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It’s Saturday and sunny—why leave your canine companion at home? Thankfully, many businesses throughout the Mile High City allow (and even encourage) dogs. After researching Denver’s official rules on the matter, we compiled this list of food-and-drink-serving establishments that are sure to satisfy both your and your pooch’s cravings.
Call To Arms Brewing
Why It’s Cool: Founded by three men who met at Boulder’s Avery Brewing, the tap wall features a rotating list of 14 craft beers. Pair an oatmeal porter or West-Coast style IPA with a bite from neighboring restaurant, Mas Kaos Pizzeria & Taqueria, which serves its full menu to guests. Leashed dogs are welcome on the patio only, but there you can enjoy shaded, community-style seating and your furry friend can keep cool with provided watering bowls. 4526 Tennyson St., 720-328-8258
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Neighborhood: Olde Town Arvada
Why It’s Cool: Six years ago, home brewers and local Coloradans Chris Hill and Josh Van Riper turned their hobby into a business, whipping up craft beers full time. Now owned by Hill and his wife Deana, the bar is known for its creatively named beers, such as the Psycho Penguin vanilla porter. But it’s not all about the fancy monikers. The taproom prides itself on quality, and many of their beers have won awards; at the 2016 World Beer Cup, its Clan Warrior Scotch Ale went home with a gold medal. Dogs are welcome indoors and on the outside patio as long as they are leashed. 5535 West 56th Ave., #107, Arvada, 303-421-0772
Dead Hippie Brewing
Neighborhood: River Point at Sheridan
Why It’s Cool: This Grateful Dead-themed brewery is decorated in a psychedelic 60’s and 70’s style and features a laidback atmosphere. Leashed pooches are welcome indoors where you can sip on hand-brewed pints like the malty Vienna lager. Enjoy comedy shows and music performances including the weekly Thursday open mic night, or try your hand at one of the old school pinball machines. 3701 S Santa Fe Drive, #7, Sheridan, 720-446-7961
Denver Beer Co.
Why It’s Cool: This artisan brewery has two locations, and a “canworks” spot where folks can watch the production process in person. But perhaps most enticing feature is the outdoor, Bavarian-style biergarten at the Denver tap house. Pair a sudsy staple like the Graham Cracker Porter with a bite from rotating food trucks like Burger Chief, while your four-legged companion tries a “beerscuit” made of the spent grain from the brewing process. Dogs are allowed outside as long as they’re on a leash. 1695 Platte St., 303-433-2739
Neighborhood: North Capitol Hill
Why It’s Cool: Opened last year, this bar and restaurant’s second location in Uptown boasts 70 craft beers on tap, plus over 50 types of Colorado whiskey. The weekend brunch menu features goodies like a ham benny on a poblano-Cheddar biscuit with smoked paprika hollandaise sauce. There are also two patios with fire pits, one of which is dog-friendly, but furry pals must be leashed. 400 E 19th Ave., 720-612-4604
Why It’s Cool: Justin Riley and Hank Grant opened this beer garden/event space/food truck park in 2018. Boasting one of Denver’s largest beer gardens, patrons can enjoy local music, live art, and community while indulging in a curated cocktail, brew, coffee or tea; be sure to try a burger from the Kings County Kitchen food truck. Past events have included everything from Plant Night, where participants learn how to create a succulent garden, to beer tastings. The large, grassy outdoor area is dog-friendly, providing water bowls for Fido and games like corn hole for owners. 3201 Walnut St., 720-666-0043
The Watering Bowl
Neighborhood: Washington Virginia Vale
Why It’s Cool: This tavern is designed specifically to cater to you and your dog. Its 7,000 square-foot fenced private dog park features a kiddie pool, picnic tables, and lounge chairs, so it’s the perfect place for both you and your dog to enjoy the sunny weather. Humans can pick from the expansive beer menu and chow down on classic pub fare like burgers and pizza while their pooch enjoys dog treats and even doggie cakes. Dogs are allowed on or off leash outside. 5411 Leetsdale Drive, 303-591-9069
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Why It’s Cool: This award-winning brewery not only boasts refreshing ales but also tasty pizza and live music events. This month you can catch the Denver-based folk-rock group High Street Collective amongst others, while enjoying their flagship beer, the Colorado Public Red Ale. The front patio and beer garden are dog-friendly, but pooches must be leashed. 3719 Walnut St., 303-993-2799
Just Be Kitchen
Why It’s Cool: Denverites looking for health-conscious, delicious food options can end their search at this gluten-, dairy-, grain-, and refined-sugar-free restaurant. The fast-casual spot prepares only lean proteins in healthy fats and oils, making it the perfect stop for folks with paleo or gluten free diets, or those who just want a tasty, yet healthy bite. Fido is welcome on the back patio. 2364 15th St., 303-284-6652
Little Man Ice Cream
Why It’s Cool: Based on the nickname of founder Paul Tamburello’s father, this nostalgic ice cream parlor in its giant milk can environs is inspired by yesteryear. Creative flavors like salted oreo and vegan horchata are the way to go, but whatever your flavor preference, order it on a handmade waffle cone. Your canine companion won’t be left out either—Little Man always has pup cups for dogs, who are allowed on the patio if leashed. 2620 16th St., 303-455-3811
Stella’s Gourmet Coffee and Such
Neighborhood: Platt Park
Why It’s cool: After 28 years, this friendly cafe is still doing things right, serving coffee roasted by local Pablo’s Coffee and bagels from Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, a shop that’s been commended by the New York Times. Try its specialty chocolate mix or a made-from-scratch flavored syrup in your latte. They have treats in stock for your pup, too, and you can enjoy live music with your furry friend on their patio, so long as the four-legged ones are kept on a leash. 1476 South Pearl St., 303-777-1031
Ugly Dog Sports Cafe
Neighborhood: North Denver
Why It’s Cool: A casual sports bar for you and your dog, this Fido-friendly pub even has its own outdoor dog park. Enjoy weekday happy hour until 6 p.m. while you watch UFC and MMA fights, or get down to the live DJ every Wednesday through Saturday. Leashed dogs are allowed both inside and outside. 1345 Cortez St., 303-428-3600
Liks Ice Cream
Neighborhood: Cheesman Park
Why It’s Cool: Family owned since 1976, this ice cream parlor has a large dog-friendly patio complete with watering bowls. Try the Piggy Split, a sweet treat that’s big enough to share: seven scoops of ice cream, five toppings, two bananas, plus whipped cream, nuts, and cherries. The shop also offers vegan ice cream so everyone can indulge. The outdoor area is welcome to leashed dogs. 2039 E. 13th Ave., 303-321-2370
Why It’s Cool: This Denver stalwart has pastas, salads, burgers, enchiladas, omelettes, and more for pup owners, and when the mood strikes, we love sitting on the patio, leashed furry friend alongside, sipping on a breakfast margarita made with 1800 reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime and grapefruit juices, rimmed with chile-lime salt. 650 Sherman St., 303-595-0418