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The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Austin
Austin loves dogs. From dog-friendly shopping centers, restaurants, dog parks, vet offices, and pet stores, it isn’t crowned dog town for nothing. In fact, it ranks 5th with 495 pet-friendly restaurants.
That’s a lot.
We’ve picked the top ten dog-friendly restaurants that have off-leash parks, friendly staff, and a doggie menu guaranteed to have your pup wagging.
Here’s our top 10 list.
- Yard Bar
- Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (The ABGB)
- Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
- Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
- Dog House Drinkery
- Central Machine Works
- Patrizi’s at Butterfly Bar
- El Mercado South
- Lustre Pearl East
6700 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
Yard Bar in North Central Austin is a fun combination of a restaurant, bar, and dog park where you can just chill with a beer and watch your fur kid play.
The large dog park is divided into two gated areas for the large and small dogs, complete with lots of agility equipment. Yard Bar also has water bowls for the dogs, to keep them hydrated for those hot days.
The park is manned by super-friendly bark rangers who monitor and break up dog brawls to ensure everyone feels safe.
Here are the park rules:
- The daily entry fee is $9, monthly membership $25 or $249 annually per dog.
- Only 21+ adults are allowed in the dog park.
- Only neutered, spayed, and vaccinated dogs above 4 months old are allowed.
- Each dog should have a collar with a name and contact information.
Pro tip: Always make reservations for the dog park as walk-ins are only accommodated if there’s available space.
You can sit at the dining patio if you have kids, unaltered dogs, or just want to enjoy a homestyle meal. Your pup will also enjoy delicacies from the menu including meatballs, gravy, sliders, and ice cream.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (The ABGB)
1305 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
ABGB in South Austin is serious about beer and dogs.
Its award-winning craft beer, great pizza, and dog-friendly garden are the perfect starter pack for a great time for you and your furry friend.
The shaded garden has watering stations, water bowls, and dog biscuits for your pooch.
You’ll love that ABGB cares about dogs’ welfare and supports local nonprofits through their Hell Yes Project. They even have beer on the menu, APA!IPA, whose proceeds support Austin Pets Alive! So, you can drink beer for fun and a dog cause.
They are closed on Mondays but open on:
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
If you and your pups love sausages, Banger’s is for you. They serve over 20 different home-made sausages for you and specially made sausages for the pups called Woof Wurst.
Mondays are special as they host Mutt Monday when your mutt gets to enjoy different treats as you spoil yourself with some comfort food at happy hour prices.
The large outdoor sitting area is dog-friendly, but you’ll have to put your dog on a leash. However, they have a little doggy pen that’s off-leash if you want your pup to enjoy a bit more freedom.
They are open on:
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
What better way is there to unwind a long day than with a cup of coffee, or a cold beer and live music in the company of your furry friend?
Cosmic Coffee on South Congress has got you.
It has a large outdoor space where your pup can play and there are several water bowls placed conveniently.
You’ll love the botanical garden that wraps around Cosmic. The ponds, raised gardens, chicken coop, and waterfalls give a peaceful vibe with a great view. Their garden has plenty of seats, lighting, and fire pits for those chilly nights.
If you’re hungry, you can grab something to munch from the three food trucks in the garden:
- Leroy and Lewis
- Tommy Want Wingy
- Pueblo Viejo
The place is kid-friendly but after 9 PM, they allow only adults over 21.
Their operating hours are:
Dog House Drinkery
3800 County Road 175
Leander, TX 78641
Dog House Drinkery Dog Park is a gem for pet parents who love watching games at sports bars but hate leaving their pup all alone at home.
The restaurant-bar serves a wide collection of drinks, including beer, wine, soda, and water. You can sit with pooch inside and catch up on the latest games, or you can send them off to burn their energy at the off-leash park.
The dog-friendly park has water bowls, cooling pools, and dog minders who ensure the dogs are getting along. They also have a separate small area for the smaller dogs.
Here are some rules for the dog park:
- The entry fee is $7 per dog or a $125 annual membership fee with an extra $25 for every additional dog.
- No entry for kids below 16 years.
- Each person is allowed only up to two dogs in the off-leash park.
- Only neutered, spayed dogs and vaccinated are allowed.
- No human or dog food is allowed in the off-leash park area.
Weekends are even more fun with activities such as pop-up markets, dog groomers, food events, and cook-offs taking place. You can even get some spicy patty melts from the food truck on site.
They are closed on Mondays but open on:
Central Machine Works
4824 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
Central Machine Works is the perfect space for family and friends looking to have a fun brunch spot, cozy dinner, or hopping happy hour in Austin. And, your pup will love the spacious outdoor area, complete with water bowls and cool, shady spots during the Texas Summer heat.
Not only will you be impressed by the drinks, amazing food (take our word for it), and beautiful outdoor area, but Central Machine Works also has a rotating art gallery inside their restored, historic warehouse. Even better, your pups are allowed inside to chill out with you on the comfy couches.
Central Machine Works is also a microbrewery with a wide selection of craft Austin beer.
Pro tip: Try to make a reservation beforehand as they tend to book up fast.
They are closed on Mondays but open:
- Tuesday to Thursday 4 PM – Midnight
- Friday to Saturday 11 AM – Midnight
Patrizi’s at Butterfly Bar
2307 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
Austin has lots of food trucks, but Patrizi’s Italian food truck sets the bar high. Located in the Vortex theater courtyard, you can bring your friends, family, and dog and be prepared for a magical evening of savory handmade pasta, fresh sauces, and a fun Austin atmosphere.
The friendly staff knows their stuff as they explain to you what’s on the menu, how it’s made, and even recommend the day’s specials before you make your order. Evidently, people love the Patrizi’s so you may have to wait in line to place your order.
The spacious outside patio scene replicates fine dining complete with chandeliers and strings of patio lights. The trees and fans will cool you in the hot Austin weather, and your pooch can drink from the numerous water bowls.
As you wait for your food, the staff brings out some treats for you and fido. You can also get some drinks from the bar.
El Mercado South
1302 S 1st St.
Austin, TX, US, 78704
This restaurant is part of the El Mercado chain that has several other spots in Austin.
El Mercado South serves a great Tex-Mex menu for both you and your furry companion. You’ll spot Mexican delicacies on the menu including freshly made tacos, nachos, enchiladas, and fajitas.
It has two dog-friendly patios — front and back and the staff will bring out a water bowl and biscuits for your pooch. It also includes a playground for kids.
They have yappy hour — a happy hour for dogs and their humans, with more dog treats and a specially prepared menu for fido. Woof!
Lustre Pearl East
114 Linden St,
Austin, TX, US, 78702
Sometimes, you get a dog-friendly spot, but it’s too crowded with dogs running into each other.
The beautiful Lustre Pearl East is big on space. It was once the favorite spot in Rainey Street before the owners found it a new spacious home in East Austin.
You can either have drinks in the indoor area and catch up on the latest games with your furry friend or you can join the East Austin fun-loving crowd on the large outdoor area and enjoy some outdoor games. You’ll get to ping pong, hula hoop, and play corn hole and washers
The menu is great and the staff friendly. We recommend the delicious tater-tots and burgers.
They operate from:
2115 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Bring your pooch along and get ready to indulge on the best Asian fusion menu in South Austin, prepared by Austin’s award-winning chefs — Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin.
They serve the dishes tapas-style, so you’ll get to taste more of their delicious menu, including their corn fritters, brisket, and pork belly.
The drinks selection is also impressive with craft beer, sake, and Asian cocktails.
The outdoor seating is dog-friendly, spacious, and shaded by beautiful old oak trees. It also has heaters for wintry nights. Your fur baby will enjoy a freshwater bowl, treats, and loving ear-rubs from the friendly staff.
Loro is open daily from 11.30 AM to 10 PM.
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