Dog-Friendly Spotlight: Banter Beer and Wine

Shhhh don’t tell anyone, but one of the best patios you probably haven’t been to yet is Banter Beer and Wine in the Detroit Shoreway area. As much as I’d like to keep it a hidden secret, I couldn’t keep such a great spot from all my fellow Cleveland dog lovers!

Banter was already one of my favorite spots in Cleveland, because, really, who doesn’t love poutine?? So I was extra excited to learn they have a dog-friendly patio. Tucked away behind the restaurant, the patio is surrounded by plants and has a casual, peaceful vibe that makes it a great spot to relax and grab a bite with your dog.

The patio is also spacious enough to bring dogs of all sizes. I brought both of my dogs and my friends brought their dog too, a pit bull, so that tells you how much room there is on the patio. Large picnic tables line both sides of the patio, so I guess on a more crowded day you may have to share space with others. It’s casual enough though that it shouldn’t be an issue (depending on your dog’s personality). I often don’t bring Roscoe to patios because I don’t want him to be forced to interact with people or dogs (since he is very shy), but based on the size of the patio and the fact it wasn’t crowded, he was ok.

Where’s my poutine?

Final bark: 4 out of 5. Since the large patio tables might mean you have to share space, I can’t give it a perfect score. Pretty close though!

The Details:

7320 Detroit Ave, Cleveland

11 am to 12 am Monday through Thursday
11 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday, 12 to 8 pm Sunday

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Flying Monkey

Hunter is back with another dog friendly spotlight! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your dog can’t get out and enjoy the bar scene. In this spotlight, Hunter gives you the rundown on a popular Tremont dog-friendly bar – The Flying Monkey!

If it was up to me, I’d be ok lounging on a patio all year round. My people (Pomeranians) come from hearty stock, a little cold and snow never hurt us. Apparently though, my mom doesn’t really love the cold (I can tell based on how she gets annoyed at my stopping at every house to roll in the snow on our walks) so she’s not into sitting on patios in the cold. But since she does love taking me out, sometimes we check out Cleveland’s indoor dog-friendly bar scene during the winter.

We stopped by the Flying Monkey in Tremont to check out their dog-friendly scene. Flying Monkey is a pretty popular Tremont bar and my mom said she almost always sees a dog there when she goes.



We got there a little later than I like to be out on a Saturday (I don’t like to go out late, my beauty sleep is too important), so there was a good amount of people there to give me attention. No other dogs though (boo). The bad thing though was that it was kind of loud. I didn’t really enjoy the noise.

The people were really cool though. We ended up with a seat outside the bathroom, so of course everyone had to stop and say hi. I’m used to getting a lot of attention, so it was cool with me. They also had a water bowl out just for me. How did they know that’s my favorite drink? It got a little warm in there too, so it was nice to have a cold beverage.

Excuse the bad pic, my Mom’s camera doesn’t handle dim lighting well.

Final bark: 3 out of 5. All in all, it was ok for a quick visit, but I’m not so into the Saturday night bar scene. Too loud. If you’re going to go, I recommend going early. I can’t wait for patio season!

The Details:

819 Jefferson Ave., Tremont

Monday – Friday 3pm to 2:30am
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 2:30am

Insider’s Tip – The Flying Monkey has one of the best happy hours in Tremont, going from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Barrio Tremont

For the latest Dog Friendly Spotlight, Hunter reviews my favorite – Barrio in Tremont!

My mom is always talking about this place called “Barrio.” I was actually starting to worry that she might leave me to go live there, that’s how bad it was. Then one day, she got really excited because she found out that she could take me to Barrio. I guess there are some places I’m not allowed? I don’t really get it.

So anyways, Mom was pretty excited to take me to her “favorite place.” I have to admit, I was pretty impressed when we got there and I saw that we had our own private entrance! I like to make an entrance, you know, make sure that everyone sees me, so this was pretty cool. Right away I could tell everyone was really happy to see me. They even had a water dish all ready for me at the table when we sat down. VIP treatment all the way! Just the way I like it. No wonder Mom loves this place.

Barrio's dog "VIP" entrance next to Press Wine Bar.
Barrio’s dog “VIP” entrance next to Press Wine Bar.


I was just relaxing and enjoying the admiring glances from all my fans around me, when two dawgs sat right next to me. I had to say something, of course, to let them know I was here first. Everyone around me totally understood, but Mom didn’t like it too much, so I let it go.

I got some sniffs in with my dawgs and we relaxed and just hung out. I could smell some really good stuff, but all I got were a couple of treats from Mom. Oh well. Maybe next time.



Final Bark: 5 (out of 5) Dog Biscuits! There’s lots of room to spread out and I got VIP treatment. My kind of place.

The details:

Barrio Tremont
806 Literary Rd.


Mon–Thurs: 4pm–2am
Fri: 11am–2am
Sat + Sun: 11am–2am




Dog Friendly Spotlight: Platform Beer Co.

So I think it’s about time I turn the reins over to the ultimate dog friendly patio enthusiast, my dog Hunter, for the regular Dog Friendly Spotlight series. Who would know better than a dog what a dog enjoys when he goes a patio? So from now on all DFS posts will be contributed by Hunter (with special appearances by his brother Roscoe as well).

Before we get into the review though, I’d like to introduce you to the author.

hunter beach
He chose this picture.


Hunter Boo Barkley was born Aug. 17, 2011. He lived the first few months of his life with someone else, but became a part of my family on March 18, 2012. As a puppy, Hunter was just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen and he has carried that cuteness with him through his adolescence. Hunter loves everyone he meets (except the mail carrier and the UPS delivery person) and will go out of his way to stay hi to every stranger he sees. When he’s not hitting up patios around Cleveland, Hunter enjoys sitting at the window and keeping watch of the neighborhood, eating bully sticks as fast as dogly possibly, rolling around in grass and snuggling with his brother, Roscoe.

Hunter is especially excited to contribute to this month’s Dog Friendly Spotlight: Platform Beer Co., one of the most dog friendly bars in Cleveland! Take it away Hunter!


My mom takes me to a lot of patios, but I don’t mind, I know that people like to see me. Sometimes though, I don’t get as much attention as I’d like or there aren’t a lot of other dogs there for me to sniff. In my book, a good patio is one that knows that I am the star and lets me get out and see my dawgs.

Sniff circle.
Sniff circle.


As soon as we walked up to the Platform patio (my mom wanted me to add that there’s a patio entrance next to Platform’s front door, so you don’t have to walk through the bar. Whatevs), I knew I was going to like this joint. There were four other dogs there and one was even off leash! What a cool dude. (Side note: I know I like to run, but I would come back Mom! Let me off leash!)


Patio entrance
Patio entrance


Anyways, so these dogs were really cool and we got to play a little bit and got some quality sniffing time in. It was pretty hot that night too, so luckily there were a few water bowls around the patio for me and my dawgs. I could really spread my paws out too. I don’t really love it when I have to be cramped under a table or have to move out of people’s way. It’s like people don’t understand how important I am sometimes… I don’t get it.

This patio had it all — lots of things to smell, I met some new dog friends and I got lots of attention. What more could a dawg ask for? (Some treats would be good, hint hint).

Final bark: This one gets five (out of five) dog biscuits. If you haven’t taken your dog there yet, you might want to ask yourself – do I really love him? Just kidding guys. My bro Rosky just told me some dogs don’t like patios. Crazy huh? Hope to see you out in the CLE!

The details:
Platform Beer Co.
4125 Lorain Ave. (North on W. 41st exit off I-90. Located on corner of Lorain and w. 41st.)

Mon: 3pm – close*
Tues: 3pm – close*
Wed: 3pm – close*
Thur: 3pm – close*
Fri: 3pm – 2am
Sat: 10am – 2am
Sun: closed

(From the website: *We will close when appropriate each night. Last call will be 15-20 minutes before closing each night.)

Note from Mom: As with most public places that are not dog parks, it is probably best to keep your dog on leash. During our visit, the dog that was off leash was a small, older dog who occasionally walked around, but wasn’t bothering anyone. I wouldn’t take Hunter off leash in a public (non-dog park) setting and I imagine plenty of other dogs would not do well with this as well. As always, the key to a good patio experience is to know your dog and be respectful of those around you, dogs and humans.

Dog Friendly Spotlight: Edison’s

(Update 5/2017 – dogs are no longer allowed inside at Edison’s. They are still welcome on the patio).

Reason number 8,978 why I’m not a fan of the winter:  there are so few options for places to take your dog.  During the summer months I can take Hunter to one of the dozens of dog friendly patios across the city to grab a drink and a bite to eat. But during the winter months the list of places shrinks down significantly.

There are a couple of options for those of us who like to get our dogs out during the winter. This past weekend I took Hunter to Edison’s in Tremont to enjoy some beer and pizza (just beer for him. Just kidding! He was bummed to not get either). Edison’s is one of the most dog friendly bars in Cleveland. I don’t think I’ve ever been there and not seen at least one dog. This past weekend there were two other dogs when we arrived, including a very large dog hanging out in the back room (dogs of all sizes are welcome!).

In general, I am more comfortable taking Hunter to a patio than inside a bar, but Edison’s is so dog friendly I don’t even really think about it when I am there. I do keep a few things in mind though to make the experience enjoyable for both Hunter and the people around me:

  • Go early – Things can get a little crazy and hectic at bars as the night goes on. Anytime I take Hunter to a bar, we go on the earlier side when I know it’ll be less crowded. As social as your dog may be, once things start getting too crowded it really won’t be enjoyable for him or her.
  • Know your dog – Being inside in a smaller space with other dogs can lead to problems. Know your dog and his limits. Generally an indoor bar setting is going to be best for a calm, laid back dog that isn’t people or dog reactive. Hunter can be a little of both, so I play it by ear with him and try to keep him out of other people’s way. I know with him it’s just going to him begging for attention, not barking or biting at people, so that’s easier to manage than some issues.
  • Take a walk before – In addition to taking a walk beforehand to have him or her do his business, it’s always a good idea to work off some energy before going and sitting at a bar.

Here are some other options if you’re looking to get out with your dog for a drink this winter:

Flying Monkey 819 Jefferson Ave., Tremont,
Barking Spider 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland
Bier Markt / Barcento 1948 W. 25th Street, Ohio City
NanoBrew 1859 W 25th St. Ohio City

Do you take your dog out to bars during the winter? What is your favorite place?



Dog Friendly Spotlight: Brunch

This past weekend I went to brunch to celebrate Hunter’s birthday a little early (it’s next Sunday, but I’ll be out of town) at Wine Bar Rocky River.  We invited some pom friends since Hunter loves a pom party and enjoyed Sunday’s great weather on one of the best patios in Cleveland. Hunter loves people watching and attention, so I’m pretty sure it’s exactly what he’d want to do for his birthday.

The only time dogs are allowed on Wine Bar Rocky River’s patio is on Sunday for brunch (from 10-1). The wine bar has a really great patio, one of the prettiest in Cleveland in my opinion, so I’m happy they allow dogs there at all even if it’s only for Sunday brunch. There were quite a few other dogs there on our visit, so it got a little chaotic (lots of barking) at a few different points. The patio is pretty spacious though, so the dogs were able to stay out of each other’s way for the most part.

As you can see from the photo above of Hunter, he was pretty excited about his pom brunch birthday party.

I highly recommend Wine Bar Rocky River’s dog friendly brunch. The beautiful leafy patio is the perfect setting to enjoy some good food and drinks (I recommend trying the pomegranate mimosa). And of course I love when a restaurant designates a special day to welcome dogs.


After you’ve checked out their brunch, here are some others to try before the summer is over:

Luxe – This Gordon Square restaurant is always dog friendly, but on Sundays they host a “Bow Wow Brunch.” It’s a pretty popular spot for dogs and every week the restaurant chooses a Bow Wow Brunch dog of the week to feature on its Facebook page.

Nighttown This Cleveland Heights restaurant/jazz club has a special patio dedicated to dogs, so it’s a good place to hit up for some brunch and dog time.

Lucky’sI love Lucky’s for brunch, so I highly recommend it as one to check out this summer with your dog.

Also, side note: one of Hunter’s pom guests, Rayne, is looking for a home! She was an awesome brunch companion, very calm and so sweet. Read more about her here:


Dog Friendly Spotlight: The Barking Spider Tavern

The Barking Spider is a no frills type of bar, making it the perfect place to hang out with your dog and enjoy a drink or two. The east side favorite allows dogs on its patio as well as inside the bar. Stop by at any time and you’re likely to see dogs hanging out inside and out.

I went to check it out last month and felt totally comfortable hanging out with my dog and my foster dog (miss ya Vinnie!). There is a patio out front and another outdoor seating area out back. In the warmer months the bar open its doors wide open, so it has an open air feel inside.

We made our way to the back seating area for our visit. The beautiful leafy patio is a great place to sit and enjoy a beer and listen to live music. The mulch is also really fun for the dogs, as we learned. Be prepared for your dog to be covered in mulch if you choose to hang out in the back area. Fun for dogs and for people! I’d recommend bringing your own water bowl, but you’ll have easy access to as much water as you need from the self serve water cooler inside the bar.

The Barking Spider is definitely a must visit for anyone who likes to visit dog friendly patios. You will feel totally comfortable hanging out with your dog, and will likely run into a lot of other dogs on your visit. Plus, most any time you go you’re likely to catch some live music. Hanging out enjoying a drink and live music with your dog? Sounds like a good night out to me.

The Barking Spider Tavern
11310 Juniper Lane, Cleveland


Open daily 2 pm to 1 am