10 of the best dog-friendly bars and patios in Austin
Editor's note: Since the publication of this article, unfortunately Freddie's Place has closed.
It’s no secret that Austinites love their furry friends. With a dog-friendly establishment near every corner, you can take your pet almost anywhere.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots that you and Fido are sure to love.
The long-awaited opening for this dog park and bar is right around the corner. Scheduled for a summer opening, Yard Bar's 20,000 square feet of off-leash land serves as a playtime paradise. Members can enjoy a cold craft brew while their fur baby roams the park full of doggie play equipment. Annual memberships start at $150 and monthly memberships at $15. $5 day passes (per dog) are also available. Yard Bar’s perks include staff to scoop the poop, mister fans and Wi-Fi, making this the perfect summer hangout.
Banger's Sausage House
One of Rainey Street's finest locales has a knack for entertaining human and canine guests with serious coolness. Every third Monday of the month from 5-7 pm, Banger's celebrates Mega Mutt Monday and pet lovers bring the hippest of patio pooches to hang out. The beer garden makes for ideal lounging space for your pup while you chill out with a cold one. Spike can get a taste of sausage, too. Banger's offers "dog sausage" made from beef, pork and veggies your dog will love.
This South Austin staple corners the market in puppy play spaces. A staggering 11 acres gives Rover all the room he needs to … rove. Moontower pulls out all the stops for dogs, including themed events like a weekly pug meet-up (adorbs). A fully stocked bar, backyard vibes and daily live music make this a great spot for two- and four-legged pals alike.
Opal Divine’s Marina
Dog-friendly is an understatement at this North Austin spot with fresh bowls of ice water, on-site doggie food dispensers and spacious patios. Pet parents can enjoy local craft beer from the bar’s extensive list of more than 30 selections, while their dogs sunbathe on the patio deck. The kitchen serves up some seriously good bar food with Southwestern and American flair, including bratwurst, Divine cheese fries and Zihuatanejo shrimp tacos.
Moonshine welcomes canine company on its patios. Southern comfort rings true in the food and atmosphere, with spacious stone patios you and your dog will love. Sip the signature Waterloo patio cocktail while your leashed buddy gets comfortable in Southern style.
Contigo is the dog-friendly gem of Mueller. The spacious spot with casual picnic tables will make you and your pup feel like you've escaped to a true Texas ranch. Bring your fur buddy for brunch or happy hour and enjoy a Moscow Mueller or a crisp Old Fashioned at this mellow East Austin hideout.
This South Lamar restaurant ups the patio ante with 75 percent of the locale being open-air greatness. Bring the dog or two (because there’s literally that much space) for a drink and a brunch full of goodies. Grub on brunch favorites like shrimp and grits and Texas French toast while your furry friend hangs out nearby.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
Not only does the ABGB serve up delicious pizza and craft beer, the South Austin space has a spacious backyard with plenty of lawn chairs and shady spots for your four-legged friend. ABGB also has a dog watering station and individual bowls.
Hang out with your pup in true Texan style at this local pub where you can create a chill tailgate with your best buds (two- and four-legged). Bring your folding chairs and get settled with a pitcher of craft beer. Fido may not be able to drink the beer, but you can treat him to a nibble of free bratwurst on Saturday afternoon. You owe him after putting him in that Halloween Costume last year. Yup, he still remembers.
Considered by many Austinites at the top of the list of dog-friendly patios, Freddie's Place is a pet owner's favorite. Visiting dogs are welcomed with watering stations, huge dog biscuits and even a "dog burger" on their own menu. Pet parents can enjoy sweet drink specials, including $1.99 tallboys, well drinks and frozen margs during happy hour. Freddie's Place makes happy hour even happier with "Two Throws Tuesday," where guests play washers for a chance to win a free meal.