If your date is going extremely well, the indie sex shop Smitten Kitten is also dog-friendly.
OTHER dog-FRIENDLY Uptown SPOTS
Barbette: 1600 W. Lake St., 612-827-5710, www.barbette.com.
Lake of the Isles Off-Leash Recreation Area: 2845 Lake of the Isles Pkwy., 612-230-6400, www.minneapolisparks.org.
Muddy Waters (until 5 p.m.): 2933 Lyndale Av. S. 612-872-2232, www.muddywatersmpls.com.
Paper Source: 3048 Hennepin Av. S., 612-377-0700, www.paper-source.com.
Tin Fish: 3000 E. Calhoun Pkwy., 612-823-5840, www.thetinfishrestaurants.com.
NORTHEAST & NORTH Minneapolis
MPLS PHOTO CENTER
2400 N. 2nd St. • 612-643-3511 • www.mplsphotocenter.com
Yes, the Photo Center allows pups in its gallery. It also has a dog photography exhibit (“Mary Ludington: The Nature of Dogs”) through Sept. 1, so you can peruse the show with your dog at your side. The gallery, which is open until 5:30 p.m., isn’t air-conditioned, though, so you might want to avoid it on the dog days.
ST. ANTHONY PARKWAY OFF-LEASH RECREATION AREA
700 St. Anthony Pkwy., Mpls. • www.minneapolisparks.org
This dog park is heavily woodchipped and is equipped with benches, so you can sit on and chat while your dog runs around. Note: You need an off-leash dog permit, or you could be fined. And bring an old towel so you can clean your dog after all the running/rolling/digging.
THE SAMPLE ROOM
2124 NE. Marshall St. • 612-789-0333 • www.the-sample-room.com
One of the gems of Northeast, the Sample Room’s sizable patio offers much-appreciated shade. The staff will bring out a bowl of ice water for your pup while you partake in delicious wine flights and tasting plates. Plus, Gluek Park is right next door, if Rover needs a bathroom break.