Dog-Friendly Eau Claire

You don’t need to worry about who let the dogs out in Eau Claire because here, they are always welcome. If you’re planning a trip to Eau Claire with your fur baby, here are some tips on where to stay, where to eat, and more of dog-friendly Eau Claire! Who’s ready for a doggone good time?!

A Bernese Mountain Dog laying on the bed at the Oxbow Hotel in downtown Eau Claire

Photo: The Oxbow Hotel

Pet-Friendly Hotels

The Oxbow Hotel

Located right in the heart of downtown Eau Claire, the Oxbow is a place where both you and your dog will love to lay your heads for a good night’s rest. Plus, it’s so close to many of the places you’ll want to bring your buddy while you both explore Eau Claire together.

Staybridge Suites

If you need more outdoor space for your dog to roam, Staybridge Suites it is! It’s located at River Prairie in Altoona and is within walking distance to trails, the Eau Claire River and River Prairie Park. There are even a few restaurants nearby.

Metropolis Resort

Metropolis Resort is a great pet-friendly hotel for the entire family to stay at. Lowes Creek County Park is accessible right behind the hotel and there's a water park and adventure park for the kids. 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Eau Claire West

Treat you and your pup to a luxurious stay at  Holiday Inn Express & Suites West! When you're not out together exploring the coolest parts of Eau Claire, you can kick back on the fluffy beds and get some well-deserved relaxation and rest while your dog gets some serious pooch pampering.


two dogs sitting with their owners inside the Joynt

Photo: The Joynt

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

Acoustic Café

This café offers sidewalk seating for you and your pooch to enjoy a mouth-watering hoagie together. We also recommend getting a taste of the Acoustic's yummy root beer floats!

SHIFT Cyclery + Coffee Bar 

SHIFT doesn't exactly sound like a coffee shop, but it is! You probably guessed this from its name, but it's also a bike shop! There is outdoor seating both in the front and in the back of this popular coffee spot. Bring your pup here for cool hangs but stay for SHIFT's waffles - you'll be blown away.

Foster's Fireside

This is for the humans that love the taste of pizza and the doggies that raise their noses in the air to get a good sniff of the smell of pepperoni. Foster's Fireside has outdoor picnic-styled seating for both you and your dog to enjoy your night out for some wood-fired pizza in Osseo, WI.

Cowboy Jack's 

The outdoor patio at Cowboy Jack's in River Prairie that is widely popular with humans is also widely popular with dogs! Their outdoor seating options welcome pups to come and dine with you and maybe even enjoy a laid-back happy hour together. 

Loopy's Grill & Saloon

Located in the Town of Wheaton, Loopy's is the ultimate summer hangout spot for friends, family, and pups! On warm summer days, hang out in the shade by the tiki bar overlooking the Chippewa River, and say cheers with some local Leinenkugel's beer flavors of the summer!

Man holding his puppy and a beer outside at the Brewing Projekt

Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin | Photo: The Brewing Projekt

Pet-Friendly Places to Drink

The Brewing Projekt

Beer in one hand and your dog in the other... what get's better than that? Take your dog to the Brewing Projekt for a chill and kicked back time for the both of you.

The Joynt

Located in the historical Water Street District, The Joynt is the place to go if you want to bring your pooch along for a pitcher of beer. Bars that allow dogs are automatically cool, right?

K Point Brewing

Lagers, IPAs, Ales, and pups oh my! K Point is another brewery in Eau Claire that allows dogs to hang out on their outdoor patio. Get those paws over here!

Lazy Monk Brewing

Lift up your pint and cheers it with your pet pal at Lazy Monk! Their outdoor patio is a great space for dogs to enjoy some time in the shade while you refresh with a nice cold one. 

Ombibulous Brewing Company

Ombibulous located in nearby Altoona, WI also welcomes puppers and doggos on their outdoor patio. Sit back under their pergola and enjoy their mouth-watering brews.

Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Bros Brewing Co.

While you're at the Chippewa River Distillery, in Chippewa Falls, WI, you and Fido will want to get a nice view of the Chippewa River. Their rooftop patio will be the place you'll want to grab a seat and leash up your pup so you can enjoy some crisp beer and tasty cocktails.

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Leinie Lodge

Just north of Eau Claire, in Chippewa Falls, WI, the patio outside at the Leinie Lodge welcomes dogs of all kind. Bring your furry friend and maybe some human friends for a fun evening at this well-known brewery. 

Couple walking their dog on a leash across Phoenix Park Bridge

Pet-Friendly Things to Do

Sundet Off-Leash Dog Park

Time for some doggy social time! This dog park offers 9 acres of fenced-in play space along with walking trails. You'll be happy seeing how happy your fur baby will be running around through this park.

Happy Tails Dog Park

Out in Chippewa Falls, the Happy Tails Dog Park has over 50 acres for your dog to get some exercise at. After a few hours of play here, the little/big guy/gal will definitely need a nap.

Otter Creek Off-Leash Dog Park

Let your well-behaved dogs off the leash here and let them fly through the air as they run and play in the open field here. You and your dog will both go home with smiles afterward.

Pet Food Plus

To treat your dog for being such a good boy/girl during your time in Eau Claire, check out Pet Food Plus. They are sure to have something for your dog that will leave them licking their mouth and giving you lots and lots of kisses!


If you happen to need to leave your dog somewhere safe while you explore some other parts of Eau Claire, Dogtopia has you covered!

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