North Bethesda now has a membership-based dog park with automatic water bowls for pups and craft beer for humans.
Bark Social recently opened in North Bethesda on nearly an acre of land. It triples as a dog park, beer garden and coffee shop where dogs run around off-leash under the supervision of “bark rangers." The business’ tagline is “Dogs Beer Coffee.”
“It’s really a dog’s paradise,” co-founder Luke Silverman said, ticking off a list of treats such as meat-flavored “pupsicles.”
Humans get in free but there’s a charge for dogs. An annual membership is $365. A discounted rate of $285 is available for about two weeks. A monthly pass costs $40, and day passes are available for $10.
Bark Social confirms that dogs are neutered or spayed, vaccinated and socialized. The company aims to improve on conventional dog parks, where dogs can be dangerous or unvaccinated.
Silverman and a partner opened the business after seeing similar businesses in the South.