Sometimes you just don't want to leave Fido at home. Thank goodness Milwaukee has plenty of great drinking and dining spots where dogs can be a part of the fun too, and your favorite four-legged companion can accompany you out for an afternoon beer.
Be sure to check out these great dog-friendly spots in Milwaukee:
Riverwesters’ beloved Art*Bar is a community gathering spot to enjoy adult beverages, conversation, art and, of course, the visiting pups. You’ll find them inside in the winter months and lounging outside on the patio in the summer months. Bring man’s (or woman’s, as it may be) best friend with you for a drink; it’s sure to be a conversation starter.
Started in tiny Pembine, WI and now residing in Milwaukee’s vibrant Riverwest neighborhood, their history is intertwined with a love of dogs. The beers – from The Original Black Husky Pale Ale to the Jodlerkonig to the Smoke Monster – are named with the founding family’s very own husky and others from its sled-dog kennel in mind. It’s only natural this would be a place you could bring your furry friends.
Check out their Twitter feed and you might come across some pretty cute pics of some pretty cute dogs. This newer local brewpub in the Third Ward pays homage to baseball. And, in its own way, to one of our other American favorites: dogs. We’ll raise a Mint Condition (any baseball card collectors out there?) to that!
When you want to feel like you’re in the Northwoods but don’t want to leave city life too far behind, thank goodness there’s Camp Bar. Wood cabin-esque, deer heads on the wall and patrons who love dogs. It doesn’t get much better. With locations in Shorewood, Wauwatosa and the Third Ward, you don’t have any excuse not to go Camp-ing.
A Shorewood beer bar with charm for days. Like another spot on our list, crowdfunding helped give us this great local joint. Choose from 16 draft lines of rotating flavors to fill your mug or your growler to go. With no TVs, this is a place where good beer and good conversation are top priorities. Sip a favorite lager or stout while enjoying your favorite hounds.
Located in the former Trocadero space just off Brady St., this “Roman-style” pizza joint boasts a sunny, fenced-in patio that’s perfect for pups and humans alike. The self-identified “VERY dog-friendly” restaurant even has a dog menu, featuring canine delicacies like Scooby Snacks (chicken-based dog treats), Bowser Beer and Puparoni Pizza. But don’t take our word for it – their Instagram feed is positively brimming with adorable furbabies.
This Bay View gem – a brewery and tap room – “makes handcrafted quality beer on a small scale,” with typically eight brews on draft. Their fantastic patio is the perfect place to sidle up with your pups. Enjoy a Cream City Brix and the great Bay View vibe.
We know you love Happy Hour, but have you heard of Yappy Hour? May 20 kicks off Iron Horse’s unique tradition: “Each summer, we let our four-legged besties take over the Yard for a special afternoon mixer of pooches, mutts, and purebreds (humans welcome, too).” Sounds much more relaxing that networking-style happy hour. Give us more of this, please!
Of course, we can’t forget about the Lowlands Group restaurants. Some of the best patios in Milwaukee can be found at Café Benelux, the various Café Hollander locales (did you know they’re up to four now?) and their other sister restaurants. Enjoy European cuisine and beers while enjoying the visiting pooches.
Mobcraft bills itself as the world’s “first completely crowd-sourced brewery.” Now that’s a project we can get behind! This local craft brewery welcomes our furry pals with open arms (paws?). Plus, the names of some of their beers are enough to make our mouths water: Hop Goes the Grapefruit and Diligence Peach, anyone?
It’s a Brady St. favorite and a Milwaukee staple for more than 50 years. If you’ve ever stopped by, there’s a decent chance you’ve encountered a sweet guy or gal of the canine variety. This great local pub hosts weekly trivia, shows the big games when they’re on and has an active Facebook presence. Join the social conversation, and share photos of your good times there. Adult tested, dog approved.
That feeling when you’re strolling through the Third Ward and you’re craving a Bloody Mary but you’ve got your pup with you… Fear not. Wicked Hop to the rescue. A tasty beverage for you, and some terrific people-watching (and probably some head scratches) for your pup.
Milwaukee’s beer garden scene is bustling. If you’ve visited any number of the area’s permanent or traveling beer gardens, you’re sure to find folks young and old alike, families with kids and, of course, pups chasing Frisbees and lounging in the sun. Be sure to check out: The Landing at Hoyt Park and Estabrook Park.