When your best friend is a four-legged furry pooch, it can be hard to convince yourself to go out and socialize with some human companions. It’s heart-wrenching to have to walk out the door while your mini golden doodle looks up at you with her big brown eyes and rose nose, begging you not to leave her behind.
Luckily, Toronto offers a range of dog-friendly restaurants and patios, so you’ll never have to leave your fur baby behind again. Here’s our list of top spots we’re paw-sitive you’ll love! Bone appetite!
Black Lab Brewing
Don’t let the name of this brewery confuse you—dogs of all breeds are welcome here. But Black Lab Brewing is more than just a brewery. There’s also a bottle shop, beer garden and front patio where you can sit back while surrounded by the cutest pups in the city. That includes Black Lab’s own friendly mascot, Snoopy, who would never pass up on a new friend—and maybe a belly rub!
Thor Espresso Bar
At the Queen West location of this trendy coffee shop, there’s a sign that reads: “This way to happiness.” That happiness comes from the dogs you’ll find sitting outside the shop. Thor Espresso Bar serves Odin Coffee Roasters, some of the best ethical and sustainable coffee you can find in the city. Dog lovers will want to check out their Instagram page to see some of the neighbourhood “Dogs of Thor” who can’t get enough of this chic and eco-friendly café.
Hair of the Dog Pub
The spacious and heated patio makes Hair of the Dog Pub the perfect spot to spend a morning of brunch with your furry friend, no matter what time of year it is. With the variety of cocktail and pub food choices, don’t be surprised if you have to fight off the puppy eyes as your husky begs you for nibble. If your pup is cute enough, he might just get featured on the photo wall—or shrine? — that Hair of the Dog has to celebrate their adorable customers!
Not only does The Goodman Pub have a pet-friendly waterfront patio, but they even have a separate paw-tio menu to make your furry friend feel extra welcome! Your dog is sure to love whatever treat you order for them, whether it’s a pup patty, a sundae made from melted peanut butter and whipped cream, or a bacon-flavoured pupsicle. That’s something to bark over!
Who is a better drinking buddy than man’s best friend? At Henderson Brewing Company, you can shake up your morning walk by taking a brewery tour with your dog right by your side. You’ll see exactly how these drinks are made and hear about the history of brewing in Toronto. Then, when you’re done, you can sit back with a pint while your bestie takes her post-walk nap right by your feet!