In a town with limited parks and social spaces for dogs, kudos to Boston’s Liberty Hotel for creating an informal weekly meeting spot for dogs and their owners. During the Summer months, the patio bar/restaurant “The Yard” hosts “Yappy Hour” (officially, “Yappier Hour” according to the hotel). On Wednesday’s from 5:30 – 8 p.m., owners are welcome to bring their pups for a meet ‘n’ mix.
Dogs R Us co-founder Brad Mayeux and I decided to attend yesterday, and were happy to bring a doggie client, Bailey, along for a different kind of playgroup.
The Yard is a ground-level courtyard at the hotel, accessible from the lobby. We arrived at about 5:45 p.m. and there were already a good number of people relaxing at tables and modular couches. And of course there were dogs – and surprisingly, they were all well-behaved!
As time went on, the number of dogs increased to a peak of about 30, and there was a little running around here and there, but overall, they picked up on the mellow vibe. And nice complimentary touches by the hotel: ample snacks and the apparently thirst-quenching “muttini,” an amber doggie cocktail.
The waitstaff were fantastic as well – ultra-aware of where they were stepping and very friendly as well.
Time flew by, and we had to get Bailey home for his feeding hour, but we met some nice people and some really well-adjusted dogs! If you are in the area on a Wednesday evening and would like an alternative activity for your pooch, definitely stop by The Yard at the Liberty Hotel for Happy Yappy Hour!
Dirty Muttini Recipe:
1 part chicken or beef stock 1 part water Mix well and serve in a stable bowl