The Dog-Friendly Guide to Austin

Every pet has its 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. Our friends over at Real Ale Brewing Co. might love dogs even more than us (it's up for debate, okay?!) so we enlisted their help for this one. On this page, you'll find a comprehensive listing of bars, restaurants, shops, and nature trails that are gloriously dog-friendly. Best enjoyed with a cool pack of Firemans Light, 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 


Caroline

621 Congress Ave Suite 201


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. In fact, bringing your pup along on Sundays will get you 25% off your bill! What's more, both of these spots offer a pet-friendly menu by local company Healthy Pet.


Austin Terrier

3435 Greystone Dr


This pup-loving cafe in Far West offers fabulously fresh pizzas, salads, and sandwiches - plus treats and water bowls for the four-legged lunch companions in your life.


Banger's 

79 & 81 Rainey St


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 has a large outdoor seating area full of communal picnic tables 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!


Kerbey Lane Cafe 

Various Locations 


Kerbey Lane is everyone’s go-to place for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night snacking. 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 the ever-revolving pancake flavors.


Cherrywood Coffee House 

1400 E 38th 1/2 St


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; there's also an amazing breakfast menu!


Maria's Taco Xpress

2529 S Lamar Blvd


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


Billy's on Burnet

2105 Hancock Drive


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 


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 live music outdoors on the long picnic benches. As an added bonus, the ABGB makes dog treats out of used grains from the brewing process!


Dog House Drinkery

3800 County Road 175


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. 


Moontower Saloon

10212 Manchaca Rd


As if beach volleyball and a giant shady patio weren't enough to put this bar on your weekend shortlist, Moontower Saloon also welcomes guests of the canine variety. It's a great spot to spend the entire afternoon on a beautiful day.


Cheer Up Charlies

900 Red River 


This dog-friendly Red River favorite has live shows and movie nights! Cheer Up Charlies has kombucha on tap and beloved vegan food trailer Arlo's on site. 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 St


Hops & Grain is one of our favorite local breweries to hang at, offering 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


The Brixton has cold refreshing cocktails and an amazing jukebox selection. The best part about this bar is that your dog is allowed inside! The Brixton 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 hangout 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.


Corner Bar

1901 South Lamar Blvd.


With an ample amount of beer available on tap and almost any important sports game on screen, Corner Bar also encourages customers to bring their own food to enjoy. Dogs are welcome as well, so feel free to bring your dog and try to teach them the complex and mostly confusing rules of football.


EVEN MORE DOG-FRIENDLY BARS:

Spider House Cafe & Ballroom

2906 & 2908 Fruth St


Kinda Tropical

3501 E 7th St

 




DOG-FRIENDLY RETAIL


Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy 

2438 W. Anderson Ln. Ste. B-1


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).  This shop hosts 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. If your furry friend is not so friendly with cats, then it might be better to keep them at home.


HOPE Farmers' Market 

412 Comal St.


Ever wish you could buy your pooch a hand-made dog bowl? How about wandering around a cornucopia of fresh, organic food with your pup? 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 events for local food. Well worth a trip for those who seek a greener life!


Half Price Books 

Various Locations


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 N IH-35


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 canine pals, as the store is very friendly to all on-leash dogs (provided that they're potty trained!).


I Luv Video

4803 Airport Blvd.


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. You are sure to fall in love with this quirky video store, especially if you visit on a Free Beer Tuesday.





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. The trails are a bit underkept 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. 


Though it isn't fenced, this dog paradise features an abundant area for your pupper to enjoy. Teeming with grass to roll in and always full of other dog butts to sniff, this area will have your pet'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 roam. 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


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 Rescue 

1419 Larkwood Drive


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 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 animal is spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on shots when they leave the 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.


Austin Dog Rescue

Events held at various locations


This volunteer-run foster home aims to end the cycle of homeless animals through animal rescue and human education. They offer weekly pet meet & greets and other fun events throughout the year.




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