Philadelphia, PA - A new, locally owned indoor-outdoor dog bar is opening in the former North Star Bar next spring. Combining cocktails and wagging tails, The Boozy Mutt is an off-leash dog park, bar, and grill, allowing customers to let their four-legged best friends play and romp throughout the facility. In contrast, dog lovers enjoy craft cocktails, beers, a bite to eat, and a front-row seat to the mutt madness.
An Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bar is Opening in the Former North Star Bar Next Spring
The 7,500 square-foot indoor-outdoor facilities with 140 seats will open in late Spring 2023 at 2639 Poplar Street in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood by newlywed entrepreneurs Sam and Allison Mattiola.
“After adding our dog, Buda, to the family shortly after the pandemic began, we quickly became familiar with the many challenges associated with owning a dog in the city,” noted Sam. “We were in search of a better way to get Buda to exercise and socialize him, but we also wanted to enjoy ourselves. We set out to create a space where friends could come together without feeling guilty about leaving their dogs at home. Combining the best parts of a dog park with our favorite neighborhood gastropub was too exciting to ignore.”
This interactive new concept invites dog owners and lovers to spend quality time together in a safe, fun, and upscale environment. Humans enjoy the ambiance, elevated bar food, and exclusive beverages while their furry friends socialize inside the two-story building or in the outdoor yard. There will even be a menu for pooches to enjoy a selection of treats.
Sam and Allison are working closely with the Philadelphia Health Department to ensure that the business is up to code and fully operational to allow dogs inside and outside off-leash.
“You’ll no longer need to walk your dog in the rain or snow,” said Allison. “This will be a game changer during inclement weather, as you’ll now be able to enjoy yourself when ‘going for a walk’ on a rainy day or night, and the dogs can entertain themselves and everyone else inside the bar.”
Don’t have a dog? No problem. You don’t need a dog to join in on the fun.
“Everyone’s welcome at The Boozy Mutt,” said Allison. “The idea of inclusivity is what prompted the name. Plus, watching dogs play is such a fun and therapeutic experience.” Expect to see rules and requirements similar to a doggie daycare. All dogs will be required to join one of three membership options to keep everyone safe while offering members access to higher-end amenities and special offers. Daily passes will also be available for those looking to ‘sniff around.’ For humans 21+, there are no requirements or entry fees.
To ensure the multi-mutt experience for the dogs and guests alike, The Boozy Mutt team will include trained “Rufferees” stationed throughout the facility. Referees will keep the dog play in check and help keep everyone safe, replenish water bowls, and maintain cleanliness.