A trip to your local watering hole shouldn’t mean leaving your furry friend at home. Greater Cincinnati is home to dozens of dog-friendly spots, welcoming well-behaved pups to enjoy a day out with their humans.
These drinking and dining destinations allow pets in portions of or all of their establishments, as long as they are well behaved. (In 2018, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 263, which allowed “the owner of a retail food establishment or food service operation to allow dogs in an outdoor dining area of the establishment or operation.”) Regardless, we always recommend calling the business in advance before bringing your pooch along.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all dog-friendly Greater Cincinnati bars and restaurants.
13 Below Brewery
Named for its location 13 nautical miles “below” Cincinnati, this brewery is right on the Ohio River. With a corner pub-vibe, their small-batch beers can be enjoyed with friends, family and dogs in the taproom or in the beer garden when the weather warms. The on-site Incline Smoke Shack features a walk-up window and “dry-rubbed and slow-smoked” meats. 7391 Forbes Road, Sayler Park, 13belowbrewery.com.
Braxton Brewing Co.
Rooted in the ethos and innovation forged in a Midwestern garage, founder Evan Rouse started homebrewing when he was just 16, before he could even taste his creations. Now with three locations — the flagship taproom in Covington, a second taproom in Pendleton and the Barrel House in Fort Mitchell — the brewery serves year-round favorites, special releases and collaborations, housemade VIVE hard seltzer and even a new NA brew, all of which can be enjoyed with your furry friend. Braxton says all of their taprooms are dog-friendly. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington; 331 E. 13th St., Pendleton; 5 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, braxtonbrewing.com.
This Scotland-based brewery has expanded U.S. operations with a massive taproom in Pendleton. It’s the chain’s second-largest bar in America (with additional global spots in 60 countries including Germany, Spain, France and Finland, among others). The taproom features a bar on the first floor, a game area on the loft-second floor and a rooftop patio. All outdoor areas are dog-friendly. 316 Reading Road, Pendleton, brewdog.com/usa.
Brink Brewing Co.
College Hill’s Brink Brewing Co. is a neighborhood gathering space loaded with interactive features including a 20-seater community table, reclaimed-wood bar and a gigantic Scrabble board that’s very popular with patrons after a few pints from the brewery’s wide-reaching tap list. Head to the bathroom to see more than three decades’ worth of collected beer labels. Dogs are welcome on the patio. 5905 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, brinkbrewing.com.
This outdoor establishment features a small community of repurposed shipping containers housing food and drink options including Mr. Bulgogi and Hangry Omar’s, plus a bar slinging craft beer and cocktails. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed, kept off of tables and chairs and you don’t let them eat or drink out of dishes intended for humans. 401 Greenup St., Covington, covingtonyard.com.
Gulow Street is a cozy yet sophisticated bar and restaurant located at the corner of Hoffner and Gulow streets — the establishment’s namesake. The streamlined menu offers bites like a burger and breakfast sandwich with pimento cheese, plus a cocktail menu. Clever house drinks include the Spaghett (Miller High Life, Aperol and lemon) and a basil paloma with Tajin. A converted garage on the property doubles as a patio space, and dogs are welcome to hang out there with their people. 1614 Hoffner St., Northside, gulowstreet.com.
This bar doubles as a craft beer and wine shop dedicated to providing the best beverages to thirsty customers. Let Higher Gravity’s friendly “beeristas” pour you a flight, and don’t leave without visiting their growler and crawler station to take a cold one home with you. Higher Gravity is kid- and dog-friendly, as well as B.Y.O.F. (bring your own food), so bring the whole fam and order in something tasty from one of their Northside neighbors. 4106 Hamilton Ave., Northside, highergravitycrafthaus.com.
Liberty’s Bar & Bottle
Liberty’s offers the best of both the bar and the bottle with rotating craft beers on tap and more than a dozen wines available by the glass — including half-pours — along with bottles of wine and craft beers via retail. Dogs are welcome and you’ll frequently find one or two sleeping under their owners’ stools at the bar. Bring a pet along and they’ll get to slurp up a water bowl while you sip on an IPA and admire the sleek interior. 1427 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, searchable on Facebook.
MadTree Brewing Co.
With 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick facade leftover from the building’s factory days, there’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at the 10,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden on the regular. The garden is both tented and heated in winter and allows pets year-round; just remember to enter the garden directly instead of through the main entrance if you plan on bringing a furry friend. 3301 Madison Road, Oakley, madtreebrewing.com.
Northern Row Brewing
Over-the-Rhine’s Northern Row taproom and patio slings more than a dozen taps of its own beer, and features a full bar and cocktails made with house-distilled spirits. A food menu includes salads, sides, sandwiches and a Sunday breakfast burrito. The brewery’s cozy patio is dog-friendly. 111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine, northernrow.com.
Pins Mechanical Co.
This multi-level bar has pinball machines, duckpin bowling lanes and other “old school” entertainment options like foosball and ping pong. The rooftop patio has fire pits, its own bar and giant yard games. On its Instagram page, Pins makes its devotion to dogs known, writing, “We love dogs and they’re ALWAYS welcome at all locations.” 1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, pinsbar.com/cincy.
Rosedale is self-described as “Over-the-Rhine’s backyard,” offering a giant dog-friendly patio, bocce courts, fire pits, a monthly $3 discounted drink menu and food from the MORTAR Mess Hall, where food entrepreneurs hone their skills in a professional setting. Bring your furry friend along and enjoy happy hour together. 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, rosedaleotr.com.
Queen City Radio
Located in a former 1920s service station, Queen City Radio has been turned into a well-manicured full-service bar and outdoor beer garden. The bar serves rotating taps of local, regional and national beer, canned and bottled brews, wine, cocktails and boozy slushies. Garage doors create indoor/outdoor space, weather permitting, and the on-site food truck Lübecker serves up German-style fare. The expansive patio is the perfect place for a furry friend to keep you company while you enjoy good drinks and good weather, or bring them inside. 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, qcrbar.com.
An exotic escape in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Somerset features two bar spaces — one in a plant-filled and glass-roofed conservatory and another in a cozy lounge space. The large back patio offers an awe-inspiring garden, loaded with tropical plants, unique seating nooks and imported pieces from co-founder and creative lead James Fisher’s collection, as well as the collections of his friends and family. Dogs are welcome. 139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine, somersetotr.com.
Woodburn Brewing Co.
East Walnut Hills’ Wooburn Brewing was acquired by local brewery and distillery March First in 2020, reopening in April of 2021 with the stated goal of “enhancing” the taproom by adding more seating, a lounge area and a kitchen. The beer menu features Woodburn’s original brewing recipes and the kitchen now serves Korean-inspired fare. With the addition of eats, dogs are now welcome on the large back patio instead of inside. 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, woodburnbrewing.com.
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