Colorado is without a doubt one of the most dog-friendly states in the country. From restaurants to breweries and everything in between, businesses in Colorado recognize humans and their furry friends need more than just a dog-friendly outdoor patio here and there, especially in cold winter months when some days, ‘outdoors’ simply won’t do.
Luckily for Coloradans, indoor and winter-friendly patios with fire pits and space heater options can be found throughout Denver and Fort Collins. Here are a few of our favorites:
Denver Beer Co. is located on Platte Street in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, and it’s a great place for beer lovers and dog lovers alike. Pets are welcome both inside and outside, and although they don’t serve food, there is almost always a food truck parked next door where you can grab a bite to go and bring it into their Bavarian-style Biergarten. And for your four-legged companion? Make sure you give them a taste of Denver Beer Co.’s famous “beerscuits” made of the spent grain from the brewing process!
Leashed pooches are welcome inside at this Grateful Dead-themed brewery. Located in Denver’s Sheridan neighborhood, Dead Hippie Brewing offers a laidback atmosphere decorated in a psychedelic style that will take you and your furry friend back to the 60’s and 70’s. Dead Hippie features comedy shows, live music and weekly open mic nights, and if you really feel like taking a trip down memory lane, you can try your hand at one of their old-school pinball machines.
Forest Room 5 is the perfect spot to cozy up with your friends – four-legged and two – on a chilly night. The dog-friendly patio offers multiple fire pits to gather around and enjoy excellent food and cocktails from their full-service bar. The unique, ethereal feel of Forest Room 5 offers a welcome respite from the hustle of downtown Denver and is always a fan favorite among locals and visitors alike.
A bar, your dog, and putt-putt golf. What more could you ask for? Located in the Exchange on North College in downtown Fort Collins, Old Town Putt is a bar that has nine holes of putt-putt in a welcoming, dog-friendly space. They serve up beer, wine, and excellent cocktails, and as long as your dog is well-behaved on a leash, they’re welcome to join you for a round.
Fort Collins’ two biggest breweries both allow you to bring your pooches inside, so on those chilly winter days you can both stay warm. Odell also has an outdoor fire pit if you prefer to imbibe summer-styled al fresco, you and your pup will want to take part in a game of Rolle Bolle on the back porch at New Belgium.
The Forge allows dogs both inside and on the porch of their bar, and is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy a cocktail and bring their dog along with them for a night of fun. Just make sure your dog is okay with a loud environment, as The Forge will usually have some sort of live music playing on any given night.