You will find Lava Lounge on a trendy row of hole-in-the-wall dive bars between Bell and Blanchard on 2nd Avenue. Lava Lounge has cheap drinks and concrete floors, Street Fighter 2 and a very popular Shuffleboard table.
For the Shuffleboard snobs, beware this table is shorter than average and has bumpers, which means you have to step up your game. Maybe the bumpers just aren’t my cup of tea, but I’ve yet to win a game at Lava Lounge. Just saying.
It’s free to play: Keep score on the chalkboard. Unspoken rules are, if people are waiting, they can challenge. And people are always waiting here! So bring your A-Game.
Official Dog Policy: Currently dog-friendly.
2322 1st Ave, Belltown
Belltown Pub is a favorite among Seattle dog-owners, well known for its dog fare menu and monthly Yappy Hours. As a frequent visitor, I must say the people food is quite tasty too! And the bar is well laid out for welcoming dogs… lots of booths and plenty of room. Most patrons enjoy the plethora of board games, but could easily miss the awesome shuffleboard table on the second floor. (Yes, there’s a whole upper level in this place!) It’s free, and fun. I highly recommend.
Official Dog Policy: Well-behaved leashed dogs welcome at any time.
1009 E Union St, First Hill
Auto Battery is a popular garage-themed sports bar on First Hill with a variety of games including Pool, Foosball, and you guessed it… Shuffleboard. This sports bar has not one but TWO shuffleboard tables. Granted, they are very close together, so hope you don’t mind getting cozy with some strangers. But hey… it’s free! Here, you trade your ID for the pucks so you can pretty much monopolize the table for as long as you want. If you want to be that guy.
This place is highly recommended on Yelp. Unfortunately, the one time I’ve been with Mister Bondi, we had a very MEH experience. Bad service. That said, we’re always open to reconsidering a dog-friendly spot and will definitely give it another shot.
Official Dog Policy: Currently dog-friendly.
Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave SW, West Seattle
First off, I absolutely LOVE this place. It is the perfect spot for a first date: Classy but dog-friendly, and if the conversation is lacking… Shuffleboard!
Don’t get the wrong idea from the wide selection of bar games. BPP is not a dive bar. In fact, you might just feel like you stepped inside a Harry Potter novel.
BPP also has the largest selection of craft beers of any pub I’ve ever frequented. No liquor and no food, but you can bring your own snacks or order pizza from the trendy place next door.
In the recently renovated turn-of-the-century backroom is where you’ll find the shufleboard table, which is a masterpiece in itself. Board games and sophisticated conversation about politics and culture seem to be more popular here, so you have a good chance of not having to share the table.
Official Dog Policy: Leashed dogs always welcome.
That concludes our top picks for dog-friendly shuffleboard bars in Seattle. If you feel we have missed any, please do let us know!