One of the most pet-friendly cities in the nation, Denver boasts myriad dog parks, swimming options and even pet shopping venues. It’s almost as if every single person in town owns a beloved pooch. Even dining does not have to be pet free. Check out these great spots where you can dine with your dog any time.
St. Marks Coffee House
2019 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
St. Marks is a staple of the active neighborhood on 17th Avenue. With a large patio, local coffee and pastry fans enjoy the outdoors here with their friendly dog pals all day long. With super-cheap drinks and snacks, it’s the perfect all-day hangout for people watchers, too. It isn’t uncommon to see three or four dogs at a time lounging outside of the iron gates that enclose the front patio. Bring a bowl to get some water for your dog while you enjoy the sunshine and an iced coffee.
Black Pearl Restaurant
1529 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
Yes, you can even bring your well-behaved canine to an upscale dinner as well. Black Pearl welcomes dogs on its outdoor patio. Everything about Black Pearl is local, too, with locally produced ingredients and fresh, seasonal foods. The belief behind Black Pearl is that where and how your food is produced is as important as how it tastes. Bring Fido and enjoy this fantastic contemporary American cuisine restaurant.
Old Capitol Grill
1122 Washington Ave
Golden, CO 80401
For a little history with your lunch, the Old Capitol Grill is actually the original state capitol building, and it housed its first legislature sessions from 1866 to 1867. Be sure to visit the cowboy room, featuring memorabilia dedicated to the crew that saved the building from a huge fire in 2005. Enjoy casual American cuisine on its outer tables where you may bring your leashed, well-behaved dog. Old Capitol Grill even has bowls of water available for your thirsty pal.
Skoops Ice Cream and More
1209 E 9th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
Nothing beats an ice-cold scoop of delicious ice cream. Bring you pooch to Skoops Ice Cream and More to enjoy its delightful selection of ice cream, sandwiches and salads. While you are there, be sure to treat your dog too. Skoops sells ice cream and yogurt specifically made for dogs as well. Open late every night, it’s the great end to a sun-soaked Denver day.
3200 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
The Lower Highlands Area (or LoHi) is quickly becoming one of the hottest areas in town. LoHi Steakbar is a contemporary, upscale neighborhood bar with great steaks, burgers and fries and, of course, an excellent bar. Bring your dog along and ask for a seat on the patio, your pup can be leashed there and the servers will make sure your pal has plenty of fresh water while you imbibe in adult beverages. Drink up, and don’t worry, nobody here will judge if you slip one of those made-from-scratch fries under the table.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.