Houstonians will have one less place to take their four-legged friends on November 30, when The Boneyard Drinkery shuts its doors for good. The popular bar is known for its massive, fenced, outdoor play area where dogs can get all of their running, sniffing, and ball chasing out of their systems while their owners relax on shaded picnic tables with buckets of beer.
In a statement released today on Facebook, The Boneyard owners cite rising rental costs as one reason they've decided to close their doggie doors for good.
ATTENTION BONEYARD FRIENDS!!! I’m very sad to announce that the Boneyard Drinkery will be closing it’s doors as of Sunday, November 30th, because the property we’ve been leasing is being sold. Due to the size of property needed for this concept, and the outrageous increase of property value in Houston over the last few years, we will not be relocating. All good things must come to an end unfortunately. I am very honored to have been able to create this concept for all Houston dog lovers, in a city that is still way behind in accepting our four legged friends into bars and restaurants. I want to personally thank all of you loyal customers who have supported us in this venture over the last 4 years. I will cherish the friendships I’ve made with you and your pups forever.
While there's truly nothing else like The Boneyard in Houston, there are still plenty of places you can bring your pups. The most recently updated list of Paws on Patios locations—bars and restaurants which have City of Houston permits that allow dogs on the premises—shows over 50 spots in Houston where Spot is welcome.
And while we're sad to see The Boneyard go (especially with its convenient dog washing station, cheap craft beer prices, and rotating line-up of food trucks), this leaves the market wide open for another open-air dog park bar. As The Boneyard has proven, it's a concept that works—in fact, commenters on its Facebook page are already discussing partnering up to open a Boneyard of their very own.