The best dog friendly restaurants and bars in Denver

June 11, 2021 - 6 min read
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With approximately 100,000 dog-owning households in the city of Denver, local bars and restaurants have gone out of their way to give pups a seat at the table, or at least at the outdoor patio where they can eat alongside their owners. Here are 12 places that cater to dog-friendly crowds, including some, where your dog can dine from their very own menu.

You Can’t Leave Denver Without Drinking at These Dog Friendly Breweries

Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Address: 3719 Walnut St.

Phone: 303-993-2799

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This award-winning brewery in the heart of the RiNo Art District just north of downtown Denver not only boasts refreshing ales but also pizza, live music and an eclectic take on a beer garden. Enjoy their flagship beer, the Colorado Public Red Ale, and sit with your leashed dog on either the front patio or in the beer garden.

Call to Arms Brewing Company

Address: 4526 Tennyson St.

Phone: 720-328-8258

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When three craft beer lovers met in Boulder, Call To Arms Brewing Company was born. A beacon for those who love local traditional food and drink, the taproom hosts its own version of a CSA, community-supported artisans, in four- or eight-week shares. For those staying for a drink, pick your poison from a list of 14 rotating craft beers, grab a bite from Mas Kaos Pizzeria & Taqueria next door and take a seat — with dog treats — on the dog-friendly patio.

Joyride Brewing Company

Address: 2501 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater Colorado

Phone: 720-432-7560

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After a walk around Sloan’s Lake Park, head across the street to this dog-friendly taproom and quench your thirst. There’s a diverse selection on tap from its 10-barrel brewery and a rotating lineup of popular food trucks. While the rooftop is off-limits for dogs, you and your pup still get the majestic lake views from the main floor.

LowDown Brewery + Kitchen

Address: 800 Lincoln St.

Phone: 720-524-8065

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If you’re out and about and thirsty in Capitol Hill, you’ll find intriguing beers made by two brewers with more than 25 years of experience at the dog-friendly LowDown. It’s a big space with a big menu to feed a crowd and a big outdoor area out back. You’ll find it a popular spot for families hitting “Baby Hour,” as well as those hankering for hops.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Address: 14618 Delaware St., Westminster, Colorado

Phone: 720-459-5613

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

The West Coast American gastropub chain’s concept, with three locations in the Denver area, began when a patron brought their dog to the restaurant while a health inspector was dining. And so, the dog-friendly patio concept took off — with a dedicated dog menu to boot. While you can order elevated classics with seasonal ingredients, your dog has the choice of a grilled hamburger patty, grilled chicken breast, or brown rice. They just need to avoid the “three Bs”: begging, barking and biting.

Improper City

Address: 3201 Walnut St

Phone: (720) 666-0043

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

Another must-visit in the heart of RiNo, Improper City offers an ever-rotating lineup of the city’s best food trucks (including tacos from Kings Country Kitchen and specialty pitas from It’s All Greek to Me) paired with craft cocktails, live music, and a giant outdoor patio. Well-behaved, leashed pups are welcome on the patio (deemed “Denver’s backyard”), so you can grab your goodies and head to an outdoor table or bring a blanket and spread out on the grass to enjoy a new experience with every visit.

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Just Be Kitchen

Address: 2364 15th St.

Phone: 303-284-6652

Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp

Head to the back patio of this cozy cafe and discover the traditional comfort foods you loved from childhood, but without gluten, grain, refined sugar, and dairy. Whether you follow the paleo, Whole30, ketogenic or autoimmune protocol dietary plans or just want to eat healthier, all dishes are 100% free of major allergens, including the paleo dog treats offered to canine diners.

The Radiator Cafe & Bar

Address: 2139 W. 44th Ave.

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No matter the time, this new Sunnyside neighborhood spot is a great place to bring your dog and sit outside on the pet-friendly patio. It serves up coffee and bagels in the morning, pours craft beers by night and ice cream is on offer all day.

Stella’s Gourmet Coffees and Such

Address: 1476 S. Pearl St.

Phone: 303-777-1031

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If you’re into cafe culture, Stella’s is the spot. From a full slate of espresso drinks to different tea traditions, the baristas at this longtime Platt Park favorite craft gourmet bevvies with care. You’ll also find breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as vegan and gluten-free options, and you can take your order “to go” and sit on the dog-friendly patio.

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Romero’s K9 Club and Tap House

Address: 85 S. Public Road, Lafayette, Colorado

Phone: 720-485-5968

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

This taproom combines the best of both worlds — beer on draft and a dog-friendly beer garden. When you register your dog, either online or at the bar, and buy a pass (daily, monthly or yearly) they have access to the outdoor off-leash K9 Club. With an extensive beer and grilled cheese menu for you and Pawsmic Cookies for your dog, it’s a great place to spend the day.

Ugly Dog Sports Cafe

Address: 1345 Cortez St.

Phone: 303-428-3600

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When you want an MMA or UFC fix, you and your dog can watch the action at this casual sports bar. While leashed dogs are welcome inside, the bar’s dog-friendly amenities also include an outdoor dog park and pub staff that offers dog treats as freely as they pour pints.

The Watering Bowl

Address: 5411 Leetsdale Drive

Phone: 303-591-9069

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As the name implies, this spot caters to dogs first. While dogs come for the “desserts” and the private 7,000 square-foot fenced dog park, their humans can enjoy weekday “yappy hour” specials. You can also drink for a cause here, as a portion of sales is earmarked for a different rescue organization each month. Choose from an extensive beer menu that includes the Watering Bowl’s own lineup from Rescue BrewLabrador Lager, Golden Retriever Ale, Great Dane IPA, and Rottweiler Wheat — or a branded CBD oil.

Whether you’re dining alfresco or sitting at the bar, your dog loves to join you under the table. There may be risks, and if there’s an accident, a ManyPets health insurance plan can cover the tab.