Here in Austin we understand what it’s like to roll out the red carpet for the pups and most seem to deserve a seat at the dinner table. We also know parting from them while on vacation is anything but convenient, so why not bring them with you? From beer gardens to restaurants, there is a place for your pet at many establishments and outdoor spaces, here are a few.
Bars & Breweries
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The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (South Austin)
Awarded 2016’s Great American Beer Festival Brewpub of the Year, this favorite spot won’t disappoint. Enjoy live music nightly, large communal picnic tables, crave-able pizzas and the guiding philosophy that "beer makes it better." Their Hell Yes Project has captured this idea by donating 5% of profits from various events, specials and parties to local non-profit partners like Austin Pets Alive!. The American Pale Ale series benefits Austin Pets Alive and $1 of every pint is donated to this great cause.
Yard Bar (North Austin)
Yard Bar was created for you, the dog lover. Have you ever imagined a dog park with full bar and food for you and your canine family member? Grab some fried hush puppies and a Yard Burger, then relax and let go as the bark rangers patrol this off-leash fenced in bar. For a mere $5 a dog, you can enjoy this unique spot in North Austin for a full day of socializing, eating and four-legged (or three-legged) fun. Memberships are also available for those who plan on frequent visits. Events are held throughout the year, including a New Year’s Day Hair of the Dog party and Puppy Bowl Live.
Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden (Rainey)
Situated in the heart of the Rainey Street entertainment district (near downtown), this sausage house and beer garden has been an Austin favorite for five years now. With 30 varieties of handcrafted sausage, including an array of exotic, traditional, vegetarian and dog friendly plus 104 beers on draft, Banger’s is the perfect place to enjoy live music while the pups play in their off-leash playpen. Events held include, Big Band Brunch, Smoke out Saturday’s, Mega Mutt Monday, and more.
Hops & Grain Brewing (East Austin)
Not only does this award-winning craft brewery offer a dog-friendly patio, but they have also managed to hand-craft something special for your four-legged friend. Hops & Grain Brewing has found a way to recycle the spent brewing grains into homemade dog treats called “Brew Biscuits.” Check them out seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., with free tours held Friday and Saturday.
Doghouse Drinkery (Leander)
Situated on 2.5 acres north of the Austin city limits, this dog park and bar offers a large off-leash area complete with a special small dog section and an additional 10,000-square foot area for adoptions, training and even birthday parties. Relax with a cold one and watch the game or play darts while your dog sniffs the grounds. Boarding is also an option at this facility.
Auditorium Shores at the Hike-and-Bike Trail. Credit Jody Horton Photography, courtesy of The Trail Foundation.
Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake (Downtown)
An Austin must-do, this 10-mile downtown trail hugs Lady Bird Lake and is connected from north to south by multiple bridges and boardwalks. Pick your activity of choice, from kayaking or stand up paddleboarding on the lake to jogging, cycling or walking along the wide dirt path, the Butler Trail allows all to enjoy. Be sure to stop at the Stevie Ray Vaughan memorial, directly next to this monument is an off-leash area for your pup at Auditorium Shores.
Barton Creek Greenbelt (South Austin)
If you’re looking for a little adventure with your pup, head to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This area offers 7.8 miles of hiking trails that weave around the Hill Country terrain. Hidden among this local retreat are multiple waterfalls and watering holes where you will surely run into Austinites and their pups enjoying the warm summer months.
There is no shortage of off-leash areas for your four-legged friend, refer to this map for the city of Austin’s many options and local ordinances.
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Austin Terrier (North Austin)
The name speaks for itself, this local Austin staple lies in North Austin and its owner REALLY likes dogs. Many menu items come with the name like, “Buster” or “Hutch” just to name a few. Known for their 12” pizzas with 20+ toppings, burgers and dog-named sandwiches you and your pup friend won’t go un-welcomed.
Shake Shack (South Austin)
Located at Lamar Union and situated steps away from popular outdoor spots, Shake Shack offers a selection of eats including burgers, frozen custards and pooch-inis (dog friendly!). Some items are paired with Austin favorites such as Kreuz Market sausage or Uchi/Uchiko blondies (5% of the proceeds from this item supports the Austin Humane Society). Best of all, Shake Shack on SoLa offers a dog parking station; needless to say your beloved pup will love this place.
Cane Rosso (South Austin)
This restaurant is famous for its award-winning and television-worthy Neapolitan pizza, featuring fresh mozzarella pulled daily and sauce made from hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes. The owner not only has a passion for authentic Italian pizza but also a love of helping abandoned dogs. In 2014, Cane Rosso Rescue was born - a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on finding homes for abandoned or homeless dogs. There's no question that dogs are more than welcome at the South Austin location, and they also host regular adoptions and fundraising events.
Of course, this list doesn’t cover all of the pet-friendly locales in Austin, and your pup is welcome in many more spots all over town. For more, check out this comprehensive list from 365 Things Austin.
As always, be kind and make sure you scoop the poop. Woof!