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DOG FRIENDLY BARS IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN


If you live in (or have visited) Milwaukee, Wisconsin there's no denying that the drinking culture is real. With just as many beer drinkers as there are dog lovers, I've repeatedly been asked the question, "where can I go to grab a drink with my dog?" Look no further. Below is a list of our favorite locations in the Milwaukee area to grab a drink with your hound.


Indoor dog friendly bars in Milwaukee:


1840 Brewing

342 E Ward St., (414) 236-4056

1840 Brewing Company is an urban farmhouse brewery located in the historic Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View. 1840 craft high quality ales, lagers, sours, and stouts with a focus on barrel aging and blending.


Amorphic Brewing

3700 N Fratney St., (414) 485-6705

Beer without shape, engineered through scientific experimentation. Well behaved beings of all species are welcome in the taproom.


Art*Bar 722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880

Enjoy art on the walls, sports on the tube, a billiard table and a colorful aesthetic with your pooch at this popular Riverwest Bar where coffee, alcohol and even art is available for purchase. They have outdoor seating during the summer, but Fido can tag along all year long.


The Backyard 2155 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 751-4087

BYOM! Bring your own meat and grill out on at The Backyard with Fido. One of their claims to fame is the free-to-use grills available in the patio out back. Winter or summer, though, you and your pooch can enjoy this Bay View bar.


Big Head Brewing

6204 W State St., (414) 257-9782

Industrial-style tasting room with a rotating menu of craft brews, plus darts, pinball & cornhole.


Black Husky Brewing 909 E. Locust St., (414) 509-8855

The Riverwest brewery opened in 2016, and its namesake comes from owners Tim and Toni's beloved husky, Howler. Each beer label even features a photo of a dog; the Eichingers have owned 23 dogs total. It's safe to say that dogs aren't just welcomed.


Boone & Crockett / The Cooperage

818 South Water St., (414) 212-8118

Boone & Crockett is Milwaukee’s premier riverside Cocktail Bar and Whiskey Lounge as well as home to Taco Moto. Hearkening to an era past, Boone features award winning Drinks in a welcoming north woods environment.


Broken Bat Brewing Company 231 E. Buffalo St., (414) 316-9197

The baseball-themed brewery and taproom is located in a Third Ward basement. Even though dogs aren't allowed inside Miller Park (except Hank, of course), Fido can still experience the fun and excitement of a baseball game while you sip some tasty, baseball-inspired craft beers and eat peanuts.


Component Brewing 2018 S 1st St #169, (414) 988-0100

Artfully (and scientifically) made craft beer, created with only the most essential ingredients – the “components” of a greater good.


Draft & Vessel

4417 N Oakland Ave., (414) 533-5599

A Shorewood beer bar with charm for days. Like another spot on our list, crowdfunding helped give us this great local joint. Choose from 16 draft lines of rotating flavors to fill your mug or your growler to go. With no TVs, this is a place where good beer and good conversation are top priorities.


Drink Wisconsinbly

320 W Highland Ave., (414) 409-1740

As the unofficial official lifestyle brand of Wisconsin, Drink Wisconsinbly celebrates and preserves our state's culture like no other.


Enlightened Brewing

2020 S Allis St., (414) 239-8950

Established in 2013, Enlightened Brewing Company is located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. Enlightened handcrafts their beer so they can fully appreciate the magic and science of fermentation – and the kind of chemistry that happens when a group sits down to drink it.


Gathering Place Brewing

811 E Vienna Ave., (414) 635-0569

Wednesday’s for the dogs... and their humans too. While your dog hangs out by the water bowl waiting for treats, you’ll get $1 off draft beers between 4 - 8 pm every Wednesday for Yappy Hour.


Lost Valley Cider Company

408 W Florida St., (414) 885-5678

Milwaukee's first hard cider bar, taproom and bottle shop. Featuring over 20 ciders on tap, cider bottles, cider cocktails, beer & wine. Cider to go.


New Barons Brewing

2018 S 1st St #170, (414) 581-3215

Wisconsin's First Co-Op Brewery, New Barons Brewing is a dog-friendly, family-friendly taproom is located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. At New Barons, you own the brewery. It is your outlet to create, discover and influence new ideas. A platform for restless souls who passionately debate as much about what goes in the glass as what goes on around it. Crafting quality beer that is inspired by amazing people.


The Roman Coin 1004 E. Brady St., (414) 278-9334

A solid neighborhood bar with moderately priced drinks and a very pup-friendly attitude. They have a impressive micro brew list, one pool table and plenty of character (as most Brady Street joints do).


Twisted Path Distillery

2018 S 1st St., (414) 405-8900

An organic, grain-to-glass micro-distillery & cocktail lounge. From our organic spirits, to our innovative craft cocktails and the distillery itself, we make everything from scratch.


Keep in mind that there are plenty of establishments in Milwaukee that may not allow dogs indoors, but have a nice patio space outside that are dog-friendly:

The Iron Horse Hotel / The Yard

Colectivo

Café Hollander

Café Benelux

Café Centraal

Centro Café

City Lights Brewing Co.

Eagle Park

Goodkind

Camp Bar

Hacienda Brewing

The Wicked Hop

Third Space Brewing

Lakefront Brewery

Mob Craft Beer


Milwaukee’s beer garden scene is bustling. If you’ve visited any number of the area’s permanent or traveling beer gardens, you’re sure to find folks young and old alike, families with kids and, of course, pups chasing Frisbees and lounging in the sun. Be sure to check out: The Landing at Hoyt Park, Estabrook Park and Depot Beer Garden.​

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