Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AFBA 2015 City Guide - Best Dog-Friendly Venues in Austin #ATXBestEats

Hey guys! Welcome to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance's 2015 City Guide for Austin! We've come together to bring you the best of the best in Austin! My first category is for Austin's much-loved canine population... and their owners, of course ;)

What do you do when you have a codependent pooch that misses you so much during the work week, that you can't bear to be apart with her on evenings and weekends? When you live in one of the most dog-friendly cities around, the answer is simple: take her to dinner with you. Heck, take her to Happy Hour, or drinks with friends, or one of the many dog-centric events that are always popping up!

Here is a list of the best Dog Friendly bars and restaurants I've come across in my research for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance's 2015 City Guide.

Best Dog-Friendly Venues in Austin

Moontower Saloon-Guys, I saw a freaking MONKEY here once, just hanging out on a dude's shoulder. If monkeys are okay, then you best believe that most furry friends are going to be welcome here. There are a variety of dog-centric events (like frequent "Puppy Paloozas") plus, the 11 acre outdoor area is perfect for playing frisbee with your pooch. Though Moontower Saloon is technically a bar, their backyard is basically a food trailer park where multiple eats are offered. My go-to are the Lugnuts from Triple Wide: bacon-wrapped pepper jack cheese that's been deep fried and served with jalapeno ranch, and the pizza from Armadillo Flats is pretty decent as well. Moontower Saloon is open 11am-2am every day, noon-2am Sunday and is located at 10212 Manchaca Road in South Austin.

Banger's-Basically, any bar on Rainey Street is going to be cool with dogs, as they all have outdoor patio options. Bangers, however, goes the extra mile. Not only do they have a fenced-in dog area, they'll make your pooch a doggy-diet sausage! AND the third Monday of the month is "Mega Mutt Mondays" where owners get beer discounts and dogs can win special giveaways from local pet stores and groomers. I've never been to Bangers and seen fewer than four dogs hanging out among the Rainey Street patrons. It's clear the management loves our furry friends as much as we do! Not to mention, this is one of my must-visit spots when friends are in town. The poutine is OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. and a sausage-centric restaurant is a unique experience for visitors (the duck is my fave). Bangers is open Sun 11am-11pm, Mon-Wed 4pm-11pm, Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am and is located at 79 & 81 Rainey Street in Austin.

TNT (Tacos and Tequila)-I used to frequent TNT for lunch when I worked on West 6th Street, at a trendy startup that was dog-friendly, and had my separation-anxiety-ridden pooch in tow. The servers always brought Lily out a big bowl of water as soon as they saw her. Some patio places seem to only tolerate the dogs, but TNT's staff was great about interacting with my dog and making her feel welcome. While they didn't have any dog menu items, the little extra touch of having water ready for my dog gets them a spot on my list. Plus their Spa Skewers were a great healthy lunch choice, and their seasonal tacos were to die for. PROTIP: Join their mailing list! You'll get a monthly freebie that makes any doggy-date that much sweeter. TNT is open Mon-Thurs 11am–10pm, Fri 11am–11pm, Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–10pm. Brunch is 10am-3pm, and is located at 507 Pressler Street in Austin.

Jester King Brewery-Another Austin hangout that's dog friendly mostly due to its location. This is the perfect place to hang out with friends on a sunny Saturday and grab some brews, lunch, a game of cornhole, and some good quality time with your dog. The brewery is surrounded by sprawling farmland that is perfect for hanging out or chasing a frisbee. Sip the local brews and hang out at one of the many picnic tables throughout the grounds, and order one of the fantastic gourmet pizzas from Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza. Keep in mind though, dogs must be kept on leashes! Jester King Brewery is open Fri 4pm to 10pm, Sat Noon to 10pm, Sun Noon to 6pm and is located at 13005 Fitzhugh Road in Austin.

Runner Up:

Dog House Drinkery-There are so many places in town where you can bring your dog fee-free, so I haven't yet ventured to Dog House Drinkery, plus it's not technically in Austin (it's located in Leander). However, friends tell me it's an awesome time. And I couldn't very well leave the Austin-area's only truly completely dog-centric bar off my list (though Yard Bar is opening this summer, keep an eye out). The daily fee is $5, but memberships are available that give you a bit of a discount if you plan on drinking with your dog often. Humans can grab some beer and food from the bar, and dogs can enjoy a fenced-in dog park.

This list is Lily-Approved!

Kind-of Runner Up: It's not open yet, and it's not a bring-your-own-cat kind of deal, but I seriously cannot wait for the Blue Cat Cafe to open!

1 comment:

  1. I am glad that I finally got a chance to check out this place. Great views, food is nice. The quality of service at venues in DC was great, and the environment were pretty comfortable. I’ll say I will look forward to visit again.