After a rainy morning, we were surprised to step onto Cerebrus Brewing Company’s spacious patio and see each table filled. Out
in the yard, every picnic table held families and friends enjoying the day. On the deck, Yogi the golden doodle welcomed us with a wag—the perfect greeting party.
Yogi’s owners Dave and Elliodt have lived in Colorado Springs for 23 years. They come to Cerebrus once a week, both for the deck and the excellent food and brew offerings. Yogi tags along to meet and greet everyone who stops by his table. The love is mutual: Cerebrus welcomes pups with a fresh bowl of water and biscuits made from spent grain. The lower level of the brewery used to be an animal hospital, and the logo, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to Hades, nods to the building’s history and the staff’s passion.
We stepped inside to snag a table by the two large glass-paned garage doors that open to the umbrella-shaded deck. Within minutes, our waiter Matt wowed us with samples of the house’s Triplici beer and grapefruit-fennel soda. The service only improved from there, and we devoured quinoa, lamb sliders, and asparagus with gusto. Matt described Cerebrus’ enthusiasm for brews, bikes, and best furry friends; the brewery regularly hosts events to tie these three Colorado passions together and supports the neighborhood bike shop and coffee joint. On a busy night, guests may have to linger at the bar before getting a table, but the food, atmosphere, service, and beer are worth the wait.
Yogi’s other recommendations span OCC, Manitou, Monument, Colorado Springs, and even more points west and south.
Pub Dog Colorado, located just outside Old Colorado City, is the Springs’ newest gem. Pub Dog welcomes dogs to a dining room created specifically for them (and separate from patrons who may not be as excited as you are to spend the day with Yogi), a huge warm and inviting patio, and an off leash area. Pub Dog wants your pup to have as great a visit as you do and has designed the entire restaurant around that goal. Come try a signature sandwich or an individual pizza on naan bread and enjoy a gorgeous Colorado summer day; even if the weather does decide to change in an instant, you and your best friend will have plenty to enjoy.
PJ’s Stagecoach Inn in Manitou was established nearly 140 years ago—dogs and visitors alike can expect a tradition focused on foods raised in Colorado and a comfortable atmosphere. Guests and hounds can enjoy live music on the patio with a fresh and delicious taco, fish and chips, or molasses bacon pork chops. With enticing entrees featuring Colorado specialties, like bison vegetable soup and lamb burgers, every visitor is sure to find the perfect meal for an evening on the porch. Keep an eye on Stagecoach Inn’s Facebook for specials like Cajun surf and turf and lamb stew over mashed potatoes.
Smiling Toad Brewery off 8th Street also allows pets inside and out, which is fitting, since they tout “good company and good beer [as] the name of the game.” Smiling Toad strives to be a place for friends—human and otherwise—to gather and share small-batch brews paired with food truck treats. Check out SmilingToadBrewery.com for the weekly food truck line up.
Colorado Springs’ historic Ivywild School is a treasure from 1916. In addition to Bristol Brewery and Pub, the celebrated building includes Old School Bakery, The Principal’s Office, and Axe and the Oak Whiskey. New pupils can savor the aromas and flavors of handmade pastries and bread made fresh everyday. Take your house croissant out to the sun-lit patio to enjoy with an exceptional coffee from The Principal’s Office for a perfect morning. Ivywild features two sensational patios looking out over southern Colorado Springs—any visitor is sure to love the view—and offers a full café menu of irresistible treats like the blackberry blue salad or a fresh and creative cocktail. Start a warm Saturday on one patio and finish it on the other… it’s what Yogi would do.
Monument’s Bistro on 2nd is the picture of summer dining. The considerable patio features a beautiful fire pit surrounded by couches under strands of lights. The kitchen is led by a Colorado native, and the fresh seasonal menu rivals the attraction of the gorgeous setting. This choice is sure to satisfy every two-and four-legged guest. Just up Highway 24, guests at The Wines of Colorado can browse the gift shop, pause in the tasting room, or settle in with a bison burger on the porch overlooking Fountain Creek. Bring your pup and savor a restful afternoon of wine sipping and good conversation. Fluffier pups will appreciate the cool breeze and rustling shade of the pines and willows that line the creek and keep the patio at a comfortable temperature regardless of the weather. Brown Dog Coffee, located in both Salida and Buena Vista, offers homemade café eats and fresh-brewed coffee and espresso treats, provides free wi-fi, and welcomes dogs to outdoor seating with a view. Stop by for a drink and leave with a pound of whole bean coffee roasted in house!
Pueblo’s biggest draw is the Riverwalk, and Brues Alehouse sits right on the water. Strings of lights warmly illuminate the indoor dining area, while Pueblo’s own blue sky warms the stunning patio. Pups and people can dig a stroll along the Riverwalk that culminates in a gourmet burger or decadent desert. Pueblo will offer several festivals this summer; bring your dog for the fun and finish the day at Brues.
Back in Colorado Springs, check out Colorado Mountain Brewery’s two locations. Both have huge outdoor seating areas complete with fireplaces and couches. The menu includes Colorado delights like bison poppers and venison eggrolls to complement a well-rounded beer selection. Staff will happily bring water for the dog and maybe a treat, too. The Highway 24 location makes a perfect stop on the drive back from the mountains, while the Interquest location is ideal for a pre-movie meal before heading to Regal Cinemas. Meander downtown to Poor Richard’s, Tony’s, Ritz Grill, or Wild Goose Meeting House. Poor Richard’s is a complex of pizza, books, coffee, toys, and live entertainment; Tony’s is a dive bar with a reputation as the best neighborhood bar in Colorado Springs. Ritz Grill offers a bistro-style menu and transforms into a nightclub as the sun goes down; Wild Goose Meeting House nourishes a modern vibe and a wall full of books for patrons to enjoy with a glass of wine or cup of coffee. There really is something for everyone—and every dog—downtown.
Old Colorado City rounds out the extensive list of dog-friendly establishments with Thunder and Buttons, TAPAteria, and Pizzeria Rustica. Thunder and Buttons is a “saloon and eatery” named after two elk with a lovely patio under trees that faces Colorado Avenue. Just up the street, TAPAteria’s social atmosphere, excellent wine, and gluten free menu perfect a Friday out with friends. One block over, Pizzeria Rustica’s historic building and patio effortlessly pair with deliciously traditional artisan ingredients straight from Italy.
This summer, take your own Yogi on all the adventures Colorado has to offer; every town you visit will have at least one mouth-
watering location to celebrate the day, the weather, and the dog who shared it all.