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Dog-friendly bars and restaurants guide



Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 21, 2015 at 3:16 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


Man's best friend isn't always allowed everywhere. If you always want go out and bring your furry friend with you but don't know which eateries and bars are dog friendly, look no further than this guide!

Indoor Friendly Establishments

Art*Bar
722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
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Enjoy art on the walls, sports on the tube, a billiard table and a colorful aesthetic with your pooch at this popular Riverwest Bar where coffee, alcohol and even art is available for purchase. They have outdoor seating during the summer, but Fido can tag along all year long. Art*Bar has happy hour specials six-days a week and opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon on the weekends.

The Backyard
2155 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 751-4087
thebackyardmke.com
BYOM! Bring your own meat and grill out on at The Backyard with Fido. One of their claims to fame is the free-to-use grills available in the patio out back. Winter or summer, though, you and your pooch can enjoy this Bay View bar starting at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon on the weekends.

Camp Bar
4044 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 962-5182
campbarmke.com
Head to Shorewood to enjoy Camp Bar with your pooch for dinner, drinks or a good place to catch some football with your fur ball. Open at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Camp Bar in Tosa is friendly on the patio for your four-legged furry friend.

The Highbury
2322 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 294- 4400
thehighbury.com
This may be THE pub to go to in Milwaukee if you are looking to catch a football match – and not the American kind. Soccer games run all day at this pub, but, thankfully, the beer is still served cold. Pop in with the pooch the next time your team is playing. Opens at 1 p.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday.

The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (888) 543-4766
theironhorsehotel.com
The Iron Horse Hotel plays host to two restaurants and two bars, and the dog-friendly details are specific. Dogs are allowed in the lobby of the hotel – and servers will bring you food and drink there – but are not allowed in the indoor bar or restaurants. However, there is an outdoor bar, The Yard, that has a patio for your pooch to play on while you sip highballs. Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The Roman Coin
1004 E. Brady St., (414) 278-9334
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A solid neighborhood bar with moderately priced drinks and a very pup-friendly attitude. They have a impressive micro brew list, one pool table and plenty of character (as most Brady Street joints do). Enjoy a craft beer with your pups starting at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Outdoor Patio Friendly Establishments

Balzac
1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099
balzacwinebar.com
Summer, spring or fall, sit back and relax with your furry friend on the patio to enjoy a delectable selection of victuals and vintages. Located just off Brady Street, this cozy wine bar is a great choice for a summer sunset dinner with your pup. Open everyday at 4 p.m.

Braise
1101 S. 2nd St., (414) 212-8843
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Bring Lassie to Walker's Point to enjoy a sidewalk patio and a sustainable and locally-sourced meal at Braise. They have a sumptuous set of dinner options and a drink list that could turn a teetotaler into a sop for a night. Open Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m.

Cafe Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
cafebenelux.com
Designed to reflect the food, beer and culture of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, this popular summer spot is a great choice for you and your dog to enjoy. The next time you head out on a sunny stroll with Spot, stop in for a cold beer at this great Third Ward cafe. Opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. on weekends.

Burnhearts
2599 S. Logan Ave., (414) 294-0490
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Head to this well-known and well-loved Bay View bar for creative cocktails, micro brews and a fun dog-friendly atmosphere. Sit out on the sidewalk seating and enjoy the Great Milwaukee Summer. Opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Cafe Centraal
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
cafecentraal.com
Get lunch, dinner, drinks or brunch at this classic Bay View eatery known for tasty food, open patio, good atmosphere and friendly service. This cafe will even provide a dish of water so your furry friend won't get too thirsty. Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cafe Hollander
2608 Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
677 W. State St., (414) 475-6771
cafehollander.com
An East Side favorite, this cafe has great food and lively outdoor crowd during the summer. Feel free to bring your schnauzer to their patio and order a cold brew from their extensive beer menu. Opens at 8 a.m. everyday.

Cempazuchi Comida Brava
1205 E. Brady St., (414) 291-5233
cempazuchi.com
If you're looking for a good Mexican food place that is dog friendly, look no further than Cempazuchi Comida Brava. They have a delicious selection of food and drinks – try the the tequila straight or mixed into the specialty margaritas – that will make your summer evening with the pooch a good one. Opens every day at 11:30; closed on Monday.

Camp Bar
6600 W. North Ave., (414) 763-3793

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Camp Bar Tosa's patio awaits you and your furry one. Enjoy a Milwaukee Mule or a old-fashioned while enjoying the great outdoor space.

Cubanitas
728 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 225-1760
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Grab a mojito, an empanada and an outdoor table at this Cuban restaurant. Cubanitas specializes in delicious, authentic Cuban cuisine. You'll want to try the plantain chips and guacamole as you sit with your best buddy at this Downtown locale. Opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Franky's Newport
939 E. Conway St., (414) 486-1768
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A cross between a local diver bar and sports bar, Franky's Newport located in Bay View is an excellent choice to watch a packer game. The bar draws a diverse crowd from the neighborhood and, during the summer, is a great place to sit on the patio with pooch to people watch. Opens everyday at 11:30 a.m.

Goodkind
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706
goodkindbayview.com
Goodkind regularly updates their menu to reflect the daily shipments of local food. Depending on the season, you can order from a variety of old-world style food with a modern twist – or you can get chic, new options like the "Seitan Chorizo" – but you'll always find an extensive drink and micro brew selection for you to enjoy with your furry friend. Their kitchen is always open till 1 a.m. Opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays for brunch at 10 a.m.

Harbor House
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 295-4900
harborhousemke.com
You can enjoy succulent seafood while your schnauzer enjoys the scenic view of the waterfront. One of the Bartolotta Restaurants, this has been regularly listed among the tastiest restaurant with one of the best scenic views in the city. Might as well let Fido join in on a memorable evening. Open Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Kopp's Frozen Custard
7631 W. Layton Ave., (414) 282-4312
5373 N. Port Washington Rd., (414) 961-3288
Galleria West Shopping Center, 18880 W. Bluemound Rd., (262) 789-1393
kopps.com
Have your four-legged buddy by your side as you enjoy a jumbo butter-burger – with the works and fries – and a custard shake of the month on your other side. These classic Milwaukee custard and burgers shops are always a summer favorite. Opens everyday at 10:30 a.m.

Leon's Frozen Custard Drive In
3131 S. 27th St., (414) 383-1784
leonsfrozencustard.us
If you live in the area, then you should consider purchasing a cold cone of custard from the walk-up window with your pup. If not, it's still worth the drive to enjoy good custard with Fido and the family at another of Milwaukee's favorite custard locales. Open everyday at 11 a.m.

Like Minds Brewing
823 E. Hamilton St., 414-239-8587

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The Lower East Side brewery and taproom, which focuses on using locally produced ingredients and layering flavors into its list of trendy beers, features a bright outdoor patio space perfect for a cold brew on a warm day with your pup. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Palomino Bar
2491 S. Superior, (414) 747-1007
palominobar.com
Palomino has something of a slogan: Good food, cold beer, hot whiskey. What more could you and your dog ask for? This restaurant has ample outdoor seating and exceptional Southern cuisine. Check it out the next time you're in the Bay View neighborhood. Open Monday through Friday for dinner at 4 p.m. and brunch for Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

Philly Way
405 S. 2nd St., (414) 273-2355
thephillyway.com
Shake up your dog's walk routine with this Downtown food option. Walk up to the walk-up window with your canine, order a Philly cheese steak and then eat your fill as you exercise the pooch. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon.

Purple Door Ice Cream
205 S. 2nd St., (414) 988-2521
purpledooricecream.com
Purple Door makes some of Milwaukee's favorite ice cream. Savor your sweet treat while your schnauzer is given a bowl of water to slurp at this fine establishment. Opens at noon Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday.

Rock Bottom Brewery
740 N. Plankinton Ave. #1 (414) 276-3030
rockbottom.com
Hang out on the patio and enjoy solid bar food or a handcrafted beer with Lassie. The restaurant is located downtown along the riverfront and offers a great view of the city-scape in the summer evenings. Open everyday at 11 a.m.

Rustico Pizzeria
223 N. Water Street #100, (414) 220-9933
rusticopizzeria.com
Another riverfront option for you to enjoy, Rustico Pizzeria has a tasty selection of pasta and pizza for you to enjoy with your pup. Sit back with a slice and soak in the good weather. Open Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Sake Tumi
714 N. Milwaukee St., (414)224-7253
sake-milwaukee.com
Dig into countless Japanese and Korean dishes with your canine. The sidewalk seating is limited, but you can sit down for lunch or dinner with a drink and a bento box and people watch in downtown Milwaukee. Open Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Sobelman's
1900 W. St Paul Ave., (414) 931-1919
1601 W. Wells St., (414) 933-1601
milwaukeesbestburgers.com
Famous throughout the city, Sobelman's is a top choice for any dog's day out. Relax on the patio with man's best friend, and savor one of the best burgers in Milwaukee accompanied by a Bloody Mary. Opens at 11 a.m. everyday.

Stack'd Burger Bar
170 S. First St. (414) 273-7800
stackedbar.com
Build your own burger while your pup lounges on their outdoor patio. Best of all, the milkshake can be made alcoholic upon request. Try the "Orange Dreamsicle" shake with citrus rum or the "Cream City Vanilla" shake with vanilla vodka. Opens Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

St. Francis Brewing Co.
3825 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744- 4448
stfrancisbrewery.com
Enjoy a beer, handcrafted soda or unique food items while lounging with Lassie outside. The menu features everything from bar food options to fine steaks, and the beer selection feature the breweries craft beers. Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The Tonic Tavern
2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 455-3205
tonictavern.com
Bring your four-legged pal and enjoy a beer from the extensive and impressive drink list. On Fridays at 5:30 p.m., you can watch artists create works of art in the backyard patio. Open from Sunday through Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Villa at Heaven City
S91 W27850 National Ave., (262) 363-9335
thevillahc.com
Specializing in casual cuisine, The Villa at Heaven City has a playground that would make pooch think he passed to the Great Dog Park in the Sky. Not only does your dog have a patio to play on, The Villa at Heaven City also has a 40-acre backyard for Fido enjoy. Opens 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 10 a.m. on the weekends.

The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
thewickedhop.com
Enjoy an evening under the awning at this Third Ward restaurant. It keeps a full selection of domestic and micro brews, and the hints at up-scale / bar-food fusion. A solid choice for you and Fido to enjoy during the good-weather months. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 10 a.m. for brunch on the weekends.

Transfer
101 W. Mitchell St., (414) 763-0438
transfermke.com
Bring your pooch and delight in 40 types of unique pizzas. It's only natural that Transfer pairs some of the best pizzas in Milwaukee with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail selection. Open everyday at 11 a.m.

Zarletti's
741 N. Milwaukee St. #1, (414) 225-0000
zarletti.net
Head downtown to enjoy northern Italian cuisine – try the Ragu della Casa Fagiano, a slow roasted pheasant with homemade pappardelle sauce – with your pup on the patio. Come early during the summer months, though, as seating is limited. Opens for lunch at 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 5 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday.

Talkbacks

Photodavie | Aug. 24, 2015 at 12:08 p.m. (report)

Unami Moto??? Sushi and dogs? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

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jerber | Aug. 24, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. (report)

Seeing eye dogs should be the exception. I am tired of all the other "service" dogs allowed in restaurants. I won't frequent these restaurants, as I am allergic to dogs and should be give the same consideration of other patrons.

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