Your guide to dog-friendly businesses in Madison, WI


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

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If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for ways that your dog can wag along in daily outings. Many local businesses not only welcome, but encourage you to bring along your furry friends. We created this guide so you can find the paw-fect place next time you’re trying to sniff out dog-friendly businesses around town. 🐶

Disclaimer: According to health code laws, places that serve food cannot allow pets inside of restaurants. Patios vary by place, so always be sure to check with each place ahead of time.


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

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

Bars + Breweries

🐾 Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, Verona | Leashed dogs are welcome in the tap room + backyard patio.

🐾 Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville-Riley Rd., Verona | Readers Dawn and Joe D. let us know about the tavern right along the Military Ridge State Trail to bring leashed dogs on the patio.

🐾 The Boneyard, 1018 Walsh Rd. | A dog park + Biergarten that has both on-leash + off-leash spaces.

🐾 Old Sugar Distillery, 931 E. Main St. #8 | Reader Elissa J. told us that the 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. | Dogs are welcome both inside and out on the patio or in the cocktail lounge.

🐾 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 welcome leashed pups in the space.

🐾 Maduro, 117 E. Main St. | The cigar + cocktail bar allows dogs both on the patio and inside the bar.

🐾 Doundrins Distillery, 300 Progress Dr. Suite E, Cottage Grove | Reader Corie let us know that the tasting room + cocktail garden is perfect for pups while their owners sip on local craft cocktails.

🐾 The Tasting Room, 800 W. Broadway #100, Monona | Reader Tom E. let us know that cigar store, cigar bar & lounge has water bowls on the patio + dogs get plenty of pets from staff.

🐾 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


🐾 Vintage Brewing Co., 803 E. Washington Ave. | Editor Audrey has eaten here with friends’ dogs on the patio.

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

🐾 Echo Tap & Grill, 554 W. Main St. | This neighborhood tavern welcomes pets on the patio.

🐾 Michael’s Frozen Custard, Two locations in Madison | Bring your dog for a “K-9 Custard” on the patio.

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

🐾 The Thirsty Goat, 3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg | Reader Dave S. let us know that the deck is dog friendly.


🐾 The Graduate Madison, 601 Langdon St. | A pet-friendly hotel with no extra dog fees + gives pups a BarkBox upon arrival.

🐾 The Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Pl. | Stay at the hotel + bring your four-legged friends to the outdoor patios for dining.

🐾 Bad Dog Frida, 2094 Atwood Ave. | Bring your pup along when you buy their food + new toys.

🐾 Hilldale, 726 N. Midvale Blvd. | Leashed pets are welcome to walk through Hilldale + certain shops also allow pets inside.

🐾 Michael’s Craft Stores, Various locations in Madison | Reader Kelly L. let us know that the east side location gives out dog treats to leashed pets.

🐾 Farm & Fleet, Various locations in Madison | Reader Lance G. let us know that their dog is always welcome at the store.

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

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