Calgary is a city full of pet loving, outdoor enthusiasts. With over 150 off-leash parks and 800 km of pathways, Calgarians like to get out and explore with their dogs in tow. Luckily, this beautiful city is also a host to an ever-growing list of pet-friendly patios and places to provide a break from the excitement.
We have assembled a list of the hottest pet-friendly Calgary destinations for pet lovers to check out in the 2018 season. While we have contacted these businesses to verify their pet-friendly status (March of 2018), rules are subject to change without notice. We encourage everyone to double check before heading down with pets. Please follow the rules so we can ensure that these pet-friendly places remain open to pets. If you’re looking for a ride to get there, Calgary Transit offers free rides for dogs provided they are accompanied and on a leash.
The Garage Sports Bar – Eau Claire Market 195, 200 Barclay Parade SW Open 7 days a week!
Nestled between downtown and the Bow River, Eau Claire is one of Calgary’s most popular neighbourhoods. Just steps from the Bow River Pathway and Prince’s Island Park, The Garage hosts a pet-friendly patio, great for pre or post-walk pit stops. Pooches are served fresh water and offered comfy beds and treats while they rest up for more exploring.
Rules: Dogs must be friendly, and well socialized. Up to 5 dogs are allowed at a time, depending on size.
Cold Garden – 1100 11 Street SE Closed Mondays
Cold Garden brings a casual and eclectic vibe to the community and offers the most unique, indoor pet-friendly space in Calgary. The brewery/warehouse setting feels a lot like your neighbourhood garage hangout space with old friends and new acquaintances. One visit, and it will be on your list of regular hot spots for Calgary.
Rules: As stated in their own words “Cold Garden Rules: Alberta Health Services has graciously agreed to push the boundaries with us in the fight for desegregation of human and canine. Please be responsible and follow our three house rules. 1. No dogs on the furniture. 2. Clean up your pup’s mess. 3. Leash up and keep it tight.”
Regal Cat Café – 303 10 Street NW Open 7 days a week!
Boasting of Cats, Cuddles and Coffee, this one hasn’t gone to the dogs. On one side, a fully operational café, the other, Kitty Kingdom. Visitors with allergies do not need to worry. Cats are housed in a separate area with its own ventilation system, but you can still admire the Kitty Kingdom from the main café. Although the café is not open to outside pets, guests can schedule appointments to visit with adoptable MEOW Foundation cats.
Rules: To visit with the cats, reservations are highly recommended as space books up quickly and can be made online through their website. Guests are limited to 16 at a time and only 4 walk-in spaces are provided. Cost is $10 per 45-minute time slot.
Caffee Beano – 1613 9 Street SW Open 7 days a week!
Voted as ‘Calgary’s Best Coffee’ we are going to give them another title as our favorite pet-friendly coffee spot. Tucked just off 17th Ave, Caffee Beano offers a sunny spot to grab a snack or your morning cuppa joe while taking the dog for a walk. Their menu has dog-safe items, just ask, to double check which ones.
The Vin Room – 2310 4th Street SW Open 7 days a week!
The Vin Room West – 8561 8A Ave SW Open 7 days a week!
Vin Room YYC Airport – International Airport, Calgary Open 7 days a week, starting at 6 am!
People-Wine-Explore-Discover- and Dogs. A “must visit” place for every wine enthusiast. The Vin Room proudly offers a setting for people to explore a collection of wines and you can bring Fido. All three locations are dog-friendly. They offer complimentary dog beds, hydration amenities station, and house-made dog treats. They are even working on new special menu items for dogs, for the 2018 season. Vin loves wine and dogs!
The Airport location is post-security for international departures, inside the airport. There is an indoor patio area that allows dogs and is the only Airport restaurant that has a dog-friendly patio.
Rules: Please visit their website for a complete list of rules. Owners must follow Calgary’s Responsible Pet Ownership By-law. Pets must be on a leash, friendly, well behaved, licensed and fully vaccinated.
Bookers BBQ & Crab Shack – 316 3 Street SE
Serving Calgarians for 20 years, Bookers cooks up southern cooking, BBQ, and seafood. The general manager and dog lover tells us their patio has space for dogs, too. Water bowls are provided and puppy swag (when available). There are also special hooks so the human guests can hang the leash up so they can use two hands for cracking through tasty crab.
Rules: Dogs must be friendly and on a leash per City of Calgary bylaw standards.
Starbucks– Various Locations
While each location varies, only the best, pet-friendly baristas know how to make a “puppacinno”.
Tim Hortons – Various Locations
Pet-friendly locations set aside plain Timbits for well-behaved passengers at some select location’s Drive-Thrus.
Dairy Queen – 6060 Memorial Drive, Bay 22
This specific location’s manager must be a true dog lover. They always have “Puppy Cones” on their secret menu, offered to dogs only.