Dining with your dog in winter can be a chilly prospect. Fortunately, the emergence of igloos, domes, bubbles and pods on restaurant patios make nights out in the cold a lot more toasty. Think outside the box and inside the dome at one of these pet-friendly eateries that will keep you and your pup cozy this season.
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If you put the words “toasty” and “igloo” together, you usually end up with a puddle, but that’s not the result at the much-loved Atlanta brunch spot, Publico. The owners love taking their pups wherever they go and wanted to offer “paw-trons” the same thing, which includes dining inside the bubbles on the outdoor patio. Each one is heated by a toasty fire for crisp winter nights. Reserve your night inside under the stars here.
You won’t have to drag Fido too far from Publico at bedtime. Loews Atlanta Hotel offers treats and a comfortable sleep just a few blocks away.
2. Detroit Fleat
Grab a bite to eat and a winter treat at Detroit Fleat inside one of six cozy, heated igloos. Metro Detroit’s first (and only) food truck park offers beverages and snacks for every taste, from a cocoa bar to s’mores kits, a beer barge and more. Enjoy it all away from the crowds with your pod inside one of their pods. Get the low-key party started here.
Canines are just as welcome as their owners at this dog-friendly home in Ferndale.
3. Cork Bar & Restaurant
When Fido loves eating outside but winter weather gets in his way, Cork Bar & Restaurant has the solution. The pretty patio now offers dining out with a difference in a range of heated pods. While you experience an eclectic mixture of American and Italian cuisine, your pooch can nibble on a side of chicken. Book an igloo for two here.
For an affordable stay in Wilkes-Barre, look no further than Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center.
4. Timber Kitchen & Bar
Shout “timber!” at the top of your voice and watch the good times fall into your lap with a delicious dinner in a dome at Timber Kitchen & Bar. Huddle in a bubble with your nearest and dearest at this sleek American eatery and dig into a wood-fired pizza. Call ahead to guarantee your spot at the restaurant with the much-loved motto, “Work hard, play hard.”
Go from dome to home away from home at the nearby Best Western White House Inn.
5. Konoba Huntington
Spend an evening in an intimate igloo in front of Konoba Huntington. The smallest pods on our list may not accommodate Great Danes, but smaller dogs are invited to cozy up with their owners inside these mini plastic enclosures. If your dog is too big to fit comfortably, head to nearby Six Harbors Brewing Company, where you can meet resident pups Buddy and Barley and order Konoba’s food delivered to your table to accompany your brew.
Cram your fam into this cozy cottage nearby.
6. Fernson Brewing Company
Gather with your growler at Fernson Brewing Company in Sioux Falls, SD, for a night under the stars. Order a warming seasonal ale and savor it, shielded from the elements inside an igloo with your boo. Check the brewery’s Facebook for dome dates. Reservations are not required.
When you’re finished drinking under the stars, sleep under them at this incredible tree house rental with a hot tub.
Bring the head honcho of your household (Fido) to Honcho for Latin American fare with a cool side of North Pole vibes. Originally brought in as a gimmick in 2018, the domes have become the best option for dining with your dog at the popular restaurant. Chow down with your Chow Chow here.
Follow up your unique dining experience with an equally unusual stay on a lakefront horse farm.