For those who love their dogs, being able to take the furry friends out to eat or socialize is a very big deal. Here are some of Austin’s best pet-friendly spots around town, where your dog can be part of the scene.
Despite its status as a relative newcomer, Austin Terrier is perhaps the strongest contender for best dog-friendly restaurant in the city. In fact, the entire eatery is an homage to all things canine. Boston terrier murals adorn the walls, a pooch-friendly patio is perfect for relaxing and the restaurant itself actively supports various local dog charities. Of course, the humans will enjoy farm fresh food, including local gourmet items and gluten-free possibilities.
Contigo is another recent restaurant that has quickly caught on with pet owners. Nearly the entire place is outdoors, including a large dining and drinking patio, which is perfect for the dog-loving crowd. As a result, the place has become quite a favorite with locals and anyone looking to take their pup out for a casual drink and bite to eat.
When it comes to the bar scene, Black Sheep Lodge on South Lamar is a favorite with its large, dog-friendly patio and communal tables. Or try Kung Fu Saloon downtown, which sports a kitschy martial arts theme and has a love for all four-legged guests. And if live music is your thing, Moontower Saloon offers an outdoor stage with a charming backyard area and plentiful food truck options, making it one of the city’s best spots for humans and canines alike.
Then there’s Draught House Pub & Brewery in Central Austin, which has been around, amazingly, for 45 years. While the interior is a typical drinker’s haven, many patrons gather in the large parking lot with their folding chairs, beer and canine companions. And out on the east side of town, Shangri-la is an old-school dive bar with a very large beer garden that’s perfect for pooches. The place is so pet-friendly, they even host an annual Halloween costume contest for dogs of all shapes and sizes.