LONDON, England (WKRC/CBS Newspath) - A bar in London is serving up drinks to a new breed of booze hounds, offering "puptails" such as a Bloodhound Mary or Barkarita to dogs brought along by their owners for a drink.
"After Bark", which opened in June, is the latest venture from the "Barkney Wick" dog and human community centre situated in the capital's Hackney Wick area, long a haven for artists and alternative culture.
Founder Jamie Swan, 35, told Reuters that she believes their menu of cocktails and shareable snacks is unique, offering plant-based refreshments for those for whom man's best friend can also be a drinking partner.
The dog drinks skip the alcohol, but the canines can enjoy a "Howlapaw Sling" of raw carrot juice or a "Great Expawlor" tray full of shots of apple and raw beet juices.
Owners and their pets can also share Lick & Mix treats made without sugar and salt.
Sharing a social life as well as home time with pets is a way to ease the anxiety some families are feeling after the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Swan said.
On Thursday evening, many After Bark customers were new owners who had adopted their pets during lockdown.
Abigail Davis adopted Coco the pug after working from home left her feeling she could give the dog the attention it needed.
Labrador Bertie was picked up by owners Tom and Laurence in February for the same reason.
For those who think that "whining" and dining together is a step too far, the centre also offers dog day-care services and a cafe in the daytime until the doors to After Bark open, which Swan hopes will offer a sense of community in a part of the city accused of rapid gentrification.