Eight Places in Austin to Drink With Your Dog
Happy hour is more fun with Rover
By Sierra Diaz,
12:24PM, Mon. Feb. 13, 2017
With a patio overlooking the Colorado River, the Eastside’s newest hotspot has the feel of a Hill Country campground. Enjoy the scenery during the day or cozy up around one of the fire pits at night. Either way, your furry ones won’t mind – as long as you share a bite of the grilled Texas tenderloin with them.
This one is a no-brainer. Your socialite pup will get all the sniffing he can handle at the off-leash dog park. You’ll get to drink through the extensive Texas beer list and snack on the boss hush puppies. With plenty of membership options, you can take your dog in for a day or sign them up for months of fun.
As Austin becomes more of a craft cocktail kind of town, it’s nice to know there are still some places left that you can relax with a good beer. Crown & Anchor isn’t the type of place to have a concept or a program, but your pooch never went for that fancy stuff anyway.
If you can’t get out of town for a Hill Country getaway, Contigo is the next best thing. With a menu that plays with Texas’ rich culinary heritage, a serious cocktail menu, and a rustic chic environment, the Eastside favorite is all about romance. Take your sweetheart there after a puppy playdate on a slightly chilly day and canoodle around the fire pit.
Let’s face it. Much like the various members of the Kardashian family, sometimes your precious labradoodle gets on everybody’s nerves. So we are glad that we have the option of Banger’s oversized “manmosas” when we go out on a mixed-species play date. After a liter of champagne, we’ll play fetch with anyone!
Moontower’s remodeled Fifties ranch house is pure South Austin cool, with an oak-shaded backyard filled with plenty of places for you to plop and chow down on Triplewide and Salt Lick’s comfort food. There’s also lawn games, volleyball courts, and a live music stage, guaranteeing that every time you go there, you (and your slightly socially awkward Chinese Crested) will meet a new friend.
Freddie’s Place was always a hub for the South Austin canine set, and the second location of Fresa’s (who took over the space last year) keeps up that tradition – providing a cool hangout for everyone in your family. The new location expands on the original’s offerings, adding new wood-grilled meals and heady cocktails, but the same laid-back vibe rules.
The ABGB is a community hub, constantly hosting parties that give back to locals, like this weekend’s Sweet Barks benefit for Austin Pets Alive! That’s why it is constantly packed with Austinites, both fluffy and not. It helps that they brew some of the best beers in town too.
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