Outdoor dining season is upon us, and it’s different—but we can still bring our best buds along. Here are some top local restaurants providing pandemic pooch patios. These four spots all provide top-notch beverages and food for you, and a welcoming atmosphere for your dog. As always, check online for updates, and bring a mask.
Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room
Pioneers of the Yappy Hour, Stanley’s is the first stop you should make if you’re hungry and have your dog in tow. Show up between 3 and 6 p.m., and both you and Fido will be eating on the cheap. 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis (Craft & Crew Hospitality that operates Stanley’s also has dog-friendly “pawtio” restaurants The Block in St. Louis Park and The Howe in south Minneapolis.)
Lakeville Brewing Company
This brewery’s backyard is an off-leash park with table service and lawn games. Don’t worry about your dog begging for what’s left of your brisket sliders. They’ll be too busy chasing a beagle through a game of cornhole. 8790 Upper 208th St. W., Lakeville
This North Loop brewpub routinely hosts doggie mixers and happy hours, discounting beer to placate the humans while four-legged fur babies get showered with attention from the staff. 701 N. Washington Ave. #101, Minneapolis
Unleashed Hounds & Hops
Located a block south of the Minneapolis Farmers Market, Unleashed provides well-managed indoor and outdoor play environments for pups and a lengthy tap list and hot dog menu for owners. 200 East Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis
For even more local outdoor dining options, check out Top Outdoor Dining Restaurants 2020: Jason DeRusha’s Picks.