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Written by Aurus Sy
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Published: 08/04/2021, edited: 09/28/2022
Houston residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dog-friendly bars. With so many options available, the challenge isn’t figuring out where to go, but deciding where to go first. To help you narrow your choices down, Wag! has rounded up a few canine-friendly bars around the Bayou City where you can grab some drinks with your pup in tow!
Located on the premises of a former grocery store, this super casual beer garden in Midtown features 31 craft beers on tap and a large patio with plenty of seating and hammocks. Axelrad does not serve food, but you can order grub from the adjacent pizzeria and food trucks, or bring in outside chow. Dogs who are well-behaved and spayed or neutered are allowed to hang out with their humans on the patio. Your pup will be given water and treats, but off-leash roaming is not permitted. To make cleaning up after your pooch easier, two pet clean-up stations are available in the outdoor area. Axelrad often hosts live music, film screenings, and other events; it’s definitely a puptastic place to chill with your four-legged pal!
Following a major renovation in 2018, the oldest craft brewery in Texas opened its doors to furry patrons. Though your pup will have to sit out the facility tours, they’re more than welcome to join you in the outdoor beer garden while you enjoy a pint with a furbulous view of the Downtown skyline. Don’t forget to check out the food menu too. Saint Arnold offers pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more—pawfect for when you’re watching an Astros game on the big screen in the garden. Since there’s no menu for puppers, do bring some dog wine for your canine companion so they don’t feel left out.
Located in EaDo, this eclectic outdoor spot is as vibrant as the rest of the neighborhood. Dogs are allowed to tag along to Truck Yard, where you can grab a Philly cheesesteak and wash it down with a draft beer or craft cocktail. In addition to the regular menu, the yard features a rotating roster of food trucks, so there’s always something new to try each time you visit. There’s also a boozy Ferris wheel (make sure someone’s watching Fido if you’re going for a ride) and live music every Thursday through Sunday. If your pooch starts getting antsy, let them run off their energy at the nearby EaDog Park.
If you and Fido find yourselves in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest, be sure to stop by this laid-back gastropub on North Shepherd Drive. Make your way to the large, dog-friendly patio and peruse the extensive beverage menu, which includes whiskey, wine, cocktails, and 42 beers on tap. This huge selection, as well as live music and a rotating food truck lineup, will surely turn you into a regular customer. Cottonwood is also located next to Graham Park, where you can take your mutt for a stroll before heading back home.
Looking for a pup-friendly place to grab a bite to eat in the Washington Corridor/Rice Military area? Then stop by FM Kitchen & Bar and snag one of the outdoor tables on the expansive patio. This hip hangout serves Southern bar fare and weekend brunch, as well as drinks that range from craft beers from local breweries to specialty cocktails developed by FM’s own bar team. Surrounding the outdoor area are colorful murals, which make furrific backdrops for your dog’s next Instagram photos. FM Kitchen & Bar recently opened a second location in Montrose, which welcomes canine patrons as well.
With a myriad of dog-friendly bars in H-Town, your furry buddy no longer has to stay at home should you decide to eat out, grab some drinks, or meet up with friends. Pawsome!
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