10 dog-friendly restaurants & bars in Boulder

June 16, 2021 - 4 min read
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Boulder is among the most dog-friendly cities in the country, with many restaurants and breweries that warmly welcome four-legged dining companions. While dogs are not allowed inside establishments (due to health codes), if the place has a patio or an outdoor space, chances are you can bring them along. The one indoor exception is breweries that don’t serve food. Also keep in mind that the popular pedestrian hub of Pearl Street Mall and the Boulder Farmers Market don’t permit dogs.

Here are some of Boulder’s most popular dog-friendly restaurants and bars for your doggie-date night.

The Best Breweries to Grab a Beer with Your Dog

Sanitas Brewing

Address: 3550 Frontier Ave. Unit A, Boulder, CO 80301

Phone: (303) 442-4130

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

Bring your well-behaved pet to relish food, libations, and stunning mountain views on the expansive patio at Sanitas Brewing. Savor delicious tacos from the resident food truck, McDevitt Taco Supply, and drink Sanitas’ own handcrafted beer. The outdoor area features live music, bocce ball, and other fun yard games.

Upslope Brewing

Address: 1501 Lee Hill Dr, Boulder, CO 80304 (Lee Hill)

Address: 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, CO 80301 (Flatiron Park)

Phone: (303) 449-2911 (Lee Hill)

Phone: (303) 396-1898 (Flatiron Park)

Social: Facebook, Instagram

Upslope Brewing loves dogs so much that they are allowed both inside taprooms and on outdoor patios at both of their locations. So long as your dog is leashed and well-behaved, you can sit back and relax with a tasty pint of handcrafted beer. Outside, you’ll find some of the city’s best food trucks when you need a snack.

Avery Brewing

Address: 4910 Nautilus Ct., Boulder, CO 80301

Phone: (303) 440-4324

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

Gastropub fare, outdoor seating beneath umbrellas and a variety of beers await you at the lively Avery Brewing. Make memories with your best friend on the giant outdoor patio of this enormous facility located in the Gunbarrel area, sipping year-round brews like Stampede lager and White Rascal white ale or barrel-aged favorites like Raspberry Sour and Vanilla Bean Stout.

Where to go for a Dog-Friendly Date

The Kitchen American Bistro and Next Door American Eatery

Address: 1039 and 1035 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: (303) 544-5973 (The Kitchen) | (720) 542-8159 (Next Door)

Social: Facebook (The Kitchen), Facebook (Next Door), Instagram (The Kitchen), Instagram (Next Door), Yelp (The Kitchen), Yelp (Next Door)

The side-by-side sister restaurants of the Kitchen American Bistro and Next Door American Eatery offer farm-to-table meals and entertaining people watching on Pearl Street, just a block away from the popular Pearl Street Mall. While the Kitchen American Bistro boasts an organic seafood and meat-heavy menu, Next Door is the place for a quick bite, including vegetarian and vegan-friendly options.

The North End at 4580

Address: 4580 Broadway # D-1, Boulder, CO 80304

Phone: (303) 448-1500

Social: Facebook, Yelp

Situated near Wonderland Lake Park, the Northern End at 4580 (formerly Restaurant 4380) is a dog-friendly eatery with outdoor tables and views of the Colorado foothills. The restaurant focuses on contemporary dishes made with fresh ingredients, including a farmers vegetable risotto, and cocktails like the refreshing alpine lemonade. Space is limited, so be sure to make a reservation.

Roadhouse Boulder Depot

Address: 2366 Junction Pl, Boulder, CO 80301

Phone: (303) 443-2167

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

Share a juicy burger and fries with a date and your pup at the Roadhouse Boulder Depot, which once served as a passenger station for the Union Pacific Railroad. The eatery, located in the historic Boulder Train Depot, has dog-friendly tables with cushioned seating outside and serves American-style food. The eatery is open seven days a week for brunch (including bottomless mimosas), lunch and dinner.

Where to go for a Laid-Back Hang

Rayback Collective

Address: 2775 Valmont Road, Unit 2, Boulder, CO 80304

Phone: (303) 214-2127

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

Rayback Collective calls itself “Boulder’s backyard party” with pride. Here you can enjoy food, beer, and cheers with friends and family on an extensive patio space. Kick back with your pup under the stars and twinkling lights near a warm fire pit and enjoy eclectic selections from your favorite food trucks. The bar has up to 30 beverages on tap and the space offers live music and yard games like cornhole.

Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage

Address: 2675 13th St., Boulder, CO 80304

Phone: (303) 442-2032

Social: Facebook, Yelp

If you’ve got a hankering for New York-style pizza, head to Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage for a sumptuous pie. This dog-friendly restaurant also serves sandwiches, including a

meatball grinder with homemade meatballs. Fun fact: Pizza Garage was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network in 2017.

Half Fast Subs on the Hill

Address: 1215 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: (303) 449-0404

Social: Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

For those near the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Half Fast Subs on the Hill is the ideal choice for all types of loaded hoagies and cheesesteaks. Specialties like the creamy club turkey sandwich and tempeh reuben are offered daily and as special combos on different days of the week. Outdoor seating in the front allows leashed dogs.

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.