Yappy hour at the Confectionery

confectionery troy back patio croppedThis will sound either fantastic -- or perhaps less so -- depending on whether you're a dog person: The Confectionery in Troy is starting a weekly "yappy hour" on its back garden patio.

The first "canine friendly cocktail party" is scheduled for June 10 from 4-8 pm. After that it will be each Sunday in June from 2-6 pm, weather permitting.

From the announcement:

At "Yappy Hour," pooches, hounds and pups will enjoy a complimentary canine "charcuterie" and liver-infused water. Doggie dates will enjoy wine and beer specials.
Dog owners and their sociable furry pals can enter the garden patio through the Franklin Street Alley entrance (off Broadway). Each Yappy Hour party is asked to donate $10 to support local animal rescue organizations.

Dogs at a food establishment? We heard from a Confectionery rep that they checked with the Rennselaer County department of health and got the OK for having dogs on the patio.

And, by the way, yes... The Confectionery's back patio is now open, if you hadn't heard.

Yappy hour in Saratoga: Sloppy Kisses, a dog boutique in Saratoga Springs, organizes a yappy hour during the summers, and it just started up for the season. The next is scheduled for June 13 at the Parting Glass.

The Olde English: A while back Matt Baumgartner proposed a sort of "dog park" for the Olde English. But we haven't heard how that worked out. Anyone have an update?

photo: The Confectionery


I haven't been there yet but definitely will for "Yappy Hour." Cant wait!!

Confectionery: Yes! Thank you!

Olde English: Yes! Please!

Maybe I'm a curmudgeon, but I don't see how dogs are a natural mix with establishments serving human food. I feel the same way about dogs running around farmers' markets, sniffing in shoppers' baskets and getting in altercations with each other.

Sounds like the Confectionery is taking pains to keep the pups out of the main restaurant, but overall my initial impression is "eww" rather than delight.

Druther's in Saratoga doesn't have a yappy hour, but they do allow dogs in their outdoor area!

There is currently a Yappy Hour at Power's Irish Pub in Clifton Park. The next one is tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) at 5:30 PM.

If my entire tail hadn't been amputated to an atrophied stump when I was a newborn, I would be wagging it SO HARD right now.

Burnt My Fingers, the idea of a Yappy Hour is for the crazy people to bring their dogs and for everyone else to stay away. I don't get to go to farmer's markets because my human has enough problems carrying all of her stuff without dealing with me freaking out and clinging to her ankles and trying to trip her. The one within walking distance of our house doesn't allow dogs, ironically.

I like dogs, but not anywhere near where I'm eating. Having a yappy hour is probably the best way to discourage me from visiting any eating/drinking establishment.

@Burnt My Fingers, @chezjake: you realize many humans you hug, kiss, or sleep with also hug, kiss, or sleep with their pets, right? Just checking.

The only thing I love more than my dog is wine so this is really ideal. Love the forward thinking! So rare in Albany. And yes...in a town like this...allowing dogs on a patio IS forward thinking.

@-S: What folks do with their pets in the privacy of their own homes is of no concern to me. And it's also absolutely irrelevant to the question of whether I should have to cope with the noise and distraction of their pets while I'm relaxing in a public establishment.

oh fer cryin' out loud..can dog dislikers (of which I used to be one) and/or dogs-in-public-spaces dislikers let us crazy dog people (of which I am now one) have ONE day in ONE place for a few measly hours a week where we can bring our pooch? just don't go to the place for the few hours the dreaded canines are there on ONE measly Sunday afternoon.

For example, I'm not a fan of loud/running/jumping/poking/whining children, so when I read about places that have kid specials/related activities I don't kvetch about it, I just stay far, far away.

This is a wonderful idea as long as the dogs are all well behaved and the dog owners are responsible and keep their much loved friends under control.

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