Summer is the ideal time to explore new neighborhoods, and right now in Denver, the River North Art District—affectionately known as RiNo—is *the* place to sniff and be sniffed. Among the creative businesses, galleries, and studios are some pretty sweet mother puppin’ patios to take in with your furry best friend. Here are some of our faves.
Improper City (pictured) on Walnut Street will have you saying, “Dog park, schmog park.” When the cafe-meets-bar-meets-event space opened its doors last year, its patio became one of the largest in the city, with 12,000 square feet of room to roam—whether you have two or four heels. After a game of bocce ball or cornhole on the large grassy area (no leg-lifting here, pups–have some class), snag a bite to eat from one of the daily-changing food trucks, then settle into a fireside Adirondack chair for a relaxing night cap with (wo)man’s best friend.
A dog in a top hat smoking a pipe? Yup, you’ve found your people. Chad and Marla Yetka believe that dogs and wine are two ingredients that make up “the good life,” so when it came time to name their winery on Wazee Street, their dog Bigsby served as name and logo inspiration. While you kick back on one of two dog-friendly patios with a glass of the Everyday Porch Pounder red and a cheese board, treat your pup to a bottle of Bigsby’s Dog Biscuits, proceeds from which are donated to the Morris Animal Foundation.
Dandy Lion Coffee Co.
We already loved Dandy Lion for its Vietnamese brews, stunning latte art, and garage doors that open to a dog-friendly patio. But there’s another reason to visit: the coffee shop’s building, Zeppelin Station, hosts frequent Yappy Hours, where Denver’s furriest residents can indulge in goodies like doggy gelato and bacon water from local pet boutiques. Yep, bacon water.
When Shake Shack opened its first Denver location last year (there are now two: one in RiNo and one in Highlands Ranch), the cult burger chain found a way to appeal to the locals immediately by inviting them to dine with their doggos on the patio. Your pup won’t even beg for a bite of the Colorado-exclusive Green Chile CheddarShack burger when you order her the Pooch-ini, a cup of vanilla custard with peanut butter sauce and dog biscuits—though we wouldn’t judge if you went in for a lick.
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
This brewery on Walnut Street goes the extra mile to make sure you and your floof are comfortable on the hottest dog days of summer with umbrellas, water bowls, and even heckin’ chill misters for the pups. Claim your spot on the front patio or in the beer garden—both of which are dog-friendly—and enjoy live music from local bands while washing down a housemade pizza with a frosty IPA. You gonna finish that crust?
(Photo courtesy of Improper City)