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Where to Find Dog-Friendly Patios Beyond Boston

By Jacqueline Cain · 06/03/2021

Does your dog deserve a treat? Of course they do! The next time you’re looking for an outdoor place to eat, drink, and hang out with your pup, check out this list of local restaurants and beer gardens that welcome dogs.

The City of Boston is strict against dogs around restaurants, especially given recent pandemic-induced restrictions and pop-up patios. Some neighborhood favorites are low-key welcoming, however we left Boston proper places off this list. Neighboring communities like Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett are more dog-friendly. As always, dog owners, please keep your pup leashed and in your control when you’re out and about. Service dogs are welcome anywhere.

Area Four
The outdoor dining area at Area Four abuts ample greenspace in Kendall Square, so your pup can get their zoomies out before you post up on the patio for a cool bowl of water (them) and cinnamon bun-sized garlic knots (you).

Bone Up Brewing Company
Make a dog-friendly day of it in Everett’s so-called Fermentation District with a stop at Night Shift-neighbor Bone Up Brewing Co. Along with house brews, amenities at BUBCo. include snacks, like Eastern Standard Provisions Co. pretzels and Buenas empanadas, and a beer garden welcoming pets.

Bow Market
From the main courtyard to the patios of Remnant Brewing and Rebel Rebel Wine Bar, all outdoor areas of Somerville’s Bow Market are dog-friendly.

Cambridge Brewing Company
CBC isn’t only one of the original and most respected breweries in Greater Boston; it’s also a full-service pub with a local-food ethos. That extends to dogs, too: Ask your patio server for a complimentary salmon skin snack, made in-house for canine guests.

Castle Island Brewing Company
Bring the fam to Norwood for Castle Island’s summer-long Party in the Parking Lot. The paved paradise is dog- and kid-friendly with plenty on tap, plus an exclusive menu of beer-friendly food from Lombardo’s, including Italian sausage sandwiches, veggie flatbread, and more.

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company
This brewery’s flagship IPA might be called The Cat’s Meow, but their Framingham beer garden is for the dogs. The outdoor area at Exhibit ‘A’ also hosts rotating food trucks.

Idle Hands Craft Ales
Play ball at this Malden brewery—not with your dog, though leashed creatures are welcome in the outdoor beer garden. We meant with one of Idle Hands’ baseball-themed IPAs like Four Seam, Short Season, and Backwards K.

Nightshade Noodle Bar
Here is yet another reason to visit ex-Boston chef Rachel Miller’s Lynn destination: Nightshade’s first-come, first-served patio is pup friendly. Oh, also—the lobster roll.

Night Shift Brewing
While this local beverage company has grown over the years to include a location at Lovejoy Wharf and several seasonal beer gardens, the Night Shift Brewing headquarters is where to go with Fido in tow. Head to the dog-friendly patio in Everett for beers, Hoot Hard Seltzer, and munchies from rotating food trucks.

The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint
Dogs aren’t the only creatures who think bones are a real treat—just look at Boston’s booming barbecue scene. Medford smokehouse The Porch boasts dry-rubbed St. Louis Spare Ribs among its authentic options, and it also has a dog-friendly patio on which to enjoy them.

Short Path Distillery
Another stop on an Everett Fermentation District crawl, Short Path Distillery shakes up a range of creative cocktails with house-made spirits ranging from gin to whiskey, fernet, ouzo, and more. Grab a shaded table on the patio and feel free to bring along your dog (or cat!).

State Park
This Kendall Square bar is a neighborhood mainstay known for beer-and-shot combos, hot chicken sandwiches, and the always-dog-friendly State Park patio.

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