It’s finally patio drinking and dining season. A time for cold beers, crisp rosé, and sweet, sweet sunshine. The only thing better than drinking a glass of wine outside on a patio, is drinking a glass of wine outside on a patio with a dog or three. Lucky for all of us, several South Sound restaurants and bars not only have killer patios, they’re dog-friendly, too.
Note: Make sure to keep your pups on leashes and only bring them with you if they get along well with other people and dogs.
Sluggo Brewing – Tacoma
This local brewery is dog-friendly to its core. A recent merger with Ammar’s Mediterranean means Sluggo now boasts a menu full of Mediterranean food (think falafel, gyros, and kabobs) on top of its original selection of burgers and wings. Happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close every day.
Engine House 9 – Tacoma
E-9’s old brick building is charming enough on its own. It’s front patio though, with dog-friendly tables and hanging string lights, puts it over the top. The brewery has a robust menu, a full bar, and more than 30 beers on tap, including one of our favorites, an IPA called Puppies Vs. Kittens.
Rock the Dock – Tacoma
Rock the Dock’s motto is “Anchor up and stay awhile.” The family-owned waterfront pub in Tacoma is friendly to motorcycles, boats, humans, and dogs. You and your pup can enjoy views of Mount Rainier and Foss Waterway on the restaurant’s outdoor patio, all while feasting on burgers and fries.
Top of Tacoma – Tacoma
This local establishment was voted South Sound’s Best Hole-in-the-Wall for 2018, but it’s so much more than that. Top of Tacoma not only hosts Tipsy Tuesdays and Taco Thursdays, they also serve $3 mimosas and bloody marys during weekend brunch, meaning you and your furry friend can drink and dine outdoors on the cheap.
Hanks Bar and Pizza – Tacoma
Hanks isn’t just a pizza joint. The K Street establishment has a full bar with beer and cider on tap and serves pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, and more. The patio is pretty sweet, too.
Harmon Brewing Co. – Tacoma
Sip a pint of locally-inspired, locally-crafted beer (the Mt. Takhoma Blonde and the Puget Sound Porter are two of our favorites) at the Pacific Avenue location of Harmon Brewing Co. The restaurant serves up a variety of delicious sandwiches, entrees, and burgers (including the crave-worthy Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger).
The Social Bar and Grill – Tacoma
Self-described as “Tacoma’s hidden gem,” The Social is housed inside Thea’s Landing, at the edge of Foss Waterway and just steps away from the Tacoma Glass Museum. Its waterfront patio features nine fire tables and propane heaters to keep you and Fido warm on those chillier Pacific Northwest nights. The menu is seafood-centric, and there’s a separate, tempting menu dedicated to dessert.
Vic’s Pizzeria Westside – Olympia
If you’re after good pizza and cheap beer, Vic’s is it. Try the Westside Locker or the Four-Cheese Olympia, or design your own. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Northwest Beerwerks – Olympia
This brewery takes outdoor drinking to another level. With two separate lawn areas, picnic tables, and big, loungy Adirondack chairs, you and your dog can find the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun. Northwest Beerwerks has two dozen beers on tap, plus wine, cider, and even tasty non-alcoholic options like mint lemonade kombucha.
Fish Tale Brew Pub – Olympia
The spirit behind this 25-year-old Olympia brewpub is “fresh beer, fine food, and hearty friendships.” That, and a patio full of adorable dogs. Fish Tale’s food menu consists of seafood appetizers like crab cakes and oyster shooters, plus bar food, like nachos and fries. This month, Fish Tale Brewery is releasing a special strawberry passionfruit cider.
Three Magnets Brewing Co. – Olympia
This community brewery in downtown Olympia has a full tap list and two different restaurants: The Magnet, which serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch; and the 3Mag Pubhouse, which serves a full menu starting at 11 a.m. daily. The dog-friendly patio is particularly welcoming on a sunny day.
The Hub – Gig Harbor
Located at the edge of the Tacoma Narrows Airport, The Hub pairs a uniquely entertaining view with Mediterranean-inspired food and craft beer from Harmon Brewing Company. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s weekly events, like Wine Wednesday and Late Night Trivia on Fridays.
Warthog Barbecue Pit – Fife
The log cabin interior of this Fife barbecue establishment is the definition of rustic. The exterior features a few dog-friendly tables that, on a sunny day, would serve as an excellent place to chow down on a brisket sandwich or a slice of key lime pie.