Reader’s Choice Awards: The Dog-Friendliest Spots Ever, According to You

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The results of Sidewalk Dog’s first EVER Dog-Friendly Awards are in! We asked readers to vote for the dog-friendliest spots ever, and y’all sure had a lot to yap about. From patios to off-leash play and everything in between, consider this your must-sniff list for 2019.

Without further ado, we present this year’s top dogs by category. Click on each for more wag-worthy info. (Note: Multiple winners listed indicates a tie.)

Click to jump straight to award winners in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis/St.Paul, and Seattle.


Best pup-approved outdoor adventure: Prairie Wolf Dog Park

Best off-leash park: Skinner Bark Park

Best dog-friendly patio: Bang Bang Pie

Best dog-friendly coffee shop (indoors!): City Mouse

Best dog-friendly taproom (indoors!): Begyle Brewing

Best dog-friendly shop or store (indoors!): Bentley’s Pet Stuff

Best doggy daycare: Pooch Hotel

Best trainer: Anything is Pawzible

Best dog-friendly hotel: Ace Hotel Chicago

Best dog-friendly apartments: FLATS Chicago

Best dog-friendly employer: Flowers for Dreams

Best pet photographer: Mandy Dempsey Photography

Best rescue or shelter: One Tail at a Time

Best dog account on Instagram: @changothehandsomepittie


Best pup-approved outdoor adventure: Parker Farmers Market; Silver Dollar Lake TrailDevils Head Pike National Forest

Best off-leash park: Cherry Creek State Park Off-Leash Area; Glendale Farm Open Space Trail; Railyard Dog ParkWestminster Dog Park

Best dog-friendly patio: Welcome Home Brewery; Ratio Beerworks; Rails End Brewery; Recess Beer Garden; Denver BeerCo; Improper City; Lazy Dog

Best dog-friendly coffee shop (indoors!): Huckleberry Roasters

Best dog-friendly taproom (indoors!): Blue Tile Brewing; Pub Dog Colorado; 4 Noses Brewing

Best dog-friendly shop or store (indoors!): Aspen Grove Shopping Center; Outlets at Castle Rock; Backyard on Blake

Best doggy daycare: Camp Bow Wow ParkerU Lucky Dog

Best trainer: PetSmart

Best dog-friendly hotel: La Quinta

Best dog-friendly apartments: Palomino Park in Highlands Ranch; Line 28 at LoHi; Camden

Best dog-friendly employer: BiggerPockets; Google

Best pet photographer: Cheesman Bark; Cupcake Imaging

Best rescue or shelter: Dumb Friends League

Best dog account on Instagram: @5280ColoradoDogs

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Best pup-approved outdoor adventure: Minnetonka Orchards

Best off-leash park: Minnehaha Off-Leash Recreation Area

Best dog-friendly patio: Stanley’s NE Bar Room; The Freehouse

Best dog-friendly coffee shop (indoors!): In the Loop Coffee Company

Best dog-friendly taproom (indoors!): Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

Best dog-friendly shop or store (indoors!): Chuck & Don’s 

Best doggy daycare: Wagging Tails Pet Resort

Best trainer: Canine Coach

Best dog-friendly hotel: Hewing Hotel

Best dog-friendly apartments: Concierge Apartments; The Moline

Best dog-friendly employer: Periscope

Best pet photographer: KME Photography; Studio Twelve:52

Best rescue or shelter: Secondhand Hounds

Best dog account on Instagram: @pointerproblems


Best pup-approved outdoor adventure: Mercer Island; Discovery Park Loop Trail; South Ship Canal Trail

Best off-leash park: West Crest Park Off-Leash Area; Double Bluff Beach and Off-Leash AreaVoff Bark and Brew; Magnusen; Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area; Marymoor Park Off-Leash Area

Best dog-friendly patio: Elsom Cellars; Jolly Roger; The Yard Cafe

Best dog-friendly coffee shop (indoors!): Ballard Coffee Works

Best dog-friendly taproom (indoors!): Floating Bridge BrewingChuck’s Hop Shop; Ghostfish; Lagunitas

Best dog-friendly shop or store (indoors!): LUSH; PetCo; JOANN Fabric and Craft Store

Best doggy daycare: Woof! Play & Stay

Best trainer: Zoom Room

Best dog-friendly hotel: Kimpton Hotels Seattle; W Seattle

Best dog-friendly apartments: 2900 on First

Best dog-friendly employer: Evergreen Escapes; Amazon

Best rescue or shelter: Seattle Humane

Best dog account on Instagram: @floatingbridgebrewing; @monstersnugglepuppagus

There you have it, Sidewalk Doggers!

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