Austin Dog-Friendly Guide [Updated for 2020]
This is by no means a complete list of all the dog-friendly places in Austin, Texas. I think that might be impossible…
Realtor.com recently ranked the Top 10 American Cities for Dogs and Austin came in 6th. In the ranking, Realtor counted 264 dog-friendly restaurants in Austin. Can you believe it??
So yea, I guess an easier guide to write would have been, “The Few Places in Austin You Can’t Take Your Dog”.
This city is so incredibly dog-friendly though. It was one of the big reasons why we wanted to move to Austin.
We moved here with one dog, Jason’s Border Collie mix, Landon. Now, with the addition of my Mini Schnauzer mix, Louie, Jason and I have two.
Since the addition of a new puppy, we’ve revisited some of our favorite dog-friendly places and of course, exploring plenty of new dog-friendly breweries and bars.
That’s why this year, I’m taking the list of my dog-friendly places from 35 to 54!!
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 starters: space, shade, and a welcoming staff… Treats are always an awesome bonus.
Obviously, the competition is stiff for ‘the best’ dog-friendly places in Austin. This guide of 54 dog-friendly Austin places is here to help.
Each and every one of these places has been approved by myself and our two pups.
Alright, y’all. Time to buckle up and get into all of our favorite dog-friendly bars and restaurants in Austin!
Dog-Friendly Places in Central/ Downtown Austin
Upstairs at Caroline’s – Bring your dog to this downtown open-air space with a full bar, tacos, and bar games. Feel like you’re in the backyard, but right in the heart of Austin’s downtown. WEBSITE
Crown & Anchor Pub – Since opening in 1987, this central Austin pub has been a favorite dog-friendly neighborhood bar for Hyde Park residents. Their diverse selection of drinks includes over 30 taps and 100 bottles/cans, as well as a nice range of ciders and wine. WEBSITE
Easy Tiger (Downtown) – Your dog will love coming to this cool, shaded downtown hotspot. It’s a hip hangout with both a bakery/cafe & a creekside beer garden serving simple snacks along with artisan cheeses. WEBSITE
Read This: A Guide to Austin’s Best Brewpubs
Irene’s – This is one of our favorite places for brunch. There is plenty of outdoor seating, lots of yummy comfort food dishes and fun cocktails, as well as wait staff that will absolutely fawn over your pooch. WEBSITE
Little Woodrow’s – This neighborhood bar is the beer (and dog) lovers’ place for the ultimate sports watching experience, featuring drink specials every day with over 100 beers! WEBSITE
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters – Coffee beans flame-roasted on-site at this lakeside coffee shop. Plus bakery goods, frequent live music & a large dog-friendly patio boasting a stunning view on Lake Austin. WEBSITE
Rainey Street (all of it!) – All of the bars and restaurants on Rainey Street are dog-friendly, and most bars are dog-friendly inside and out. Just beware that this is an entertainment district and might not be the best (or most fun) place for your dog on a Saturday night… WEBSITE
Scholz Garten – This beer garden in Downtown Austin is 100% dog-friendly! (Outside only though). Scholz is the oldest bar in Texas, so you’ll get to enjoy a little slice of Texas history while you and your dog enjoy beers and German-style food. WEBSITE
Torchy’s Tacos (Multiple Locations) – This is one of the most popular taco chains in all of Austin, and all of their locations with outdoor patios are dog-friendly! WEBSITE
Trace – Inside the W Hotel in Downtown Austin is this dog-friendly restaurant. Featuring regionally sourced meats, veggies & cheeses in a sophisticated setting with sidewalk dining. (My tip? Grab a cocktail and head into The Living Room to cozy up with your pooch next to the fireplace.) WEBSITE | 200 Lavaca Street, 78701
Dog-Friendly Places in East Austin
Austin Eastciders Collaboratory – Austin Eastciders taproom features a selection of their usual ciders plus rotating seasonals plus dog-friendly taproom and sweet dog merch like bandanas and hats! WEBSITE
Batch Craft Brewery – Batch Craft is the best of both worlds: beer and kolaches. This dog-friendly and family-owned brewery is an impressive triple threat with kolache bakery, brewery, and retail craft beer shop all under one roof. There’s a sizeable outdoor area out back with plenty of picnic tables and shade. WEBSITE
Blue Owl Brewing Co – This East Austin brewery is dog-friendly inside and out and boasts a tap list full of interesting and playful sour-mashed beers. WEBSITE
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
Contigo – 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
Hank’s – Light, bright, and airy coffee and cafe with a large, covered front porch. WEBSITE
Haymaker – Manor Road dog-friendly, sports bar with poutine and comfort sandwiches, plus lots of outdoor areas for you and your dog. WEBSITE
Hi Sign Brewing – Hi Sign Brewing is just a stone’s throw from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The dog-friendly brewery has an amble shaded outdoor space that has picnic tables and hammocks that are made for watching the planes flying overhead with your dog. WEBSITE
Read This: East Austin Brewery Guide
Pool Bar at The East Austin Hotel – Come chill poolside with your furry friend and enjoy a few drinks at this dog-friendly East Austin hotel. WEBSITE
Shangri-La – 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
Sour Duck Market – Casual American food, delicious bakery treats, lots and lots of local beers, plus a massive dog-friendly outdoor area. WEBSITE
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
Yellow Jacket Social Club – Cozy watering hole in East Austin known for its global nibbles, dog-friendly patio & recycled wood & stone decor. WEBSITE
Dog-Friendly Places in North Austin
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
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
Celis Brewery – North Austin brewery that is dog-friendly inside. Not much room to hang out outside, but on a cold or rainy day, this can be the perfect place to bring your dog. WEBSITE
Circle Brewing – 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
Culinary Dropout – While all of The Domain is dog-friendly, this spot is one of our favorite restaurants there. Great menu, lots of local beer, and fabulous cocktails. WEBSITE
Doghouse Drinkery – 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 fees for dogs are $5, with the annual membership going for $75. WEBSITE
Draught House – 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
Hopsquad Brewing – North Austin’s newest brewery is dog-friendly inside and out! WEBSITE
Easy Tiger at The Linc – Similar to the downtown location, Easy Tiger at the Linc features a large beer garden that is dog-friendly and a banging happy hour. WEBSITE
Long Play Lounge – This is one of our neighborhood bars and we love walking our dogs here for a cocktail or two under the shade of their outdoor patio space. WEBSITE
Oz Tap House – Pour your own beer here! Food is available as well, and there’s a nice and large dog-friendly patio outside. WEBSITE
Thunderbird Coffee (two locations) – 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
Tyson’s Tacos – 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
Yard Bar – 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. The entry fee for dogs is $5, and make sure to bring their rabies vaccination. WEBSITE
Dog-Friendly Places in South Austin
The ABGB – 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
Still Austin – A grain-to-glass distillery crafting simple grains into amazing Austin spirits with a dog-friendly tasting room in South Austin. WEBSITE
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Black Sheep Lodge – Known for its burgers, this South Austin sports bar has an awesome front patio to nom and hang with your favorite four-legged friend. WEBSITE
Bouldin Acres – One of the newer dog-friendly spots in Austin, this indoor/outdoor eatery features a beer garden, games, private event space and pickleball courts on two acres that is both dog and family-friendly. WEBSITE
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden – This South Austin coffee shop and bar has it all: food trucks, live music, chickens, a gorgeous garden with water features, and plenty of outdoor areas for you and your pooch to hang out. WEBSITE
Loro – This Asian smokehouse and bar is the result of a collaboration between James Beard Award winners, Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. And they’ve got an amazing dog-friendly outdoor area! WEBSITE
Moontower Saloon – Another massive patio with plenty of outdoor seating, games, and places for dogs to explore. Food trucks and great drinks are here for humans! WEBSITE
Nomadic Beerworks – Dog-friendly inside and out, this South Austin brewery features a rotating tap list of both classic and unexpected styles of beer. WEBSITE
Radio Coffee & Beer – For South Austinites, this coffee shop and beer garden is the perfect spot to hang with your friends and all of your pups. WEBSITE
Skull Mechanix – 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
Read This: South Austin Brewery Guide
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. WEBSITE
TLC Austin – 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
Dog-Friendly Places in West Austin
Beerburg Brewing – This new brewery located out in Dripping Springs features an off-leash dog park! There is plenty of shade from native Texan trees so everyone stays cool in the dog days of summer. WEBSITE
Jester King Brewery + Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza – 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
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Oasis Brewing Co – Brewpub by Lake Travis producing iconic, rustic session beers. Sitting at the very top of the Oasis Texas Development, there are dog-friendly breathtaking views of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill Country in every direction. WEBSITE
Ski Shores Cafe – 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
Vista Brewing – We love this Driftwood dog-friendly brewery! There is plenty of room to roam around the property. Or bring a hammock and set up under one of the large live oak trees located on the property. WEBSITE
What’s your dog’s favorite spot in Austin? What great dog-friendly restaurants did I miss? Let me know why in the comments!
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