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
Cottonwood Houston
Brooke Viggiano
Lucky's
Brooke Viggiano
Winston's On Washington
Celtic Gardens
Brooke Viggiano
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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.