Just over a year ago, Patrick Verdugo and Ross O’Bryan opened Two Shepherds Taproom – Tampa’s first indoor/outdoor dog park and bar serving up endless craft beer, draft wine, and hard seltzers. The renovated warehouse at 4813 N Grady Ave is the largest dog bar in the area with over 14,000 square feet of play space. And of course you can’t forget that wonderful A/C! The property had been in Verdugo’s family since the 1960s, and O’Bryan had the perfect business proposal.
“I was looking for an indoor dog park for my dog Hobbes so we could go somewhere to play when it was raining or we needed to get out of the unbearable Florida heat,” O’Bryan said. “I realized there was nothing like this and it needed to be created. So I called up Pat, pitched him the idea, and after further deliberation we came to the same conclusion: what do people love just as much as dogs? Beer!”
Verdugo and O’Bryan say they wanted Two Shepherds Taproom to serve as a space for the community of dog lovers to be able to take their dogs off leash and enjoy some much needed play time while also being able to meet other like-minded individuals over a refreshing local craft brew. And the community has rallied around them as they weathered the pandemic.
Two Shepherds offers various memberships. “If you come in and buy a day pass and decide you love it and want to upgrade to a month or annual membership before you leave, we will credit the cost of your day pass to your new membership for upgrading!” said O’Bryan.
They also offer party packages and events like Trivia Tuesdays, Bingo Thursdays, and Brunch and Bottomless Mimosas on Sundays. “We will mix in monthly themed trivia and Drag Queen Bingo. We rotate through different breeds and have monthly breed meetups as well. And we have some big events coming up in October, November, and December so be sure to check our Facebook page for them soon!”
All humans must be 21+ to enter. For the pups, they ask everyone to register their dog online at twoshepherdstaproom.com before attending by uploading proof of their vaccination records. They require vet records showing proof of up-to-date rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations. All pups 8 months and older must be spayed/neutered.
“Every day is an adventure when you get to meet so many different types of pups who all have their own personalities,” O’Bryan said. “It’s very rewarding to see how happy they are in a space we created.” Plus, these business owners have some plans in the works for other areas of Florida to expand. Keep an eye out for further details coming soon!
Tomlin Commercial worked with Two Shepherds Taproom on its commercial property contract. “It has been great!” O’Bryan said of the transaction. “[Advisor] Nico Hohman and the team are very responsive and knowledgeable. We would recommend them to everyone.”
For more info about Two Shepherds Taproom, visit twoshepherdstaproom.com.