There’s no use denying it any longer, pups—winter has arrived in Minnesota. As the brrrr descends on the Twin Cities, it’s important to find ways to continue to hang safely with our best buds out of the house (so they don’t go mutts watching endless cooking competitions with us). Since we all know how real that cabin fever can be, check out our list of dog-friendly heated St. Paul/Minneapolis patios.
Note: We double checked all COVID details, but recommend calling ahead.
Aster Cafe (Minneapolis)
Located on the self-proclaimed prettiest street in Minneapolis (we don’t disagree), Aster Cafe’s floof-friendly and firepit-laden patio overlooks our beloved Stone Arch Bridge and the majestic Mississippi. Between the view and the vittles, does it get any better? We doubt it. Walk-up reservations only.
Bad Weather Brewing (St. Paul)
Don’t let the name fool you! St. Paul’s Bad Weather Brewing will turn your winter frowns upside down as you mix, bork, and mingle (from a safe distance) on their heated patio. Wander over to enjoy a beer or two and support some of the drooliest food trucks the Twin Cities has to offer. Walk-up reservations only.
The Block (St. Louis Park)
We could talk about the yummy offerings for us hoomans, but those take a backseat to their heated “paw-tio” complete with a three-course meal for our four-legged frens. We can see those tails wagging already. Walk-ups encouraged; not accepting reservations for weekdays after 4 p.m. or on weekends.
Forgotten Star Brewing (Fridley)
This historic World War 2 production facility turned brewery celebrates winter with its heated patio and ice rink! Your pup might not be quite as excited as we are about the second part of that sentence, but rest assured there’s plenty to keep everypawdy entertained during a fun night out. No reservations required.
Hola Arepa (Minneapolis)
We don’t know how we’d go the whole winter without Hola’s atmosphere and arepas, and thankfully we don’t have to. There’s just something about their cozy patio that makes you feel a little like you’re on vacation, regardless of the weather. Maybe it’s the tropical drinks? No matter the reason for your visit, doggo’ll be delighted to join you in this magical little oasis all year long. Reservations required.
The Howe (Minneapolis)
Along with Stanley’s and Pub 819, The Howe is part of the Craft & Crew family of restaurants, a dog-friendly hospitality group that is doing the important work of making sure that Twin Cities puppers get the star treatment. Enjoy The Howe’s delicious mutt menu on their heated paw-tio, or stay curled up at home and have any of it delivered via Bite Squad. Patio is first come, first served!
Pig Ate My Pizza (Robbinsdale)
Outfitted with two heated tents and an outdoor fire pit, there is plenty of space for you and your Pug to scarf down a slice at the delicious Pig Ate My Pizza. When the temps drop, nothing is more comforting than their menu full of creative comfort food—pizza, pork rinds, and wings (oh my!). Reservations required.
Smack Shack (Minneapolis)
Warm up all winter long at this floofer favorite! They’ve got you covered with newly-installed infrared patio heaters. Their famous lobster rolls might be served cold, but they’ll make you so happy you forget all about the weather. Reservations required.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room (Minneapolis)
You know NE Minneapolis’ staple Stanley’s is pup-obsessed when they proudly proclaim their year-round dog-friendliness on the front page of their site (sounds like our kind of people). Their spacious patio offers a warm and toasty yappy hour as well as a three-course menu that is sure to please even the most discerning doggos. Reservations required.
Utepils Brewing (Minneapolis)
At this North Minneapolis spot, “good living comes from good brewing,” and from cuddling up with pup in their new winter beer garden complete with tents, fires, Christmas trees, and food trucks. Talk about cozy! No reservations required.
Waldmann Brewery (St. Paul)
In 2017, Waldmann Brewery took up shop in St. Paul’s oldest surviving commercial building. Today they continue to honor the spirit of their founder as they serve up delicious beer, pretzels, and wursts in their heated biergarten. Pup’s ears just perked up at that last part. Registration is required, but please note it is not a reservation. They will make every effort to seat you as close to your preferred time as possible.
Too cold for patios? Check out our Minnesota dog-friendly indoors guide.
Which spot is your fave? Or h*ck, do you know of others that would be just as snuggly? Howl at us in the comments below or share them in our Dog-Friendly Twin Cities Facebook Group.
Featured photo: Tanika