Guide to Dog-Friendly Patios in Medicine Hat, Alberta

I absolutely adore the Southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat! 

I end up visiting quite regularly because two of my dearest friends Jack and Nicole live there. 

And I also work in the region a fair bit with Tourism Medicine Hat—which is the reason for my most recent visit (June 2022) to the Hat! 

For this specific post, I teamed up with Kesha (an English Bulldog) and Jax (a Retriever mix) for very impawtant research—figuring out which patios in Medicine Hat are dog(pet) friendly! Make your way through these patios one-by-one or plan a dog-friendly patio crawl!

All of the Medicine Hat patios I’ve listed here either have sidewalk patios street access which always allows dogs), definitely allows dogs (includes water bowls or treats for dogs), or I’ve called / asked in person to check and they confirmed they do allow dogs. 

It’s worth noting that as of May 2022, Alberta no longer requires restaurant patios to apply for separate dog or pet patio permit—any patio can be dog or pet friendly as long as it has a separate (outdoor) entrance/access (dogs don’t go inside the restaurant). It’s up to the individual restaurant to determine if they want to allow dogs on their patio or not (so the more people ask restaurants—the more dog friendly patios there will be!)

If there is a patio in Medicine Hat that has outdoor access—it’s likely dog-friendly, they may just not know they don’t need a separate permit (so show them this guide + the May 2022 news article!) It’s also worth noting that while I reference this as dogs primarily, I acknowledge more people have outdoor cats who walk / leashed or go in strollers around town with them, so in theory, any dog-friendly place should be suitable for any leashed, well-behaved pet. 

As a general rule, you should message or call the place you want to bring your dog to double check—I’ve done this initial research but things to do change!  

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Whether you’re a local acting as a tourist or an actual tourist to one of the sunniest cities in Canada, be sure to check out my Medicine Hat travel guides—this one, or one listed below—to help plan your visit and exploration:

Note: my visit to Tourism Medicine Hat was sponsored. Experiences were hosted by The Hat. This does not impact opinions or views stated in this post—I love exploring this awesome little city and I love patio hopping—even more so with pets involved! 

Guide to Dog-Friendly (Pet Friendly) Patios in Medicine Hat, Alberta

Total Patios: 20
Last Updated: June 23, 2022

Patios listed in alphabetical order

Remember: you should message or call the place you want to bring your dog to double check you can bring your dog—I’ve done this initial research but things to do change! 

If you know of a Medicine Hat patio that is dog-friendly and not listed, let me know!

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CAMP Ice Cream
  • 1870A 6 Ave. SW, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • A small batch ice cream shop in the Hat that donates $1 from every pint sale to support camps in southern Alberta. They also have ice cream treats for your pups!
Country Crumbs Bakery & Cafe
  • 417 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Find freshly baked breads, buns, specialty coffees, desserts, homemade soups to go and custom cakes at Country Crumbs Bakery & Cafe.
Earl’s
  • 3215 Dunmore Rd. SE, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website
  • This Earls location includes a dog-friendly patio! Bring your pup for Happy Hour from 2-5 p.m. or 9 p.m. to close. 
Grit City Distillery
  • 690 S Railway St., Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • (From their website): “Grit City Distillery is a creation of hard work, passion, and grit.”
  • Try their dill pickle pizza, Fishbowl Fridays, and smoked Old Fashioned!
Hell’s Basement Brewery
  • 552 18 St. SW, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
  • This local craft brewery and patio has a beautiful, dog-friendly patio. Try a flight and local meats to go with you drinks. They also have a hard tea and hard root beer.
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Kesha soaking up the sun at Hell's Basement.
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Kesha eyeing up food at Grit City Distillery.
Homestead Market
  • 1750 Gershaw Drive, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Instagram
  • Homestead Market features local artisan products, perishable and non-perishable locally made foods, and an in-house coffee bar, patio and drive-thru
  • Grab coffee, a crochet octopus plush, a handmade plate, housemade jarred pickles and more!
Inspire Cafe
  • 675 2nd St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Twitter
  • Inspire Cafe is a cafe within an art gallery! Find lots of local art while trying their comfort food—sandwiches, soups, freshly roasted coffee, teas, and in-house made desserts.
LOCAL Public Eatery
  • 579 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • LOCAL has a large patio, craft beers, quality food and the occasional live band.
The patio at Homestead Market Coffee.
Madhatter Coffee Roastery
  • 513 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • The Madhatter serves freshly roasted coffee with house-made decadent treats.
Medicine Hat Brewing Company
  • 1366 Brier Park Dr.NW, Medicine Hat
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
  • Find 23 taps of craft beer and delicious food (GET THE PRETZELS WITH BEER CHEESE!!) plus beertails (beer cocktails) with locally sourced ingredients, prepared in-house.
Moose & Squirrel Bistro / Artisan Village
  • 651 2 St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Ice cream, tapas, spirits, and street art. This is a unique outdoor space (nestled between two historic buildings) with sea can bars, live music, pop-up chefs, and great drinks + ice cream.
The Moose and Squirrel has a beautiful patio!
The Yard has a beautiful patio!
Silver Buckle Sports Bar 
  • 644 2 St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Silver Buckle is something of a Medicine Hat institution, beginning in 1980. Find live music, TVs, pool tables, dart boards, 20 taps of rotating beer and their Legendary Steak Sandwich that costs just $5.55 (you read that right!)
Station Coffee
  • 644 2 St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Station Coffee Co. serves ethically soured coffee with all food made from scratch in-house.
Swirls Ice Cream
  • 2 4 St. SW, Medicine Hat 
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • A “Medicine Hat Original” locally owned and operated since 1984., serving Hatters (and their pups!) soft and hard ice cream, icebergs, floats, swirls and sundaes for over 30 years.
The Cliff Restaurant & Bar
  • 1100 Redcliff Dr. SW, Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • The Cliff is located in Clarion Pointe Hotel in Medicine Hat is home to a beautiful outdoor patio that is pooch-friendly!
The Mezz
  • 620 2 St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • The Mezz is located inside the historic Beveridge building downtown, a beautiful indoor space with beautiful outdoor patio!
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Jax and I at Travois Ale.
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Jax had a lovely day patio-hopping!
The Yard
  • 619 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • The Yard is an outdoor patio featuring everything local from music to beer, spirits and food. Dogs very welcome (there’s even a jar of treats for them!) 
The Zucchini Blossom Market & Cafe
  • 50 3 St. NE (Riverside), Medicine Hat, AB
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
  • Zucchini Blossom is a lovely cafe with housemade soups (get the tomato!!), pizzas, quiches, sandwiches and more.
Tino’s
  • 619 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Facebook | Instagram
  • Tino’s Drive-In has been serving burgers, milkshakes and more, in their castle-shaped building, since 1967. 55 years later it’s still owned operated by the original owners. 
Travois Ale Works
  • 612 3rd St. SE, Medicine Hat (Downtown)
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram
  • Located in one of downtown’s historic restored buildings, it’s a cool space! (the patio is obviously outside of the historic building lol but thought I’d mention the building)
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Use and share my Guide to Dog (Pet) Friendly Patios in Medicine Hat, Alberta!

As mentioned, as of May 2022, Alberta no longer requires restaurant patios to apply for separate dog or pet patio permit—any patio can be dog or pet friendly as long as it has a separate (outdoor) entrance/access (dogs don’t go inside the restaurant). It’s up to the individual restaurant to determine if they want to allow dogs on their patio or not (so the more people ask restaurants—the more dog friendly patios there will be!)

If there is a patio in Medicine Hat that has outdoor access—it’s likely dog-friendly, they may just not know they don’t need a separate permit (so show them this guide + the May 2022 news article!) It’s also worth noting that while I reference this as dogs primarily, I acknowledge more people have outdoor cats who walk / leashed or go in strollers around town with them, so in theory, any dog-friendly place should be suitable for any leashed, well-behaved pet. 

As a general rule, you should message or call the place you want to bring your dog to double check—I’ve done this initial research but things to do change!  

I hope you found this blog guide useful and enjoy your patio visits with your pets!! 

Note: my visit to Tourism Medicine Hat was sponsored. Experiences were hosted by The Hat. This does not impact opinions or views stated in this post—I love exploring this awesome little city and I love patio hopping—even more so with pets involved! 

Linda

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