Al fresco dining spaces have always been popular, but in Colorado — where we treat our dogs like the precious family members they are — patios have also become places for pooches and their peeps to kick back with a cold one and a bite (food only, of course). Pups aren’t allowed inside restaurants or breweries (they never were, but some tap rooms were letting them in before Denver’s Department of Environmental Health recently stepped up inspections), but they are welcome at many outdoor areas at bars and restaurants around town. Here are the ten most pet-friendly patios in the metro area, listed alphabetically, with this year's winner of our Best Patio for Pets
award listed in the number-one slot.
10. Cozy Cottage
4363 Tennyson Street
An extensive selection of eggs Benedicts (try the Mexican one with green chile) and a charming setting — in a bright and cheery yellow house on Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood — make the Cozy Cottage a destination eatery for breakfast and lunch (particularly on weekends) and a locals’ favorite, as well. It’s the lush, fenced-in garden of a patio that’s the real draw in warmer months, though, with tables tucked away from the street and plenty of space for pooches.
9. Forest Room 5
2532 15th Street
With its mountain-retreat feel in a very urban setting — complete with log stools, rough-rock fire pits, a waterfall and a variety of trees and bushes — the patio at Forest Room 5 is a dog’s dream. Slip your best friend a little bit of elk slider and try to convince him that there are no squirrels up there.
8. Govnr’s Park Tavern
672 Logan Street
The huge, shady patio at Govnr’s Park makes for great people-watching (and dog-watching, too). Buckets of fresh water are tucked around the space for Fido, and for the humans, happy hour brings $3 domestic pints and snacks for under $5 (homemade kettle chips, yum).
7. Highlands Cork & Coffee
3701 West 32nd Avenue
The spacious, foliage-lined patio at this comfortable circa 1907 house is particularly appealing for pets because the tables are far apart and wind around to the side, which means that anyone who’s not getting along can be separated. In addition to coffee, the Cork also offers a smartly chosen wine list and cooks up some savvy small plates, including a delectable Spanish sausage with spicy mustard. At night, live music makes everyone happy.
650 Sherman Street
The friendly and inviting Racines has been a go-to spot for Denverites since 1983, and now Spot is welcome, too, along with water bowls and treats if they’re allowed. The small and shady patio — umbrella-topped tables in one section, trees in another — helps you keep your dogs close, and the Mexican and American dishes help keep you well fed.
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