Pet-friendly patios are few and far between in the city, but there are a few gems that have special spots for dogs, disposable water bowls for them and even treats to hand out.
(As an aside, be sure to check city bylaws if you’re taking your dog out and are unclear about the rules.)
This 56-seat patio has more than enough room for you and your furry friend. Enjoy views of the downtown skyline peaking through the surrounding trees as you sample an item from the 1918 Tap and Table’s seasonal menu. You can easily walk over to the Bow river after your visit for more picturesque views of the city.
1918 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-209-1918, 1918tapandtable.com
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Pooch patrons are in luck, as the Beltliner has introduced a new two-course dog menu that your pup can enjoy on the patio. Your pooch will feel right at home as the Beltliner staff cater to their needs as well as yours. Don’t forget to ask the staff for a doggy biscuit (or two) to give to your furry friend.
243 12 Ave. S.W., 587-955-1555, thebeltliner.com
Take your pooch to the dog-friendly patio at Boogie’s Renfrew location. Tie them to the fence posts around the patio while you step in to order, then enjoy some time together outside.
A 908 Edmonton Trail N.E., 403-230-7070, boogiesburgers.com
Make your way along the river path to this 21-year-old Calgary restaurant to indulge in some barbecue without leaving the pup at home. Owners are asked to keep their furry friends on a leash during their time on the dog-friendly patio.
10, 316 3 St. S.E., 403-264-6419, bookersbbq.com
More of a sidewalk gathering area than a formal patio, the benches outside Caffe Beano are welcoming for pooches. You’ll often find dog bowls filled with water here, so that your canine can rehydrate while you’re sipping your Americano.
1613 9 St. S.W., 403-229-1232, caffebeano.ca
This eccentric neighbourhood brewery allows you to bring your own snacks and your four-legged friend. Sip on locally made brews while Fido cashes in on extra pets from dog-loving patrons and kisses from fellow furballs.
1100 11 St. S.E., 403-764-2653, coldgarden.ca
Container Bar’s weekday happy hour — Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — just got a whole lot better now that you can bring your furry friends for an afternoon out and about in Kensington. Try a Beach House rose while you and your pooch enjoy the shade and twinkle lights.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-4148, containerbaryyc.com
Located one block east of Macleod Trail, this English-style pub as always welcomed pets on their patio. With pet-friendly staff and water bowls, guests can enjoy the restaurant’s daily special while their pup takes a nap.
5340 2 St. S.W., 403-253-2489, dogandduckpub.ca
Dog’s are welcome on this patio at their owners feet as long as they are on leash and owners abide by city bylaws.
1002 9 St. S.W., 403-719-3622, donnamacyyc.ca
Adventuring to Eau Claire Market just got more fun. Instead of leaving your pup at home, bring them with you on a stroll to The Garage Sports Bar. Its dog-friendly patio comes with fantastic doggy-amenities, including two dog beds, dog treats and water bowls. Your pup won’t want to leave.
Eau Claire Market, 195 200 Barclay Parade S.W., 403-262-6762, the-garage.ca
This street side, dog-friendly patio is easy to access for patrons with a dog in tow. Try some of the eats and brews that are on the menu, such as the Montreal smoked meat platter and the Red Trolley Amber. If your pup is getting antsy to get a move-on, there’s the option to take some beer-to-go with one of the growlers for purchase at the brewery.
3523 18 St. S.W., 403-585-8087, mardaloopbrewing.com
If you’re strolling the pathway along Memorial Drive with Rufus in tow and find your belly aching, feel free to stop by Midtown’s patio. This dog-friendly patio is located in the heart of Kensington. While Rufus enjoys his cold water, guests can enjoy a cold craft beer.
302 10 St. N.W., 403-474-2555, midtownkitchen.ca
Patrons and their pups can access Oak Tree’s street level dog-friendly patio from the narrow alley way adjacent to the building without the hassle of walking through the establishment. Dogs are allowed on leash and owners are expected to ensure that their pooch is wearing their current license.
124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca
This was the first dog-friendly patio to hit 17th Avenue S.W. Take a break from the heat with the pooch and feast on their sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream to cool down.
520 17 Ave S.W., 403-452-4407, onenightstans.ca
Your dog will be treated like a star here. They’ll be able to sit with you and they’ll get their own bowl of water. Bring along treats for them to enjoy too. The pet-friendly section of the patio is separated from the bar and restaurant by a gate, there’s a hitching post and the patio has been treated with a sanitary sealant. Contact Ranchman’s for more information on their “Yappy Hour.” (There are conditions: your dog needs to be leashed and you need to have proof that they’ve had all their vaccinations.)
9615 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-253-1100, ranchmans.com
If you’re lucky to get a barista who’s in the know — not every employee knows of this perk — you can order a “puppaccino” for your dog. It’s a cup of whipped cream for your dog (be sure they can handle dairy). Sit at the tables and chairs outside the Kensington location — you’ll both enjoy the energetic vibe — or opt for Inglewood’s location if you’re with company and need a bigger table. There are dog bowls filled with water here. Other locations may vary so call in advance.
1122 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-521-5217 and 1139 9 Ave. S.E., 403-263-0612, starbucks.ca
With dog-friendly amenities that include custom dog furniture and beds, hydration bars and clean up stations, your four-legged friend is well taken care of at Vin Room. Last summer, the restaurant took its doggy dining experience to the next level by introducing a three-course tasting menu in collaboration with Calgary-based Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet Bakery. Dogs are welcome at all three Vin Room locations and the three-course tasting menu for dogs is available daily all summer.
Various locations, vinroom.com