Sacramento is hot, hot, hot—and we’re not talking summer weather. The restaurant and craft brewery scene here has exploded of late, and thanks to a (usually) mild climate, outdoor dining is ubiquitous, and almost every restaurant and brewery patio in town is dog-friendly.
While more new places than can be counted on Fido’s toe-pads have opened since the first of the year, we’re keeping our eyes, ears and sniffers pointed toward Mutts and Mugs, a membership dog park/pub set to open in the next couple of months near Sacramento’s Executive Airport, on the south side of town. Styled after similar establishments in Austin and Kansas City, Mutts and Mugs will serve as a hangout where dog owners can eat, drink and socialize while dogs, supervised by a “ranger,” romp and play in a 28,000 square-foot outdoor space partitioned for large and small canines. There will be rules, of course, including mandatory spay/neuter and proof of vaccinations. We can’t wait to trek on over and see how it works out!
Also new (to us) is Sacramento’s only cider pub, Two Rivers Cider Co., tucked away in the Curtis Park neighborhood just south of downtown, features 15 taps pouring regional favorites and exclusive varieties of fermented apple juice. Food trucks are on site weekends, while live music is featured a couple of times a month, adding to the kid- and dog-friendly atmosphere. If you’re new to cider, try a flight, then order a pint of your favorite.
Just a few blocks away, Fountainhead Brewing Co. has earned raves for its beer, small plates and frequent entertainment, while Hop Gardens, in a building with a large, dog-friendly garden area out back, serves pizza along with its pours.
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