This guide was written before the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the City of Tulsa ordinance, masks are required. Call ahead to see about reservations at all bar and restaurant locations.
Peanut butter and jelly. Pie and coffee. Dogs and patios. Some things were just made for each other. Fortunately many of Tulsa’s restaurateurs, beer brewers and club owners feel the same way about their furry friends that you do. Tulsa is full of dog-friendly spots for you and your pooch to enjoy a vibrant social life of outdoor noshing (you) and sniffing butts (your dog, I hope).
Maybe the dog-friendliest of the bunch is Heirloom Rustic Ales, a brewery in the Kendall Whittier District known for its anything-goes approach to producing beer. Dogs are welcome inside at Heirloom, and in fact the last time I visited, I noticed the bartenders handing out bone-shaped treats to visiting pups. Open Container in the Boxyard also usually puts treats and watering bowls out on its patio so that you and your dog can enjoy a terrific view of the downtown Tulsa skyline together.
If you’re on the lookout for social and off-leash opportunities for your dog, Biscuit Acres at Hunter Park in south Tulsa is usually busy on weekend mornings when the weather is nice. It’s a non-profit operation kept up by volunteers, if that gets your tail wagging. And if you’re more of a downtown person, Joe Station Dog Park is another off-leash option within jogging range.
Please note that while all of the places in this guide are dog-friendly, some of the restaurants, bars and breweries may prefer that your pooch remain outside on the patio. And of course, wherever you go with your furry friend, it’s best to bring a leash.
Roosevelt’s is a restaurant and pub that welcomes dogs on their patio, you could say it is a “gastropup.” Their wrap-around patio is arguably the best on Cherry Street, with fans and heaters that keep it comfy year-round. Brunch is an event here, with frozen mimosas, frozen rosé and frozen white Russians. If just reading that list gives a brain freeze, check out their extensive beer menu displayed on flat screens above the bar. The food menu is comprised of funky takes on favorites such as the Roosemelt; a grilled cheese sandwich with brie, Havarti and gouda.
The wait can be long, especially during the holidays when their decorations are extreme and everyone and their dog wants a look. You and your dog should take that into consideration if crowds stress out either of you.
Though the name conjures up an image of a dog retirement home, this place is always popping with lots of action. Nestled in the middle of south Tulsa’s Hunter Park, this dog park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
A brewery for dog people, by dog people. This Kendall- Whittier spot welcomes dogs both inside their taproom and in their large backyard. Their social media regularly features the employees’ pups enjoying the space. Heirloom has delicious beers and other non-beer options on their menu. The backyard is fenced in with picnic tables and outdoor games in case you and the dog want to play cornhole. Concrete floors inside the taproom make accident clean-up a cinch, of course these would be “I’m so excited to be here!” accidents.
Joe Station is a classic dog park located near downtown and west Tulsa with extended hours—it’s usually open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The park is a favorite of many Tulsa dog owners and has a loyal group of volunteers that help maintain the grounds. Located just west of downtown, Joe Station offers ample parking for cars and yardage for dogs. The park is divided into two areas; one for small dogs and one for large dogs. This is the only public dog park serving this area of town, so it can get busy during peak hours.
If your dog loves long walks on the river, head over to the River Parks trail that hugs Riverside Dr. from 101st St. to 11th St. The nine miles of paved trail along the Arkansas River have plenty of bathrooms, water fountains and statues of native animals to help your journey. Live out south? It’s close to you! Live in midtown? It’s close to you! Live downtown? It’s close to you too! The entire trail is a bit daunting to take on, but parking lots dot the route that are great for shorter distances.
Make it a dog date by checking out one of the restaurants or bars near the river, or, if it’s a Wednesday, take a leashed walk through Gathering Place. Dogs are allowed on grassy areas and pathways there during Wednesday operating hours.
Held every August at McClure Municipal Pool in east Tulsa, K9 Splash is a fun, local tradition where the city lets McClure Pool go to the dogs—literally. You and your furry friend will have a great time swimming together in the Olympic-length pool, sunbathing on the deck or perhaps sniffing around with your fellow swimmers.
Keep an eye on the Pressroom section of the City of Tulsa's website each summer to find out when K9 Splash will occur, though typically the event is held the day after the pool season closes.
Open Container is a crate that both you and your dog will love! This shipping container-turned-bar is a perfect place to grab a drink and watch the sun set over downtown with your best friend. The place is about 80% patio to 20% bar so you and your pal will have lots of room to chill. They serve typical bar food with great deals during happy hour.
Take your dog out to a ball game at Bark in the Park at ONEOK Field on Wednesday nights and then stop by Elgin Park. This sports bar serves up pizza and house-made brews on their large patio on the corner of Elgin Ave. and Reconciliation Way. The patio right across the street from the baseball stadium and offers lots of dog seating options. They also have the best cauliflower buffalo wings in town, in case your dog is a vegetarian.
If you and your pup are more of the outdoorsy type then Turkey Mountain is the spot for you two! Acres upon acres of woodland trails are easily accessible from several parking lots on the property. Though the area is minutes from the Tulsa Hills shopping center, you truly feel secluded away.. The trails go on for miles, so be sure to pack supplies and water, because it’s easy to get lost. For this reason, dogs do need to stay on their leashes at all times. We don’t want a “Homeward Bound” situation on our hands.
Elwood’s is an outdoor dive bar right next to the river park trail on 21st St. It’s a great place to stop for a rest and a drink while out on a walk on the river. Their outdoor stage hosts bands during the warm months. This is a nice place to bring a dog that is new to hanging out in public places and needs a quick escape route if things get overwhelming. Or you can just blame your social anxiety on your dog if you also need a quick escape route.
Both of vaunted local beer brewer American Solera’s spaces boast outdoor picnic tables, but let’s be real—Solera’s incredible craft beer is what elevates these spots to destinations. Bring your pooch for a bit of outdoor day-drinking and plenty of petting from other customers.
This charming alleyway-turned-patio features wooden cubicle-esque booths that are good for dogs who prefer a little privacy.
Bohemian’s whimsical patio is made for long afternoons of pizza-eating and wine-drinking. Dogs are welcome to lounge with you on cozy bench seating with complimentary blankets for chilly evenings. Small dogs would be more comfortable here than larger dogs due to the limited space.
The Boxyard is a shopping and entertainment center made entirely of used shipping containers. (In fact, it’s where you’ll find the aforementioned Open Container.) Boxyard caps off the western end of the East Village on 3rd St., close to lots of other bars and restaurants. Keep your doggo on a leash and check out the wide variety of shops that occupy these small but mighty storefronts. Share some ice cream from Rose Rock Creamery or buy new kicks for dog-walking in style from Ten Toes Tulsa.
Concerts, art markets, film screenings, yoga classes and so much more happens at Guthrie Green and your dog is welcome to join! An on-site restaurant serves food and beverages, but be sure to bring a bowl for your dog’s water. The green is a lovely place for a serene Sunday with your dog, with plenty of space to invite all your human and canine friends to join.
The large lawn seems like the ideal place to run and play with your dog, but leashes are required at all times. And the splash pad is a great option for both of you to cool off during hot summer days.
Welltown’s rooftop patio (or should it be wooftop?) is a sweet spot in the Arts District that offers up precious views of downtown. But if your dog is not into romantic cityscapes, they also welcome pups in the taproom!
This place is like a bit of Austin, Texas got lost and ended up in Tulsa. Bar 473 is the backyard of your dreams, with tons of couches, a grassy lawn, and a live music stage. Dog parks wish they were this cool.