Where to Take Your Dog to Lunch
Any description of Bend is sure to include craft beer, the great outdoors, and of course, dogs! Bendites love their furry friends so much that the thought of leaving them home seems unimaginable. Luckily, Central Oregon boasts a plethora of bars, restaurants and breweries that have dog-friendly patio areas and throughout the year, you can find Central Oregonians hanging out with their four-legged companions.
“Ten years ago, it wasn’t really a thing to bring your dog to a pub or restaurant, [however] as public places have gotten more dog friendly, it just makes sense,” says Brook Koss, a server at The Blacksmith. “Our downtown patio is small, but if you find some space, it’s a great area for dogs to hang with their humans.”
On any given summer night at places like Atlas Cider’s tasting room, Crux Fermentation Project’s outdoor beer garden or Worthy Brewing’s outdoor eating and performance space, you’ll see plenty of patrons drinking beverages with their pups. The only rules are that dogs need to be well behaved, leashed and cleaned up after.
“There’s not a day that we do not see dogs enjoying their time here with their sidekicks,” says Paul Bergeman, owner and head brewer of Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond. “I think it’s part of the Central Oregon lifestyle to enjoy a beer with your dog.”
Dog-friendly “Yappy Hours”—a set time of the day or special event, complete with food and drink specials, to bring your furry one to the patio—are extremely popular in our area. The Barrel Thief in Bend recently had two appropriately named cocktails for their Yappy Hour—the Bulldog Smash and the Kansas Style Hot Dog—with sales from these drinks going to the Humane Society of Central Oregon.
Even as we head into fall, you’ll see plenty of people with their dogs out for a drink. With seasonal beers, ciders and cocktails released for the autumn season, there’s no better time to snuggle up by a fire pit to enjoy the evening together.