Craft Hall debuts new venue where puppies and people can play

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What’s better than a beer garden in the middle of the city? One that also acts as a hybrid dog park, of course.

The grand opening of Unleashed Bark and Beer and Puppy Porch was celebrated this past Friday at 901 N. Delaware Ave., and dog owners alongside their pet pals were invited to check out the new off-leash space and a release of some new cocktails as well. 

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Unleashed Bark and Beer features 2,000+ feet of fenced-in, secured space where well-behaved dogs can run free off their leash on upcycled turf reposed from Alvernia University. While there, pets and their owners can also check out other small features that span from beer garden lighting, fresh water, dog bowls, disposable bags and other details.

But the fun only starts with the atmosphere, and continues with the menu. 

According to the release, for beverages, owners can order for themselves and their doggos through a special QR code on their phone. Beverage orders are delivered to the front of the dog park for pick-up from a server. For humans, look for a full selection of freshly brewed beers from Mainstay Independent, along with a full bar including wine, liquor, cocktails – and new dog-themed cocktails and mocktails. For four-legged companions, look for Dogua Fresca (Dog Cocktails) featuring dog-friendly drinks made with fresh fruit or vegetables, blended with coconut water. Additionally, award-winning Lost Bread Co. will be baking and offering their special dog bones for purchase as well. 

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The opening menu includes the Peach BARKarita (made with Patron silver, triple sec, fresh lime juice and peach puree), the American Mutt (Tito’s, fresh lime juice and ginger beer), and more with mocktails available for humans and dog drinks ready to be consumed by your pups as well. Dog owners can note that all rind or seeds that may be unsafe for doggos are removed prior to blending and are served as an 8oz mixture to add to the dog’s water dish. Visitors can look for a rotating selection of dog cocktails coming each week.

Philadelphians can also check out a monthly ‘Yappy Hour’ every last Friday of the month where FCM Hospitality will donate $1 from each of these cocktails to a rotating dog-related charity. Adoptable pups will also be on-site with the charity, and the events happening the last weekend of the month will run from 4 to 7 p.m. 

After a trip around the yard at Unleashed, head next door for dinner at the Puppy Porch at Craft Hall, featuring tables and seating for 40 guests. Puppy Porch has its own private outdoor entrance where dogs and humans can check in for their table. For beverages, look for all the same special human and dog cocktails as Unleashed, plus Craft Hall’s extensive beer, wine and cocktail menu. From the kitchen, look for a menu of BBQ selections ranging from classic smoked brisket to harissa rubbed eggplant, along with pizzas using dough prepared on premise by Lost Bread Co.

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Unleashed and Puppy Porch will have identical operating hours to Craft Hall, which are Friday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For the safety of its guests and staff, food is not permitted in the off-leash area of Craft Hall. Guests are welcome to dine in the patio area, both with and without a dog companion, or order to-go. For information, visit crafthallphilly.com or call 267-297-2072. 

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