For some, man's best friend is also man's best drinking buddy. Many area bars understand and welcome two-and four-legged patrons alike.
Good Friends Bar (740 Dauphine St., 566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com)
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus was founded by the owner and regulars at Good Friends Bar, which still serves as the official reviewing stand for the parade. The bar is still pooch friendly year round. Leashes are not required unless your dog doesn't socialize appropriately. Good Friends affiliated establishments Rawhide 2010 (740 Burgundy St., 525-8106) and Cafe Lafitte in Exile (901 Bourbon St., 522-8397) also allow dogs.
Bridge Lounge (1201 Magazine St., 299-1888; www.bridgeloungenola.com)
The photos on the walls of Bridge Lounge are a sure sign of the Lower Garden District bar's feelings about four-legged guests. The bar stocks dog treats, and leashed animals are welcome inside.
Pal's Lounge (949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257)
Some of the bartenders at Pal's bring their dogs to work. Patrons are welcome to bring theirs as well, and the bar has dog treats and bowls to share. Leashes are not required.
Johnny White's Sports Bar (740 Bourbon St., 524-4909; www.johnnywhitesneverclosed.com)
Johnny White's Sports Bar is so fond of its canine clientele that it publishes an annual calendar featuring the pet regulars.
The Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com)
Of course, The Bulldog is canine friendly. Both locations share the same policy: Leashed pets are allowed on the enclosed patios.
Bacchanal (600 Poland Ave., 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)
The front of this Bywater wine store belongs to a cat named Minky, so dogs are relegated to the courtyard in back. Leashes are required, and owners are expected to pick up after their pets.