What To Do With Your Canine In Austin

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Reward your canine companion with a day on the town.

The dog park on a leash in the Yard Bar offers people the opportunity to have a cold drink with their four-legged friends. | Jasmine porter

The dog park on a leash in the Yard Bar offers people the opportunity to have a cold drink with their four-legged friends. | Jasmine porter

It’s no exaggeration to say that pets got us through this pandemic. As we got used to life without the usual flood of music, food, and fun, our furry friends kept us moving, comforted, and (mostly) healthy. Fortunately, Austin is an incredibly dog-friendly city, with plenty of options for you to reward your canine companion and personal rescuer by taking advantage of the numerous bars, restaurants, breweries, and nature parks located across the city.

The Buzz Mill is the perfect place for puppies to enjoy locally roasted coffee, a cocktail with alcohol, and / or the vegan plow burger. We also love their community-based after-school activities – the Timber company, the Wednesday Comedy Show, the Monthly Sunday Market, and the Plow Burger Transformation into Plow Bao.

Cosmic Coffee’s permaculture gardens and extensive outdoor seating have won multiple awards and are an all-day hangout for dog lovers. Fantastic barbecue by Leroy & Lewis, damn good queso over Pueblo Viejo and innovative frozen cocktails (hello pickled strawberry sangria!) Are the draw for the human half of the equation.

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A huge shade tree overlooks this membership-based dog park, where your dog can frolic with other (vaccinated, resident) dogs and you can enjoy a craft cocktail. Come in for a day (the dog pass is $ 9, people are free) or buy a monthly or annual membership to make sure you always have a spot for Spot.

Gabriela’s is known for its bright colors, great drinks, a traditional Mexican menu and lively weekly events. They’ve also recently expanded, and their South Austin location has a large enough deck that you, your dog, and several frozen mangonadas can comfortably coexist.

Stacked sandwiches, meat and cheese boards and well-stocked beer gardens have made Easy Tiger a popular meeting place for furry child parents. There is plenty of shade, water, and space for people and pets alike. Be sure to keep an eye on the calendar of events for dog-centric tasks.

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This sprawling dog park and leash bar are worth the drive to Leander and have several spots to hang out with your pup. And knowing that big pooches can be restless, they’ve set up a separate area for dogs less than 30 pounds. Multiple TVs, picnic tables, and a solid menu ensure you have fun too.

Jumping Jack Ranch’s bone-shaped pool is 20 minutes from downtown Austin and is available for private rent. The water adventure is $ 75 an hour on the weekends and $ 50 an hour on the weekdays. Prepare to take a million snapshots of your dogs as they live around the hydrant water fountain.

Fairy lights, huge trees and lots of fog make Fresa’s dog-friendly patio a popular destination. The menu includes tacos, grilled meat, bowls and many delicious cocktails, beer and wine. And there are bags and goodies for Fido.



Pet parents know that weekend plans are better when shared with your dog. And just like playing in the park or walking around a dog-friendly brewery, this will strengthen your bond with your pup, as will mealtime. CESAR® Dry supports small dog health with 26 essential nutrients, has real meat as the first ingredient, and is available in a 100% complete and balanced dry food format for convenient feeding. With flavors like filet mignon and fried chicken, your dog gets the gourmet treat every day.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden has been including dog on purpose since they opened their doors. Try the enormous selection of taps, artisanal sausages and sandwiches. Visit live music weekly and treat your puppy to a “woof” that Austin Pets Alive will benefit from! Animal shelter. In life after the pandemic, they plan to reopen their local dog run.

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Is there more of Austin than an off the wall theater disguised as a bar and also has an incredible Italian food truck? Butterfly Bar is a triple threat this way – great food, fabulous atmosphere, and the right amount of theatrical craziness.

This place where beer meets coffee shop and backyard has plenty of green space for your dogs to run and roll in. Bi-Pedal customers can indulge themselves with the extensive selection of wines and beers as well as a large selection of gourmet Kolache offers.

Award-winning beers, excellent pizza, and ongoing efforts to help dog-related causes through their Hell Yes project make ABGB one of the best places to support. There are few things better than sitting on a picnic bench on the patio with your pup, especially if one of his Austin Pets is alive! Pale ales on tap.

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Located in an old airplane holder, Central Machine Works Brewery is definitely the dog-friendly Joint du Jour. Pretty people and their pups spend sunny Saturdays with a craft beer and a leash in one hand and a pizza in the other.

To the east of Barton Springs, the affectionately named Barking Springs area is a small wading area where you can take advantage of the cold, refreshing water with your pup in tow – as long as it is safe to do so. (A recent algal bloom Dogs in the water are at increased risk in Austin’s lakes. So be sure to read the latest instructions before injecting.) When you visit, note that there is no admission, but also no lifeguards. Make sure you bring a blanket and some water shoes to protect your (and her) paws.

Plan a longer adventure in this leash-free dog heaven. Pack water and snacks to explore the 106 acres of wooded trails, natural trails, and shallow streams for Scout to splash about. There are no rules here. So prepare to meet other dogs, people, and horses in this park.

Courtesy of the City of Austin, Parks & Recreation Department.

Smack Dab, located in the center of town and on Ladybird Lake, is a green space Austinites love to hang out, read, and play with their pups. This off-leash area is a hot spot for friendly dogs to solve their problems any time of the year.

Rent a boat and charge up your furry friend for a leisurely paddle on Lady Bird Lake. Zilker Boats, one of the original Austin rental stores, hooks you up with your dog on a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board. They will supply the human but BYO canine life jacket.

Almost all of the upscale outdoor mall is dog friendly. Green spaces, restaurants and bars are abundant to accommodate you and Fido. Whenever you take a break, check the calendar nearby Lone Star Court, a dog-friendly hotel, for weekly pet-focused events and happy hours.