Beer, strip clubs, bicycles, an imminent, deadly earthquake -- Portland is well-known for many things. Our notoriety also extends to our dog ownership, though many Portlanders would recoil at the notion that one could "own" such a noble creature as the dog. We have dozens of dog parks and even more dog-friendly parks; we have pet stores and a 24-hour veterinarian clinic; and, because we love to drink so much, we have a number of dog-friendly bars and restaurants. We’ve rounded up some of the best places in Portland to take your dog, because we know you can’t stand to be away from them for more than a few hours.
SE Hawthorne & other locations
The original dog bar, the Lucky Lab chain loves dogs so much, it named itself after one of our furry friends. There are currently four different locations for the brewing company, and each boasts a dog-friendly patio, complete with water bowls and places to take ridiculous photos of your dog (see above). During the summer months, the NW location especially is packed with pooches.
There are going to be a few Mississippi St. locations on this list; apparently NoPo residents have a lot of dogs, and the bars around there cater especially to this fact. Prost! has an excellent patio that is accessible from the street, with an outdoor bar so you don’t have to leave Patrice, your dog and No. 1 best friend, for even a moment.
On weekend nights, the White Owl is overflowing with youthful suburbanites and Westside hipsters lining up to see shows. But during the day, it’s one of the best bars in the city to bring Patrice, who, again, is your pup you couldn't envision ever not taking out for a night of fun. Wednesdays are Yappy Hour, which means drink specials for dog owners, treats for dogs, and even a show & tell: pups are brought in from shelters for playtime and possible adoption. White Owl regularly uses these as opportunities to donate to animal charities.
Another Mississippi spot (warned you), The Rambler has a covered back patio and an open front patio, both of which are very dog-friendly; you’re bound to see an animal friend any time you visit this great neighborhood bar. There’s a bocce ball court along the side of the bar, but no worries: the stone balls are far too big to fit in most dogs’ mouths.
Bar Bar at Mississippi Studios completes the dog-friendly Mississippi list. It’s an excellent place, with cheap drinks, great burgers, and a large patio that’s always bustling with people and their handsome, slobbering dogs for Patrice to sniff butts with.
A neighborhood pub that turns into a sports bar on game days, The Station is also a decidedly pro-dog bar: free doggy bandanas, a patio with umbrellas, dog bowls, dog treats, and doggy bags to clean up any business they may attend to. There’s even a doggy food menu, and this summer The Station is going the extra step with Pints for Pups -- on Thursday nights, $1 for every Lagunitas bought will go to the Oregon Humane Society.
Tin Shed is a restaurant, not a bar, but it wouldn’t be a dog-friendly list without including this famous cafe. A popular brunch spot for dog owners especially, Tin Shed has its own doggie menu. Tuesdays are Doggie Love Night: buy one people-priced item, and get one free dog dinner. It does have a full bar, though, so it still counts.
While every bar on this list is friendly toward your four- (or three-) legged companions, most restrict your pooch to the outside areas. Not so at Velo Cult: this bike shop and taproom welcomes you and your dog both -- no need to leave Patrice outside in the rain while your heart breaks over a drink. Bikes, beers, and dogs make this maybe the most quintessentially Portland spot out there.
"Have a drink with your dog" is the slogan at Sniff Dog Hotel. Of course Portland has a dog hotel that’s also a bar, where you can relax with a glass of wine or pint of beer while your dog plays in the indoor park. Happy hour is 5-7pm Sunday through Friday (Sniff is closed Saturdays during the summer) -- that's when Patrice can romp and play for free. Tuesdays and Thursdays during happy hour are for small dogs only (20lbs or smaller), so if you have a Boston terrier or dachshund, bring them by then.
It’s a dirty punk rock bar, but it has a large back patio area, and the staff is more than happy to bring out a bowl of water for your canine. There’s nothing too special about the patio, dog-wise -- no dog menu or novelty handkerchiefs. The bar just really, really likes your dog, and wants you to bring Patrice.
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1. Lucky Labrador Brew Pub915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
2. Prost4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
3. White Owl Social Club1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland
4. The Rambler4205 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
5. Bar Bar3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
6. The Station2703 NE Alberta St, Portland
7. Tin Shed1438 NE Alberta St, Portland
8. Velo Cult1969 NE 42nd, Portland
9. Sniff Dog Hotel1828 NW Raleigh St, Portland
10. Alleyway Cafe & Bar2415 NE Alberta St, Portland
Sporting dark hardwood floors and beamed ceilings, plus a neighborly vibe, Lucky Lab’s digs are as warm and inviting as the breed after which it's named. You'll find yourself right at home as you munch on pub food and house-made brews like Black Lab Stout, Hawthorne's Best Bitter, and Dog Day IPA. You might've guessed, but all four locations, including this Hawthorne spot, are dog-friendly, so be sure to bring your pup with you (water bowls and photo-ops abound).
This German biergarten and restaurant on Mississippi offers an authentic Teutonic experience, with its braunschweiger (pâté), Bavarian pretzel, and wurst sampler. Portland’s best bar for German biers is also one of the best bars for outdoor drinking, especially if you’re looking to enjoy a liter of lager without the confines of a ceiling. This dog-friendly patio has an outdoor bar, perfect for any occasion.
A bar, restaurant, and music venue all rolled into one, White Owl Social Club is typically brimming with west-side hipsters, young suburbanites, and... pups! That's right, this Buckman spot is dog-friendly, boasting a Wednesday Yappy Hour, when dog owners are treated to drink specials, their furry friends are treated to, well, treats, and there's even a show-and-tell that brings pooches in from shelters for playtime and possible adoption. No matter when you stop in, you'll find excellent craft cocktails and plenty of scrumptious bites like jalapeño poppers, brussels sprouts, and burgers in both vegan and bacon-cheddar varieties.
Bungalo Bar is gone, and now it’s The Rambler. It’s still basically the same thing, and the new owners kept the most important aspect of the back patio: the swings! That’s right, The Rambler is one of the few bars in the city that has hanging chairs you can (gently) swing in. That alone would make it a remarkable bar, but it’s a nice patio in general, away from Mississippi, covered, and with fire pits.
The little sister bar and patio to the musically inclined restaurant/concert venue Mississippi Studios (located in the same building), Bar Bar's specialties are the life's simple pleasures: a high quality burger, a cheap can of beer, and good music. The burger at this Boise joint's, with its grass-fed beef, house-made ketchup, and a secret-recipe sauce between a thick and soft potato bun, is one of the best in Portland, and while the beer list is short and craft-free, the inventive list of specialty cocktails will more than make up for it.
The Station is a comfy neighborhood pub that's pro-sports and pro-dogs. You'll want to head there on game day when the atmosphere gets extra lively and the drop-down screens come out. Feel free to bring your pup, who will be treated to doggy bandanas, bowls, snacks, and bags for clean-up. Humans can look forward to gourmet eats like Crater Tots (crayfish tail meat, yukon gold potatoes, and creole aïoli), halibut tacos, and beer cheese mac. On Thursday, there's a Pints for Pups special -- $1 for every Lagunitas bought is donated to the Oregon Humane Society.
Feel free to bring your pup with you to Tin Shed -- it's a popular dog-friendly spot with an exceptional brunch to boot. There's sure to be a line on weekends, so you might want to get there early and beat the crowds for scrumptious dishes like The Cure: scratch-made buttermilk biscuits topped with apple-wood smoked bacon gravy or mushroom-rosemary gravy. They've also got some of the best burgers in town, mix cocktails with freshly squeezed juices, and offer a doggie menu. Be sure to stop in with your pooch on Tuesdays for Doggie Love Night (buy one people-priced item and get one free dog dinner).
Velo Cult is a cycle emporium that relocated from its San Diego digs to this scrappy rough-hewn Portland spot, which combines social shenanigans with full-on repair facilities and plenty of retail items. It's a bike shop, taproom, coffee bar, and music venue all in one, and welcomes both you and your canine best friend. With bikes, beers, dogs, live music, and film screenings, Velo Cult is about as Portland as it gets.
The slogan at this oh-so-Portland cafe meets bar meets boutique canine hotel is "have a drink with your dog" -- a suggestion we can always get behind. While your pooch plays in the indoor park, you can sit back and relax with a glass of wine or pint of beer, plus some tasty snacks and pastries. They also offer locally sourced and brewed coffee. Be sure to stop in from 5-7pm Sunday through Friday for happy hour. Have a smaller dog? Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for little pups only (20lbs or less).
Get your drink on at this divey punk-rock cafe and bar that sports a pool table, photo booth, pinball machines, and an outdoor patio where you're more than welcome to post up with your pup. Whether you grab a spot at the picnic tables outside, where they'll bring your dog a bowl of water, or stay inside and chill at the cozy, narrow bar, you can pair brew with some tasty treats from their extensive menu -- from pizza to burgers to veggie options.