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8 Dog-Friendly Patios in Denver/Boulder

The dog days of summer are here

Colorado is notorious for being a pup-friendly city—everything we do, our dogs do along with us. Our favorite bars and restaurants have taken note, offering dog-friendly areas so you can eat and drink right alongside your best friends. Here are a few spots to take Fido in Denver and Boulder.

Denver Beer Co.

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For the best dog watching in town, Denver Beer Co {1695 Platte Street, Denver; 303.433.2739} is the place to be. Grab a beer and post up on the outdoor patio with your fuzzy friend or, if your dog is well-behaved, keep him leashed inside the venue.

Black Shirt Brewing

Black Shirt Brewing

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Black Shirt Brewing {3719 Walnut Street, Denver; 303.993.2799} is a great spot for music-lovers, beer aficionados, and dog lovers, alike. The RiNo brewery houses two outdoor seating areas that are both pet-friendly, allowing you to people watch from the curb or duck away to the back beer garden, which doubles as a cozy music venue.

Ratio Beerworks

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Walking inside Ratio Beerworks {2920 Larimer Street, Denver 303.997.8288}, it’s pretty standard to see a pupper or two. This RiNo beer haven welcomes all kinds, allowing guests can bring their leashed dogs and find a little relaxation on the patio. If the rays get a little too hot for your furry friend, the indoor concrete floor will serve as a much-needed refuge.

Watering Bowl

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Like the dog park but wish there was more beer? The Watering Bowl {5411 Leetsdale Drive, Denver; 720.217.7838} is where it’s at. This 7,000-square-foot doggie paradise with the tagline “Your Best Friends Bar” is the only venue in Denver doubles as a full functional dog park and tavern. Feel free to let your best friend roam, sans leash, and find their own group of pub friends.

Forest Room 5

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Want to take your dog to the mountains without all the…mountains? For an outdoor experience without leaving the confines of the city, hike up to Forest Room 5 {2532 15th Street, Denver, CO; 303.433.7001}. The outdoor patio, equipped with fire pits, a river, and yes, even a tipi, offers exploration for both man and dog alike.


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A mainstay of the Denver dining scene, Racine’s {650 Sherman Street, Denver;
} not only caters to hungry Denverites but their pooches too. The quaint front patio, equipped with shaded umbrellas offers the summertime experience for the both of you.


Avery Brewing Company

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It’s evident that the folks behind Avery Brewing Company {4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder; 303.440.4324} have a thing for dogs. Case in point, the brewhouse famed brew, Ellie’s Brown Ale, features the president/brewmasters own pup right on the label. Grab a brew, order up a few bites from the full-service restaurant, and people/puppy watch on the spacious outdoor patio. Although you can’t bring your pup on the astro turf, let them burn off some energy in the huge grassy area right behind the brewhouse. As an added bonus, buy a new brewery collar for Fido thanks to the second level gift shop.

Boulder Beer

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Colorado’s first craft brewery is a place for all to enjoy. The recently remodeled outdoor space at Boulder Beer {2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder; 303.444.8448} is truly for the dogs, with a dedicated dog entrance, plenty of grassy areas, and shaded patio seating so you and your pup can get your cool on.

Morgan Carter, Editor