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We know docktails are an easy happy hour choice, but some beautiful summer days call for venturing into town to enjoy a patio. The hardest part? Figuring out what to do with your pup. We’ve rounded up a few pet-friendly restaurants and patios in cottage country so you never have to leave Fido back at the cottage again. Grab the leash, and let’s go.
Bring your pooch to El Pueblito’s patio to indulge in delicious and authentic Mexican food like tostadas, tacos, and mole poblano. It’s open Tuesday through to Saturday from 3:00 to 9:30 p.m. While you’re there, make sure to keep your pup on a leash, and bring a water bowl for those hot, sunny days.
Grab your furry friend (both cats and dogs!) and head down to the Frosty Pint Pub, Gravenhurst’s trendiest pub patio, open all year. Enjoy pub fare and local music events while sipping on what Frosty’s calls “beer so cold, it’s hard to hold!”
If you’re a beer enthusiast, you won’t want to skip out on Sawdust City Brewing Co’s pet-friendly restaurant and patio when the warm weather arrives. Not only do they brew their beer in-house, but they also offer cider, plus craft cocktails from Georgian Bay Spirit Co.
Bonus: this brewery is a huge supporter of our furry friends and holds events in support of shelters like Carter’s Rescue in Dogtober. Stay tuned for when their patio opens.
Carey’s Irish Pub claims to have the best wings in town—but we’ll let you and your pup be the judge of that when you visit their outdoor patio. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., stop by and check out the features that rotate each week.
For a waterfront experience in the heart of downtown Huntsville, check out On the Docks when the weather gets warm. Enjoy the largest selection of draught beers or try a dish off of their ‘no fry’ menu while you and your dog soak up the sun on the lower deck patio. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Plan ahead of time because it’s walk-ins only.
The Bobcaygeon Inn Restaurant welcomes you and your furry friends to the largest waterfront patio in the Kawarthas everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy fish and chips, hamburgers, and hand-cut fries on their private dock with a garden.
Murphy’s Lockside Pub and Patio is no stranger to the pups in the area and always invites furry friends to enjoy a cold one (a cold bowl of water, that is!) on their patio in the spring and summer. Enjoy this fun and casual spot right on Lock 34 and taste their rotating special or brunch on the weekends.
For a unique, all-year experience, head down to Qualye’s Brewery, which has outdoor seating for you and your pooch from Thursday to Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Not only will you drink the beer at the farm where the hops are grown, but you’ll have a blast attending their family-friendly events. Plus, they offer jumbo pretzels, charcuterie boards, and soup and sandwich combos when you need a salty snack from all the sun.
Cool down in the summers at Carthew Bay Pub & Scoops with some ice cream, a cold one, and a pup cup for your furry friend. And, if you need a bigger bite to eat come lunch or happy hour, grab some chicken tenders or fish and chips here too.
Don’t miss out on Tailwinds Georgian Bay in Parry Sound. This pet-friendly restaurant has waterfront views and a wraparound patio for you and your four-legged friend to sit back and relax seven days a week, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a variety of vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Plus, catch the float plane landing out back.
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