How Pet-Friendly is Cincinnati, Really?

Compared to some other places around the country, Cincinnati is pretty dang pet friendly. I compiled some indisputable evidence that leads to this conclusions, and I think you’ll find the case effectively made for calling Cincinnati pet-friendly.

Park It

Cincinnati has plenty of public parks for you to enjoy with your furry pal. Dog-specific parks include the Otto Armleder Dog Park, which boasts tons of open space for your buds to go flying; the dog park inside Washington Park, featuring a water creek for pups to cool off in on hot summer days; the adorably-named Wiggly Field Dog Park inside the Voice of America Park (a bit to the north of the city center, in West Chester) that is great for runs; and many others.

Doggy bags encouraged

Many restaurants in the city have outdoor seating where puppers and doggos are more than welcome. The original Eli’s BBQ location is a particularly fun pet-friendly restaurant. During temperate months, you’ll want to sit outside in the communal picnic table seating area and chow down on some amazing pork bbq while your furry friend hangs right next to you. Other pet-friendly restaurants include Dutch’s (patio), A Tavola (patio), Green Dog Cafe (patio), and more.

Caffeination station

Urbana Cafe is a mobile coffee shop that welcomes your four-legged pals to hang out while you sip an espresso. In fact, part of their mission, according to their Facebook page – where a cute dog is their profile pic! – is to “share our resources with these institutions and help in anyway possible their efforts to find good homes for good dogs.”

Other dog-friendly coffee venues include Collective Espresso, Coffee Emporium (patio), Deeper Roots Coffee Findlay and more.

Bars and breweries

Need something harder than coffee? There are plenty of dog-friendly bars in the Cincinnati area. Northside Yacht Club is a stand out, which has an expansive, dog-friendly outside area, from the more chilled-out roof deck to the bustling patio downstairs, conveniently located next to the outside bar. The Video Archive in Walnut Hills is also a twofer kind of deal – one, you can drink outside on the fenced in patio and let your pup roam and not worry about him/her escaping; two, the Video Archive’s patio is conveniently located next to Just Q’in, a fantastic bbq joint with a takeout window that Video Archive visitors take full advantage of in all weather. The Woodburn Brewery, MadTree Brewing, Braxton Brewing Company and many, many more welcome pets, too.

Best buds

Want to spend a day socializing with your pet, but not necessarily drinking or consuming anything? You can at these pet-friendly events/experiences:

– Yappy Hour at Washington Park

– Bark in the Park at Great American Ball Park

– Reindog Parade in Mt. Adams

– Annual OTR Rail Dog Parade

– The City Flea (outside months)

– Findlay Market

Two random tidbits I learned researching for this story: Home Depot is pet-friendly, and so is the 21C Museum Hotel – you can scope out the (free) museum’s awesome art with your pup beside you!

Check out these great resources to stay clued-in to the best pet-friendly experiences Cincinnati has to offer:

Tour de Cincinatti – Dog Friendly Cincy


Leyla Shokoohe