Sacramento residents love their pets. Friendly canines have been welcome at a few special places in the local pub and restaurant scene, ever since people began coming into bars looking for a little “hair of the dog.” Some drinking and dining establishments are happy to serve up a bowl of water and sometimes a treat to guests’ favorite furry companions.
The Shack
5201 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 457-5997

The Shack has the perfect vibe for dog lovers. The indoor dining area is small, but the enclosed patio has plenty of space for people and pets. Wine, mimosas and specialty cocktails are available, but The Shack is especially appreciated for having more 100 beers on-tap and in bottles. Dogs can enjoy free house-made dog biscuits as they relax on the patio with their humans. The Shack is very supportive of local animal rescues, and often takes part in fundraisers and adoption events.
Lido Cafe And Bakery
7907 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 944-8243

This popular bar and eatery is known as much for the great service as for the excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Beer, cocktails, wine and specialty drinks are served, and there is occasionally live music. Lido is perhaps the most dog-friendly business in town, for well-behaved dogs can do more than just sit on the patio. The café has a “doggie menu” from which guests can order special, inexpensive dog-sized meals, each served with a fresh bowl of water.
Oak Park Brewing Company
3514 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 660-2723

Sacramentans’ fondness for beer is evident at OPBC. Many of the business’ startup costs were funded through crowdsourcing campaigns. The menu includes a wide range of farm-to-fork and seasonal options and guests can enjoy their meal with their pups on the patio. The brewpub has garnered much attention since opening in late 2014, and has won awards for the house Belgian-Style Ale, Robust Porter and Citra IPA. OPBC’s Stout has also been used by Cornflower Creamery to create a phenomenal Beer and Pretzels ice-cream.

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Der Biergarten
2332 K St.
Sacramento, Ca 95816
(916) 346-4572

Der BierGarten has an open-air setting, communal seating, games and friendly atmosphere, making it ideal for dogs as well as people. The 32 beer taps continually rotate. Current selections of the available brews can be found on the beer garden’s website. There is a limited food menu, but canine owners appreciate the pub’s frankfurters. The Dog Haus Dog features sauerkraut, tomatoes and onions, and the Derfinater Dog includes BBQ, garlic and hot sauces, onions and cream cheese atop a cheese filled and bacon wrapped frankfurter.
Fair Oaks Brew Pub
7988 California Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 241-3108

Old Fair Oaks is famous for the chickens which wander freely throughout the community, so it is easy to understand why dogs like to hang out at this friendly brew pub. Craft beers and wines are available, and the kitchen serves up pub bites, charcuterie, artisan salads and Neapolitan pizza. The large, covered patio is great for canines and their companions. Affable co-owner Gary Juels says “well behaved dogs are always welcome,” but does have one reasonable request of their owners. The wait staff are happy to bring water for pups to drink, but Juels says “if anything happens, we request the customer clean it up, rather than asking the servers to do so.”
Bike Dog Brewing Company
2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 10
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 572-0788

With a name like Bike Dog, it is easy to figure out that dogs are not only allowed, but are encouraged to come along. Canines are welcome to hang out, dog treats are available and one of the pub’s logo t-shirts even has a dog graphic with “Cone of Shame.” Based in an industrial park in West Sac, Bike Dog has popular small-batch beers, eclectic décor, board games, a relaxing patio and regular visits from trendy food trucks.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at