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

Published On 05/15/2014 Published On 05/15/2014

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

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)
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

Easy Tiger (info and address)
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

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!

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1. Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A brewery from a coupla dudes formerly of Uncle Billy's, ABGB has an enormous outdoor area with lawn chairs and spindle tables, plus eats from sandwiches to snacks to PIZZA.

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2. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden not only provides over a 100 beers on tap, but it's also home to one of the district's largest biergartens. Enjoy live music and all the sausage that you can eat.

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3. Contigo Austin 2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723 (Mueller)

Contigo Austin strives to bring the ranch to the people, having patrons sit down at large wooden tables on an equally expansive patio to chow down on flawless BBQ, other seasonally diverse menu items, and a long list of craft beer. Open for dinner and brunch, you can enjoy outdoor or indoor seating, as well as some great happy hour specials. Contigo is the perfect place to catch up with friends or bring a more casual date.

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4. Easy Tiger 709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Austin)

A bakery by day and beer (garden) by night, (also open during the day), Easy Tiger's bake shop features artisanal breads, pretzels, and housemade meats. A combination not often explored, the downstairs barroom allows you retire from your morning coffee and croissant to a night of exploring over 30 local craft brews under a canopy of lights in the outdoor beer garden.

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5. Yellow Jacket Social Club 1704 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Austin)

This high school mascot-inspired bar has a late-night patio with plenty of ambiance, booze, and not-so-bar-like snacks. Locally soured ingredients make their handmade paninis and apps as tempting as that second drink.



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