Dog Friendly Patios: LoHi and Riverfront

If the recent brewery change is bumming you out, we feel your pain. Man’s best friend is no longer welcome inside your favorite sudsy watering hole and that’s probably putting a damper on your summer plans. With Memorial Day next weekend and the temperatures consistently staying high, it’s time to map out a plan for where you and your pooch can patio together. Today we tackle the LoHi/Riverfront neighborhood, doing the tedious job of finding you and Fido’s new favorites.


The LoHi  neighborhood is dog friendly to say the least. The Platte River walk is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who are also city dwellers.  It’s green, near the water, and has easy access to a number of city standbys. The first, and most obvious on our list, is of course, Denver Beer Co. This is probably already a favorite for your pooch. The patio is an optimum spot for enjoying a delicious beer on a hot summer day (we suggest Sun Drenched or Princess Yum Yum).  Get there early in the day to ensure a spot and enjoy lunch from one of the daily food trucks. Your hound can munch on brew bones in the meantime.

If you’re in the mood for some pub food and an even greater happy hour, you can’t go wrong with McLoughlin’s. The patio, nestled at the base of Millennial Bridge, not only welcomes dogs, it encourages their presence. It’s spacious, open, and their menu is not to be ignored. They have an extensive list of cocktails and run a stellar happy hour from 3:00 to 7:00PM. It’s a safe bet for any crew.

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Looking for a little sugary treat? Make your way up to Little Man Ice Cream for an experience that’s as wholesome as it is sweet. While you won’t find any booze here, you will discover unique flavorings from one of the city’s top creameries. It’s outdoor area is equally perfect for dog and man. My personal favorite time of the year to visit is in the fall when their pumpkin patch is on full display.

Proto’s Pizza because the food is phenomenal and the patio is so quaint. They always have great rotating taps and right next-door is another spot not to be missed, Republic of Paws dog store. Make it a special retreat for your pup by not only visiting the pizza parlor but the stellar boutique right next-door.

Have any places to add? Sound off in the comments. We’re always looking for new outdoor hot-spots to enjoy with our fur babies in tow.