Every dog has his day. That old saying is especially true on August 26 — National Dog Day! As 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, 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 Parks & Trails:
– Shoal Creek Greenbelt Off-Leash Area: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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-Friendly Restaurants & Bars:
— Yard Bar: 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.
— Banger’s: 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: 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: 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.
— Billy’s on Burnet: 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.
— The ABGB: 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: 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.
– Hops and Grain Brewing: 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.
Where to Adopt Dogs:
— Austin Pets Alive!: 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 Animal Center: 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: 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: A private, no-kill shelter, dedicated to finding forever families for homeless dogs and cats in the Greater Austin, TX area.
And for a super cute peek at some of Austin’s adorable furry friends that attended our Sound & Cinema series at the Long Center, check out our gallery of Sound & Cine-Mutts 2018.