The Winners!

The results are in! You voted on the best places in Cleveland for dog lovers, and we have the winners. Although there were a few surprises, in most cases, the places that are most involved in the dog community, with events and promotions aimed at dog lovers, ended up winning out.

The awards had a great response, so thank you to everyone who voted. I love how much the Cleveland dog community has grown and I am excited to see some local businesses that have really embraced dog lovers and gotten involved in the community receiving recognition.

So, without further ado, here are the winners:

Best Dog Park – Lakewood Dog Park

Lakewood Dog Park has always had a strong connection to the west-side dog community, so it’s not surprising to see it take the top spot. Although not technically a dog park, Edgewater Beach got a lot of votes as well, making it a close second. Read our dog park tour of Lakewood Dog Park here:

Photo courtesy of the Lakewood Dog Park Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of the Lakewood Dog Park Facebook page.


Best Patio – Luxe

Cleveland has a lot of great dog-friendly patios, so it’s not easy to just pick one. I think Luxe takes the top prize, not only because they do a dog-friendly “Bow Wow Brunch” every Sunday during the summer, but also because it’s just a really pretty patio, and it’s just nice when dogs are allowed on a patio that is one of the best in Cleveland. Visit their website here:

Photo courtesy of the Luxe Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of the Luxe Facebook page.


Best Hike-  Rocky River Reservation

This was a tough call, as many people just put “Metroparks” or “Cuyahoga Valley National Park” as their answer. I guess I should’ve been more specific about naming trails or specific areas. Rocky River Reservation got the most votes for a specific part of the Metroparks, so it is the winner. With the Fort Hill stairs and the dog-friendly nature center, the North Olmsted part of the trail is one of Hunter, Roscoe and I’s favorite.

At the Rocky River Reservation, Berea Falls Scenic Overlook
At the Rocky River Reservation, Berea Falls Scenic Overlook


Best Dog-Friendly Brewery – Terrestrial Brewing Co.

It was a close call between Terrestrial and Sibling Revelry Brewing in Westlake. But with its numerous dog-friendly events, dog bowl promotions and generally being known as a place to bring dogs of any size, Terrestrial took the top spot for dog-friendly brewery. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with all of the dog events they host:

Photo courtesy of the Terrestrial Brewing Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of the Terrestrial Brewing Facebook page.


Best Dog-Friendly Store – Milo & Me

Happy to see Milo & Me take the top spot as this new business venture is really picking up a following among dog and fashion lovers in Cleveland. Jessica, the owner, hosts a lot of fun dog-events so this is definitely a top store for CLE dog lovers to visit. Follow on Facebook to find out about events :

Photo courtesy of the Milo and Me Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of the Milo and Me Facebook page.


Best Day Care – TIE -Camp Bow Wow and Inn the Doghouse

This tie is probably more indicative of where people live than anything else. Since people tend to pick daycares close to where they live, the answers can really vary for what is the best. Camp Bow Wow has a lot of locations around the city (Strongsville and Westlake got the most votes individually), and Inn the Doghouse is located in Lakewood and just opened a location in Mentor. Check them out at and

Photo courtesy of Camp Bow Wow Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Camp Bow Wow Facebook page.


Best Trainer – Fortunate Fido

I was happy to see Fortunate Fido win as I have taken Hunter there for several classes and love all of the trainers there. Fortunate Fido does a lot of fun classes, including Rally, Parkour and Scent Games. Hunter got his therapy dog certification done through them and is now taking Rally. See their upcoming classes at:

Photo courtesy of Fortunate Fido Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Fortunate Fido Facebook page.


Best Photographer – Greg Murray Photographer

An active member of the Cleveland dog community and pit bull advocate, it was no surprise to see Greg top the list. You may know him from his Peanut Butter Dogs book which gained national attention in 2017. Greg is not only a great photographer and a genuine dog lover, but just a really nice person overall. Check out his website at

Greg's book, Peanut Butter Dogs.
Greg’s book, Peanut Butter Dogs.


Best Local Dog Instagram – Sweet Life of Rudy

Ok, so this one was funny. I really didn’t know what to expect, but since I love IG so much so I wanted to see what accounts others love. Pretty much everyone just voted for their own dog’s account (which hey, I would’ve done the same, no judgement), so there wasn’t a big standout winner. Sweet Life of Rudy did get the most votes, followed closely by Disco the House Elf. Give them a follow! @SweetLifeofRudy and @Disco.the.House.Elf

rudyWhat CLE needs – Indoor space for dogs

I kind of figured this would be the answer, but always like to hear what other people think we need Cleveland. I totally agree we need more indoor spaces to take dogs during the winter. We live in a city with winter for six months, how do we not have an indoor park or activity center for dogs? CLE Run, which I recently wrote about, is the closest we have for now. Read about them here:


Cover image photo collage: Soza Fitness and Wellness (middle left), Rescue Village (middle right)

Dog-Friendly Spotlight: Banter Beer and Wine

Shhhh don’t tell anyone, but one of the best patios you probably haven’t been to yet is Banter Beer and Wine in the Detroit Shoreway area. As much as I’d like to keep it a hidden secret, I couldn’t keep such a great spot from all my fellow Cleveland dog lovers!

Banter was already one of my favorite spots in Cleveland, because, really, who doesn’t love poutine?? So I was extra excited to learn they have a dog-friendly patio. Tucked away behind the restaurant, the patio is surrounded by plants and has a casual, peaceful vibe that makes it a great spot to relax and grab a bite with your dog.

The patio is also spacious enough to bring dogs of all sizes. I brought both of my dogs and my friends brought their dog too, a pit bull, so that tells you how much room there is on the patio. Large picnic tables line both sides of the patio, so I guess on a more crowded day you may have to share space with others. It’s casual enough though that it shouldn’t be an issue (depending on your dog’s personality). I often don’t bring Roscoe to patios because I don’t want him to be forced to interact with people or dogs (since he is very shy), but based on the size of the patio and the fact it wasn’t crowded, he was ok.

Where’s my poutine?

Final bark: 4 out of 5. Since the large patio tables might mean you have to share space, I can’t give it a perfect score. Pretty close though!

The Details:

7320 Detroit Ave, Cleveland

11 am to 12 am Monday through Thursday
11 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday, 12 to 8 pm Sunday

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Platform Beer Co.

So I think it’s about time I turn the reins over to the ultimate dog friendly patio enthusiast, my dog Hunter, for the regular Dog Friendly Spotlight series. Who would know better than a dog what a dog enjoys when he goes a patio? So from now on all DFS posts will be contributed by Hunter (with special appearances by his brother Roscoe as well).

Before we get into the review though, I’d like to introduce you to the author.

hunter beach
He chose this picture.


Hunter Boo Barkley was born Aug. 17, 2011. He lived the first few months of his life with someone else, but became a part of my family on March 18, 2012. As a puppy, Hunter was just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen and he has carried that cuteness with him through his adolescence. Hunter loves everyone he meets (except the mail carrier and the UPS delivery person) and will go out of his way to stay hi to every stranger he sees. When he’s not hitting up patios around Cleveland, Hunter enjoys sitting at the window and keeping watch of the neighborhood, eating bully sticks as fast as dogly possibly, rolling around in grass and snuggling with his brother, Roscoe.

Hunter is especially excited to contribute to this month’s Dog Friendly Spotlight: Platform Beer Co., one of the most dog friendly bars in Cleveland! Take it away Hunter!


My mom takes me to a lot of patios, but I don’t mind, I know that people like to see me. Sometimes though, I don’t get as much attention as I’d like or there aren’t a lot of other dogs there for me to sniff. In my book, a good patio is one that knows that I am the star and lets me get out and see my dawgs.

Sniff circle.
Sniff circle.


As soon as we walked up to the Platform patio (my mom wanted me to add that there’s a patio entrance next to Platform’s front door, so you don’t have to walk through the bar. Whatevs), I knew I was going to like this joint. There were four other dogs there and one was even off leash! What a cool dude. (Side note: I know I like to run, but I would come back Mom! Let me off leash!)


Patio entrance
Patio entrance


Anyways, so these dogs were really cool and we got to play a little bit and got some quality sniffing time in. It was pretty hot that night too, so luckily there were a few water bowls around the patio for me and my dawgs. I could really spread my paws out too. I don’t really love it when I have to be cramped under a table or have to move out of people’s way. It’s like people don’t understand how important I am sometimes… I don’t get it.

This patio had it all — lots of things to smell, I met some new dog friends and I got lots of attention. What more could a dawg ask for? (Some treats would be good, hint hint).

Final bark: This one gets five (out of five) dog biscuits. If you haven’t taken your dog there yet, you might want to ask yourself – do I really love him? Just kidding guys. My bro Rosky just told me some dogs don’t like patios. Crazy huh? Hope to see you out in the CLE!

The details:
Platform Beer Co.
4125 Lorain Ave. (North on W. 41st exit off I-90. Located on corner of Lorain and w. 41st.)

Mon: 3pm – close*
Tues: 3pm – close*
Wed: 3pm – close*
Thur: 3pm – close*
Fri: 3pm – 2am
Sat: 10am – 2am
Sun: closed

(From the website: *We will close when appropriate each night. Last call will be 15-20 minutes before closing each night.)

Note from Mom: As with most public places that are not dog parks, it is probably best to keep your dog on leash. During our visit, the dog that was off leash was a small, older dog who occasionally walked around, but wasn’t bothering anyone. I wouldn’t take Hunter off leash in a public (non-dog park) setting and I imagine plenty of other dogs would not do well with this as well. As always, the key to a good patio experience is to know your dog and be respectful of those around you, dogs and humans.

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Edison’s

(Update 5/2017 – dogs are no longer allowed inside at Edison’s. They are still welcome on the patio).

Reason number 8,978 why I’m not a fan of the winter:  there are so few options for places to take your dog.  During the summer months I can take Hunter to one of the dozens of dog friendly patios across the city to grab a drink and a bite to eat. But during the winter months the list of places shrinks down significantly.

There are a couple of options for those of us who like to get our dogs out during the winter. This past weekend I took Hunter to Edison’s in Tremont to enjoy some beer and pizza (just beer for him. Just kidding! He was bummed to not get either). Edison’s is one of the most dog friendly bars in Cleveland. I don’t think I’ve ever been there and not seen at least one dog. This past weekend there were two other dogs when we arrived, including a very large dog hanging out in the back room (dogs of all sizes are welcome!).

In general, I am more comfortable taking Hunter to a patio than inside a bar, but Edison’s is so dog friendly I don’t even really think about it when I am there. I do keep a few things in mind though to make the experience enjoyable for both Hunter and the people around me:

  • Go early – Things can get a little crazy and hectic at bars as the night goes on. Anytime I take Hunter to a bar, we go on the earlier side when I know it’ll be less crowded. As social as your dog may be, once things start getting too crowded it really won’t be enjoyable for him or her.
  • Know your dog – Being inside in a smaller space with other dogs can lead to problems. Know your dog and his limits. Generally an indoor bar setting is going to be best for a calm, laid back dog that isn’t people or dog reactive. Hunter can be a little of both, so I play it by ear with him and try to keep him out of other people’s way. I know with him it’s just going to him begging for attention, not barking or biting at people, so that’s easier to manage than some issues.
  • Take a walk before – In addition to taking a walk beforehand to have him or her do his business, it’s always a good idea to work off some energy before going and sitting at a bar.

Here are some other options if you’re looking to get out with your dog for a drink this winter:

Flying Monkey 819 Jefferson Ave., Tremont,
Barking Spider 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland
Bier Markt / Barcento 1948 W. 25th Street, Ohio City
NanoBrew 1859 W 25th St. Ohio City

Do you take your dog out to bars during the winter? What is your favorite place?