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Your guide to dog-friendly businesses in Madison


Enjoying “yappy hour” at the Wisconsin Brewing Company | Photo by @blubluetherescue

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Round of a-paws, please. From the luxury suites at Ruffin’ It Resort to royal treatments at the Rufus DuMonde Pet Salon, it makes sense that 608 ranks top ten in Forbes’ Top 25 Best Cities for Dogs list.

Whether you’re in need of a drinking paw-tner at a local brewery, hitting the night market, or just dining out, well bone appétit. Get ready to dig into this guide for dog-friendly spots around the 608.

Pro tip: You can use BringFido to find more dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, and events.


Two paws up for drinks at Octopi | Photo by @doooditstucker

Here is where to eat, drink, shop, sit, and stay with your pet:

Bars and Breweries

Karben4 Brewing Co. | 3698 Kinsman Blvd. | Dogs are allowed on the patio, but not in the seasonal igloos.

Olbrich Biergarten | 3527 Atwood Ave. | Temporary tie-up stations are available for your trips to the service counter.

Wisconsin Brewing Company | 1079 American Wy., Verona | Leashed dogs are welcome in the taproom and on the patio.

The Boneyard |1018 Walsh Rd. | A dog park and Biergarten that has on-leash and off-leash spaces. Pro tip: Check out their website for breed meetups and other special events.

Old Sugar Distillery | 931 E. Main St. | Reader Elissa J. told us that this distillery is a great place for pups. In fact, when it gets too cold for patio drinking, dogs are allowed inside.

State Line Distillery | 1413 Northern Ct. | Kick back with Fido in the cocktail lounge or out on the patio.

Octopi | 1131 Uniek Dr., Waunakee | Four-legged friends welcome on the patio at the brewery.

One Barrel Brewing | 2001 Atwood Ave. | Bring your pup for a pint on the patio.

Barleypop | 2045 Atwood Ave. | The Atwood taproom + patio area welcomes leashed pups in the space.

Doundrins Distillery | 300 Progress Dr., Cottage Grove | Reader Corie let us know that the tasting room and cocktail garden is perfect for pups.

Young Blood Beer Co. | 112 King St. | The taproom in the First Settlement District is a community gathering space to try out seasonal + rotating brews


Grace Coffee Company | Several locations | Sip coffee on the patio with your pup or bring them through the drive-thru.

Echo Tap and Grill | 554 W. Main St. | This neighborhood tavern has ample outdoor seating, just be sure to keep Fido out of the flower pots.

Michael’s Frozen Custard | 3826 Atwood Ave. | Bring your dog for a “K-9 Custard” on the patio.

Mickey’s Tavern | 1524 Williamson St. | Leashed dogs can dine alongside you and enjoy complimentary water bowls.

Argus | 123 E. Main St. | Madison’s oldest commercial building has prime corner lot patio space.


Artist and Craftsman Supply | 203 W. Gorham St. | Bring your muse along to get inspired while craft supply shopping.

A Room of One’s Own | 2717 Atwood Ave. | Bookworms and bookdogs are welcome to browse literature.

Cargo Bike Shop | 1404 Williamson St. | Does your dog go on bike rides with you? Stop by for carriers, repairs, and more.

The Edgewater | 1001 Wisconsin Pl. | While dogs are welcome free of charge on the Boathouse and Statehouse patios, adding a pet to your booking costs $75/night.

Cork ‘n Bottle | 855 E. Johnson St. | Your furry friend can help you decide on a table wine for your next dinner party.

Hilldale | 726 N. Midvale Blvd. | Leashed pets are welcome to walk around the outdoor shopping center, and certain shops allow pets inside.

Community Pharmacy | 130 S. Fair Oaks Ave. | Ask your vet if Community Pharmacy carries your dog’s meds.

MadCat | Three locations | Despite its name, MadCat also welcomes dogs.

Did we miss a favorite downtown dog-friendly spot? Let us know. And remember, it’s always important to ask if your dog is allowed.

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