If your dog is like mine, the older she gets, the more separation anxiety she has. I have to go to work all week and leave her alone, so when the weekend comes I hate to leave her in her kennel any more than necessary. As such, I have looked for places that welcome my dog when I want to hang out, have a beer or have a cup of coffee. Thanks to our friends at Sidewalk Dog’s research I have a list of my favorite dog friendly patios.
The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar — South Minneapolis
Stanley’s — Northeast Minneapolis
Pub 819 — Hopkins
All three of the above are part of the restaurant group Craft & Crew, and their team goes to great lengths to make sure all their restaurants feature dog friendly patios, with each spot featuring a dog specific menu. Start your pooch off with a Von Hanson’s Meats pig ear or marrow bone treat, followed by the famous turkey mutt loaf with the optional pooched egg or the peanut butter banana pupcream Sunday (featuring non-dairy Izzy’s ice cream). Each restaurant gives the dogs their own house-made Nilla Woofers, and you can get your dog’s meal delivered by Bite Squad if your dog is more of a homebody. All dogs eat free on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Take advantage of yappy hour discounts 3 to 6 p.m. each day.
Able Seedhouse & Brewing — Northeast Minneapolis
One of the best BBQ joints in town, Animales Barbeque, is in residency at Able, where your well-behaved dogs are also welcome. Food is available Thursday through Sunday while supplies last, and this smoked meats truck is crazy delicious. Try the $20 sampler platter with ribs, pork shoulder, a variety of sausages, sauces and pickles, or go for a taco platter or smoked chicken bowl with grits, salsa, coleslaw, cilantro, and pickled jalapeños.
Lakes and Legends — Minneapolis
I once saw an engagement party here with 15 or so very cool looking hipster 20-something couples and all their dogs! Yes, you can have a dog party at Lakes and Legends Brewery. In addition to Lakes and Legends extensive craft beer list, they have games inside like bags, board games and food trucks parked outside on rotation.
10K Brewing — Anoka
Located in downtown Anoka, 10K Brewing has both a kid and dog friendly patio. The brewery is known for their extensive list of craft beers (get a flight of 4 for $9), including the delicious Pineapple Milkshake IPA. The brewery shares a building with MaGillyCuddy’s, so you can saddle up at the bar in the taproom with your pooch and order from the MaGillyCuddy’s menu and they will deliver your food (as will Pizza Man or Jimmy Johns). Or call Serum’s or Jelly Bean and Julia’s BBQ and pick it up on your way to the brewery (within 1 block).
Vikre Distillery – Duluth
Located on the main drag in Canal Park is Vikre Distillery, home of the boreal botanical gin series inspired by the forest around Duluth, including, cedar, spruce, and juniper gins. In the lower level of the distillery, dogs are welcome in their cocktail room, and the distillery offers free tours every day at 5:30 pm.
Glam Doll Donuts – Northeast Minneapolis
Beer and donut pairings, need we say more? Glam Doll Donuts is ranked amongst the 10 best donut shops by USA Today due to their creative gourmet donuts like peanut butter and sriracha, or the Daddy Dearest made with a Surly beer glaze and bacon topping. Your pup can enjoy the Glam Doll patio or pop inside, too. No one serves up flavor and flair like the Glam Dolls.
Northern Vineyards Winery – Stillwater
Visit one of the oldest wineries in Minnesota with your dog. They have a patio outside overlooking the beautiful St Croix River, and you can sip and savor their award-winning wines by the glass made with Minnesota grapes with your dog in the tasting room. They also offer free treats for dogs.