Hey, LOU. It’s officially springtime and you know what springs to mind? Taking our lunch outside on the patio. That’s right — what better way to get those outdoor points than getting to wine + dine while basking in the sun? 🌞
Grab your favorite pair of shades and your pampered pooch for some much-needed terrace time. We’ve rounded up outdoor patios by neighborhood where you can eat, drink, people-watch + sunbathe. Read on for 15 trendy bars and restaurants, including ones with pet-friendly options for your furry companions.
NuLu + Downtown
Nouvelle Bar + Bottle, 214 S. Clay St.
This exquisite patio offers walk-up access from the sidewalk + extends back into a lush garden where you can order wine and small bites directly from your phone.
Garage Bar, 700 E. Market St.
This NuLu staple defines patio vibes with vibrant artificial grass, outdoor ping-pong, bright murals + fresh cocktails, wood-fired pizza, and oysters.
Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, 401 E. Main St.
Post up at one of the giant wooden picnic tables + feast on pit-smoked meats and local craft beer.
Gralehaus, 1001 Baxter Ave.
Order inside this original Victorian home-turned cafe, then head outside to the patio with stained glass windows + a path to its sister restaurant, Holy Grale.
Flanagan’s Ale House, 934 Baxter Ave.
Pups aren’t allowed in the courtyard, but you can eat some pub grub + drink a beer with your pooch at the picnic tables on the side of the building.
Shop Bar, 950 Barret Ave.
Converted from a car workshop, this bar and thrift store often has a local food truck outside. We recommend getting the Jack Tap, which is a PBR with your choice of a shot of liquor.
PG&J’s Dog Park Bar, 800 Baxter Ave.
This pro-doggo patio includes a dog park for the four-legged + a full bar for those with two-legs.
Mile Wide Beer Co., 636 Barret Ave.
Situated in a former biscuit factory, Mile Wide offers a part-gravel, part-grass patio with picnic tables + inventive craft beer on tap. Pro tip: Get the $10 Bavarian pretzel and pint special on Tues., April 26.
Vines Wine Bar & Spirit Shop, 1985 Douglass Blvd.
Dubbed, “Louisville’s original dog-friendly wine bar,” its dreamy patio is accentuated by leafy plants + string lights.
The Fox Den - Billiards, Bites, & Brews, 3814 Frankfort Ave.
This newly-opened spot in the former Diamond Pub has bright orange patio furniture outside + pinball, pool, and live music inside.
Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot, 3204 Frankfort Ave.
You can’t miss the giant meat smokers sitting outside of this roadside barbecue spot. Bring your dog and sit on the covered patio + get the chicken wings — you’ll thank us later.
Coal’s Artisan Pizza, 11615 Shelbyville Rd.
Pizzas here are baked on a coal-burning, brick oven — and they’re all named after local neighborhoods. Dogs are welcome on the patio.
Napa River Grill, 1211 Herr Ln.
This relaxed, upscale eatery in Westport Village has been recognized for its high quality wines + views from its patio allow you to plot your next shopping destination.
River House Restaurant and Raw Bar, 3015 River Rd.
Get a riverside dining experience curated by celebrated local chef John Varanese (yeah, of the Varanese Restaurant).
Blind Squirrel, 592 N English Station Rd.
Steeped in a beachy, Key West vibe, “The Squirrel,” is a combination dog-friendly restaurant sports bar, and live music venue. The patio overlooks its six sand volleyball courts.
Looking for more? Head over to OpenTable for all outdoor seating options in LOU.
Before you head out, be sure to load up on plenty of treats + toys so you can pamper your pup after they have good behavior at one of these dog-friendly patios.