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Bark Social – Washington Region’s First “Dog Bar” – Coming to North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose October 2020

It will come with a 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor craft beer, wine and coffee bar, and a professionally monitored off-leash dog park.





(PRESS RELEASE) Dogs. Beer. Coffee – Bark Social, the experiential retail concept for dog enthusiasts will feature a private, monitored off-leash dog park with an indoor/outdoor beer & coffee bar. Bark Social, the first “dog bar” in the Mid-Atlantic region, at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose, will open in October with a 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor craft beer, wine and coffee bar, and a professionally monitored (Bark Rangers) off-leash dog park. Bark Social (935 Prose Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852) will be located adjacent to Rose Park, next to Julii and Jinya.

“Pike and Rose is the perfect location to launch Bark Social because it offers the best in class mixed-use experience in the Washington region,” said Luke Silverman of Bark Social. “We look forward to bringing our unique concept to the neighborhood and making new two- and fourlegged friends.”

Bark Social is the culmination of more than two years of research and refinement from founders Luke Silverman and Jeff Kurtzman. Silverman, an entrepreneur and former reality TV producer with credits including American Idol and The Bachelor, and Kurtzman is a seasoned entrepreneur who’s past experience includes co-founder of Better World Books and CEO of Aid Through Trade, both socially responsible ventures.

More than a dog park, the year around venue offers beer, wine and coffee, a climate-controlled “clubhouse” with TVs and Wi-Fi, in addition to a “dog treat bar” (pupsicles and puppy ice cream), dog boutique and dog wash stations.

Bark Social has partnered with local coffee roaster, Ceremony Coffee for the morning program and will complement this with a rotation of local and national craft brews and wines for a “beer garden” like atmosphere in the afternoons and evenings. The Pike & Rose location will offer an array of events such as: Doga (dog yoga), daily Yappy Hours, a Halloween dog costume contest, singles nights and even dog birthday parties. The venue will be the place to watch college and local DC sports and premieres of major reality shows such as “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for the non-sports fans. To kick off Bark Social’s launch, they’re offering “Founding Members” discounted annual memberships (Bark Social Memberships), in addition to discounted memberships for Frontline Workers, Active and Retired Veterans, Government Employees and Corporate Discounts.

Giving back to the local community and dog non-profits is a critical part of Bark Social’s mission. To honor it’s launch, Bark Social has launched a T-shirt fundraiser to support five local dog nonprofit organizations; Montgomery County Humane Society, Humane Rescue Alliance, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, MCPAW, and one national organization, Tails of Valor Paws of Honor, a Veteran organization providing social interaction and human/canine bonding resulting in trained services dogs able to assist with the post-combat physical and psychological issues affecting Veterans and their families. Bark Social will donate $5 from each T-shirt sold to its non-profit partners.




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