Every dog has his day. 

 

That old saying is especially true today because August 26th is National Dog DayAs luck would have it, Austin is 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. 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

– 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 has 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

3704 Kerbey Lane | 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 CoffeeHouse 

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!

 

– Marias Taco Xpress

2529 S. Lamar | website

If you find yourself on the East-Side and need a tune up, replacement part, or a new bike entirely, Fast Folks is a necessity.  Fast Folks has quietly built a loyal base of customers by virtue of its speedy service and friendly employees. In short, they’ve more than earned their namesake.

 

– Billy’s on Burnet

2105 Hancock Drive | website

You can literally wake up here. Austin has plenty of unique hotel experiences, but Heywood Hotel occupies a very special place. It’s part ‘upcycled’ bungalow, part courtyard hotel; which is to say there aren’t a lot of places that look like it. Add to that a staunch commitment to friendly service, and you’ve got yourself exactly the kind of artsy, hospitable establishment that East Cesar Chavez is known for.

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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

Located on the back patio of Stay Gold and helmed by chef Hannah Love (who  previously worked at Clark’s, Perla’s, and Jeffrey’s) , the Toaster food truck’s brunch menu includes good stuff like Scotch Egg (boiled egg wrapped in a sausage, fried, served with avocado crema and spicy sour cream sause), Pimpin’ Grits (cheesy serrano grits, smoked sausage hash, sunny side up egg and fried kale), and Peanut Butter & Jelly French Troast topped with Bananas Foster. Yes, that exists.

 

– Hops and Grain Brewing 

507 Calles Street | website

This legendary Tex-Mex joint has a taco so large it could feed an army. It’s called the Don Juan El Taco Grande, with enough potato, egg and bacon tastiness to share with the whole table. Make sure you’re good and hungry for this one. And don’t forget to order a nice, cold glass of Horchata while you’re at it.

 

– 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!

 


 

 

 

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

Resistencia is a politically-minded, art-centric bookstore that puts a strong emphasis on the topics of indigenous culture and activism at the forefront of their business. The store also features various poetry-related activities.

 

– 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 – Guadalupe 

2915 Guadalupe Street | website

I Luv Video is one of the last video rental stores around. With a knowledgeable staff and thousands of title’s 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

We’ll say this about Stay Gold: once it opened, it was difficult to imagine East Cesar Chavez without it. They consistently book engaging bands, have great beers on tap, and make a variety of killer cocktails. It’s also a mighty fine place to work up an appetite. The food trailer located on their patio, Toaster, has some seriously mouth watering dishes, like their Buffalo Chicken Sammie.

 

– 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.

 

– Auditorium 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.

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DOG ADOPTION AGENCIES

 

Austin Pets Alive! 

2805 Manchaca Road | 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 

1600 Eagle Wing Drive | 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 to 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.

 

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 dog’s 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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