Austin’s premier dog-friendly restaurants and bars.
Here in Austin, we love our dogs and we love bringing them out and about with us. There are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants throughout town, but a few actually celebrate our canine pals. When going out with friends for a quick drink or a bite to eat with our pooches, we like to see water bowls set out and fenced-in areas for dogs to run free. The following Austin establishments celebrate our four-legged friends and encourage us to ditch the leash.
It’s no secret that the big red house on Rainey Street is a dog-loving bar. Walking onto their huge patio, you will be greeted by lots of licks and puppy smiles. There is a gated dog park where patrons are able to let their pups run and play with other dogs, and there is even canine fare on the menu. The Woof Wurst is a mere $4 and is homemade with the best pork, beef and veggies for the puppy palate. Proceeds from every Woof Wurst purchased go to Austin Pets Alive. On the third Monday of every month, Banger’s holds Mega Mutt Monday.
This extended happy hour pays homage to the awesome dogs of Austin. Starting at 5 p.m., bring your pooch down and enjoy various activities sponsored by local vendors. Try out free dog training from Train My Dogs Austin. Mud Puppies puts on their annual corn hole tournament with incredible dog-toy prizes, and Animal Trustees of Austin has been known to bring in discounted spay and neuter coupons. Midtown Dog Boarding has provided clips for tips at past events, and Coat and Tails is always in the house creating puppy portraits. Gorgeous pet portraitures are drawn up on the spot, with proceeds going to the rescue group of your choice.
With the abundance of philanthropic and fun activities, how could you not want to shake a case of the Mondays with this wooftastic yappy hour? Local adoption agencies such as Austin Boxer Rescue regularly bring in adorable pups looking for good homes in the area, so if you don’t have a dog but are interested, there is still something for you at Mutt Mondays. For the human variety, all of Banger’s 104 craft-beer pints are half off for the two hours of fun. This is a don’t-miss event every month if you’re a canine lover. 79 Rainey St., 512.386.1656.
While Freddie’s doesn’t allow dogs to be off leash, this is one of the most dog-friendly restaurants in South Austin. In this South First Street treasure, you will find plenty of water bowls and even treat machines for your pup. At any time of day, you will find plenty of dogs hanging out on this large shady patio, catching a relaxing lunch with their human friends. They love dogs so much at Freddie’s or that on Halloween, there was a doggie costume contest and the winner received a free meal for their human. Head down for Sunday brunch with your pooch pal and enjoy breakfast and their famous Bloody Mary bar. S. First St., 512.445.9197.
North Austin’s best-kept secret is harbored on a service road off Mopac in the Far West neighborhood. Using fresh ingredients to create gourmet pizzas and sandwiches, Austin Terrier caters to people while celebrating their dogs. The walls of the restaurant are covered with colorful artwork featuring Boston terriers, chalkboards for kids to draw their favorite pups and tributes to Austin’s efforts to support the well-being of canines everywhere. Austin Terriers supports local dog charities and societies, and features a large covered patio that is dog friendly. In true Austin fashion, Austin Terriers supports the human health effort with a tasty gluten-free option for their pizzas. Also available for the health conscious, lettuce wraps are an option for their gourmet sandwiches. 3435 Greystone Drive, 512.369.3751.
Other Austin Fido Favorites
Opal Divine’s Marina
Opal’s has brought the fun to North Austin with Saturday trivia night, Texas beer Tuesdays and another awesome patio for you and your four-legged friend. Dog domain: Leashed dogs are allowed at the outdoor tables. 12704 N. Mopac Expressway
Phara’s Mediterranean Cuisine
For a night of exotic food, music and belly dancing, come to Phara’s to discover one of Austin’s largest hidden patios. This restaurant is BYOB. Dogs are allowed on the large outdoor patio on a leash. 111 E. North Loop Blvd.
BB Rover’s Café & Pub
This neighborhood bar boasts a covered dog-friendly patio, more than 300 beers to choose from, live music and free Wi-Fi. If you live in Northwest Austin or are just in the neighborhood, stop by with your canine pal for lunch and a cold one. 12171 Jollyville Road
This bakery and brewpub features a beautiful beer garden nestled against a water channel in downtown Austin. This dog-friendly outdoor area even has a few ping pong tables for human fun. 709 E. Sixth St.
Downtown Austin’s hottest new brunch spot has a dog-friendly front patio and the best water bowls on Cesar Chavez. To complement the people-watching, there are even homemade dog treats. 202 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Enjoy Joe and Connie’s homemade food in their dog heaven backyard on the Eastside. Dogs can run free and play with resident lab Buddy, as long as they’re polite to other diners. The meatloaf is highly regarded in the neighborhood. 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
With tons of TVs, a large craft-beer selection and a pup-loving patio, Haymaker is the newest hot spot on the Eastside to watch your preferred game. Community seating and games galore harbor happiness at this Cherrywood neighborhood favorite. 2310 Manor Road
For homemade brews, barbeque and live tunes, head down to Uncle Billy’s large outdoor patio with your pooch. 1530 Barton Springs Road
Warm up next to the fire or enjoy a beautiful warm day at the Snack Bar on South Congress. This large outdoor eating area is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail after taking your dog for a walk along SoCo. 1224 S. Congress Ave.
The year 2014 brings Austin’s first premier dog bar that’s people friendly. Kristen Heaney, former Longhorn, plans to convert the old miniature golf course on Burnet Road, a 30,000-square-foot plot, in to an agility course and canine hangout where there’s something for humans to do as well. Heaney has started fundraising to raise the startup funds needed and has made great progress, hoping for a summer 2014 opening date. With a full kitchen, hot coffee and cold beer offerings, this is the perfect place to enjoy happy hour with your pooch instead of rushing home for a quick walk before going to meet your friends. Memberships range from day passes to yearly options. Stay tuned for more updates. For more information on Yard Bar, visit yardbar.com.