As the capital of Colorado, Denver has it all: beautiful views, countless attractions, and of course, restaurants! Because of this, it’s only natural that countless Americans pay the city a visit during their vacations, making it a bustling hub of activity that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Of course, if you’re making the trip to Denver, you’ll probably want to share the experience with your pup!
Though it’ll require a bit more planning, you’re in luck! Denver is an extremely dog-friendly city, so as long as you do your research beforehand, you’ll have no problem navigating the city with your best friend! Though enjoying the local restaurant life with your pup may sound like more of an issue, Denver is full of dog-friendly dining experiences.
To help you out, I’ve put together some of my favorite dog-friendly restaurants in Denver!
1. Recess Beer Garden
2715 17th St., Denver, CO 80211
First up is a laid-back environment where visitors can kick back and enjoy watching a game while snacking on wings, cheese boards, and sandwiches with a refreshing beer or cocktail. During weekdays or on weekends before 3:00 PM, I strongly recommend you and your pup pay this social hub a visit!
Dogs can pass the time on a sunny patio during the summer, or enjoy the heaters during the winter. Either way, you and your dog alike can visit the Recess Beer Garden for good food, good drink, and good conversation.
2. Lowry Beer Garden
7577 E Academy Blvd., Denver, CO, 80230
Tucked into a quiet, relaxing garden, Lowry Beer Garden puts the best of Colorado’s rich craft beer community on display. Best of all, you can bring your pup with you to enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery while you enjoy your meal.
As for the meal itself, you’ve got delicious options for a casual, relaxing dining experience such as gourmet sausages, burgers, fries, pretzels, and of course, locally brewed craft beer. All in all, you and your pup shouldn’t miss Lowry Beer Garden during your visit to Denver!
3. Postino – LoHi
2715 17th St., Denver, CO, 80211
Even before factoring in the dining, Postino is well-worth visiting purely for its unique environment. Housed in the former building of a bookbinding company, it carries a relaxed, vintage air that you just can’t find in your typical cafe.
With menu options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a wide selection of quality wine and beer, you can enjoy Postino at any hour of the day. If you’re in the area, I can’t recommend enough that you and your dog pay it a visit!
4. Colorado Campfire
400 E Ave., Denver, CO, 80203
With a from-scratch menu and high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, Colorado Campfire is a pub that’s inclusive fun for the whole family, including Fido! Between its wonderful atmosphere and delicious menu, Colorado Campfire is the perfect place to experience Denver.
Colorado Campfire’s menu features brunch and dinner options, as well as 70 draft beers, cocktails from Colorado-made spirits, and more! You’ll be hard-pressed to find something you don’t enjoy at Colorado Campfire.
5. Homegrown Tap & Dough
1001 Gaylord St., Denver, CO, 80209
Uniting traditional Italian cuisine with the unique culture of Colorado, Homegrown Tap & Dough is the perfect place to get your pizza fix. With a wide selection of wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, and craft beer, this is by far some of the best casual Italian dining you’ll find in Denver.
With dog-friendly patio tables to boot, you can experience quality food alongside your pup, taking in the food, culture, and environment Colorado has to offer.
6. Highlands Cork & Cafe
3701 W 32nd Ave., Denver, CO, 80211
Built from a century-old house, Highlands Cork & Cafe has an undeniable air of history that you just can’t miss. With accessible architecture, a dog-friendly policy, and a cozy vintage atmosphere, this is a restaurant for everyone.
With quality coffee in the mornings and a gourmet wine selection in the afternoons and evenings, Highlands Cork & Cafe is the perfect place to pass the time over a good meal.
7. Kaos Pizzeria
1439 S Pearl St., Denver, CO, 80210
Another gourmet pizzeria, Kaos Pizzeria puts quality first, sourcing each and every one of its ingredients locally. And as the owner of what has often been rated as Denver’s best patio, it’s an absolute must-visit for pet owners.
With a wide variety of locally sourced foods, craft beers, and gourmet wines, Kaos has just about everything someone could ask for. Between that and its dog-friendly status, it’s the perfect restaurant for whenever you’re in the area.
8. Forest Room 5
2532 15th St., Denver, CO, 80211
With a rustic, natural atmosphere, delicious American fare, and a dog-friendly patio, Forest Room 5 has it all. Whether you’re an appreciator of the arts, looking for a unique restaurant experience, or just want some good conversation, you can find it here!
Open from 4:00 AM-2:00 PM, the high-quality food and drink options are the cherry on top. Simply put, Forest Room 5 shouldn’t be overlooked.
9. Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten
2540 19th St., Denver, CO, 80211
Bringing authentic German beer straight to Denver, Prost Brewing Co. & Biergarten is a unique brewery experience. With many live music events, sports broadcasts, and a dog-friendly patio, you can feel free to cut loose here.
With quality German beer brewed in-house, the quality is impeccable and guaranteed. Ice-cold beer, live music, and quality time with your pup; Prost Brewing Co. has it all.
10. Lucile’s Creole Cafe
275 S Logan St., Denver, CO, 80209
Lucile’s Creole Cafe is the best place in Denver for Creole comfort food by a long shot. With classic Louisiana breakfast and lunch options and a variety of coffees and cocktails, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
With a dog-friendly outdoor patio, Fido can come with you to enjoy the classic flavors of New Orleans. For that matter, you may want to visit more than once to get a better taste of the menu!
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