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October 9, 2007

Dog Pub opens Columbia branch

The Dog Pub, a Federal Hill favorite, has expanded to Columbia, LIVE guru Sarah Kelber tells me.

The name of the new branch: Pub Dog Pizza and Drafthouse.

The new address:

8865 Stanford Blvd., Suite 100, Columbia, 410-872-0364.

Unlike its Baltimore counterpart (pictured), the Columbia Dog is open for lunch. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.

It's also a bit more expensive -- two draft beers at the Pub Dog are $4. At the Dog Pub, they're only $3.50. 

I have to admit, I liked the name Thirsty Dog a whole lot better than the Dog Pub, or the Pub Dog.

I think they should have renamed it the Tipsy Dog or something like that. Dog Pub sounds pretty pedestrian.

(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun Photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:04 AM | | Comments (6)


I used to live in Federal Hill and now live in Columbia. The pizza and beer were as I remembered (pretty good), but I think weekend business will suffer without tv's. I went there with a friend to watch college football a few weeks ago, and we were disappointed to find that the Columbia location (like Fed Hill) does not have tv's. I understand this gimmick differentiates the Fed Hill bar from other neighborhood bars, but I just don't see it working elsewhere.

And then there's the bartenders. It's quite obvious the owner instructed them to shake hands and introduce themselves to every single customer. It's a little over the top when six bartenders come over and introduce themselves to you within 20 minutes of you sitting at the bar. I won't even discuss how they injected themselves into every conversation I had with my friend....and then steered the topic to their lives. I really don't care about their mom's dating life.....but I digress.

I lived in Fed Hill for over 3 years and recently moved to Columbia. TD was my favorite bar in Fed Hill. The Columbia location is much bigger, but I agree with John, not having TVs will hurt its business.

This is suburbia we are talking about, not the trendy urban Baltimore crowd. I also agree that the staff needs to chill out and let people enjoy their beer, pizza, and friends. I hope they do not go out of business, it is a great place.

Some of us feel football is on par with drying paint as far as entertainment value, and are sick to death of our conversation being drowned out by idiotic screaming on a Sunday afternoon. I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. It would be nice if there were more bars without TVs in this city!

Parched Pooch.

I loved going to this bar in Fed Hill. The pizza and beer is amazing. I'm so glad they're open in Columbia now. I think the waitresses and managers are trying their best to be friendly so you spread the word about the place. They aren't really doing advertising, so they need customers to recommend it to friends in order to survive.

As for the TV issue, they just installed two, but I was told they won't have any sound. So people can watch the games but those that aren't interested won't be bothered by the sound.

The Pub Dog in Columbia rocks! Its such a great change from the other bars in the area.

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