If you’re anything like me (hi, City Editor London here 👋), you’re a sucker for any restaurant, coffee shop, or brewery that allows your dog to tag along.
Luckily, Austin is home to several spots that are furry friend-friendly, so I have plenty of places to check out without having to leave my 12-pound pupper Baxter at home. If you’re also looking for pet-friendly restaurants in ATX, here are a few recommendations:
Do you and your pups have your own go-to spots that aren’t on this list? Add them to our map here.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden | 79 Rainey St.
This Rainey Street spot is famous for its sausages, but its Sunday brunches are also delicious + include vegetarian options. The spot’s outdoor patio is quite large, making it perfect for pup socializing. Pro tip: There are several other dog-friendly patios on Rainey Street, so make a day of it and hit up other spots while you’re there.
Upstairs at Caroline | 621 Congress Ave., #201
The only thing better than having your dog with you at a bar is getting to play giant Jenga while you do it. Upstairs at Caroline is styled after a backyard party, with foosball, corn hole, and other games.
TRACE | 200 Lavaca St.
For a slightly more upscale meal out with your dog, head to TRACE in the W Hotel for food cooked with ingredients sourced from local farms — Pets are welcome on the patio.
Sawyer & Co. | 4827 E. Cesar Chavez St.
This retro diner-inspired spot doesn’t just have a picturesque, pet-friendly patio — it also has mouthwatering Southern food, from crawfish etouffee to Creole shrimp and grits.
The VORTEX | 2307 Manor Rd.
You’re likely to catch a live show, trivia night, or even a fitness class at this outdoor patio. Grab a cocktail from The Butterfly Bar or some pasta from Patrizi’s. (Pro tip: Patrizi’s Karah’s Diavolo pasta with honey is one of my favorite dishes in the city.)
Grizzelda’s | 105 Tillery St.
Cute pups on the patio add to the already aesthetically pleasing atmosphere at Grizzelda’s. This eastside spot is known for its weekend brunch, which includes Tex-Mex staples and a substantial drinks menu.
Loro | 2115 S. Lamar Blvd.
You can catch me here about 8 out of every 10 weekends, as Loro is one of my favorite spots in the city. The food, a result of Aaron Franklin’s barbecue skills + Tyson Cole’s Asian food expertise, is the perfect Saturday afternoon feast — the beautiful, tree-covered patio doesn’t hurt.
Café No Sé | 1603 S. Congress Ave.
The chefs at this spot inside the South Congress Hotel have a list of accolades almost as long as the menu. Take in the sights from the patio as you munch on dishes ranging from charred octopus to chicken milanese.
Bouldin Acres | 2027 S. Lamar Blvd.
From a playground to a dog park and lawn games, there’s something for everybody in your group to do at this bar + food truck park. Pro tip: If you missed our roundup of pickleball spots in Austin, add Bouldin Acres to your list of places to get in a quick game before happy hour.
Black’s Barbecue | 3110 Guadalupe St.
The Black family has been serving up barbecue in Central Texas since 1932. Stop by for a plate of mouth-watering brisket, spare ribs or turkey breast on the outdoor patio — we bet your pup wouldn’t mind a bite, either.
The Long Play Lounge | 704 W. St. Johns Ave.
Peruse through more than 400 vinyl records inside this bar and brewery — their outdoor patio is a hot spot for dog owners.
Fat City Stacks | 6700 Burnet Rd.
You and your pup can get delicious bites at Fat City Stacks, thanks to the restaurant’s dog-friendly menu featuring canine meatballs + peanut butter “ice cream.” Pro tip: This spot shares a space with Yard Bar, a dog park and bar.
Jester King Brewery | 13187 Fitzhugh Rd.
Set on a 165-acre ranch, Jester King features drinks, pizza, beautiful grounds — oh, and a herd of Nigerian dwarf goats.
Vista Brewing | 13551 FM 150 W., Driftwood
Take in the views at this 21-acre brewery with a cheese board and Texas-based draft beer. Live music is also common at this spot, which will be the site of the Driftwood Heritage Festival on April 10.
Beerburg Brewing | 13476 Fitzhugh Rd.
This family-owned Hill Country brewery works toward creating a zero-waste facility that provides its own energy and water. Grab a taco from Taqueria La Violeta + a Juniper IPA for the perfect peaceful afternoon with your pup.