If you’re a dog-lover in Indy, you have to check out these unique dog-friendly eateries.
Did you know there are at least 170 dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and breweries in Indianapolis?! As the pet-parent trend grows, the restaurants in Indy are growing right along with it. More and more of us want to take our sweet pups with us wherever we go. And lucky for you, we’ve found the top 14 dog-friendly places in Indy where you can grab a meal and a drink with your friends, and bring your furbaby along too!
As a dog-friendly city, Indianapolis has a ton of amazing dog parks in addition to a wide variety of eateries that welcome your pups onto their outdoor patios — some will even bring out the red-carpet treatment. But be sure to double-check all locations for any changes due to Covid-19, and take a look at which local restaurants made the cut. And while it would be positively dreamy to bring your pup with you wherever you go, we know that sometimes they have to stay home while you work or travel. But not to worry! The pet parents of Indy are lucky as can be when it comes to professional pet care options. Check out these fantastic local dog walkers, cat sitters, and pet sitters in Indianapolis! But first, it's time to find the perfect treat!
14 of the Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants, Bars, and Breweries in Indianapolis, IN
- Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar
- Metazoa Brewing Co.
- Fire by the Monon
- Bru Burger Bar
- Public Greens
- Rosie’s Place
- Patachou on the Park
- Plump’s Last Shot
- Chatham Tap
- Ralston’s Drafthouse
- La Margarita
- Tibbs Drive-In
- 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar — Broad Ripple
Petite Chou is a quaint little French bistro in Broad Ripple owned by Patachou Inc. It is their “reinvention of the iconic French neighborhood restaurant.” With a beautifully-landscaped outdoor patio, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And your precious pup is just as welcomed as you are! They not only get their own water bowl, but their very own doggy menu with various fun and delicious treats for your best friend.
Metazoa Brewing Co. — Downtown Indy
Metazoa Brewing Co. is a craft brewery whose mission statement is “Drink beer. Help animals.” And this dog-friendly brewery puts their money where their mouth is. Since day one, they have continued to donate 5% of their profits to animal and wildlife organizations. And they actually have their very own dog park! But take note that all humans must be 21+ to hang out at Metazoa Brewing Co.
Fire by the Monon — Broad Ripple
Not only is Fire by the Monon known for their famous “Dirty Mac & Cheese,” but they are also well-known for having an extra pet-friendly patio space specifically for canines and their owners. The servers will make your pooch feel right at home with a bowl of ice-cold water and a variety of doggy treats. Located just half a block off of the Monon Trail. And if your dog is a meat-lover, they’ve been known to serve unseasoned meat to pups upon request.
Bru Burger Bar — Mass Ave.
With additional locations in Noblesville, Carmel, Keystone, Plainfield, Brownsburg, and more, all of Bru Burger Bar’s locations are very dog-friendly. Their Mass Ave. location not only has a patio where your pup can sit with you, but also a small grassy park where he/she can run and play. And their menu won’t disappoint. Bru Burger made the “101 Best Burgers in America” list, as well as being named the “#1 Local Burger” by IndyStar.
Public Greens — Downtown Indy, Broad Ripple, and Keystone
If you love locally-grown fresh foods, and a place to bring your furbaby, this dog-friendly restaurant is the spot for you! Public Greens’ motto is “By Chefs, From Farms.” And a percentage of all their profits go to serving “nutrient-dense, scratch-made meals to children” in their community who don’t get enough meals to eat. This restaurant cares about serving quality meals, helping those in need, and creating an inviting, dog-friendly space for you and your pooch to grab a bite and a drink. What could be better than that?
Rosie’s Place — Zionsville, Carmel, and Noblesville
Now available at all Rosie’s Place locations, during the summer, Rosie provides a Pooch Menu for Pooches on the Patio. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Societies for Hamilton County and Boone County. Your doggy can get a bowl of chicken, bacon, or both, plus a bowl of ice water. And don’t miss out on their pooch bakery treats!
Flatwater — Broad Ripple
With a waterfront deck and live music over the summer, Flatwater is a dog-friendly restaurant that you must absolutely check out! Their peaceful outdoor seating is a great place to grab some food and a drink with your dog-loving friends. Always provided with ice water, your furbaby will love the atmosphere as much as you do.
Patachou on the Park — Downtown Indy
Patachou on the Park is one of 5 locations (not including the other wonderful restaurants also owned by Patachou Inc.). It’s located right across from the State Capitol Building in downtown Indy. And as with all Patachou locations, it is well-known for being a pet-friendly restaurant. Not only do they offer a sophisticated breakfast & lunch menu of French cuisine, but they provide a beautifully relaxing outdoor patio, where you and your pooch can enjoy that weekend brunch together.
Plump’s Last Shot — Broad Ripple
Kids and pups are both welcome on the patio of Plump’s Last Shot. With a wide variety of great burgers, sandwiches, and other pub food — and don’t forget the drinks — this is one of the busiest and best dog-friendly bars in Indianapolis. During the summers, people and their pups flock to Plump’s outdoor patio to relax and enjoy a cold beer in the warm sunshine.
Chatham Tap — Mass Ave., Fishers, and Butler University
With 3 locations around the greater Indianapolis area, Chatham Tap has patios at each that are dog-friendly, as long as your dog is friendly. They have a great, laid back atmosphere. And you can hang out on the patio with a beer, pizza or burger, wings, and some of their famous garlic cheese fries! Or you can even place your order to go from any of their convenient locations.
Ralston’s Drafthouse — Mass Ave.
Ralston’s has a spacious patio that is always dog-friendly. And they’ve even gone to the trouble of “winterizing” their patio, just for you. With a wide variety of food and drink options, everyone is bound to find something they’ll love. Two customer reviews recommend their Goat Cheese & Maple Bacon Burger, and their Breakfast Tacos. If you want to try some unique food and your itching to take your pup somewhere in the winter, Ralston’s is the place for you.
La Margarita — Fountain Square
Craft beers and authentic Mexican food — what else could you ask for? If your answer was a dog-friendly patio, La Margarita’s has that too! You can enjoy some tequila, burritos, and live music with your furbaby right at your side.
Tibbs Drive-In — West Indy
As the last standing drive-in theatre in Indianapolis proper, Tibbs Drive-In has been family-owned and operated by their newest owners since 2019, with four movie screens to choose from. It was originally opened with just one movie screen back in 1967 by the well-known United Artist Theatres. Their concession stand provides burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and all of your favorite movie theatre drinks and snacks. Although they don’t offer any doggy snacks, pets are more than welcome to watch the movie with you in your car. So kick back, relax, and enjoy a night out with your best friend.
16-Bit Bar + Arcade — Downtown Indy
With ½ off beer on Sundays, and to-go cans every day, you have to check out this unique arcade just for adults (and their dogs, of course)! They have 50+ old school arcade games, craft beer and cocktails, and a lively, dog-friendly atmosphere that will make you want to book all your events with 16-Bit Bar + Arcade. You must be 21+ to visit, but dogs of all ages are welcome to hang out with you while you try to beat the highest score.
Indianapolis Must Love Dogs
With this many amazing dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and breweries in Indianapolis, it’s obvious that it’s a dog-loving city! Now that we’ve given you a list of our favorites, it’s time to call up your friends, pick up your pups, and check them all out. The big question is, which one will you try first?