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Bar K
Restaurant, Bar, Coffeehouse & Dog Park
Bar K is a unique and joyful destination featuring a modern bar, restaurant and coffeehouse, constructed out of repurposed shipping containers. We are located on the shore of the Missouri River in beautiful Berkley Riverfront Park, under the Heart of America bridge. We offer a “healthy casual” menu of tasty, affordable food, gourmet coffee, juices and smoothies, and a wide variety of locally brewed beers and craft cocktails in a relaxed, creative and inviting space.

Surrounding the bar & restaurant is a thoughtfully designed, fully-staffed, two-acre off-leash dog park, with one-of-a-kind play structures and comfortable seating areas. “Fully staffed” means your dog will be watched over by trained dog-care professionals, so you can grab a drink or bite to eat with friends, work on your laptop, or watch the game knowing your pup is safe and having a ball. We also have a large patio and roof deck where you can enjoy a meal with your leashed dog, as well as an outdoor bar, beer garden and stage for regular concerts and speakers.

Bar K brings engaged, community-minded people and their dogs together to share connections with their pups and each other in a joyful and creative space. Bar K is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check our calendar for special events and other programming. Anyone without a dog is welcome to visit Bar K for free. To bring your dog you must either be a Bar K Member, or purchase a Guest Pass. Check here for more info on Memberships and Guest Passes.

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Probably not, although when I worked at a previous job there was a dog friendly pub nearby (I took my dog to work with me every day) and in nice weather we would go there after work. It was great to have a place to socialise that allowed the dogs to come with us.
I wouldn't want to leave my dogs with anyone else for the sake of being able to have a drink/meal as I'd want to actually spend time with them!
 

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Interesting concept. No, I never take my dog to a dog park.

We went once and my minipoo was chased as prey by a Rottweiler. Once that prey drive kicked in that dog couldn’t be stopped. People at the park helped corral my dog towards me and I was able to scoop her up and the Rottweiler body slammed me to get to my dog. Thankfully my dog wasn’t harmed physically or emotionally but it could have ended badly. One of the women who helped was the wife of a vet and she made sure before we left the park that my dog have good positive interaction with some large dogs so she wouldn’t be afraid of large dogs. This was a park where owners were watching their dogs in a nice sized, but not two acres enclosure. Here you have two acres and only a few experienced dog trainers supervising dogs they may not know. Lots can go wrong.

I used to take my dog to a small dog social at the humane society where the owners had to remain with their dogs in the large room they had 5 people supervising in addition to the dog owners. Plus only well behaved fully vaccinated dogs were allowed. I felt this was a safe arrangement for my dog who loves to play with other dogs; I don’t feel this restaurant would be safe for my dog.
 

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I would add if I felt the need to dine out with my dog I would look for a restaurant with a patio where I could sit with my dog. It looks like this restaurant has a fenced area for dogs but dogs can’t enter the restaurant where you order and dine.
 

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It's both inside and outside eating and drinking. I also wouldn't leave my dogs with other folks while I was inside. I'd just eat outside, drinks are low on my priority list these days :).

They also have a separate under 25lb area and a grooming "salon" on site, called "The Groom Groom Room".

Things I like about the concept are having a place to eat with your dogs where they also have a supervised (by me) place to play, with live local music on Fri evenings. They have training on site by various org's (no idea of the quality but they're trying), a mobile vet two or so times a month, regular adoption events, 3m-9m old puppies only evenings, a nice range of services.

They're trying to expand the idea of taking your dog places to a full on all inclusive destination. I like the ambition.

DH and I plan to go look it over, sans pups. We wouldn't go for a membership. We don't get to our nearby dog park that often, let alone one not very close, but what a thoughtful concept for folks in the downtown or apartment living environment.
 

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Yeah, I probably would try it! Having the dog area staffed makes a huge difference to me. Hopefully they'd kick out anyone who was remotely dangerous. And I definitely wouldn't leave my dogs, as they get a little concerned when I leave the dog park even to retrieve a ball that's gone over.
 

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What an interesting concept! I would have to have a lot of faith in the folks manning the play area to be comfortable with this though. And it would not be a place for Lily or Misty, who have varying degrees of reactivity.

Now Gracie, the 9 month old puppy who has known no adversity and hopefully never will, could go there there, but again, it’s the trust issue on my part. Max would be Ok, but he’s a sensitive dog and I don’t think he’d enjoy it. He would want to be with us.

Gracie, OTOH, thinks every dog and human is her new BFF, so she would love it and would have no problem being left there....but could I be certain the other dogs would treat her right? I don’t want to spoil her socialization that I’ve carefully cultivated. Gracie goes to doggy day care one day a week- but it’s only because one of the agility trainers from where I train works there, and I trust her judgment.

Would I use it? It depends, maybe with Gracie, or perhaps Max, but I do have misgivings as far as my dogs are concerned.

However...I think it’s a very savvy marketing scheme, people want dog friendly venues. Just tonight, I needed to pick up some wine for dinner and chose to drive to a liquor store 15 minutes away, vs one that is 5 minutes away. Why did I drive the extra distance? Very Simple! The one further away is dog friendly and the owner always has his old chocolate lab there. Which means I can bring Gracie along for the ride for just a little more socialization. So, they got my money instead of the more convenient store that doesn’t allow pets.

I think the pet friendly market has just begun to be tapped, and if I were younger, I’d jump on it. We’ve stayed in this B&B a couple times, they bring pet friendly to a whole new level! We’ve also stayed in Kimpton resorts, they are a nice dog friendly hotel. More pricey, but it’s cheaper than paying for boarding, and the dogs can be with us.
 

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The concept is really cool but I don't take my dogs to dog parks of any kind. I thought it was a really cool idea until I went to observe a local off leash park. I have seen a lot of 'what not to do' behavior. I have gone with several clients to parks where they often go to observe their dogs behavior to help with problem solving. In Arizona, vets advise everyone to stay out of the dog parks for health reasons.

Now having said that, if this is an upscale place with someone who is zero tolerance for aggression running the place, it might be worth checking out but I would never ever trust someone else to watch my dog. I look at it like this: my dog, my responsibility, my training, & my vet bills if something goes sideways. So I need to be commander of our ship. The end. I have seen a couple where they are ultra strict on aggression & they have someone on a pedestal like a lifeguard & if they identify a dog as being aggressive, that dog has to go on leash until further notice. Those are places worth checking out.
 

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Like Carolinek, I have made a point to shop in pet friendly stores and shop less now in the mall where pets are not allowed. I enjoy taking my dog with me when running errands; I like her company and I also see it as potential training opportunities plus she enjoys going.

The people behind this particular business are ambitious, I hope they do well as maybe it will encourage other companies to allow well behaved dogs.
 

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I'd leave the dogs at home and go without them. They don't need to be with me every second.:act-up:
 

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It's both inside and outside eating and drinking. I also wouldn't leave my dogs with other folks while I was inside. I'd just eat outside, drinks are low on my priority list these days :).

They also have a separate under 25lb area and a grooming "salon" on site, called "The Groom Groom Room".

Things I like about the concept are having a place to eat with your dogs where they also have a supervised (by me) place to play, with live local music on Fri evenings. They have training on site by various org's (no idea of the quality but they're trying), a mobile vet two or so times a month, regular adoption events, 3m-9m old puppies only evenings, a nice range of services...
Wow, just wow. Their biggest selling points for me are the separate area for the under 25lb dogs and onsite grooming. I hate fleas with a passion, so I would let them play and run, followed by a bath before going home while I enjoy a meal while listening to live music.

I'd definitely try it.
 

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I don't do dog parks, just don't like them as I don't trust other dogs or their humans too much. Plus some I see owners don't pickup after their dog as they expect an attendant too or just leave it for someone else. Now this concept for grabbing a drink or a bite to eat does sound appealing but I probably wouldn't utilize it very much. I do think a younger crowd may. I really don't take my dogs with me when I dine out even if they are allowed. They are with me 24/7 so we can use a break from one another.
 

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I think it sounds like a really interesting idea. Rémy is still far to young for anything like this but I looked into it and there is a similar concept here in Dallas. Not quite as developed as this but it still offers an attendant, separate areas for puppies/small dogs, memberships and aggression tests for the membership, food, a bar, and live music. It sounds like a great place for a date night with my spouse, socialization experience, and a chance to let our city apartment dwelling spoo run loose for even a little while.
 

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I think I would be nervous to let my dog be watched by strangers... but if I heard great things about it and it appeared to be safe and secure I would give it a shot! For the chances of Norman having an awesome time, I would do anything! Wish there was something like this in Alabama!!

But I could completely understand not wanting to take your dog. I get nervous sometimes when they take Norman in the back room to get blood work. Makes me heart speed up a bit.
 

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That would be a hard no for me. Even a dog professional doesn't know your dog as well as you do. In some ways they can see more than you - but in other ways not. It takes just seconds of a bad situation to undo months worth of training so I would pass.
 

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Since they have an area for small dogs, yes, I would love to try it ! I wish we had something like that around here.

When I was a young adult, I would go to dog parks everyday, multiple times a day for many years and never had a single incident. You have to know what you’re doing, but dog parks can be really fun !
 
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