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Thanks to the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act in 2019, breweries in Ontario can allow dogs on their patios and MOST IMPORTANTLY – indoors too*.
*As long as the breweries only serve low-risk food items such as beverages and shelf-stable or pre-packaged ready-to-eat foods
Currently, there are 15 Toronto breweries allow dogs inside. Time to go out ‘fur’ some drinks!
With this new law, we can look forward to seeing this number grow over the years! I’ll be periodically updating this blog post to include the newcomers too!
Keep reading to learn which Toronto breweries allow dogs inside AND everything you need to know before visiting one with your pup!
Map of Toronto Breweries That Allow Dogs Indoors
Here is a map of the Ontario Breweries that allow dogs Inside:
Toronto Breweries That Allow Dogs Inside
[Last Updated: June 2022]
Disclaimer: At the time of posting, I have confirmed the following breweries definitely allow dogs indoors. However, I strongly recommend giving the breweries a call before bringing your dogs inside with you! Allowing dogs inside taprooms and shops is a privilege and rules can change. Please practice good dog etiquette while visiting the breweries so that future visitors can enjoy the experience too.
? Bottle Shop
? Taproom / Tasting Room
? Maris – Resident Brewery Cat
Hours of Operation
Sun-Wed Noon – 6:00 PM
Thu-Sat Noon – 9:00 PM
Thu-Fri 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sat Noon – 9:00 PM
Sun Noon – 6:00 PM
Photo Credit: People’s Pint Facebook Page
? Taproom / Tasting Room
? Beer Garden
Hours of Operation
Bottle Shop Only
Mon – Tues Noon – 5:00 PM
Bottle Shop & Taproom
Wed – Sat Noon – 9:00 PM
Sun 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Photo Credit: Steam Whistle Brewery – Event Spaces
Dog-Friendly Brewery Hopping Recommendations
If you’re planning on bar hopping with your dog, consider visiting the Stockyard District.
You can find THREE dog-friendly breweries all within the same block:
- Junction Craft Brewery
- Rainhard Brewing Co
- Shacklands Brewing
Bonus – there is a small off-leash dog park – Woolner park within a 15 min walk of these breweries too.
It is further West for most folks – but can be easily accessed via the 512 bus route west from the St. Clair West subway station or 189 bus north from the Keele subway station. Be sure to double-check when you can hop on the subways and buses with your dog as there are time restrictions on the TTC!
Toronto Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Brewery Pairing
Looking to combine a dog park visit with a dog-friendly brewery? Then check out these options which have dog parks within a 20 min walk away:
- Left Field Brewery
- Monarch Dog Park – 16 min walk
- Gerrard Carlaw Dog Park – 19 min walk
- Hideaway Park – 20 min
- Black Lab Brewing
- Greenwood Dog Park – 11 min walk
- Hideaway Park – 16 min walk
- Saulter Street Brewery
- Thompson Street Parkette Dog Park – 5 min walk
- Gerrard Carlaw Dog Park – 17 min walk
- Steam Whistle Brewery
- Clarence Square Dog Park – 12 min walk
- Henderson Brewing
- Sorauren Dog Park – 12 min walk
Brewery Dog Etiquette
Here are 4 key points to remember before bringing your pup to a dog-friendly brewery:
1. Know Your Dog
Before starting visiting a brewery with a dog it is important to evaluate your dog’s temperament.
Given all the exciting new smells, scents, people, and noise, not every dog is a good candidate for taproom lounging.
Here are some quick questions to ask yourself to help you determine whether you will have a relaxing time together, or if it might be better to leave your pooch at home:
- Does your dog get anxious in new, unfamiliar settings?
- Is your dog high-energy?
- Is your dog prone to barking when excited, anxious, or bored?
- Is your dog comfortable meeting new people and potentially, other dogs?
- Is your dog prone to potty accidents or marking in new settings?
Note: Some breweries may ask you and your dog to leave the taproom if your dog’s behaviour is deemed unruly or causes a disturbance to other guests in the brewery.
2. Bring Your Own Supplies
While some breweries offer dog treats and provide water bowls, always play it safe and at the minimum, bring the following supplies with you:
- Water Bowl (please don’t allow your dogs to drink through glassware used by customers)
- Poop Bags
- Any additional cleaning materials for potty accidents like paper towels, gloves, or urine spray if you’re super conscientious!
I highly recommend purchasing collapsible silicone bowls with clips. Collapsible silicone bowls are so easy to maintain, take up very little space when collapsed, and if you get the one with the clips – it’s so easy to have your dog carry it for you (on their harness), or clip on the outside of your bag.
Tip: Call ahead before bringing dog treats and dog food inside the taprooms. Due to the health and regulations, some breweries are more strict with letting external food (including dog treats and dog food) indoors.
3. Keep an Eye on Leash Length
Make sure your pup is comfortably harnessed or collared when leashed inside the brewery. Ideally, use a non-retractable, loop-handled leash to prevent accidental tangles and to keep your dog nearby. Leashes should be no longer than 6 ft in length (and while indoors should be kept to 1ft away to keep your dog nearby).
If you’re looking for a new one – I recommend supporting a local Toronto business and purchasing the 6ft standard braided leash by 4 My Merles. You can embroider your phone number or text on the leash and choose up to 3 different colours to make your leash!
Tip: You can easily loop the leash around your chair or put the leg of a chair inside the loop handle to keep your dog secure while you enjoy your drinks.
4. Play Before You Go
Set some extra time to take your dog for a walk, and play a quick game of fetch or tug to help you and your dog settle in at the brewery if you’re planning on staying for a while. The extra time will also give your dog an extra opportunity to take care of potty and poop business too to avoid indoor accidents.
Pssst… Do you have a specific brewery in mind and just want a quick reference to the nearest dog park on the go? It’s super easy to do so if you’re toting a map of Toronto dog parks with you!
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