Top Dog-Friendly Places to Visit with Your Furry Friend around Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a city that loves its furry friends, and there are lots of dog-friendly places to explore. There’s something for everyone in this pet-friendly city! Here are some of the best dog-friendly places to check out in Indy.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Natural State Provisions

414 Dorman St., Indianapolis

This is a dog lover’s (and Southern-comfort-food lover’s) paradise, with a dog-friendly outdoor patio and a dedicated dog park on the premises. Your furry friend can run around and play while you enjoy a tasty meal or beverage.

Natural State Provisions

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

6320 Ferguson St, Indianapolis

With a huge outdoor patio that welcomes dogs, the Lou Malnati’s in the heart of Broad Ripple is a great place to bring your pet pal. Bonus: It’s located a short walk from the Monon Trail.

Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar

823 E Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis

This charming French bistro in Broad Ripple has a beautifully-landscaped outdoor patio, where your pup is welcome to hang out with you. Doggie diners get their own water bowl and a selection of treats from their own canine menu.

Fire by the Monon

6523 Ferguson St., Indianapolis

Families with dogs have their own patio at this dog-friendly, family-friendly restaurant. Dogs get water in doggie bowls, and can choose from a plate of “dog appetizers” (aka treats). As the name of the restaurant suggests, Fire by the Monon is located steps from the Monon Trail, so it’s a great place to dine and take a walk afterward.

Fire by the monon


832 E Westfield Blvd, 

Flatwater offers a relaxing environment for guests to unwind, connect with friends and family, share laughter, and savor delicious food and beverages. Dogs are welcome on the patio, where they can listen to live music and watch ducks swimming along the canal.


Dog-Friendly Coffee Shops

Bovaconti Coffee

1042 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis

Locally owned coffee shop Bovaconti is where you can kick back on the patio with your pooch or lounge in one of their Adirondack chairs while you enjoy your morning Americano. Be sure to grab your dog a pup cup!
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Kaffeine Coffee Co.

707 Fulton St. B, Indianapolis

This dog-friendly coffeehouse serves pup cups to well-behaved pups inside their shop. Humans can enjoy delicious coffee, espresso beverages, and baked goods.

Java House

115 E New York St. Ste T8, Indianapolis

Well-behaved dogs can look forward to pup cups at this downtown Indy coffee shop. Java House is known for their cold brew coffee that can be served cold or hot.

Biggby Coffee

302 Dan Jones Rd., Plainfield

Dog owners can enjoy their coffee drinks at one of the outdoor tables on the patio, and sip alongside their canine companion. Biggby also offers pup cups to furry friends joining their owners.

Date Night with Doggie

These places allow dogs, but not humans under the age of 21! So, they might be better for an adults-only date night.

Metazoa Brewing Co.

140 S. College Ave., Indianapolis

Well-behaved, leashed dogs (and cats!) are welcome inside the 21+ taproom, which also houses a dog park and outdoor patio. The brewery asks that all visitors practice good “petiquette” by always keeping pets leashed and by your side. Metazoa doesn’t serve food, so you’re welcome to bring your own.

Things to do in indianapolis with dog Metazoa Brewing Co.
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Deviate Brewing

4004 W. 96th St., Indianapolis

This 21+ brewery is pet-friendly, as you’ll notice by the in-house dog who will probably greet you when you enter! This creative craft brewery has a selection of brews made on-site, but does not offer food, so you’re welcome to bring your own takeout.


71 City Center Dr., Carmel

This dog-friendly, adults-only small-plates restaurant has a large patio where leashed and well-behaved pups are welcome. Divvy has a menu especially for dogs, including items like Lean Machine (cold chicken) and Sticky Spoon (a spoon filled with peanut butter). All of the sales from the dog menu are donated to the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

Things to Do with Your Dog Near Indianapolis

Enjoy a Baseball Game with Your Dog

The Indianapolis Indians offer several Bark in the Park events during their regular season, where well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome! Bring your furry best friend to Victory Field during one of the dates below to enjoy a game on the right and center field lawn with your dog:

  • June 1, 6:35 p.m.
  • July 6, 7:05 p.m.
  • August 10, 7:05 p.m.
  • August 24, 7:05 p.m.
  • September 7, 6:35 p.m.

Take Your Dog to the Movies

For dogs who enjoy a good movie, take them to Tibbs Drive-In Theater to enjoy a movie with the whole family. 

take your dog to the drive in movie

Watch Your Dog Make a Splash

As the summer season winds down, many Indianapolis pools will offer Dog Swim Days before draining the pool for the winter.

Puppy POOLooza

When: September 9, 2023
Address: Freedom Springs Aquatics Park, 850 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood
Small Dogs (under 30 lbs.): 10-11:30 a.m.
Large Dogs (30+ lbs.): 12:30-2 p.m.

The places listed below offered Dog Swim Days in 2022. Check their websites toward the end of summer to see updated info!

puppy swim

Hendricks YMCA Doggie Dip
Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Pkwy, Avon

Fishers Y Doggie Dip
Fishers YMCA, 9012 E 126th St, Fishers

JCC’s Doggie Dip
Eskenazi Water Park at the JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis

Puppy Pool Party
Splash Island Plainfield Aquatic Center, 651 Vestal Road, Plainfield

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