The Dog Pub — formerly the Thirsty Dog — just opened a second location in Columbia in September. Just around the traffic circle from Nottingham’s, The Dog Pub is open from 11am-2am daily. If a trip to Federal Hill isn’t in the cards or if you’re in one of the surrounding business parks and need a quick lunch, definitely check it out.
That’s the short version.
For those not familiar The Dog Pub used to be The Thirsty Dog, before a lawsuit with Dayton-based Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. I don’t know the specifics of who was using the name first, but apparently the folks in Ohio decided to make the first legal move. Kinda crappy how that happened, but that’s life.
Compared to the location in Federal Hill, the one in Columbia is huge. The bar alone is probably a good 75 feet long, compared to 15 feet in Federal Hill. Its decked out with two separate tap stations; waiting for beer isn’t likely unless the place is full to the brim, but at that point you’re talking several hundred people milling about and you’d probably expect it. In front of the bar is about twelve feet of open space. Not sure if there’s going to be tables and stools there eventually or whether its going to stay open. Right by the door is a fireplace and a shuffleboard table. Behind the bar and up a few steps are about twenty booths suitable for seating four people, with plenty of aisle space. There’s outdoor seating available on the patio as well.
Same beer, 2 10oz mugs for $4. Same tasty pizzas, most between $7-9. Same friendly service. Same (albeit more) bottles of Grand Marnier atop the bar. It doesn’t have the same downtown vibe as Federal Hill, but since it is in a strip mall parking is free and ample.
Despite the photographs and pictures at puppy dog height on the walls, I’m not sure if its as pet-friendly as Thirsty Dog used to be. I meant to ask but forgot the last time we were there. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.
The Dog Pub
8865 Stanford Blvd, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21045
And for those who aren’t familiar with Columbia, here’s the location plotted on Google Maps.