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Hang Out with Your Pup at These Dog-Friendly Patios in Boston

Because there's no better companion for the dog days of summer.

Photo for the Automatic by Andrew Katz.

Don’t leave your doggo all by him- or herself this summer. Instead, bring fluffy friends along for fun in the sun at one of these dog-friendly patios in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and beyond. For dinner or drinks, from taprooms to delis, Spot is welcome at these local spots.

Area Four

Turns out you can enjoy Massachusetts’ most presidential pizza (really, Obama himself has eaten here) with your pup by your side. Both the pizzeria’s Boston and Cambridge locations have dog-friendly decks.

500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-758-4444, 264 East Berkeley St., Boston, 857-317-4805, areafour.com.

Photo for the Automatic by Andrew Katz.

Photo for the Automatic by Andrew Katz.

The Automatic Food & Drink

The Automatic’s laidback vibes make it a perfect spot to chill with your friends and pets. Classic cocktails, a vintage vinyl soundtrack, and binge-worthy bar snacks set the scene for one of Cambridge’s favorite new neighborhood locales. Their Instagram is packed with cute dogs loving the bar life—“Some might even call us the ‘ruffest’ bar in town,” says assistant general manager Sam Friedman.

50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-714-5226, theautomaticbar.com.

Photo for Bar Boulud by Leise Jones.

Photo for Bar Boulud by Leise Jones.

Bar Boulud

The patio at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s signature restaurant is about as pet-welcoming as they come. Last month, it hosted a pupper-specific al fresco dining event called Bark Boulud, complete with a doggy menu and props like mustaches and berets for Francophile puppy photo ops.

776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800, mandarinoriental.com.

The Bar By The Elevator

Brought to you by the team behind State Park and Mameleh’s, the Bar By The Elevator is the restaurant group’s new tropical themed venture at One Kendall Square. There is rosé on draft, an exclusive hot-dog menu, and more—and fluffy friends are welcome.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, thebarbytheelevator.com.

Bronwyn

Admit it, anyone who doesn’t want to nosh on a Brondog with their dog is probably the wurst. Say prost to the fact that your pet can join you in this cool German biergarten.

255 Washington St., Somerville, 617-776-9900, bronwynrestaurant.com.

Clink at the Liberty Hotel

It’s “yappier hour” from 5:30-8 p.m. every Monday-Wednesday at this hotel bar, with cocktails and a snack menu available on the Clink yard. Note: Four-legged friends are encouraged to dress to impress.

215 Charles St., Boston, 617.224.4000, libertyhotel.com.

Cambridge Brewing Company

This classic outdoor area offers ample dog-friendly dining, plus a new, drinks-only standing area, dubbed the “SwigPen,” for those afternoons and evenings when the house-brewed beers call your name.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-494-1994, cambridgebrewingcompany.com.

Coppa

This perennial favorite will win your heart with creative Italian small plates you didn’t know you were craving. Try the signature Italian grinder stuffed with salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone, and pickled cherry peppers—but be prepared to be greeted with begging, puppy dog eyes.

253 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.

Photo for Daddy Jones Bar by Andrew Hobbs.

Photo for Daddy Jones Bar by Andrew Hobbs.

Daddy Jones Bar

Greek food and ’80s cocktails—some places really can do it all. Craving chicken souvlaki and a Harvey Wallbanger—and on puppy-sitting duty? You got it.

525 Medford St, Somerville, 617-690-9095, daddyjonesbar.com.

Dorchester Brewing Company

Boston’s first contract brewery offers facilities for regional craft brewers to grow their businesses. To get a taste of the magic brewing at DBCo., stop by the taproom for a tasting flight or a full pour, which can also be sipped on their dog-friendly patio. The spot even hosts regular “yappy hours.” 

Dorchester Brewing Company, 1246 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester, dorchesterbrewing.com.

The Frogmore

The Southern hospitality inspired by this eatery’s Carolina cuisine extends not just to human customers, but also to their four-legged friends. Sip on she crab soup, snack on fried green tomatoes, and try one of their craft beers on tap—this Jamaica Plain restaurant might as well be called the “Dogmore” thanks to its canine-friendly outdoor seating situation.

365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, 857-203-9462, thefrogmore.com.

Photo provided by Loyal Nine

Photo provided by Loyal Nine

Loyal Nine

There are dog-friendly restaurant patios serving up cuisine beyond barbecue and house-brewed beer, and Loyal Nine is one of them. The menu here is different for sure, featuring eats like poached Rhode Island squid on the dinner menu and a lobster popover at brunch.

660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-945-2576, loyalninecambridge.com.

Mamaleh’s Delicatessen

This new-ish Jewish deli offers all the classic staples, from potato latkes to noodle kugel. Enjoy the ultimate brunch with a wide range of house-made breads and bagels—outdoors, with your dog by your side.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-958-3354, mamalehs.com.

Photo for Night Shift Brewing by Tim Oxton.

Photo for Night Shift Brewing by Tim Oxton.

Night Shift Brewing Co.

This Everett craft brewery is a huge production—it has a 30,000 square feet of space, featuring a couple considerably sizable taprooms. Choose from one of the 20-something beers on tap, and take it outside to sip with your pup.

87 Santilli Highway, Everett, 617-294-4233, nightshiftbrewing.com.

Catie's Cooler—and a fluffy, stuffed Catie Copley lookalike—at Oak Long Bar

Photo provided by Oak Long Bar.

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

This summer, the Fairmont Copley Plaza’s hotel bar pays homage to Boston’s ultimate patio dog, Catie Copley. Catie’s Cooler is on the summer drink menu through July, which means there’s plenty of time to sip one (or a few) on the dog-friendly patio.

138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-585-7222, oaklongbarkitchen.com.

Short Path Distillery

This small-batch distillery has a tasting room open Thursday-Sunday that offers sampling, a cocktail list, and bottle sales. Savor their hand-crafted spirits outside with your pup.

71 Kelvin St., Everett; 857-417-2396, shortpathdistillery.com.

State Park

The all-American eatery and dive-ish at One Kendall Square is heralded for its creative and delicious takes on classic comfort foods, and of course its satisfying beer list and cocktails. Now you know that your dog can join you for the fun.

One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-848-4355, statepark.is.

The Table at Season to Taste

This restaurant from the Season to Taste Catering and chef Carl Dooley is the ultimate choice in prix-fixe dining, but for nights when you have Fluffy with you, order a la carte. The new, eight-seat patio on Massachusetts Ave. welcomes walk-in guests, and leashed dogs.

2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-871-9468, cambridgetable.com.

Toro Boston

This South End tapas joint serves up Barcelona-inspired small plates made with locally sourced ingredients—it’s a dog-friendly must-visit.

1704 Washington St., Boston, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The new open-air beer garden on the Greenway is the perfect spot to chill with your pets and friends on a summer night. The Wednesday-Sunday Garden offers eight rotating beers and three wines on tap.

Across from Rowes Wharf, 617-453-8745, trilliumbrewing.com.

Photo by Jacqueline Cain.

Turtle Swamp Brewing

While this new brewery builds out a full-fledged tasting room, it offers a welcoming seating area outside a funky refurbished garage. Stay for a while and enjoy the laid-back vibes (and many puppy patrons) over some Jamaica Plain-brewed beer.

3377 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston, 617-522-0030, turtleswampbrewing.com.


Alex Erdekian Alex Erdekian, Digital Intern at Boston Magazine aerdekian@bostonmagazine.com