Dog Day Afternoon @ Sofi’s Bar

Where are all the dugs?
Where are all the dugs?

With the morning getting off to an unpromisingly wet start, we decided it was a fine day for spending some time in the pub, with dogs.

We first went to Dog Day Afternoon at Sofi’s Bar back in October, only a few weeks after Charlie Papillon came to live with us.  Although we found the plethora of pugs (and other dugs) fun and exciting, Charlie was was less than thrilled.  In fact, he was fairly terrified.

But, he’s come a looooong way since then so we thought it might be nice to see how he would react in a similar setting now.

The Lovely Arthur
The Lovely Arthur

We were the first to arrive after the bar opened, which meant Charlie got lots of cuddles and scritches from the barmaid.  But alas no pugs, no dogs of any kind.  For ages.

Just as we were about to drink up and head off for lunch, in came the most adorable, self-assured chihuahua called Arthur soon followed by an extremely polite (and silky soft) border collie called Loki!

Unlike last time, Charlie did approach and went through the usual doggie greeting rituals with only one, brief, Elvis-style snarl. Soon they were all sharing snacks and the humans sharing stories about their respective pups.

Luckily, Edinburgh offers a number of pubs, cafes and shops (see Dugs Welcome), where you can enjoy time with your friends and your pets, some even offering tasty treats for their four legged patrons (Sofi’s stocks Crumbs of Portobello liver cakes on the bar.)  Call me greedy, but I do wish there were even more.

Gentleman Loki
Gentleman Loki

Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay too long but it was lovely to relax in the cosy space at Sofi’s (must come back one night for their knitting group – I managed to contribute a small flower to the collective knitting box!)  Thank you Sofi’s for hosting us!

Dog Day Afternoons at Sofi’s Bar, First Saturday of each month from noon to 5 pm, 63-65 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6ED.