You’re craving some time with your pup. You’re also craving a fine craft beer from one of Portland’s many excellent breweries. What’s a dog-loving beer drinker to do? Fear not — Portland has you covered, with more dog-friendly breweries than you can shake (or fetch!) a stick at.
It’s All in the Name
Ask any local for a dog-friendly drinking spot, and they’ll likely point you toward the closest Lucky Labrador Brew Pub. As its name suggests, this pub takes special joy in celebrating all things canine; each Lucky Labrador outpost invites pups to relax on the patio as their human companions kick back with slices of barley flour pizza and foamy pints of Black Lab Stout. They even host “Dogtoberfest,” an annual bash combining great beer and live music with Portland’s biggest dog wash.
The Big Dogs
Portlanders Mike and Brian McMenamin opened Oregon’s first brewpub, Hillsdale Brewery, in 1985. Since then, the McMenamins empire has expanded to include more than 20 breweries and 60 eateries, many of which welcome pets. Ask for sidewalk seating at top spots like Tavern & Pool, the White Eagle Saloon or the Zeus Café.
Another great dog-friendly McMenamins option is the Bagdad Theater & Pub. Established in 1927, this old neighborhood movie house has retained its role as a center for first-run Hollywood films. It also includes two bars and a restaurant/pub, all lovingly restored — and offering dog-friendly seating options. (And the McMenamins options don’t stop there: explore other pet-friendly McMenamins pubs and find one that’s a perfect fit for your pooch.)
On the west side, a short dog walk from downtown delivers visitors to a top Oregon brewery: Central Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery, which happily accommodates furry patrons.
“Puppies” on the Scene
Many of Portland’s newer breweries also cater to four-legged visitors. StormBreaker Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing and Ex Novo Brewing in North Portland allow dogs on their patios, as do Breakside Brewery and Migration Brewing in Northeast Portland, plus Gigantic Brewing in Southeast Portland.
Technically not a brewery, Cycle Dog Tavern in Northwest Portland is still a perfect place to enjoy a beer while letting your pet socialize. Originally solely a pet-supply store making products like dog leashes, collars, harnesses, handmade toys and pet beds from recycled bike tubes, the shop expanded in 2020 to house an indoor and seasonal outdoor dog park. Grab a can of locally brewed beer, wine, cider or hard kombucha from the cooler, find a spot on one of the benches lining the dog park and let your pet roam free. (There is a small fee for admission, and newcomers must provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations.)
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