Besides dogs, beer is arguably man's best friend. Combine the two during October, when Samuel Adams is donating 25 cents from each pint sold at these dog-friendly Central Texas watering holes to Austin Pets Alive!.
But it gets even better: On Saturday, October 19, from 3-9 pm, head to Rock Rose at Domain Northside for Samuel Adams Rocktoberfest. In honor of the most wonderful time of year, enjoy live music, traditional German food like bratwurst and soft pretzels, and, of course, plenty of beer.
The best part? Admission to the event is free (for both you and your leashed furry friend), but Samuel Adams will be collecting donations to Austin Pets Alive!. There will also be a doggie costume contest and a stein-hoisting competition where you can win a one-liter ceramic Octoberfest stein.
Ready to drink for a cause this month (and just drink for fun the rest of the year)? Grab a leash and pull up a chair at these pup-friendly Austin bars.
Though it's only been open a few months, this new tavern has quickly become a Round Rock favorite. Its backyard bar vibe is enhanced by patio games (with pinball and Nintendo inside), and DJs and food trucks roll up each Friday and Saturday.
Jack & Gingers
Austin meets Ireland at this Rock Rose pub that features craft beers, whiskey towers (yes, please), and one of the best spots in town to catch British Premier League action. The expansive patio is dog-friendly.
The League Kitchen & Tavern
Hearty portions and a massive bar are matched only by the spacious patio at this Avery Ranch location. Sink your teeth into New American food and linger outside a while, enjoying the twinkling lights swaying above your head.
The ideal sports-watching headquarters for both your crew and your four-legged friends, Little Woodrow's (with locations from Austin's West Sixth Street to Burnet Road) features not only dozens of beers on tap but dozens of HDTVs for live events and games.
With live music four days a week and a nice-sized lawn to spread out on (11 total acres, to be exact), this 1950s ranch house-turned-bar is almost as cozy as your own living room. The neighborhood hangout spot also features volleyball courts, plenty of oak trees for shade, and several decks for al fresco relaxation.
Housed in a circa-1885 building in historic downtown San Marcos, this Irish pub serves up Texas grub and lots of history. It used to be the Too Bitter in the '70s, and hosted such performers as the Police, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Eric Johnson, and many others. Head out to the patio with your pup, and imbibe in a pint or two that's been brewed onsite.
600 Degrees Pizza
A Georgetown fixture since 1966, this pie palace (which is also known for its wings) features a welcoming patio where pups will feel right at home. This small business has a big personality, and you're guaranteed to make some new friends while you're there.
A laid-back, neighborhood spot perfect for watching football this fall, all of Third Base's locations (which include Northwest Austin, Round Rock, and Southpark Meadows) feature relaxing patios and tasty bar fare, plus food specials like Taco Tuesdays and Burger Fridays. Not wanting Fido to feel left out, there's also a Yappy Hour on Mondays at 4 pm, featuring free dog treats.
Its name is accurate, but that's also part of its charm. This snug gathering spot feels even cozier with a few puppers around, who no doubt enjoy the onsite food trucks as much as you do. Swing by for the happy hour specials, or laze away the afternoon with Fido by your side.