In Denver, we love our dogs! And we want to take them everywhere! Here’s a list of all the favorite places that I love to bring my dog.
- OFF TO THE BREWERY WE GO: There’s nothing better than a dog friendly brewery. And if they’ve got a patio – even better. Here are some of my favorites to bring my pup Cooper: Ratio Beer, Odell (a fire pit for cool nights), Our Mutual Friend (the patio is small but the beer is oh, so good!), Denver Beer Co. (misters for extra hot days). (While I haven’t been to these spots, according to Yelp, these are some other dog friendly brewery patios – Great Divide, Cerebral Brewing, Blue Moon (love their fire pits), Black Shirt (lots of bands during the summer) and Woods Boss.) I always advise checking ahead, as some places’ rules, regarding dogs, can change!
2. SO YOU SAY YOU DON’T LIKE BEER: Well-behaved and on-leash dogs are also welcome at Fort Greene Bar (check on their monthly Yappy Hour), Improper City, Matchbox, Infinite Monkey (the best wine slushies!) and Recess Beer Garden (think fire pits and large community picnic tables! Check hours on the weekend, where they limit them). Though I’ve never been, I hear great things about The Watering Bowl (think one part restaurant, one part dog park!) and Romero’s K9 Club.
3. NAH, IT’S WAY TOO HOT TODAY: Don’t worry if it’s too hot out, there’s actually some great breweries right outside of Denver-proper that let you bring your dog RIGHT INSIDE THE TAP ROOM! Here are my faves: Joyride Brewing (inside, but not allowed on rooftop patio), Comrade Brewing, Westfax Brewing, 4 Noses Brewing, Bruz Beers, Resolute Brewing, Holiday Brewing and Living The Dream.
4. TAKE YOUR FUR KID ON VACATION: Sure there are lots of Colorado, or even Denver hotels, that let you have your dog in your hotel room. But have you ever TRULY vacationed with your pet? I just came back from The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch and they are taking hosting your pet, to the the next level! My pup was greeted by name (they remembered us from our last visit!), Coop had a fluffy Ritz Carlton-insignia dog bed, water bowl & waste bags waiting for him, BUT BEST OF ALL, Coop was allowed in their gorgeous “Great Room.” The Great Room is anchored by a huge window, with jaw-dropping views of Beaver Creek on one side, and on the other, a large, three story, wood burning fire place.
Enjoy cocktails, beers, and food from Buffalos (get the Bison Burger or the Chicken Parm – both amazing!) all while dining with your pet! Pro Tip: You don’t want to miss the hand-crafted, barrel-aged bourbon, by Breckenridge Distillery, called “Bachelor’s Bourbon” that is used in their signature cocktails and sold by the bottle, only at The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch. You can ask your concierge about the best trails for hiking your dog, or enjoy the large seating area outside, and sip cocktail or make S’mores by the bonfire overlooking the mountains! Want to know more about The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch? I love this article. Ooo, and check on special rates, here.
5. BUT WHAT IF YOU’RE FEELING MORE LIKE A HIKE? No problem! 303 Magazine put together this awesome list of Top Ten Dog-Friendly Hikes in Colorado! If you love that list, here’s another comprehensive one, of 25 additional dog-friendly hikes!
6. OR MAYBE YOUR FUR KID NEEDS TO RUN FREE: Before I take Coop to a dog park, I like to look up Yelp reviews, here are ones that rated Denver Dog Parks.
7. WORTH THE RIDE: Drive to Aurora for the ULTIMATE dog park experience, Cherry Creek Park Off Leash Dog Area. Here’s a top review from Yelp, if you’ve never been: “Cherry Creek Dog Park is like no other dog park I’ve ever been before. It’s gigantic, and every dog we encountered was well behaved (with just one exception). The open fields are great for running, and the walking paths are great for working on an off-leash heel. The entire loop is maybe 3 miles with a creek on one side that my dog loved splashing around in. And it’s well worth the $11 price tag!” Day and annual passes are available for purchase, grab more info here.
8. MY DOG DOESN’T REALLY LOVE OTHER DOGS: That’s okay, there are plenty of beautiful places to take your pooch for a walk. The parks of Wash Park, City Park, Cheesman Park and Sloan’s Lake are some of my favorite places to go for a leisurely walk. And I love Confluence Park for people watching and kayak watching!
9. WE REALLY WANT TO TAKE OFF TO THE MOUNTAINS: I love bringing my pup on a drive out to Bread Bar, a small but magical bar, perfectly situated on the way back from the mountains! Dogs are allowed inside, and out on the patio. Check their insta, as there’s often a restaurant or band popping-up! Also, 303 Magazine just published this piece on “How and Where to Camp with Your Pooch.”
10. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE A DOG?: That’s pure craziness and we need to remedy that right away! I feel so fortunate to have found both my pups from a shelter. One adoption organization I love is Dumb Friends Animal League. Another organization supporting adoption is Stanley Marketplace, which hosts a monthly adoption on the first Friday of the month. What I love about Stanley Marketplace is you can make a whole day of it! Eat, drink, shop and (perhaps) take a fur kid home or get some info about fostering a dog. Follow Stanley Marketplace on instagram or Facebook to find out more about their next monthly event.
If there’s another activity you’d like to do with your pup, let me know!