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Lola on the patio of her pizzeria.
Lola on the patio of her pizzeria.
Ann Kim

15 Hottest Dog-Friendly Patios in the Twin Cities

A map for the dog days of summer

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Lola on the patio of her pizzeria.
| Ann Kim

There's nothing like a warm day romp with your best friend. Long summer days stretch through a leisurely meal and the two of you are able to recline on a sunny patio,partaking in some of the warmest hospitality and delicious food in the Twin Cities. The only bummer is when some businesses, for whatever reason, decide not to welcome that four legged best friend. That will never happen at these dog loving hot spots. Even if you don't have a dog to call your own, these pet-friendly patios are a great place to maybe meet a new buddy or simply enjoy the company of others.

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Pizzeria Lola

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This restaurant is owned and run by devoted dog lovers. The Lola in question is, after all, a rather photogenic Weimaraner. There's even a special "dog bar" of fresh water bowls. Meanwhile, Lola's people make some of the best pizza in the cities.

Café and Bar Lurcat

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Perfect for a fancy pup, this upscale restaurant from the D’Amico company has a lush, brick patio right off Loring Park.

Butcher & the Boar

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What's not to love about bear, brats, bourbon and a shaded indoor/outdoor space? There's shade from raining days and heaters when the temperatures dip.

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Smack Shack

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Lobster rolls are even better when eaten outside. This North Loop restaurant and bar has a side patio that’s perfect for an early happy hour hang with your four-legged wingman.

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Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

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Is your pooch a tiki freak? Settle in for some punchy cocktails, pizza, and Mississippi River views on this massive Northeast Minneapolis patio.

Plenty of plank space for your furry friend to chill upon
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Hai Hai

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This relatively new patio feels like a slice of Vietnam in the heart of Northeast. Enjoy chef Christina Nguyen’s flavor packed dishes alongside your best friend and a vibrantly colored mural.

A brightly colored open-air patio with low stools and oilcloth covered tables Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Tiny Diner

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All the lush green surrounding this patio makes it feel like a farm oasis in the middle of the city. A seat under the awning provides a cool refuge. The menu is created from ingredients so fresh and local, some items are just fresh-picked from the parking lot. Follow hashtag #tinypups to check out the adorable four legged diners.

The Bardo location has always boasted a gorgeous patio, but the addition of Remy Pettus’ fresh food makes it a gorgeous place to get friends and fur buddies together for long, luxurious meals with cold beverages.

Chef Remy is smiling, behind him is an arch int he restaurant, painted with a mural of the Hennepin Avenue bridge
Chef and owner Remy Pettus
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Aster Cafe

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A gorgeous patio right by Saint Anthony Falls, makes Aster Cafe an ideal stop after a stunning walk about the river or over on nearby Nicollet Island.

Sandcastle

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This gorgeous concession stand and beer, wine and dog room on the patio. They're open at the edge of Lake Nokomis for lunch and dinner. Make a Friday night date with the once-weekly fried chicken special.

Katie Cannon

Surly Brewing Company

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The massive brewery might be new, but Surly Brewing has always been a dog friendly business. Now pooches and people alike can enjoy the expansive space, beer hall and the delicious beer-friendly foods.\\

Moscow on the Hill

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Another hidden gem of a patio in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood. Wander around taking in all the stately, historic homes before ducking back behind this Russian restaurant for cold martinis and a couple pelmini.

Meritage

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The sidewalk patio is like a little slice of Paris in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. It’s an ideal and pooch friendly brunch spot, or a happy hour jaunt for a wide selection from the raw bar.

Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

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Lowertown's new neighborhood eatery has an alley patio that's perfect for a quiet getaway, great beer and a bite inside the city.

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Brunson's Pub

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This eastside bar has a patio that’s hidden from street view and surrounded by greenery. Food is way above average pub fare, but the prices are all still blessedly affordable.

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall Brunson’s/Facebook

Pizzeria Lola

This restaurant is owned and run by devoted dog lovers. The Lola in question is, after all, a rather photogenic Weimaraner. There's even a special "dog bar" of fresh water bowls. Meanwhile, Lola's people make some of the best pizza in the cities.

Café and Bar Lurcat

Perfect for a fancy pup, this upscale restaurant from the D’Amico company has a lush, brick patio right off Loring Park.

Butcher & the Boar

Katie Cannon

What's not to love about bear, brats, bourbon and a shaded indoor/outdoor space? There's shade from raining days and heaters when the temperatures dip.

Katie Cannon

Smack Shack

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Lobster rolls are even better when eaten outside. This North Loop restaurant and bar has a side patio that’s perfect for an early happy hour hang with your four-legged wingman.

Smack Shack/Facebook

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge

Plenty of plank space for your furry friend to chill upon
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge [Official]

Is your pooch a tiki freak? Settle in for some punchy cocktails, pizza, and Mississippi River views on this massive Northeast Minneapolis patio.

Plenty of plank space for your furry friend to chill upon
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge [Official]

Hai Hai

A brightly colored open-air patio with low stools and oilcloth covered tables Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

This relatively new patio feels like a slice of Vietnam in the heart of Northeast. Enjoy chef Christina Nguyen’s flavor packed dishes alongside your best friend and a vibrantly colored mural.

A brightly colored open-air patio with low stools and oilcloth covered tables Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Tiny Diner

All the lush green surrounding this patio makes it feel like a farm oasis in the middle of the city. A seat under the awning provides a cool refuge. The menu is created from ingredients so fresh and local, some items are just fresh-picked from the parking lot. Follow hashtag #tinypups to check out the adorable four legged diners.

Bardo

Chef Remy is smiling, behind him is an arch int he restaurant, painted with a mural of the Hennepin Avenue bridge
Chef and owner Remy Pettus
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

The Bardo location has always boasted a gorgeous patio, but the addition of Remy Pettus’ fresh food makes it a gorgeous place to get friends and fur buddies together for long, luxurious meals with cold beverages.

Chef Remy is smiling, behind him is an arch int he restaurant, painted with a mural of the Hennepin Avenue bridge
Chef and owner Remy Pettus
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Aster Cafe

A gorgeous patio right by Saint Anthony Falls, makes Aster Cafe an ideal stop after a stunning walk about the river or over on nearby Nicollet Island.

Sandcastle

Katie Cannon

This gorgeous concession stand and beer, wine and dog room on the patio. They're open at the edge of Lake Nokomis for lunch and dinner. Make a Friday night date with the once-weekly fried chicken special.

Katie Cannon

Surly Brewing Company

The massive brewery might be new, but Surly Brewing has always been a dog friendly business. Now pooches and people alike can enjoy the expansive space, beer hall and the delicious beer-friendly foods.\\

Moscow on the Hill

Another hidden gem of a patio in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood. Wander around taking in all the stately, historic homes before ducking back behind this Russian restaurant for cold martinis and a couple pelmini.

Meritage

The sidewalk patio is like a little slice of Paris in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. It’s an ideal and pooch friendly brunch spot, or a happy hour jaunt for a wide selection from the raw bar.

Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

Rebecca Zenefski

Lowertown's new neighborhood eatery has an alley patio that's perfect for a quiet getaway, great beer and a bite inside the city.

Rebecca Zenefski

Brunson's Pub

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall Brunson’s/Facebook

This eastside bar has a patio that’s hidden from street view and surrounded by greenery. Food is way above average pub fare, but the prices are all still blessedly affordable.

A long, narrow patio with black metal tables and blue umbrellas facing a green, ivy covered wall Brunson’s/Facebook

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