If you’re anything like me, you’re super social and want to bring your dog everywhere that will allow him. Not many people know how many establishments are dog friendly, so I’m hear to share our favorite dog friendly spots!
I always get the “you take your dog along” when talking to my friend and family about our adventures.
My response is usually “hell yeah”
So, where do we go!? Let’s check out my favorites spots!
My Great Dane friends and I just recently discovered this gem! It's HUGE, perfect for our gentle giants and plenty spacious which is what we are looking for when it comes to dog friendly spaces for our ponies.
They also have an area in the back for some giant connect four, and bean bag toss!
Want to wear your dog out before getting a beer, jump over to the St.Anthony Off Leash Dog Park before your brewery experience. It's just up the road!
Located in the nice suburbs of Maple Grove, this place is small, but still worth the trip. We usually try to come here on off times when hoping to pop inside because it can be a bit more crowded. Still great for the average dog, and even great for Danes. With Cash being a bit leash reactive it's not always our favorite place, but I encourage you to visit!
They have a bunch of board games and always have a great food truck! if it's patio season, you'll definitely see us there!
If you're headed to the Saint Anthony dog park, add this to your stop!
I actually hadn't heard of this until more recently and was presently surprised. This place was HUGE, that staff were super friendly, and there was plenty of space. More games here and even had live music that Cash seemed to enjoy.
If you have a crew, this is your stop as there is plenty of room for everyone!
This was once Flat Earth Brewing, and I'm still terrible at calling it that. In fact that's what I even typed into Google! (thank you redirect!)
I'll be honest and suggest that their beer suggestion isn't my favorite, however their space is SO COOL! My photo doesn't do it justice but this is probably the biggest space for a brewery that I've been too and is kind of a hidden gem so it's not too busy.
They love when dogs come in, have water bowls and treats, and are always willing to help with rescue fundraisers!
Ok, if we are going to finally talk about beer, this is where you'll find my favorite. They have a coffee lager called- First Call. You'll need to try it. It tastes just like a cold brew coffee. I'm drooling about it now and might need to make a stop tomorrow!
Anyways, they continue to let us in with open arms here and I love that about them. It is also a smaller space so we tend to go at slower times or when we might be able to snag a spot on their patio!
Inbound is where I learned about dog friendly events and was even a regular for a while. We'd walk in and the entire bar staff would give Cash a shout and hello. They have treats behind the bar, will give bev napkins for drool, and have a good amount of space for us!
Inbound was the first to start the trend of hosting dog friendly events and always encouraged the furry friends!
Typically when I recommend breweries, this is at the top of my list because "we go way back"
If you're not into the typical IPAs or craft brews, then Sociable Cider Werks is the way to go! It's another smaller spot for danes, but they have a huge patio in the summer time when it's not too hot and an open concept when it's not so busy!
Always has a food truck available and many markets throughout the year.
If you make your way up north to Duluth, Vikre is your spot. Never too crowded and not overly filled with dogs but they are dog friendly inside. The space is very small for our danes, but it's perfect in the winter when everything else is shut down for the season. Not to mention amazing spirits!
A NE Minneapolis staple! This one of a kind spot is located right in the heart of NE Minneapolis and is one of the most dog friendly! They serve a dog friendly menu, have a huge patio, host dog events all year long, AND have an enclosed patio with heaters to let you and your fur friend escape the cold to enjoy a bite to eat or grab some drinks, all while keeping you warm!
If you're in the suburbs looking for a dog friendly patio, they are few and far between. 3 Squares happens to be one of our favorites. This patio can be a little tight for our giants, but we hosted a Great Dane fundraiser a few years back and had about 20 danes on the patio, it was so cool! Honestly, any group willing to support rescue gets all the starts in my book. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere with heaters when needed, and great service!
Pub 819 is right downtown Hopkins, and caught my attention with their huge Burgers and Whiskey sign right on mainstreet! Since I'm always asking for dog friendly places they told me they actually are owned by the same company as Stanley's which I already mentioned. Woot Woot! They have a very small patio in front, but a pretty large patio in the back. They have a food menu for the doggos and yoga mats for comfort. Their yoga mats are cut up and quite small, but they saved one for us. If you're a giant and looking for a mat, ask them for Cash's mat and they'll bring his out for you! Now thats what I call service (or maybe I have a problem since they know us by name).
These lists are never really ending! I know I only have a short snippet here but promise to keep updating as we go on more adventures!
Unsure if your dog or your Great Dane is a candidate for patios and dog friendly spots? I always, always encourage you and all dog owners to be your dogs advocate and know what they can or can’t mentally handle.
Be sure that your dog is dog friendly, or calm enough to not cause a ruckus. Most establishments will ask you to leave if your dog is unruly and take signs of aggression very seriously.
I know that Cash and I can often have a hard time at very busy places when other dogs are around because he can get a little snarky with them. If your dog is the same way, pat yourself on the back for acknowledging the behavior but also make sure you only go and very slow times, or with someone who can check out the space for you before entering.
Always bring some water if it’s warm, a nice mat to keep your dog in “place” and enjoy!
Have a photo of your dane and you out at your favorite spot?! Shoot me an email – email@example.com- and I’ll add it to our list!