Written by: Joy Summers
It’s a glorious summer to be out and about with your four-legged friend. The weather is warm, and the patios are plentiful. Get out and enjoy the dog days of summer at these lush outside spaces with fantastic food and drinks with your faithful companion.
1. The Gnome Craft Pub
When the owners of Hope Breakfast Bar remade Cathedral Hill’s Gnome Pub the already beautiful outdoor space got a major upgrade. The patio is expansive with tons of different seating spaces all shaded by old growth trees. The food is hearty. Start out with the massive pretzel with cheese and never want another bite of food for the rest of the evening. The space is popular for other four-legged friends from the neighborhood, so it’s an opportunity to nosh and sniff some new friends.
2. Chip’s Clubhouse
The relatively new spot on Snelling Avenue, not too far from Macalester is just begging for a happy hour stop. Chip's Clubhouse menu is stacked with phenomenal snacks like cashew and herb pate or crusty wings drenched in tangy hot sauce, or messy goodtime handhelds like the chippy buddy -- a sandwich stuffed with French fries, or a perfect, salty squishy crisp burger. The drinks are worth the trip alone and your pooch will appreciate all the action to watch as the bustling neighborhood passes by.
3. Waldman Brewery
This popular brewery and restaurant has a wide open patio right not far from the High Bridge. Waldmann's menu is built like a German beerhouse with sausages, spaetzle, and a loaded pretzel. Enjoy it all while relaxing on one of the picnic tables, taking in the historic neighborhood views.
4. Iron Ranger
A little slice of northern Minnesota is situated on Saint Paul’s scenic Grand Avenue. Iron Ranger is an ideal stop after taking the dog out for a nice, long stroll down Summit. Iron Ranger recently put in a major expansion on its patio and it’s a fantastic place to chill with a Hamm’s and a porketta sandwich.
5. Brunson’s Pub
A gem of a neighborhood watering hole on Saint Paul’s Eastside, Brunson's patio is situated between two historic brick buildings, flanked by ivy, and affording visitors gorgeous views of the blue sky above. The bar food menu is piled with the crispy, savory goods that induce all the best kind of cravings. The “wings” are actually super juicy thighs covered in crisp breading and served with fresh-made sauce. Brunson’s is also a burger-lover’s paradise with giant patties just dripping in toppings, like the No Payne burger slathered with onion jam and blue cheese.
6. Bay Street Burger Dive
No doubt you and your pooch appreciate a beefy burger and Bay Street Burger Dive has some crispy, juicy pattis with all the comforts of a comfy neighborhood bar. The chill patio is flanked by florals and under bistro lights that glow when the sun dips down. Plus, the drinks.
7. Dark Horse Bar & Eatery
Duck into this tricked out alley in Lowertown that’s a welcome reprieve for dogs and their humans. Dark Horse's full bar is stocked with all the goods, but those in the know love the bourbon cocktails here. The menu is packed with snacks, sandwiches, pizzas, and a few entrees. The tofu banh mi is a flavor-packed sandwich that’s perfect for warm summer nights.
8. Moscow on the Hill
Even people who live in Cathedral Hill are sometimes surprised to hear about this absolutely stunning patio that’s nestled into Cathedral Hill. Even better? They welcome dogs. Stop by Moscow on the Hill for a martini as icy cold as a January night in St. Petersburg. Tuck into a basket of garlicky fries tossed with fresh dill and served with a creamy sauce.
9. Urban Growler
This massive brewery complex is run by dog lovers, and folks that make refreshing beers to pair with the tasty food menu. Urban Growler is an excellent spot to meet up with other pooch parents to share an evening and maybe play a few rounds of bags while your pups chill, or cheer you on.
10. Day by Day Cafe
Start out the day with a little breakfast or lunch surrounded by greenery at this oasis in the city. Day by Day's patio just off West 7th is lush with flora and the babbling fountains, and welcomes dogs to this little slice of serenity.
Joy Summers is an award-winning columnist and food writer whose work has appeared in Food Network Magazine, People, City Pages, Minnesota Monthly, Lavender, and Eater. She's been known to take to backcountry roads and plunge into new environments in search of elusive ingredients at their peak. As a passionate storyteller, she strives to connect people with the words that serve them best. She lives in Cathedral Hill with her husband and young children.