Dog Friendly City

Indy welcomes all, even if you’re a four-legged canine! Your pet will be thanking you once you take a look at all the dog-friendly adventures Indianapolis has to offer. You won’t find a better city to share with your furry friend.

 


Puppy (and People) Chow

Here are some of our favorite places to pamper your pooch in Indy. From restaurants, breweries, and spots specifically for our four-legged friends, you're sure to find somewhere to make memories with your pup.

 

Metazoa Brewing Co.

This craft brewery in the heart of Indianapolis that donates 5% of its profits to animal and wildlife organizations. The tap room is a large, pet-friendly space with garage doors that open onto ample patio space with picnic tables and an unbeatable skyline view. Enjoy the spacious, newly opened Puppy Park next to the brewery while you sip your craft beers. 

Locally Grown Gardens

The menu changes with the seasons to offer the freshest meals possible. Don't leave without a slice of sugar cream pie to share with your tail-wagger. 

Fountain Square Brewing Co.

Tucked into a quiet, residential neighborhood on the southeast side of Indianapolis, Fountain Square Brewing Co. has been serving an ever-changing selection of craft beer since 2011. Their industrial-style taproom with a laid-back feel combines community with local artists, musicians, and of course, craft beer – guaranteed to make your dog roll over.

Flat12 Bierwerks

Their sustainable success is attributable to their passion for offering high-quality, unique, and enjoyable beers for all palates. Ranked as one of the “Best Dog-Friendly Bars in Indianapolis,” according to Yelp.

Petite Chou

This ideal French-inspired neighborhood restaurant offers a champagne bar and classic bistro fare including the ever-so-popular sweet crepes or broken yolk sandwiches. The food is so good you may have to let your dog lick your plate clean! They won't have to, though, as each visiting pup gets a decadant menu with a variety of doggy treat options. 

Flatwater Restaurant

With a large patio deck overlooking the peaceful Broad Ripple canal, this restaurant promises a good place to kick back and relax with a wide-selection of beers and entrees. Not to mention the prime sunbathing spots available for your furry friends.  

Fire by the Monon

With an emphasis on preparing entrees over an open flame using indigenous hard woods and fruitwood, diners appreciate the unique flavors that this classic American fare menu provides. This charming red building tucked away in the Broad Ripple neighborhood opens its doors to diners for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

West Fork Whiskey Co. 

This Indy whiskey must-try is two miles from Monument Circle, nested in the Kennedy-King neighborhood. Bring along your dog as you experience tours, tasting flights, and a number of seasonal hand-crafted cocktails in an industrial-chic setting.

Food Trucks on Georgia Street

Who let the food trucks out? This hot, foodie trend of rolling restaurants has hit Indy in a big way with food trucks cruising all over the city. Every day you can find a variety of vendors on the streets offering everything from panzanella salad and jerk chicken to tacos, pizza, and cupcakes. Grab a leash and walk over to get your favorite grub. Keep your eyes open for Bark Truck, the mobile solution to your pup's treat and supply needs.

Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery

Hotel Tango is the first service-disabled, combat veteran-owned distillery in the nation and the first artisan distillery in Indianapolis since Prohibition. Located in the historic Fletcher Place neighborhood, they serve craft cocktails made exclusively with their spirits. Give your precious pooch a historic outing they’ll never forget!

City Dogs Grocery

A grocery store strictly for dogs! Their mission is to make sure all pets are cared for with the quality products and service that all furry friends deserve!

Ralston’s Drafthouse

One of the best pet-friendly restaurants to grace the pulsating Mass Ave neighborhood, Ralston’s provides great outdoor patio space perfect for people watching (or as your pup would say, dog watching) and a long list of unique food and drink options.

Burgerhaus

Burgerhaus is a small business venture of father-son team Jon and Evan Costas from Valparaiso, Indiana. Their quest was to take a great American tradition – the hamburger—and make it international. And they’re allowing dogs to be a part of that mission!

La Margarita

Tequilas and mezcals are perfectly paired with large portions of Mexican burritos and enchiladas. Summer days keep La Margarita’s patio packed as diners listen to live music and dogs bathe in the sun.

Café Patachou

Café Patachou is more than a neighborhood restaurant; it’s been a local institution since 1989. A “student union for adults,” each location of Cafe Patachou is beloved by all: students and stroller parents, hipsters and millennials, bedheads and flea-bags!

BRICS

Nestled inside the historic Monon Railway Station, this ice cream shop offers over 40 hand-dipped flavors, fair trade coffee and teas, or hot chocolate during the winter. BRICS backs up to the Monon Trail, Indy's rail to trail that remains one of the busiest in the nation, therefore you'll be sharing your ice cream experience with lots of runners, dog walkers, cyclists, and rollerbladers.

Ember Urban Eatery

Ember is a quaint, 60-seat restaurant serving a variety of menu items. It is American fare, plated nicely and well-priced. Most of all, it is a place where you and your pets will feel at home. Located on the Cultural Trail, it offers a great view of downtown and outdoor dining is popular in the warmer months.

The District Tap

The District Tap is where American bistro cuisine is served in a casually upscale setting alongside a staggering 60 beers on tap, live music, darts, shuffleboard, a pet-friendly atmosphere, and more.

Three Dog Bakery

The world's first bakery for dogs opened in 1989 and specializes in all-natural treats made from scratch for healthier, happier pets. With two locations: Downtown and Broad Ripple.

Shoefly Public House

Located in a circa-1910 building that was once a drugstore, Shoefly offers approachable modern food in a homey atmosphere. Partly because you don’t have to leave your pets at home, but mostly because the food is to die for! Shoefly is a unique gathering place with international flavors and a seasonally-changing menu featuring locally-produced products and seafood from sustainable sources.

 


Playtime at the Parks

Indy is home to a plethora of dazzling parks and greenspaces. There's no shortage of local destinations to walk the dog - or have the dog walk you (we know how it usually goes). 

 

White River State Park

White River State Park offers more than 250 acres of green space filled with an array of cultural attractions, public art, and entertainment. Explore the park by bike, Segway, or your own two feet as you go door-to-door at some of Indy’s finest attractions including the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions, Indiana State Museum, and Victory Field.

Garfield Park

Located on Indy’s near south side, Garfield Park is a relaxing retreat and every green thumb’s dream. This 136-acre park is home to gardening demonstrations, flower shows, and the Garfield Park Conservatory, which houses 10,000 square feet of plants from the world’s tropics.
 

Broad Ripple Dog Park

Your pet will thank you for the off-leash exercise they'll get at this fenced dog park. Dog park use requires a Pooch Pass which can be purchased at the Broad Ripple Park Office at 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue. Must show proof of parvo, rabies, distemper, and bordetella vaccinations when purchasing the pass.
 

Holliday Park 

Explore nature at this 94-acre park as you hike the 3.5 miles of trail along the banks of the White River. Meanwhile, look down at your side to see your favorite canine experiencing it with you. A major restoration of the mystical ruins that greet visitors to the park has made an already family-friendly park more enchanting than ever.

Eagle Creek Park

At 3,900 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water, Eagle Creek Park is one of the nation's largest city parks. Trails beckon hikers and dog-walkers, the lake welcomes fishermen and sailors, and picnic benches encourage relaxing meals in the great outdoors. Canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pontoons, and pedal boats are available for rent.
 

Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park

Part of the expansive Newfields campus, this stunning public outdoor space combines two of our favorite things - art and dogs. Does you dog have a bone to pick? They will go crazy over Funky Bones, just one of the larger-than-life sculptures adorning this park. Or, head up the Canal Towpath trail to Butler University Holcomb Gardens. Who knows - you may run into Indy's most famous dog, Trip (Butler Blue III)!

 

Wagging-Tail-Worthy Events 

These dog-centric events in the city are sure to provide an unforgettable outing for you and your pup! Join other dog-owners who love their canines as much as you do - well, almost as much. 

 

Yappy Hour at White River State Park

Thursday, August 22, 6-8:30 pm | Thursday, September 26, 6-8:30 pm

White River State Park and RadioNow are kicking off the summer with a brand new event series, Yappy Hour! Each month, come for a night consisting of tail wagging and cocktails! Enjoy a night of food, adult beverages, and plenty of pet-friendly vendors!

Ales for Adoptable Tails

Saturday, August 24, 12-3 pm

Indy’s favorite dog-and-suds event, Ales for Adoptable Tails, will return to the historic Indianapolis City Market. Hosted by the Indianapolis City Market & Tomlinson Tap Room, Ales for Adoptable Tails is a benefit IndyHumane that brings together some of the Midwest’s greatest brewers for an event like no other.

Bark in the Park

Tuesday, August 27, 7:05 pm 

Bark in the Park is back at Victory Field as the Indians host dog-friendly events in 2019-2020. Don't miss this unique and fun experience, where dogs and their owners get the chance to enjoy the game from the right field lawn. Dog packages (one human ticket and one dog ticket) are only $22.

Doggy Dips & Drinks 

Sunday, September 14, 1 pm 

The last dip in the Mordoh Zero-Depth Pool at the Jewish Community Center goes to the dogs! Buy drinks and play with your dogs to close out the summer. Open the all! In partnership with IndyHumane, who will receive half of the event’s proceeds and will be at the event with adoptable dogs.

Great Indy Pet Expo

Friday, November 9-10, 10 am-4 pm

The Great Indy Pet Expo welcomes anyone who loves animals and pets. Whether you're a current pet owner or just thinking about bringing a companion animal into your home, the Great Indy Pet Expo is for you! It's a great event for family entertainment, including free contests and the largest pet-related trade show in the state. It's a must for your holiday shopping list! All pets are welcome!

Mutt Strut

Saturday, April 25, 2020 

It’s the greatest spectacle in dog walking! Mutt Strut is a one-of-a-kind event for pets of all shapes and sizes! Join the over 3,000 people and 4,000 pets who attend Mutt Strut each year from across Indiana. Walk the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway track and kiss the bricks while supporting IndyHumane.

Yappy Hour at Conner’s Kitchen + Bar at Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

Every Sunday

Yappy Hour is back every Sunday! Bring your four-pawed best friend and relax on our patio every Sunday from 7am-4 pm! Enjoy endless options from our delicious brunch menu while doggo munches on some free treats from Three Dog Bakery.

 




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