Paws in the Park: Dog-Friendly Activities and Eateries in Metro Detroit

By: Katie Goncalves | May 19, 2023
Two dogs at The Skip in Detroit

Photo courtesy of The Skip

If you are a dog owner, you know the importance of being able to take your best friend around town with you. And this doesn’t just mean taking a walk on your local trail or heading to the dog park for the afternoon. Having your sidekick with you as you hit up some cool spots in Metro Detroit makes the bond between you two (or three, or four…) completely inseparable. These local places welcome and encourage you to bring your dog with you. 

The Skip Detroit

1234 The Belt, Detroit

The Skip Detroit is one of the most popular downtown hangouts. Their open-air patio seating is perfect for grabbing a drink and bringing your dog to lounge around. The Skip usually has quick turnaround on tables so waiting for something to open never takes very long. Be sure to grab one of their incredible frozen drinks like the cucumber margarita or the frozen Irish coffee and enjoy the time outside all summer long.

Dog sitting on concrete at The Skip
Pups love The Skip

Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 West Fort Street, Detroit

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Detroit 75 Kitchen is a permanently parked food truck in Detroit. There’s plenty of outdoor seating for you and your furry friends while you enjoy some delicious food.

Detroit Fleat

1820 9 Mile Road, Ferndale 

Detroit Fleat is a food truck park and beer garden in Ferndale with a large outdoor seating area that is dog-friendly. They have a rotating selection of food trucks and vendors, offering a variety of cuisine from around the world. The beer garden features a wide selection of craft beer, cider, and wine. Detroit Fleat also hosts events and live music performances throughout the year.

The Urban Dog Barkery

1480 North Rochester Road, Rochester Hills

Urban Dog Barkery is a bakery and boutique for dogs located in Rochester, Michigan. They offer a variety of homemade treats, including grain-free and gluten-free options. The boutique also sells dog toys, accessories, and other pet-related items. Urban Dog Barkery hosts regular events, including adoption events and “yappy hours” for dogs and their owners. They have won several awards, including the 2019 Best of Detroit award for Best Pet Boutique.

Urbanrest Brewing Company

2615 Wolcott Street, Ferndale

Urbanrest Brewing Company is a craft brewery that specializes in Belgian-style and farmhouse ales but also offers a variety of other beer styles. You’re more than welcome to bring your dog to sit on the patio, but they are not allowed inside. The taproom features a rotating selection of beers, as well as cider and wine. Urbanrest Brewing Company also hosts events, including trivia nights and live music performances.