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The Ugly Dog Pub

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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294 S 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741-8371
+1 828-526-8364
16:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Mon 16:00 - 00:00
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 00:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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169 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch and grabbed the chicken panino... with tots. I enjoyed the bar and quality service.

Thank MarkButt
Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my nightly place for fun, drinks and good food. Live entertainment as well! Great Pub! The people are interesting and very friendly. I thought outside of Britain, Scotland and Ireland you couldn't find good pubs. But up in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina is a little gem waiting for you.

Thank Texas_artB
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I ate here a few times on our recent trip to Highlands. A warm and cozy pub with friendly folks and good food. Will definitely return!

Thank Denali5540
Miami, Florida
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner at this pub, the food was delicious although the menu is definitely more pub food than restaurant it was very tasty. Burgers are juicy and delicious. Atmosphere was upscale small town watering hole. They played a trivia game in which we participated, didn't win but they did have gift cards to the restaurant as prizes. Perfect for families... More 

Thank Robin747474
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed visiting the The Ugly Dog Pub. After several nights of spending $100+ on dinner we wanted something more casual and laid back. This is definitely a local hangout and just what we wanted to find! The food was delicious and well priced.They have a wide variety of drinks and beer. We thoroughly enjoyed trying some local brews.... More 

Thank lulumoody
Atlanta, Georgia
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129 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Known as a great late night hangout, we came here for brunch after a late night with some locals. The Bloody Mary was a welcome remedy for a hangover and, not to mention, the burger with a fried egg and bacon! It was so enticing, we both ordered the same dish. We were so lucky to experience another Highlands find!

Thank Liz N
Cary, North Carolina
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143 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this to be the only real bar option in Highlands and it didn't disappoint. Had dessert and drinks there one night (very crowded with a band) and drinks only the next night (not as crowded with young woman signing covers). Loved that they had live music both nights (wed/thur night). They definitely get wedding groups starting Thursday through... More 

Thank yoontaylor
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ugly Dog Pub is a very good restaurant for casual dining. I had a delicious hamburger and my husband had the special , strip steak. The food was seasoned well. Good place for drinks and appetizers too.

Thank SunnydaySister
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132 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good, predictable bar food. The crispy fish wrap is a large portion and has a nice zip of heat. The corn, potato and ham chowder was a little watery and bland. The fresh guacamole was excellent, but the chips would have benefited by a quick warm-up in the oven. Business was brisk on a Friday night. The drinks can get... More 

Thank Teresa S
Franklin, NC
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315 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No uncommon - everything in Highlands rolled up when we went up one night to look at lights and walk downtown. We were pretty hungry but with few options. Found a place at the Ugly Dog. Server was friendly and the food came promptly. Pretzels and Beer Dip are a must try. I could have just eaten those all day... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 294 S 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741-8371
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Highlands
  • Phone Number: +1 828-526-8364
The Ugly Dog Pub is a casual pub with food, beer, wine and mixed drinks. A great place to come meet friends or make friends. We feature Trivia Tuesday nights, Bluegrass music on Wednesdays and regional bands on Friday or Saturday nights. We also show sports on TV and special events to keep it fun. We are a relaxed place, so come on in and take a seat, or walk up to the bar and order a drink and something to eat. Hope to see you soon! We are open: Mon. 4pm - until Tues. thru Sun. 11:30 am - until

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?