Three seasons of the year, you’ll likely find the three of us (Don, Jenny and Twinkie) haunting one of several dog-friendly patios at one of the great restaurants or microbreweries in the downtown area. Nothing beats a laid-back afternoon, drinks and appetizers in hand, dog at our feet, surveying the swirl of activity around the Square. It’s our version of good old-fashioned Porch Sittin’.
Patios that welcome dogs are a must, of course. Also, visitors take note: If there’s a fence/rail around the restaurant’s patio, you can enjoy alcohol outside. No rail? Sorry, no alcohol.
Pressroom. — Not only do we get to dine on some of the most delicious culinary creations in town, but Twinkie gets doted on by all of the staff. We have yet to meet a server or bartender who doesn’t make a beeline to give her some love and attention. Here’s a handy tip from experience – if you bring your dog along, you might want to refrain from sitting in the lounge chairs at the north end of the patio – the low-slung table is just the right height for your pooch to mooch.
Ramo d’Olívo — The vinegar and oil shop and soon-to-open sandwich shop has a really great little wine bar that spills out onto a lovely, ever-expanding garden and patio area. The shop’s owner, Laura, has been working her master gardener magic on the outdoor space. We’re here at least twice a week. I order a glass or two of cabernet, Don orders a pint or two of his favorite local stout or IPA, we share a meat and cheese plate, and Twinkie has come to expect her two biscuits, brought to her with a flourish from James (the manager) and/or Stephanie, who lavishes her with attention. They also have patio space heaters and a basket full of blankets for chilly days. (We just took advantage of them yesterday.)
Bike Rack Brewery — small local microbrewery just a few blocks from us (in the new Arts District) with a great patio area. Dogs are always welcome. Twinkie can’t walk past Bike Rack without turning in to the gated patio – she apparently thinks it’s her home away from home. (What does that say about us, I wonder?) One of our favorite things about it is that it’s attached to Pedaler’s Pub and it’s situated across the street from a couple of food trucks, so you can get some food in your belly to help cushion the beer. We usually sit on Bike Rack’s patio and order a pizza or salad from next door.
Pedaler’s Pub — has excellent, wood-fired, gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. The pizzas are just big enough for two to split without feeling ridiculously full; and if you’re watching your carbs, the entree salads are big and filling. Their patio (in the back) is a great place for dogs to hang out while their owners eat. They have local brews on tap – but you can also order a beer from Bike Rack Brewery next door and bring it over.
Bentonville Brewing Company — (Yes, another brewery – just off the bike trail.) Bentonville Brewing Company is dog-friendly all around. They allow dogs both inside their taproom and out on their patio. It’s a bit further from the B&B for us, a few blocks south of the Square, but the mile-or-so walk is a good way to burn off some of the beer calories and to tire Twinkie out. Erin and Dara and the rest of the crew keep dog biscuits and big vats of water on-hand for dog friends who sidle up to the bar. There’s a stage for live music, and they also have a food-delivery partnership with Blu Fish Market, which is about a block down the street from their space.
Outside of Bentonville, you can find us on the patio at Apple Blossom Brewery in north Fayetteville or the Farmer’s Table in south Fayetteville.
These are just a handful of awesome dog-friendly patios throughout Bentonville and NWA. Once we venture out to find more dog-friendly patios, we’ll add them to our list and you’ll probably find us there, too.
See you on a patio soon!