Food & Drink

The 11 best places to drink with your dog in Houston

Published On 11/20/2014 Published On 11/20/2014
David Maez

Your dog gets it; he knows you’ve had a long day at work, and while yes, you want to hangout with him, you also really really want a drink. As luck would have it, you can be a responsible, loving pet owner and while also slamming cold-ass beers, too. Just head to any of these 11 pooch-friendly bars:

Onion Creek

Heights
Great news! You and your four-legged friend can enjoy the laidback, Hill Country vibe without actually having to deal with people from Austin. Grab a few cold ones out on the patio with your pup, then pat yourself on the back for living in Houston
 

Cottonwood Houston

Cottonwood

Garden Oaks/Oak Forest
With "sweet, it’s finally not hot as balls out" season in full swing, this bar – complete with a monster outdoor patio, ample seating, and a stage for live music – gets packed with dogs and dog owners alike. Take down the selection of over 40 tapped brews alongside one of the city’s sloppiest burgers. Or come for a pup-friendly Sunday brunch that your dog definitely wants you to partake in. Because, bacon. 

Brooke Viggiano

Front Porch Pub/Porch Swing Pub

Midtown/Washington 
Ditch work early if you and your dog want to get a shaded table at either of these laidback patio bars, especially on steak and trivia nights... or during crawfish boils and cornhole tournaments... or really any day the sun is out. Just don’t forget to ask for a water bowl along with your beer bucket – chances are, you’re gonna be here a while.
 

Jimmy’s Ice House

Heights
Cheap, cold beer and a relaxed-as-hell atmosphere make it easy to spend all day at this no-frills ice house. We suggest you bring some treats for the pup and do just that.

Lucky's

Lucky’s Pub Heights

Heights
There’s never a shortage of canines at this neighborhood sports pub. Leash up and bring your better half for a day of games, brews, and bar pies on the patio. He’ll be happy watch you drink as long you keep rubbing his belly.

Brooke Viggiano

Little Woodrow’s

Midtown
While most locations have solid outdoor space, the Midtown's Little Woody’s jumbo-sized patio is hard to beat. Your best friend will love having so many other doggy friends to sniff just as much as he loves the fact that you finally let him sit on a couch.
 

Christian’s Tailgate

Multiple locations
This beloved beer bar offers a well shaded, canine-friendly patio where you can sip on all the beers while your pup can try to snag that guy’s 1lb burger off the table next to you. Hope that guy likes dogs...

Winston's On Washington

Winston’s on Washington

Washington
Named after the owner’s bulldog Winston, this dog-friendly gastropub gives a portion of its proceeds to local animal shelters. That means you and the pooch can feel good about wasting your entire Saturday afternoon on their patio. Bonus: because Winston is such a cool dog, not only is there Texas beer and seriously tasty pub grub for you, there’s homemade dog treats for your four-legged friend, too.
 

Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille

Midtown
If the name didn’t give it away, all of the dogs on the patio will: this Midtown bar is made for you and your dog (they’ll even bring him a water bowl). Leash up and head here to smash a burger and some ice cold pitchers; or, better yet, go for Monday steak night, where they serve juicy-as-hell ribeyes for 10 bucks. Just make sure you slip your companion a few scraps.

Celtic Gardens

Celtic Gardens

Midtown
Stiff drinks, solid happy hour specials, and a huge outdoor lounge mean this Midtown oasis will draw a big crowd pretty much any day its nice out. Bring Rover and grab a shaded spot to enjoy an afternoon of beers, bags, and Irish nachos (you should always get the Irish nachos).

Brooke Viggiano

West Alabama Ice House

Montrose
Houston’s chillest ice house boasts a huge yard, where pups can lounge under picnic-style tables and you can eat your weight in tacos from food truck parked next door. It’s a win-win.

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1. Cottonwood 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Cottonwood is a restaurant and bar that draws crowds to its home in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest with quality cocktails, craft beer, comfort food, and a massive outdoor patio. Cocktails include classics and signatures (ask about the frozen drinks), but whiskey is the spirit of choice, with primarily local and Kentucky labels on offer. Beer is at the forefront, though, with over 40 taps (two cask-conditioned), featuring a large number of local brews. The menu is appropriately tailored to the beverage offerings, with quality pub fare like frito pie, tacos, sloppy joes, and the famous Squirrel Master Burger -- stuffed with poblano peppers and topped bacon, pepper jack, jalapenos, and of course, a fried egg.

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2. Front Porch Pub 217 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

Front Porch is a laidback patio bar, offering up steak and trivia nights, crawfish boils, and cornhole tournaments. A perfect place to bring your dog along for a drink.

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3. Porch Swing Pub 69 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007

Porch Swing has all the best qualities of a classic pub, including great prices, games (including trivia night), TVs, and bar food.

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4. Jimmy's Ice House 2803 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Cheap, cold beer and a relaxed-as-hell atmosphere make it easy to spend all day at this no-frills ice house.

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5. Lucky's Pub 801 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003 (Downtown)

Lucky's Pub is one of the largest, most popular sports bars in Houston, and will supply you with craft beer, delicious wings, and a lively atmosphere while you watch the game.

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6. Little Woodrow's Midtown 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Little Woodrow's beer list isn't very little with 100 beers, a full bar, and daily specials. It's the perfect place to watch the big game.

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7. Winston's On Washington 5111 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Named after the owner’s bulldog Winston, this dog-friendly gastropub gives a portion of its proceeds to local animal shelters. That means you and the pooch can feel good about wasting your entire Saturday afternoon on their patio. Bonus: Because Winston is such a cool dog, not only is there Texas beer and seriously tasty pub grub for you, there're homemade dog treats for your four-legged friend, too.

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8. Saint Dane's Bar & Grille 502 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77006

If the name didn’t give it away, all of the dogs on the patio will: this Midtown bar is made for you and your dog (they’ll even bring him a water bowl). Leash up and head here to smash a burger and some ice cold pitchers; or, better yet, go for Monday steak night, where they serve juicy-as-hell ribeyes for 10 bucks. Just make sure you slip your four-lagged pal a few scraps.

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9. Celtic Gardens 2300 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006

Stiff drinks, solid happy hour specials, and a huge outdoor lounge mean this Midtown oasis will draw a big crowd pretty much any day its nice out. Enjoy an afternoon of beers, bags, and Irish nachos (you should always get the Irish nachos).

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10. West Alabama Ice House 1919 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098 (Montrose)

To a non-native Houstonian, West Alabama Ice House doesn't look like all that much, given that it's just a covered bar and patio in West Montrose. But this iconic bar has seen Houston through history since 1928, when it operated as a literal ice house, just shilling the cold stuff to neighborhood homes. Now, of course, it's a regular haunt for Houston's most in-the-know, who come, humidity be damned, for a frosty Lone Star Beer, a taco from whatever truck is parked across the street, and some love from the regular influx of dogs that appear with their owners.

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