These Twin Cities Hotspots Allow Dogs Indoors

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Photo: KME Photography

By now many Twin Citizens know that dog-friendly patios abound in the metro. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse (and let’s face it: Minnesota has a year-round way of keeping us on our toes), we still want to keep those puppers socialized and stimulated.

What’s a human-hound duo to do when a patio date just isn’t going to happen? Here’s a tour through some of the indoor spots that welcome Spot:

  • Breweries. The only thing that could make MN’s craft-brewery scene more exciting is being able to enjoy those happening taprooms with your pup. A number of local breweries welcome your dog indoors in addition to on the patio. Check out our Indoor Brewery Pass, which gets you a FREE drink at 10 of ’em plus pawesome bonus perks — but hurry, it’s almost sold out!
  • Coffee shops. If you’re in need of a little boost on the way to the off-leash park or doggy daycare dropoff, let your pup join you inside one of several coffee shops. Our readers rave about In The Loop Coffee Company, where they’re ready to welcome you with water bowls and organic doggy treats at the counter. Super duper important: Dogs coffee shops are a bit of a gray area, legally speaking. Take extra care to make sure your pup is leashed, friendly, cleaned-up-after, and on the floor at all times. The coffee-shop laws might be loosening up soon in Minneapolis — sign up to be notified if and when it happens.
  • Distilleries. Minnesota is now home to more than 15 craft distilleries, many of which welcome your pup inside.
  • The mall! Dreams do come true.
  • Boutiques and more. Whether you’re perusing hostess gifts, picking out a little T-R-E-A-T for yourself, or just running errands, nearly 200 shops will let you have your dog in tow.
  • And of course, the majority of pet food stores are ready to welcome Fido, too.

Check out our full list of indoor options right this way.

And if your pooch prefers indoor options that’ll give him those off-leash feels, we’ve got those too! 

Notice a place we missed? Woof at us in the comments!


  1. Stephanie on April 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for this. In addition, as we move into the warmer season, don’t forget that many restaurants allow dogs in their outdoor seating.

    • Sidewalk Dog on April 21, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Hear, hear! (We’ve got a list of those, too.)

  2. Mike Etlicher on April 21, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Diamonds Coffee Shoppe on Central Ave. in NE Mpls. is also dog friendly on the inside.

    • Sidewalk Dog on April 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Thanks so much for letting us know – we’ll get that added!

  3. joe harewicz on April 21, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Wild Mind Brewery in Windom is Dog Friendly— so is the Ace Hardware at Diamond Lake and Nic.

  4. Kohleen Liddell on April 21, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Fair State Brewing Cooperative has an amazing beer garden out back that is great for dogs, and they allow {well-behaved} dogs inside too!!

    • Sidewalk Dog on April 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Thanks Kohleen, we’ll add that to our list!

  5. Belladonna Florist on April 21, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    You missed our shop Belladonna Florist in Eden Prairie. You’ll have to excuse our manners as it may take awhile for us to talk to You….we tend to prefer conversations w kiddos & pups! 😬🐶👼

    • Sidewalk Dog on April 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks for letting us know! We’d love to get you listed on our site since you’re clearly our kind of people. 😉 Right this way to get listed!

  6. Kattie on February 22, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Clockwerks Brewing downtown allows dogs inside. They also have free pool.

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