Great fare in a pup-friendly atmosphere

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Life is good when you can head to the pub with your best friends after work.  And if your best friends happen to have four legs and wagging tails, Portland has you covered in style.

Cheryl Huerta and her two Pit Bulls like to hang out at Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, and they’re in good company.  With pizza, pub fare, and craft beers on tap, Lucky Lab’s four metro locations top the pet-friendly pub category.  Three other local haunts round out the “pupular” pubs list.  The Mississippi neighborhood’s hipster casual Amnesia Brewing ties for second place with the beloved Roscoe’s jukebox joint on SE Stark.  Third place goes to North Portland’s Fifth Quadrant Lompoc restaurant and brewery, offering a slightly more ambient vibe and an upscale twist on classic pub food.  Truffle oil pub fries, anyone?

Tin Shed Garden Café in NE Portland is the favorite haunt of Maureen Kelly and her dog Henri.  “As soon as we’re seated, we two-footers get our menus and the pup gets a bowl of water,” she says.  Henri highly recommends the special dog menu’s burger and rice dish.  Followed closely by Lucky Lab and the casual, nautical vibe at Beaches, Tin Shed tops the pup-friendly restaurant list.  With happy red doggie bandanas, self-serve dog treats and frequent fundraisers for Oregon Humane and Fences for Fido, Maureen says, “What more could you ask for?  We love Tin Shed.” – Michelle Blake