The Dog-Friendly Guide to Austin

Every pet has their day.

 

Whether you're aware of it or not, we live in one of the most dog-obsessed cities around. We love our furry amigos, which means that there are a whole lot of places that allow them to come hang out. On this page, you'll find a comprehensive listing of bars, restaurants, shops, and nature trails that are gloriously dog-friendly. In honor of National Dog Day, let your pooch know how much you appreciate them by taking them on a tour of these dog-friendly places in Austin. If you're looking for all of the dog-friendly events happening in Austin, be sure to click here





DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS 



Opal Divine's Marina

12709 N Mopac


Opal Divine's has been dog-friendly for longer than many other Austin restaurants have even existed. So in addition to having some mac and cheese that's worth writing home about, they also proudly serve our canine brethren. Next time you're in the North Mopac area, stop into Opal Divine's with your furry pal and get to grubbing.


Caroline

621 Congress Ave Suite 201


South Congress urban neighborhood restaurant & coffeehouse Caroline is all about dogs. Their beautiful patio is pet-friendly, as well as their indoor and outdoor areas at Upstairs at Caroline. What's more, both of these spots offer a pet-friendly menu by local company Healthy Pet!


Banger's 

79 & 81 Rainey Street | website


Banger's is the place to be if you love a huge selection of beer, great food, and mutts! This Rainey St. sausage house and beer garden have a large outdoor seating area that is picnic table style where you get to bump elbows with fellow patrons. Banger's is so dog-friendly that they host events called Mega Mutt Mondays to support Austin Pets Alive!, you won't want to miss it!


Kerby Lane Cafe 

Various Locations | website


Kerbey Lane is everyone’s go-to place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night snack. The Central, Southwest, and Round Rock locations have dog-friendly patios. The Chilaquiles, Kerbey Queso, and Red Quinoa Salad are must-haves as well as trying their ever revolving pancake flavors.


Cherrywood Coffee House 

1400 E. 38th 1/2 Street | website


Cherrywood Coffee House is more than your average coffee house! They are known for their huge sandwiches, delicious coffee, and draft beers. They have a dog-friendly patio that is full of fellow dog lovers. Don't just come here for lunch; they also have an amazing breakfast menu!


Maria's Taco Xpress

2529 S. Lamar | website


Maria's Taco Xpress has a very large covered porch that is dog-friendly. On Sundays, they have Hippie Church with music and dancing! This fantastic taco joint is the place to be for a fun time with good vibes.


Billy's on Burnet

2105 Hancock Drive | website


Billy's features a wide outdoor patio with heaters in the winter so you can bring your dog year-round. The menu features veggie alternatives to almost all of their classic burgers and hot dogs, each of which has a unique take on the ordinary. Inside events, including a trivia night, are hosted outside as well, so you won't miss out on the fun if you bring your pup.





DOG-FRIENDLY BARS



The ABGB 

1305 West Oltorf | website


The Austin Beer Garden Brewery is known for their interesting pizza menu, house-brewed beer, and their large dog-friendly patio. It's a great place for large groups or smaller parties. You can sit back relax and listen to the live music outdoors on the long picnic benches. As an added bonus they make dog treats out of used grains from the brewing process!


Dog House Drinkery

3800 County Road 175 | website


The Dog House Drinkery is special because it is a bar in a dog park. The staff are friendly and will watch out for your dogs while they run around their spacious play area, while you relax and drink with fellow dog lovers. The addition of their very own food truck is perfect for a puppy play date with friends. You won't want to miss this innovative bar. 


Cheer Up Charlies

900 Red River | website


This dog-friendly vegan bar has live shows and movie nights! Cheer Up Charlies has kombucha on tap and food trailers in the back. With a beautiful parachute patio that you can dine, drink, and dance in why wouldn't you stop by?


Hops and Grain Brewing 

507 Calles Street | website


Hops & Grains is not technically bar - but it is a brewery and they have a little bit of everything fun! They have picnic tables outside to bask in the sun and enjoy great beer. They also have a small but delicious burger menu to select from and board games you can borrow to play with friends. You can take a brewery tour, although because they manufacture beer in the facility, dogs are not allowed for the tour. They also sell all natural treats for your dogs called Brew Biscuits that they make themselves from used grains.


The Brixton

1412 E. 6th Street | website


The Brixton has cold refreshing cocktails and an amazing jukebox selection. The best part about this bar is that your dog is allowed inside! This 6th street bar welcomes any well-mannered furry friends. Don't miss out on Monday night bingo with free pizza!


Yard Bar

6700 Burnet Road

 

You know what sucks? Having to leave your pupper at home because the patio of your choice doesn't allow dogs. You and your best friend should be able to hang out on a patio together; that's exactly where Yard Bar comes in. This Burnet road hang out has cold beers, food, and treats for your pup. Dogs are people too, so head on over to Yard Bar and enjoy the day together.

 




DOG-FRIENDLY RETAIL



Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy 

2438 W. Anderson Ln. Ste. B-1 | website


Dragon's Lair is not just a comic book store - you can also meet with friends and play one of the games from their shelves (or bring your own). They also have board games and computers you can play at. There are regular book signings and celebrity meetings, and there’s always something going on. While they are dog-friendly, it is important to note that they do have in-store cats that roam around, so if your furry friend is not so friendly with cats, then it might be better to keep them at home.


HOPE Farmer's Market 

412 Comal St. | website


Ever wish you could buy your pooch a hand-made dog bowl? How about wandering around a cornucopia of fresh, organic food with your furry friend? Hope Farmers Market is here for you, offering just that and much more! What has slowly become a festival of celebration for all things organic remains among Austin's top areas for local food. Well worth a trip for those who seek a greener life!


Half Price Books - South Lamar 

2929 S. Lamar Blvd. | website


Half Price Books is a treasure trove of new and exciting adventure stories waiting to be read. While you are hunting around the store to find your next great undertaking, your dog can accompany you. Some locations will even give your sidekick a dog treat.


Nature's Treasures

4103 North IH-35 | website


Nature's Treasures is a large retail store where you can find all sorts of crystals, gemstones, fossils, and unique minerals. Collectors and gift-givers can browse the selection alongside their furry friends, as the store is very friendly to all on-leash dogs (provided that they're potty trained!).


I Luv Video

4803 Airport Blvd. | website


I Luv Video is one of the last video rental stores around. With a knowledgeable staff and thousands of titles, you are sure to find the perfect movie for any mood. The dog-friendly staff will show you around the store and answer all of your questions. With Free Beer Tuesdays, you are sure to fall in love with this quirky video store.





DOG-FRIENDLY PARKS & TRAILS 



Shoal Creek Greenbelt Off-Leash Area

2361 Shoal Creek Blvd. 


Featuring an attractive alternative to those looking for somewhere a bit less crowded but in the same urban setting, Shoal Creek Park features everything you need. Off-leash sections are available with the same awe-inspiring looks you have come to love from Austin!


Red Bud Isle 

3402 Redbud Trail


This hidden island gem is among Austin’s favorites for dog owners due to its off-leash friendly setting. Relax and enjoy the time while your pooch swims in the lake, barks squirrels up trees, and relaxes from the restraint of their leash. Some minor parking waits are expected, but it's truly a paradise on earth for dogs!


Onion Creek District Off-Leash Area 

7001 Onion Creek Drive  


For those a bit more south and seeking something on the wild side, there is nothing better than Onion Creek. With a large amount of space for your pooch to roam free and off leash, it's a welcome breath of fresh air for those who seek freedom. The trails are a bit under kept in some areas, and trails aren't marked clearly, but as long as you keep your bearings, it's a notable place for dog lovers.


Zilker Park Off-Leash Area 

2100 Barton Springs Rd. 


While not fenced, this dog paradise features an abundant area for your pooch to enjoy. Abundant in grass and well known among the locals, this area will have your dog's tail wagging with joy.


Vic Mathias Shores Off-Leash Area 

950 West Riverside Drive


Off-leash and feeling good! Your furry friend will be overjoyed at the many amenities here, including the water for them to take a dive in or the fields for them to run. Some areas have been assigned on-leash only as per city council, but there is still fun to be had at this Austin gem.





DOG ADOPTION AGENCIES



Austin Pets Alive! 

1156 West Cesar Chavez | website


Austin Pets Alive! is a no-kill shelter that works with the community to raise awareness and money to support animals until they can find a happy home. Since Austin Pets Alive started in 2008 they have saved over 25,000 pets. You can help their cause by donating or volunteering!


Austin Bully Butt 

933 East 53rd 1/2 Street | website 


Austin Bully Butt Rescue is an English Bulldog rescue here in Austin. They have a unique adoption process; they will interview you and match you with a dog instead of you picking and choosing. Owners Steve and Bethany run this organization all by themselves. If you would like to support them, please donate or become a foster for these lovable dogs.


Austin Animal Center

7201 Levander Loop


With the help of foster families, rescue and community partners and our lifesaving adopters, Austin Animal Center, an open-admission animal shelter, has saved more than 90% of its animals since 2011.


Austin Humane Society

124 W. Anderson Lane


Austin Humane Society has hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens available for adoption to loving homes. Each of our animals is spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on shots when they leave our shelter.


Central Texas SPCA

909 S. Bagdad Road


A private, no-kill shelter, dedicated to finding forever families for homeless dogs and cats in the Greater Austin, TX area.


Wags & Licks Rescue 

4912 Pecan Springs Road | website 


Wags & Licks takes in neglected, homeless, and kill shelter dogs and rehabilitates them. After training and bonding with the dogs, they promote them at local shops to find them the perfect home. Wags & Licks is a non-profit that can be supported by donations, volunteer's and fosters.




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