Everybody seems to love summer, and there’s no better season to get outside and enjoy some time in the sun. The weather is hotter, the people seem happier, and even though the year is more than half over, the optimism in the air make it seem like there’s still so much time ahead to make things happen.
Something great about Mainstreet being pet-friendly and focused on sustainability is that it means so many of our buildings are situated along bike paths and in highly-walkable inner city areas. That means that you’re perfectly located near some of the hottest spots to chill at this summer, and there’s no reason to leave your furry friend behind!
So enjoy one of our favourite things about summer: getting outside and checking out the best patios around our MEQ cities. We know it can be challenging to find patios as pet-friendly as our Mainstreet buildings are, so with that in mind (and at the request of our Chief Happiness Officer Zeke the Dog), here’s a list of Zeke’s fave places to sit back and relax during the summer!
Abbotsford, BC: Field House Brewing
This beloved local institution is known for the great suds, great buds, and great vibes that draw humans and dogs alike to this awesome yard-style patio.
Review Excerpt: “This is a fantastic brewery, and I am not just saying that because I am partial to the fox logo. They have a great covered patio that is well heated. It was raining a bit while we were there and it was completely comfortable sitting outside. The staff was all amazing. I was buying a shirt and the employees behind the counter were glad to check on supplies in the back. The whole place was very dog friendly.”
Edmonton, AB: Campio Brewing Company
Becoming an institution since 2018, the great brews that are served here win over locals as much as their water selection impresses the puppers!
Review Excerpt: “A home away from home. Campio is the place to grab a cold pint, hang out, celebrate, and/or chill after work. I have had the pleasure of frequenting this pub numerous times and have yet to experience anything negative. The service is outstanding right from the hosts greeting you when you enter the door, to the servers, bartenders, and managers … Their patio is large, spacious and best of all allows pets. Free parking too. What more could you want? Go check it out!”
Calgary, AB: Cold Garden Beverage Company
From the firepits and the incredible beer to the awesome ability to order your favourite takeout items from other restaurants to your table, this is one of Calgary’s best inner-city doggo-friendly patio yards!
Review Excerpt: “It would have been very hard to not get a 5 star rating considering there is no kitchen and is the only pub in Calgary that allows your furry best friend into the establishment lol. But to be fair, the place has a vibe like no other. The staff know there stuff and are all a type of human being that other could strive for. Plenty of picnic tables, high tops and couches in doors and With outdoor heaters and fire pits (a load of wood runs $10) is sure to help take away winters bite! Tons of art from local artists, literered (sic) all over the walls. Which, I believe everything on the walls are for sale. See all you DogMas and/or Paws for a locally micro-brewed beer!”
Saskatoon, SK: Prairie Sun Brewing Company
Saskatoon evenings should be enjoyed under the Prairie Sun, or at least on the patio under the Prairie Sun sign! They even have a section of their website explaining the simple rules for pets, definitely a welcoming place for some great times!
Review Excerpt: “Big fan! Loved that we could bring our dog on the patio! We also enjoyed the fact that they had other craft brews on tap other than their own. The food was amazing, we shared the jalapeño popper grilled cheese, they even put it on separate plates for us. Next time we come through Saskatoon, we’ll certainly come back :)”
Regina, SK: Pile O’ Bones Brewing Company
The Queen City has some amazing options, including along the Golden Mile, but Pile O’Bones is such a community favorite that we had no choice but to include this awesome place. What’s in a name? Sometimes a lot of thought! Their website tell us, “Locals will immediately recognize our name as Regina’s unofficial nickname. It is an anglicization of the original Cree name for our city, oskana ka-asastēki, (often shortened to Wascana or Oskana).” We love that, too.
Review Excerpt: “Great beer and great food in the same place. It's a small location with a huge emphasis on the beer of course and not only their own but from different breweries in the city, province and Canada. The Malinche restaurant in house just make the experience better whether you want a snack with your beer or a full meal. Salud ????????”
Winnipeg: Stone Angel Brewing Co.
Winnipeg’s famous for so many incredible things, but we still need to add one more thing to the list: having some of the best dog-friendly patios around.
Review Excerpt: “The best place and beer ever”