Is responsible dog ownership keeping you from enjoying quality time at the bar? If the answer is "yes", then you’re in luck. And if the answer is "no", it's still more fun to drink when there are dogs around, right? We've put together a rundown of the best places to bring your best friend (or in this case, a Boston Terrier named Alfie) along with you. Because dogs like to party, too.
Why will your dog love this place? Because there’s an enormous gated outdoor patio, so once they're inside they can run free. There are even scattered water bowls in case they want to wash down that burger and fries they just snatched from an unsuspecting table. Just keep them away from the cold ones.
The name says it all. This place is for dogs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it too. Grab a seat in either of the two large, gated dog parks -- one for small dogs and one for big dogs -- and order a cold beer. You can get access via membership or pay per visit. Just a disclaimer, both you and your dog will likely get dirty, but that’s what the large dog bathtub is there for.
Klyde Warren Park
After enjoying the park all day long, you and your pup probably need some shade. But why wait until you get home? Mosey on over to Relish (connected to Klyde Warren Park), grab a table, and order an adult beverage and a hot dog. Oh, and about the other hot dog panting by your side -- get him some water too, while assuring him that "hot dog" is just an expression. If you have a pot-bellied pig, don't bring him here.
This Austin transplant makes ridiculously good burgers and shakes, and also happens to be dog friendly. After you order your food, you and your pet can take a seat on the patio. If your dog is thirsty the servers will even give them a bowl of ice water (seriously). Just remember to tip, and guard that milkshake.
Bread Winners is already well-known for their food, but not many know that they have a dog-friendly patio, too. Now you know! But be warned, this location can be super-busy on weekends, especially in the morning. Wednesdays after 5pm can be a fine time to go, with half-price bottles of wine for when you and your dog are feeling classy.
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The combo of "Lee Harvey" and "Dallas" isn't recalled fondly in a historical sense, but this joint is certainly doing well to give itself a good name. There's just something incredibly relaxing about sitting around a fire pit with a cold beer on a warm night (especially with live music) and that's Lee Harvey's finest asset. And if you can't find a sitter for Rover, bring him too. They're dog-friendly as long as yours is.
A beer garden and dog park in Uptown where you can come to enjoy a few brews without leaving your canine companion behind.
Relish is a great joint where you can pick up classic burgers and classic dogs, or veggie candied jalapeño & tomatillo relish burgers and truffled mushroom relish dogs.
The process is simple. Walk through the door and step into line. Order a drink at the line-side bar. Order one of their delicious burgers of the simple or complex variety. Grab a ticket telling you what table you're at. Get your food and sit down. Eat. Repeat.
Serving three meals a day of scrumptious comfort food, Bread Winners is that beautiful combination of serious comfort food and an environment that's laid back without being fast food-y. Plus, they bake their bread, pastries, and desserts fresh daily, and their weekend brunch is famously good.