Easton Park . Sep 20, 2022

Pet-Friendly Destinations in Austin

Austin is known for being pet-friendly, perhaps especially for dogs in particular. The city is often cited highly on lists of top cities for dogs. You can regularly see dogs sashaying down the aisles at Home Depot and into the dressing rooms at Anthropologie, slurping treats at Starbucks or taking in the scene at outdoor restaurants and bars all over town. Austin even has an establishment dedicated to yoga for dogs, also known as Doga!

There are a dozen off-leash dog areas on city parkland — the most of any city in Texas. Various websites count more than 60 local dog-friendly hotels and 200-plus restaurants, almost 40 dog day cares, dozens of dog walkers, sitters and trainers. Plus, untold numbers of Austin businesses, including groomers and bakeries, that cater to dogs and their owners.

Whether you’re looking for a park, restaurant, coffee shop or bar, here are some city highlights, all just minutes from your Easton Park home:

Yard Bar

The Yard Bar in Austin was specially set up to be a great place to drink and hang with your pet. The space is 30,000 square feet — 20,000 of which is an off-leash dog park with agility equipment, mister fans and large trees for shade. There are house-made dog treats, and even a chicken broth-based, non-alcoholic dog beer.

Spider House

Spider House has coffee, sandwiches, drinks and a great outdoor patio (next to a live-music stage!) that is perfect for pets accompanying you. The spot has been around for just more than 20 years, which is quite an accomplishment in Austin. Aside from comedy events like regular showcases, open mic’s, and annual shows like the Comedy Seance, Spider House also hosts Austin Poetry Slam every week and is an active venue for Austin’s venerated live music scene.

Bull Creek District Park

Bull Creek is one of the tributaries that feed the Texas Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country. The Bull Creek District Park is a great Austin recreational area for dogs and their owners, which has one of pups’ favorite delights – plenty of water, including springs, waterways, waterfalls and limestone seeps. There are also seven basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, a multipurpose field, fishing and swimming areas, and multiple barbeque pits.

Kerbey Lane

Kerbey Lane is one of Austin’s many pet-friendly restaurants (see a fuller list here), and is perhaps of special note because of its unique Austin history. On May 5th, 1980, Kerbey Lane Cafe opened its doors for business, operating out of a small house on Kerbey Lane in north-central Austin. The restaurant focuses on creating homemade quality food that is local, healthy and affordable. Dogs are welcome on the covered patio.

Driskill Hotel

The Driskill hotel is happy to welcome you and your four-legged friends. Amenities include: Custom Driskill pet bed, designer dishes and mat, bottled spring water, gourmet pet treats from 1886 Café & Bakery, supply of Driskill doggie business bags, and a map of Austin with designated pet-friendly areas.

The city is cat-friendly too! In 2015, Apartment List ranked 200 cat-friendly cities, and Austin came in at #74, with more than 50 percent of apartments here willing to welcome cats. Austin is also home to the Blue Cat Café, where people can grab coffee and food while interacting with and talking about cats. The Blue Cat Café has separate retail lines dedicated to eating for cats, sleeping for cats and furniture for cats. It also provides a place for cat adoptions.

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