Last year Denver finally passed a bill to allow dogs on restaurant patios, and we’re doggone grateful. Whether you want to recreate your own “Lady and the Tramp” moment, grab a drink (water for pup; he’s not 21), or gorge on a classic greasy brunch, we sniffed out some of the of the best dog-friendly restaurant patios and bars in Denver.
Dog-Friendly Denver Restaurant Patios
Guy Fieri fur-got the most important D: diners, drive-ins, dives, and dogs. We think these dog-friendly restaurant patios would wow the Mayor of Flavor Town.
Just Be Kitchen
Speaking of Triple D, Just Be Kitchen was featured on the show, so you know it’s a mutts-visit. They cater to health buffs, paleo eaters, and those with gluten, dairy, and/or grain allergies. Doggo will dig the paleo dog treats and socializing with the restaurant resident doggos, Savi and Oreo.
Forest Room 5
Want a taste of camping life without leaving the city? Head to Forest Room 5 in the Highlands. Featuring a creek, tall trees, fire pits, an airstream trailer, a treehouse, and s’mores on the menu, pup’ll ruv this woodsy dinner adventure. Just make sure he knows not to hike his leg just anywhere.
Denver Biscuit Co.
Featuring four locations in the metro, Denver Biscuit Company is a delicious brunch staple of the Mile High. Each location tends to be hoppin’, so easily overstimulated pups might prefer takeout at the park.
They don’t take reservations, so prepare to wait in line Portlandia style.
Cozied up in Cap Hill, SubCulture is a definite lunchtime fave. SubCulture serves up a delicious assortment of cocktails, beers, and subs with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, including vegan, vegetarian, and GF options. Your fren will have fun soaking up the sun (or chillin’ in the shade) on their spacious patio and enjoyin free snaccs from staff.
G B Fish and Chips
We love that the shaded patio at G B Fish and Chips overlooks the scenic Sloan’s Lake, making for a romantic pup date. This classic fast-casual restaurant boasts delish fish and chips, but also other hearty British fare like oysters, bangers, and meat pies. After you stuff yourself silly, enjoy a lovely stroll along the Sloan’s Lake trail.
Grind Kitchen + Watering Hole
Southern belles and very good boys with a love of classic soul food should check out Grind Kitchen + Watering Hole. Located in Cherry Creek North, your dog will make himself at home on their cozy patio. We recommend heading there during yappy hour from 2-6 p.m. daily for bitchin food and drink deals.
Shells and Sauce
Craving Italian food? Shells and Sauce has ya covered for a special date night. Situated in the heart of the Congress Park neighborhood, they shine with a selection of pastas and seafood. If brunch is more up your alley, they also serve up the classics on weekends. The patio is intimate, so be sure pup is chill.
Dog-Friendly Denver Bars
For dog sakes, sometimes we just need a drink and pup snuggles at the same darn time! Even if doggo can’t hold his licker, he can still hold his own at these dog-friendly bars in Denver. Head to one (or heck, a few) to really get pup’s tail wagging.
Denver Watering Bowl
We are BIG Denver Watering Bowl stans for puppin’ good reasons. Dogs are the stars of this Glendale area bar, which hosts a dog-of-the-month contest for the prize of a doggy cake, pitcher, and pizza. Doggos will go mutts for their 700-square-foot off-leash dog park and pup pools. Hoomans will love BOGO pizza on Mutt Mondays, Terrier Taco Tuesday Deals, and nightly (9-11) $5 Golden Retriever Ale pitchers.
Romero’s K9 Club and Tap House
Wanna go where everyone knows your name *and* your dog’s? Head to Romero’s K9 Club and Tap House. Let pup get loose in the off-leash dog area of the outdoor beer garden. You’ll love the rotating food trucks and robust beer menu. We dew claw-promise the off-leash dog area makes the $5 day pass and drive to Lafayette worth it. Dogs welcome inside and out!
Recess Beer Garden
The multi-leveled patio seating at Recess Beer Garden provides places to socialize and let onlookers bask in pup’s furry glory, as well as corner spots for shy pups. Peeps appreciate the fun atmosphere, ample beer selection, freshly-smoked meats, and yappy hour specials. Nestled in the Highlands, Recess Bar is a bitchin’ spot for a night on the town with yours drooly.
With two locations in the Denver metro, Lazy Dog’s patios are hopping places for doggos. Lazy Dog even has a dog menu featuring burger patties and grilled chicken (both served with brown rice and veg). With sammies, noodles, salads, and more, humans will find something for everypuppy (even vegetarian and gluten-sensitive folks).
Ugly Dog Sports Cafe
Even though your floof is the most beautiful in the whole world, he’ll still love Ugly Dog Sports Cafe. This North Denver sports bar boasts an outdoor dog park and a haute dog dining menu, which includes signature bowls of eggs, bacon, and half-pound beef patties. You’ll love their classic drink selection and pub fare, especially the build-your-own Chicago and New York-style hot dogs.
Stoney’s Uptown Joint
Are you a sports fanatic? Whether you wanna cheer on the Rockies or watch an overseas cricket game, check out the locally-owned, Colorado-themed Stoney’s Uptown Joint, located in Cap Hill. The bar features classic American fare, weekend brunch, and all-you-can-eat wing Wednesdays. Doggos welcome on the patio.
Located in RiNo, The Matchbox features stiff drinks, a wide beer selection, and a dog-friendly patio. Hungry? Check out one of the rotating food trucks that park out front. Pup’ll love joining you in a game of bocce (ball is life). This spot gets crowded, so be sure to get there early.
Where’s your dog’s favorite place to dine and throw ‘em back? Woof at us in the comments, post in our Dog-Friendly Denver Facebook Group, and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in your Insta pics.
Featured Photo: James Lacy
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