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A diner with a dog at Detroit 75 Kitchen
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12 Dog-Friendly Bar and Restaurant Patios Around Detroit

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A diner with a dog at Detroit 75 Kitchen
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Dog-owning Detroiters know it can be tricky to find bars that allow canines. Restaurants that will host canines are often even harder to find, but, yes, they do exist. For the most part, those restaurants and bars that are pet-friendly allow dogs only outdoors, either at sidewalk tables or on backyard patios. To help while the weather still allows, here’s a list of great dog-friendly restaurants and breweries that roll out the welcome mat for pups, from downtown to Rochester.

Note: Be sure to call ahead and confirm that dogs can be accommodated before heading over to any of these places.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Detroit 75 Kitchen

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This permanent food truck has plenty of seating for your furry BFF. Dogs may not be able to partake but it’s almost impossible to go astray with The 3rd Street Philly with a side of cilantro fries. Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, chopped steak, and provolone are layered between two fresh slices of sesame seed-topped bread and pressed. It’s crispy, spicy, and saucy in all the right ways.

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The Brooklyn Street Local LLC

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Dogs and their owners can convene at one of the outdoor tables of this busy brunch hub. The selection of poutines harkens back to the proprietors’ Canadian roots and they’re best enjoyed with an egg on top. Brooklyn Street’s menu also includes other breakfast and brunch items, salads, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, quiches, and more.

The Skip

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The Skip delivers good service, great drinks served in an open-air alley bar with island vibes. The fun frozen beverages and tropical cocktails are perfect for kicking back and people-watching in the alley with pooch.

Detroit Shipping Company

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This shipping container food hall has several options for eats, including Caribbean-style grilled chicken, Thai food, Nepali dumplings, and even ice cream. Outdoor seating has been expanded to accommodate safer, socially distanced dining with covered seating areas and booths with tall barriers. Dogs are welcome too.

Eastern Market Brewing Co

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The block-long patio at this easygoing and friendly beer hall in the heart of Eastern Market is always filled with people and pups enjoying the music and vibes. EMBC keeps a rotating selection of brews on tap ranging from American IPAs to imperial stout to more eclectic beers like a nitro grape beer. Place an order at the large window, right in front of the large outdoor seating area.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery

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Take the entire family to Jolly Pumpkin where there are barrel-aged sours for adults, a kids’ menu for the little ones, and, often, treats for the four-legged member of the family. Dogs are allowed outside at all locations, including Detroit, Royal Oak, and Dearborn. In Detroit, try a cider, tuna melt, and truffle fries.

Woodbridge Pub

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The local hangout serves a variety of burgers, salads, and sandwiches that go perfect with affordable wine, cocktails, and 40 beers on taps. The menu is vegan- and vegetarian friendly.

The Congregation

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After several years of disuse, this circa 1920s church in Detroit’s Boston-Edison was revived as a coffee shop, bar, and community event space with a name that honors its edifice. Co-owner Betsy Murdoch stumbled on this abandoned church a few blocks from her home. It was a leap of faith that inspired her to rally the neighbors in the surrounding historic district and breathe new life into the building. The owners retained church pews and used them to construct a counter. They also kept a Casavant Freres pipe organ and set up an outdoor deck that overlooks Gordon Park. 

As for the menu, breakfast includes avocado toast, pancakes, and a smoked salmon bagel, along with coffees and teas. In the evenings, the Congregation serves salads and sandwiches and has a full slate of events.

Dogs aren’t just welcome at this laidback outdoor bar, they’re highly encouraged to come and stay for a while. Behind Woodward Avenue Brewers, Port serves up $2 mystery shots, cold beers, frozen piña coladas and mules, and more. 

Detroit Fleat

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Ferndale’s permanent space for food trucks, Detroit Fleat has some of the most popular meals on wheels in the area. In addition to the trucks, the main building features a traditional restaurant and bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails.

Nosh Pit

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Vegan favorite Nosh Pit relocated in June 2021 from Hamtramck to Royal Oak, where has a bigger kitchen than its former space. That means a larger menu with more plant-based junk food items like vegan versions of cheese sticks and wings. There’s soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and the famous Lady Fantastic Coney Carrot Dog, named a top vegan hot dog in the country by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

O'Connor's Public House

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Dogs can get in on the craic on the patio of this Irish pub serving Irish and Irish-American dishes, seafood, burgers, salads, and soups. There are 36 beer handles for humans and water bowls on the patio for the canines.

Detroit 75 Kitchen

A seated woman holds a small dog and a wrapped sandwich, fries, and a drink sit on the outdoor table in front of her. Gerard + Belevender

This permanent food truck has plenty of seating for your furry BFF. Dogs may not be able to partake but it’s almost impossible to go astray with The 3rd Street Philly with a side of cilantro fries. Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, chopped steak, and provolone are layered between two fresh slices of sesame seed-topped bread and pressed. It’s crispy, spicy, and saucy in all the right ways.

A seated woman holds a small dog and a wrapped sandwich, fries, and a drink sit on the outdoor table in front of her. Gerard + Belevender

The Brooklyn Street Local LLC

Dogs and their owners can convene at one of the outdoor tables of this busy brunch hub. The selection of poutines harkens back to the proprietors’ Canadian roots and they’re best enjoyed with an egg on top. Brooklyn Street’s menu also includes other breakfast and brunch items, salads, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, quiches, and more.

The Skip

The Skip delivers good service, great drinks served in an open-air alley bar with island vibes. The fun frozen beverages and tropical cocktails are perfect for kicking back and people-watching in the alley with pooch.

Detroit Shipping Company

This shipping container food hall has several options for eats, including Caribbean-style grilled chicken, Thai food, Nepali dumplings, and even ice cream. Outdoor seating has been expanded to accommodate safer, socially distanced dining with covered seating areas and booths with tall barriers. Dogs are welcome too.

Eastern Market Brewing Co

The block-long patio at this easygoing and friendly beer hall in the heart of Eastern Market is always filled with people and pups enjoying the music and vibes. EMBC keeps a rotating selection of brews on tap ranging from American IPAs to imperial stout to more eclectic beers like a nitro grape beer. Place an order at the large window, right in front of the large outdoor seating area.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery

Take the entire family to Jolly Pumpkin where there are barrel-aged sours for adults, a kids’ menu for the little ones, and, often, treats for the four-legged member of the family. Dogs are allowed outside at all locations, including Detroit, Royal Oak, and Dearborn. In Detroit, try a cider, tuna melt, and truffle fries.

Woodbridge Pub

The local hangout serves a variety of burgers, salads, and sandwiches that go perfect with affordable wine, cocktails, and 40 beers on taps. The menu is vegan- and vegetarian friendly.

The Congregation

After several years of disuse, this circa 1920s church in Detroit’s Boston-Edison was revived as a coffee shop, bar, and community event space with a name that honors its edifice. Co-owner Betsy Murdoch stumbled on this abandoned church a few blocks from her home. It was a leap of faith that inspired her to rally the neighbors in the surrounding historic district and breathe new life into the building. The owners retained church pews and used them to construct a counter. They also kept a Casavant Freres pipe organ and set up an outdoor deck that overlooks Gordon Park. 

As for the menu, breakfast includes avocado toast, pancakes, and a smoked salmon bagel, along with coffees and teas. In the evenings, the Congregation serves salads and sandwiches and has a full slate of events.

PORT

Dogs aren’t just welcome at this laidback outdoor bar, they’re highly encouraged to come and stay for a while. Behind Woodward Avenue Brewers, Port serves up $2 mystery shots, cold beers, frozen piña coladas and mules, and more. 

Detroit Fleat

Ferndale’s permanent space for food trucks, Detroit Fleat has some of the most popular meals on wheels in the area. In addition to the trucks, the main building features a traditional restaurant and bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails.

Nosh Pit

Vegan favorite Nosh Pit relocated in June 2021 from Hamtramck to Royal Oak, where has a bigger kitchen than its former space. That means a larger menu with more plant-based junk food items like vegan versions of cheese sticks and wings. There’s soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and the famous Lady Fantastic Coney Carrot Dog, named a top vegan hot dog in the country by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

O'Connor's Public House

Dogs can get in on the craic on the patio of this Irish pub serving Irish and Irish-American dishes, seafood, burgers, salads, and soups. There are 36 beer handles for humans and water bowls on the patio for the canines.

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