FAQ

General Questions

What’s a Dog Bar?

A dog bar is a clean, monitored and gated dog park that serves coffee and breakfast items in the morning and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and lunch items in the afternoon and evening. We also serve dog treats like doggy ice-cream, pupsicles, etc.

Are you serious? DOGS BEER COFFEE? I wish I thought of this!

You got it! We know, it’s the happiest coffee shop and bar in the universe!

What do you mean by clean and monitored?

Monitored
All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations.
Our “Bark Rangers” monitor for any aggressive dogs.
Clean
We sanitize all surfaces regularly. Kiss dirty dog parks goodbye!
Yes, we pick up after your dog, rinse down surfaces and disinfect constantly.

Can I come to Bark Social without a dog?

Of course! We love dog enthusiasts, not just dog owners! We have great food, coffee, craft beer, wine, and entertainment. Humans are ALWAYS FREE. However, if you’re not a dog person, this probably isn’t the place for you!

Where are you located?

We’re located in Bethesda at the Pike & Rose development, in the area formerly known as “The Beach.” Our address is 935 Prose Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852. Parking Garages within Pike & Rose are free for the first 2 hours.

What’s the space like?

We have over 25,000 square feet of open dog park and play area! In addition to an outdoor park, we have over 3,000 square feet of covered space to keep our two-legged friends comfortable. This includes a 2,100 square feet of open-air covered patio area in addition to a climate-controlled Clubhouse to keep everyone comfortable during extremely hot or cold days.

What time do you open?

We open at 7am daily. We’re proud to partner with Ceremony Coffee and will offer a full selection of coffee and espresso drinks as well as breakfast items. Grab a great cup of joe and start your day while your dog gets their morning run in while you relax or log-on.

What time do you close?

We close at 10pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.

Do you open when it rains/snows? 

YES! We are open rain or shine. With our large covered patio and climate controlled clubhouse you will be out of the rain/snow. Since most dogs don't mind running around in the rain/snow, they’re free to roam. For dogs (and humans) that don't like the rain, they can hang out and even run around a bit under the covered patio or in our clubhouse.

Do humans have to pay to enter?

NO! Humans are free to enter. Dogs need a membership or a guest pass to enter, not humans. We will ask you to complete a short form and sign a waiver at the Check-In Desk prior to entering.

Do you have WiFi and TVs?

YES and YES! Work from home? Freelancers? Self-employed? Stay at home parents? Fun-employed? Company event? We’ve got you covered with WiFi and TV if you need to need to be connected, stay up on current events or watch your favorite team.

Do you offer food?

YES! We’ve partnered with Union Kitchen Food Business Accelerator to bring you a great range of local eats!

Can I bring outside food or drink with me?

No outside food or drinks are permitted in Bark Social. All food (human and dog) served at Bark Social is nontoxic to dogs.

Can I bring my kids?

YES! We welcome kids. However, we strongly discourage kids under 12 years of age in the dog park and all kids must be under strict adult supervision at all times. Maximum of two kids per adult. This is to ensure safety for everyone.

Can I host an event at Bark Social?

YES! Doggy birthday, corporate event, work yappy hour, fundraiser, human birthday…anything plus dogs equals a great time! Check out our Private Events page for more details and to book your event.

When is your grand opening?

We open in Fall 2020! Register for an annual membership today, we're only accepting 250 members prior to opening. Also, visit our shop and get some of the hottest swag in the DMV!

Dog Questions

Do I need to provide vet records if I’m purchasing a daily pass?

You have two options:

  1. Register your dog, upload vaccine records, and sign waiver prior to visiting.(Recommended)
  2. Bring your vaccination records or digital copies upon your first visit. Please note if you do this option, it will take some time to fill out the information.

All dogs must be current on vaccinations (Bordetella, Distemper (DHPP/DHLPP/Da2PP), Rabies).

Are the dogs supervised while in the park?

YES, we have trained Bark Rangers. Their job is to supervise the park, however we do expect owners to watch their dogs at all times.

How old do dogs have to be to visit the park?

Dogs must be at least 16 weeks (4 months) old and current on all vaccinations in order to enter Bark Social — that is the minimum age when their immune systems are sufficiently developed to be safe in an off-leash environment.

Do you have breed restrictions?

No. All well-socialized and vaccinated dogs over 4 months are welcome at Bark Social.

Do dogs have to be spayed or neutered to visit the park?

Yes, all pets over 8 months must be spayed or neutered, dependent on your vet's recommendation we will extend a grace period, not exceeding 12 months old.

Can my dogs be on-leash at all?

No, due to leash aggression, all dogs that enter must be off-leash.

Can I leave my dog with you and come back later?

You must remain at Bark Social while your dog is in the park. Your dog will have a great time playing in the park, supervised by our professional staff of Bark Rangers, while you grab a drink or a bite to eat, watch a game or get some work done on your laptop.

Do you have a separate park for small dogs?

YES, we have a separate park for dogs under 25 lbs. Small dogs are welcome to visit the main play area if they are comfortable around large dogs.

What are the rules of the park?

Do you sell dog products?

YOU BET! No more shopping at a big box pet store. We have a full line of our locally sourced dog treats/chews, handmade leashes, collars, dog beds, dog toys, dog clothing and great gear for our two-legged customers as well.

Do you support any charities?

YES! We believe in doing the right thing and giving back to the community. Check out our charitable partners. On our Events page, you can see when we’re having our next fundraiser or adoption event. Contact us if you'd like to hold a charity event at our location.

Membership Questions

Why is there a membership?

Membership allows us to create a true community of responsible dog lovers, by making sure all our pups are properly socialized, vaccinated, and ensuring a fun, safe environment for everyone.

How much does a membership cost?

We have a Founding Member promotion, and several membership options.

What do I get with my Bark Social Membership?

As a Bark Social Member, you and your dog(s) get unlimited and prioritized access to Bark Social for an entire year. Bark Rangers will clean up after your dog and ensure safe play, you'll get exclusive/early access to events and promotions, your self-serve dog washes will be discounted from $15 to $10, and you'll get 10% off dog products and merchandise in-location and online.

What if I regularly foster, board or dog-sit? Can I bring these dogs?

Please email us for more details.

If I sign up as a monthly member, will my credit card automatically be charged every month?

Yes. We will retain your credit card number on file (securely) and automatically charge it on a monthly basis.

Do you accept titer tests?

Yes, titer tests will be accepted. Please contact info@barksocial.com for additional details.

This is awesome. Where do I sign up?

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