Austin Dog-Friendly Guide [Updated for 2019]
This is by no means a complete list of all the dog-friendly places in Austin, Texas. I think that might be impossible to list out. In fact, last summer Realtor.com ranked the Top 10 American Cities for Dogs and Austin came in 6th.
Considering Realtor.com counted 264 dog-friendly restaurants in Austin, we easily should have been number one!I guess an easier guide to write would have been, “The Few Places in Austin You Can’t Take Your Dog.”
Dog-Friendly Places in Austin, Texas
With so many dog-friendly places, what makes a place an extraordinary example of the term? At least, enough to stand out among 264 other restaurants (not including bars, shops, parks, offices etc.)? A few things for starts: space, shade, and a welcoming staff.
Obviously, the competition is stiff for ‘the best’ dog-friendly places in Austin. This guide of 35 dog friendly Austin places is here to help:
4th Tap Brewing Co-op
This North Austin brewery is dog-friendly not only outside, but also inside their large taproom. There’s usually a great food truck out front to grab a bite with your craft beer. This brewery is also a peaceful place when you need to do some work.
WEBSITE | 10615 Metric Boulevard 78758
The Austin Beer Garden and Brewery is dog-friendly with biscuits and watering stations. There’s plenty of room to sit outside with your dog in the shade thanks to a few beautiful trees in the beer garden.
WEBSITE | 1305 W Oltorf Street, 78704
Read This: Austin’s Best Brewpubs
Amy’s Ice Cream + Phil’s Icehouse
Amy’s Ice Cream is a local chain serving inventive ice creams, milkshakes, ices & frozen yogurts with clever fixings. At their Burnet Road location they share a spot with Phil’s Icehouse. It’s a mini-chain post serving creative burgers in a refurbished gas station. There’s a great outdoor area with shade for pups and a killer playground for kids.
WEBSITE | Multiple Locations
Batch Craft is the best of both worlds: beer and kolaches. This dog-friendly and family-owned business is an impressive triple threat with kolache bakery, taproom, and retail craft beer shop all under one roof. Pastry Chef Jasmine Jones elevates the classic Central Texas Czech pastry to gourmet status by teaming up with Micklethwait Craft Meats and local fruit vendors. There’s a sizeable outdoor area out back with plenty of picnic tables and shade.
WEBSITE | 3220 Manor Road, 78723
Blue Owl Brewing Co
The “Cutest Brewery Award” in Austin easily goes to Blue Owl Brewing. The walls and patio are sprinkled with succulents in the most darling planters. This east Austin brewery is dog-friendly inside and out.
WEBSITE | 2400 E Cesar Chavez Street #300
Butterfly Bar at the Vortex Lounge
One of the coolest dog-friendly bars you’ll find in Austin is the Butterfly Bar, part of The Vortex theater. The interior is cozy and inviting, but you’ll most likely want to spend time hanging out in the spacious outdoor area with your dog. There’s an Italian food truck on-site that could set the mood for a memorable recreation of the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp!
WEBSITE | 2307 Manor Road, 78722
This North Austin brewery is industrial but decorated with fresh succulents and greenery, and a large chalkboard detailed with brews and highlights. Their board-game selection is a knock-out and additionally, dogs are more than welcome inside.
WEBSITE | 2340 W Braker Lane, 78758
Contigo is directly south of the main Mueller development and foodies and drinkers alike will dig the hip, swanky restaurant. Here, ‘farm-fresh Texas fare’ meets seasonal craft cocktails & beer. Their large, dog-friendly patio rivals the beauty of the presentation of their food and drinks.
WEBSITE | 2027 Anchor Lane, 78723
Crown & Anchor Pub
Since opening in 1987, Crown and Anchor Pub has been a favorite dog-friendly neighborhood bar for Hyde Park residents. Their diverse selection of drinks include over 30 taps and 100 bottles/cans, as well as a nice range of ciders and wine. If you are in the mood for food, there’s plenty of delicious bar eats to choose from.
WEBSITE | 2911 San Jacinto Boulevard, 78705
Doc B’s has a menu packed with delicious American dishes, as well as beer & craft cocktails. All can be served to you under their massive covered patio. This dog-friendly bar and restaurant is in north Austin at the Domain, which is an outdoor mall offering a variety of upscale shops & department stores plus dining options & tons of great bars. And believe it or not, it’s all dog-friendly as well.
WEBSITE | 3001 Palm Way Suite, 78758
The bar and off leash park areas offer a safe & fun environment for the dogs & a relaxed environment for the owners. The on-site trailer serves food on the weekends, like spicy patty melts and burgers. Entry fee for dogs are $5, with the annual membership going for $75.
WEBSITE | 3800 Co Road, Leander, TX 78641
This hip brewpub’s vast craft-beer menu includes a few made on-site, plus food-truck grub outside. There’s plenty of seating outside for you and your friends, plus all the furry companions!
WEBSITE | 4112 Medical Parkway, 78756
Your dog will love coming here to this cool, shaded downtown hotspot. It’s a hip hangout with both a bakery/cafe & a creekside beer garden serving simple snacks & cheeses.
WEBSITE | 709 E 6th Street, 78701
Saloon-like cocktail lounge & beer garden in circa-1869 landmark building with vintage decor. The inside of Freedmen’s is beautiful and intimate, but the large outdoor patio is the perfect place to bring the dog and socialize on a weekend evening. Just make sure to keep an eye out on your pup, they’re known to be sneaky bandits for some BBQ.
WEBSITE | 2402 San Gabriel Street, 78705
Hi Sign Brewing
Hi Sign Brewing is just a stone’s throw from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The dog-friendly brewery has amble shaded outdoor space has picnic tables and hammocks that are made for watching the planes flying overhead with your dog.
WEBSITE | 1201 Bastrop Highway, 78742
Hops & Grains
Sustainable East Austin microbrewery offering tours, a taproom with handcrafted ales & grain-based dog biscuits. Check the calendar for yappy hours hosted out on the patio.
WEBSITE | 507 Calles Street, 78702
Read This: East Austin Brewery Guide
Little Woodrow’s Neighborhood Bar is the beer (and dog) lovers’ place for the ultimate sports watching experience, featuring drink specials every day with over 100 beers and a full bar!
WEBSITE | Multiple Austin Locations
Another massive patio with plenty of outdoor seating, games, and places for dogs to explore. Food trucks and great drinks are here for the humans!
WEBSITE | 10212 Manchaca Road, 78748
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Coffee beans flame-roasted on-site, plus bakery goods, frequent live music & a large dog-friendly patio boasting a stunning view on Lake Austin.
WEBSITE | 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard, 78703
Oasis Brewing Co
Brewpub by Lake Travis producing iconic, rustic session beers. Sitting at the very top of the Oasis Texas Development, there’s dog-friendly breathtaking views of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country in every direction.
WEBSITE | 6550 Comanche Trail, 78732
Beer, burgers & Southern/Tex-Mex eats with a dog-friendly patio, horseshoe pitch & second-story bar with views.
WEBSITE | 3508 S Lamar Boulevard, 78704
This cozy East Austin dive has a great porch that is totally dog friendly. The vintage arcade games are fun and playful while you sip on their unique frozen and hot alcoholic beverages.
WEBSITE | 1016 E 6th Street, 78702
Ski Shores Café is a lakeside restaurant that’s been opening since 1954. There’s plenty of laid-back lakeside fun along with a game room, beachfront area, playground, great burgers, cocktails and dog-friendly outdoor space. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than relaxing by the lake with your favorite four-legged friend.
WEBSITE | 2905 Pearce Road, 78730
This industrial, dog–friendly brewery is made to look like an indoor-beer garden with the floor to ceiling, wraparound windows. It’s a great place to come with a group of friends or your kids/dogs! The tap list is long and ever-changing so everyone will find something they’ll enjoy and love. BTW, there’s also a delicious food truck on-site serving up a unique menu of brewery eats.
WEBSITE | 1005 E St Elmo Road, 78745
Southern Heights Brewing Company
East Austin’s newest brewery is exceptionally dog-friendly. Dogs are allowed inside here with plenty of space to spread out. Open on weekends, Southern Heights is a relaxing place to come and try some incredible beer while your furry BFF tags along.
WEBSITE | 6014 Techni Center Drive, 78721
St Elmo Brewing
Bar, brewery & beer garden with rotating craft taps & Sour Sop, an on-site food trailer for mostly Asian fare. Check out the massive dog-friendly outdoor area with plenty of picnic tables and a stage for live music.
Read This: South Austin Brewery Guide
Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza + Jester King Brewery
Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza in Dripping Springs boasts some of the best brewery food, including handcrafted pizza. The pizza place and brewery are surrounded by sprawling Texas Hill Country farmland that is just perfect for hanging out or playing fetch.
WEBSITE | 13187 Fitzhugh Road, 78736
There’s coffee, craft beer, and delicious food at both of the Thunderbird Cafes in Austin, making it a fantastic place to work outside of the office with your dog. There’s free wifi, plenty of seating, inside and out. Plus, Thunderbird always has a solid beer list (pint specials on Thursdays!) that’s sure to have something good for just about every craft beer drinker. Just make sure to arrive with a full charge, outlets are scare on the patios.
WEBSITE | Two Austin Locations (East and North Central)
Seafood, sandwiches & a raw bar plus Southern comfort fare with arcade games & televisions. This come-as-you-are indoor and dog-friendly outdoor space features counter service and community tables in a friendly environment for all. Come by to watch the game or catch up with old friends while enjoying refreshing drinks from a HUGE tap list of craft beers that includes several cocktails on tap.
WEBSITE | 1100 S Lamar Boulevard, 78704
Austin-based chain serving Mexican street-food-style tacos in inventive varieties, including for breakfast. Many of the locations have great outdoor areas for you and your pup to split an order of queso.
WEBSITE | Multiple Locations
Any type of taco your heart desires is possible at this North Austin taco stand. The outdoor patio is sweltering on summer afternoons, but the stand is now open 24 hours. So if you’re looking for a dog-friendly Austin restaurant open late, head here to this Austin classic to get your taco fix. (It’s also BYOB!)
WEBSITE | 4905 Airport Boulevard, 78751
Inside the W Hotel in Downtown Austin is Trace. It’s a dog-friendly restaurant with regionally sourced meats, veggies & cheeses in a sophisticated setting with sidewalk dining. (Grab a cocktail and head into The Living Room to cozy up with your pooch next to the fireplace.)
WEBSITE | 200 Lavaca Street, 78701
Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse
Uncle Billy’s is one the oldest breweries in Austin. There’s always plenty of award winning brews on tap to pair with their slow-smoked BBQ, sandwiches & salads pair. All can be enjoyed with your dog under a large tree-shaded patio. It’s right around the corner from Zilker Park, making it a great stop after getting some exercise with your four-legged best friend.
WEBSITE | 1530 Barton Springs Road, 78704
The dog-loving Yard Bar is a combination dog park/restaurant/bar where Bark Rangers are on guard to help your dogs. For humans, there are food and drink, for the canines, there are sliders and ice cream. Entry fee for dogs is $5, and make sure to bring their rabies vaccination.
WEBSITE | 6700 Burnet Road, 78757
Yellow Jacket Social Club
Cozy watering hole in East Austin known for its global nibbles, dog-friendly patio & recycled wood & stone decor.
WEBSITE | 1704 E 5th Street, 78702