Food & Drink

Austin's 5 best dog-friendly patios to check out this weekend

Austin Do you ever feel guilty about leaving your pup at home while you're out day drinking with your crew? No worries, both you and your canine friend can have a great time at any of these places, which are known for their next-level pup-and-owner hospitality.

Austin Beer Garden Brewery (info and address)
South Lamar
The South Lamar spot affectionately known as "The ABGB" deserves a top spot for several reasons. The pizza is fantastic. The patio has plenty of seating, and your pooch is more than welcome -- they’ve provided bowls and a spout to keep "Zeppelin" and "Molly" cool and hydrated. AND they have a huge selection of brews, including the new "APA! APA" American pale ale -- for which they donate $1 per pint sold to Austin Pets Alive! to help their long-stay dogs.  Continue Reading

Banger’s (info and address)
Downtown
In addition to a menu that causes salivation upon reading (in humans!), they have a dog park in the back! This means you can chat with your crew and enjoy one of their seemingly infinite choices of beers on tap while "Peanut" makes friends. Not to mention live music, picnic tables, and regular dog-friendly events -- this is the stuff Sunday Fundays are made of.

Contigo (info and address)
East Side
This East Side gem’s name translates to “with you”, and that reflects the vibe here. Friends, dogs, even kiddos are all welcome at Contigo. Insanely good cocktails and food, mostly outdoor seating, and plenty of space between tables ensures that everyone is happy. They will bring you a water bowl and, if you ask nicely, your server will bring you some crunchy carrots for "Max".

Easy Tiger (info and address)
Downtown
Dogs are more than welcome on Easy Tiger’s back patio -- they have water bowls and treats on hand. These guys boast fresh-baked bread, brats, and some killer beer cheese. The only thing that would make it better is if "Shiner" busted out some serious ping-pong skills.

Yellow Jacket Social Club (info and address)
East Side
East Side, cool-kid haunt YJSC also doubles as a dog (cool dogs, of course) hangout. Whether your dog is into indie or old school punk, this is a great place for you both. Water bowls for "George" and pints of cold Pearl Snap for you -- everyone wins!