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Visitors Guide

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2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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Pet-Friendly Patios for Pooches

You don’t have to feel like you’re on a short leash when you want to sit down and enjoy a meal out with your favorite furry friend. Alton Main Street put together a Facebook photo album of pet-friendly outdoor café experiences in downtown Alton, Illinois and we’re giving it a rating of “five paws!”

Here’s a list of pet-friendly patios available throughout the Meeting of the Great Rivers for you and your pooches that are sure to make some tails wag:


Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge

James Bond meets James Bark at this martini lounge! Enjoy world flavors and renowned pizzettes, American classics and agent-inspired martinis alongside your best partner in crime at Bossanova’s outdoor seating.

Chez Marilyn

In the mood for a “yappy” hour? This is another place not to pass up a martini! Sniff your way to the outside patio of Chez Marilyn and enjoy decadent food, drinks and relaxed seating. It’s the perfect place for you and your pup!

Duke Bakery

The ultimate bakery experience at Duke Bakery deserves two thumbs up… opposable or non-opposable! Stop by on your morning walks and grab a dog treat and a seat outside. It will be a sweet treat for all involved!

Fun Fact: Duke Bakery used to have a dog named “Donut.” How fitting!


Gentelin’s on Broadway

Who says fine dining means leaving your dog at home? Gentelin’s on Broadway doesn’t! Enjoy the delicious food prepared by an outstanding culinary team, outside seating and the company of your pet in beautiful downtown Alton.

Pssst! Half-priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays! Wine not?

Germania Brew Haus

Whether you’re in the mood for some delicious coffee, a cold craft beer or a refreshing doggy dish of water… Just bark! Place your order to Germania Brew Haus by phone and wait for it to be delivered while you and your pet play in the pocket park right next door.

The Old Bakery Beer Co.

The Old Bakery Beer Company is the perfect place for a good brew with your good boy… or girl! Their menu changes every season, so there’s always something tasty, healthy and new to try. Enjoy the picnic tables at the front entrance with all of your pals, fur or no fur.

Ragin Cajun Piano Bar

A spacious sidewalk café simply screams “pet party!” Celebrate any occasion with your pets NOLA style while enjoying the Cajun and Creole flavors of Ragin Cajun Piano Bar. Naked Voodoo Wings, Crawfish Tails, Alligator Bites… and those are just some of the appetizers!

State Street Market of Alton

Do you want to enjoy a homemade brunch, a Bloody Mary or a mimosa in the cool breeze of a Saturday morning? Looking for a place to sip some fantastic wine? Don’t forget to bring your pup! Walk around to the back entrance of State Street Market and enjoy fresh food and smooth drinks on the bistro-style and French café-inspired patio.

Tony’s Restaurant & 3rd Street Café

Voted the best steak, best happy hour, best atmosphere and best outdoor dining by the people of Madison County, Tony’s Restaurant and 3rd Street Café is a place that you and your date can enjoy, whether they have a couple extra legs or not! There’s a seat saved for both of you on the outside patio to enjoy great food and fresh air.

For a Special Treat…

Grab a doggy bag from any of the surrounding restaurants and sit in the Sunken Garden on 3rd Street! The running water from the fountains and the beautiful view of downtown Alton will be relaxing for you and your furry friends.


3rd Chute Bar & Grill

Out for a walk with your trusty companion? 3rd Chute Bar & Grill welcomes you and your pet to the patio section of this riverfront restaurant! Freshly prepared food and drinks along the Illinois River make for the perfect mid-walk stop. 

Drifters' Eats & Drinks

Home of the "Redneck Winery" and Grafton's biggest chair, Drifters' Eats & Drinks has a gorgeous view and delicious food to enjoy with the best of all company... your pet! Everyone is welcome to catch (or fetch) the drift on the outside patio!

Grafton Pub

Get the pub experience with your pup! Grafton Pub is a great place for all ages and occasions to enjoy delicious food and drinks. Their outside patio is pet-friendly and has an awesome view right on the river. From pub-styled appetizers to their vegetarian burger, Grafton Pub has something for everyone!

Grafton Winery the Vineyards

You're not the only one who enjoys a nice cold drink surrounded by beautiful nature - your pet would too! Grab the leash and enjoy Grafton Winery the Vineyards' rolling hills and lake with one of their award-winning wines.

Hawg Pit BBQ Barn

Enjoy the Hawg with your dawg! All of your friends are welcome at the Hawg Pit. Bite into award-winning BBQ in a casual atmosphere and rock out to live music every weekend.

The Loading Dock

Whether you want to relax and unwind or party until the dogs come home, the Loading Dock in Grafton is the place to do it! This famous riverside restaurant is not to be missed when you're out and about in the Meeting of the Great Rivers. Sit back and listen to the river slowly passing by or stand up and dance your paws off to live music. Either way, don't forget to try the Dock Salsa and a nice frozen Dock Lemonade!

Peace of Quiche

This cafe with a cause welcomes all guests on the outdoor patio! Enjoy delicious breakfast and lunch options such as hashbrown casserole, Greek yogurt parfaits, a pesto panini and of course... quiche! Well behaved pets are allowed outside, so don't forget your leash when you want some quiche!

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

Are you and your hound hungry after hiking? It's easy to work up an appetite after exploring Pere Marquette State Park! Order yourself a doggy bag from the restaurant at Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center and eat it at their outside seating or have yourself a picnic in the grass. 




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