It’s no secret that Austin loves his dogs – with the most dog-friendly restaurants per capita in one of the world’s dog-loving cities, it would probably be harder to find a restaurant that doesn’t allow dogs than those that do.
That said, with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow your search down to just a few. From dog restaurants to dog food trucks, there are nine dog-friendly local shops to try out here.
Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Road
Although this bar has plenty of options for eating and drinking, the Yard Bar is a coffee shop that Austin pups will love. With its huge, leash-free dog park in front and in the middle, the Yard Bar aims to be as much fun for dogs as it is for people. The dog playground offers plenty of shade, a cold drink, a chance to make new dog friends, and obstacles to challenge your pups while you sip some cocktails on tap.
Austin Terrier, 3435 Greystone Drive
Although this friendly neighborhood bistro is best known for its American food, pizza specialties, and changing cocktail menu, your four-legged friend will remember it for its dog-friendly terrace. Order the Pizza Spicy Terrier and Pink Poodle Martini for a festive party – bonus points if you bring a terrier that matches the mascot! 🐶
The Original Dog Treat Truck Company, 1720 Barton Springs Road
Don’t visit this truck hoping to get something to eat yourself because you won’t find one – this truck is only for man’s best friend. In three locations that offer healthy, artisanal, and organic dog treats, The Original Dog Treat Truck Company offers woof waffles that aid digestion and coat health; Breathing bones filled with mint and berries to aid in smelly breath over time; and the Nutripooch Pouch, a tasty smoothie that strengthens the immune system. All three locations are in food parks, so don’t worry, you won’t go hungry.
Anis Day and Night, 7107 E. Riverside Drive.
Ani’s Day and Night is a brand new all day coffee shop that serves coffee, cocktails and local beers. The new café has an expansive outdoor area perfect for your four-legged friend and also houses two permanent food trucks: Mexican food at Las Alegres Comadres and Caribbean food at Nyam Sunshine Cuisine.
Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, 1400 S. Congress Ave.
Located at the South Congress, the fairytale illuminated terrace of Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is a bougie spot for your posh pup. For you and your fellow human beings, Perla’s with its fresh oysters, a raw bar and a selection of unusual cocktails is the dream of every seafood lover. There is no place for your pups, however, so make sure they sit down in the busy city.
Fresa’s, 1703 S. 1st Street
This Mexican wood grill restaurant is famous for its avocado margaritas (a must!) And its South 1st location not only has week-long happy hour prices, but also a huge open terrace that is perfect for Fido. In addition to being dog friendly, the patio is dog-loving too, so you’re likely to run into other puppies during your visit.
Better Half, 406 Walsh Street
Between Better Half and Hold Out Brewing, which are right next door, the two establishments have a spacious, natural terrace where you can take a seat with your pooch. As for diners, Better Half’s menu features new interpretations of classic staples like cauliflower tots and blue corn snickerdoodles, gourmet coffee beverages, and a large wine list.
Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Road
With indoor seating and an expansive outdoor deck, the radio is another great place to enjoy Austin with your best friend. The garden gives dogs plenty of space to stretch out and flexibility for their owners – the radio opens early at 6:30 a.m. most days and closes at midnight. Between coffee, local beers, on-site food trucks and regular live music, the coffee shop has something for everyone.
Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Road
With lush greenery, food trucks to choose from, and coffee all day long, Cosmic is undoubtedly fun for people, but its huge dog-friendly yard attracts so many doggos. The open space is shaded and fan-cooled so you don’t have to worry about your dog’s health, and plenty of exciting sights for two- and four-legged friends, such as the chicken coop, pond, and nature reserve on the property.
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