Dog-Friendly Patios to Check Out in Metro Detroit

Jolly Pumpkin, The Congregation, and Port are among the local options for you and your pup.
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Jolly Pumpkin's locations have dog-friendly patios. // Photograph courtesy of Jolly Pumpkin

Bring your four-legged companion to one of these metro Detroit dog-friendly patios for a day of fun in the sun.

Avalon Café + Kitchen

The Ann Arbor location of Avalon International Breads welcomes patrons to bring their four-legged friends to enjoy baked goods, salads, sandwiches, and burgers on their 56-seat patio. The patio is open year-round, weather permitting. Avalon Cafe + Kitchen, 120 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor;

Jolly Pumpkin

This Michigan brewery has multiple locations, and they are all dog-friendly. Jolly Pumpkin offers plenty of quick bites, as well as artisan pizzas, salads, and sandwiches to pair with beers on tap, which rotate and include sours, ales, stouts, and IPAs. While your pup can’t partake, they can keep you company while you indulge. Jolly Pumpkin; for metro Detroit locations.

Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

Enjoy a bite of barbecue and a beer at this brewery. Their unheated patio, which is dog-friendly, seats 28. Menu items include pulled pork, chicken, baby back ribs, and more. All beers are brewed in the cellar on-site. Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery, 207 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor;

Charlie’s Still On Main

Stepping up the puppy patio game, Charlie’s Still on Main offers a Doggie Menu. Bring your furry friend to this Milford restaurant for a filet, chicken breast, or bowl of shrimp, all cooked specifically for them. Add on a side of carrots, apples, or hard-boiled eggs, and let your dog enjoy this bourbon bar right along with you. For hungry humans, popular options include Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich and Bourbon Maple Salmon. Charlie’s Still on Main, 525 N. Main St., Milford;

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Enjoy a coffee or a cocktail with your pup at The Congregation. // Photograph courtesy of The Congregation

The Congregation

Whether you’re looking for an early morning latte or an evening cocktail, The Congregation welcomes everyone — even pups! The dog-friendly patio is a great spot to unwind with your furry friend. The Congregation’s food menu is tiny but mighty, featuring wraps, hot sandwiches, salads, and more. The Congregation, 9321 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit;

Nain Rouge Brewery

This Midtown spot brews up “devilishly good” IPAs, Irish stouts, ales, and more in-house for sale on draft or by the can. It also features a small patio during the warmer months, and pups are welcome on the patio when it’s open. Nain Rouge Brewery, 666 Selden St., Detroit;

Detroit Fleat

Gathering some of the most popular food trucks in the area, Detroit Fleat’s outdoor space is a great spot for you and your pup to mingle. The restaurant offers a house menu that features tacos, salads, and sandwiches along with brunch and cocktail menus. There’s a rotation of food trucks every week. Detroit Fleat, 1820 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale;

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Dogs are welcome at outdoor Ferndale bar Port. // Photograph courtesy of Port


Dogs aren’t just welcome at this laidback outdoor bar, they’re encouraged. This Ferndale spot’s bartenders are friendly, helpful, and excited to meet you and your four-legged friend. Located behind Woodward Avenue Brewers, Port serves up shots, cold beers, frozen drinks, mules, and more. Port, 116 E. Troy St., Ferndale;

Brooklyn Street Local

Despite its limited patio space, Brooklyn Street Local does allow dogs. Using locally sourced ingredients, the breakfast and lunch spot offers egg dishes, poutine (including a vegan option), salads, burgers, coffee, cocktails, and more. Start your day off right and bring your furry friend along with you. Brooklyn Street Local, 1266 Michigan Ave. Detroit;

Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.

Each summer, Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. hosts a Pup’s on the Patio event. From March to November, the brewery allows furry friends to chill on its deck with their owners, and it even offers a Pup Menu. The menu features a pup patty, skinny dog, bacon bites, and a pup sundae. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Grizzly Peak Brewing Co., 120 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor;

Mootz Pizzeria & Bar

The heated patio at Mootz is open year-round, even on cold and rainy days. You can reserve small tables or the entire patio for private parties with or without your K-9 companion. Then menu features a wide variety of Italian dishes such as Nonna  Meatballs, Gnocchi, fettuccini Alfredo, and more. New York-style pizzas, too. Mootz Pizzeria & Bar, 1230 Library Street, Detroit;

This post has been updated for 2024.