Houston works at being dog-friendly.
With the passing of the “Paws on Patios” allowance in 2011, Houston has made strides to create a city where people and their best fluffy friends feel at home, even when out of the house. Now you can bring your dog out for a night relaxing with friends or if you want to grab a drink and watch the game on the weekend: There are many dog-friendly bars and restaurants that permit canines to hang with their humans at outside seating areas. Recently, a Houston couple launched a line of non-alcoholic beer available in three flavors, so dogs have something cool to drink alongside their owners.
Here are a few Houston dog-friendly establishments. Visit dogfriendlyhouston.net for more listings!
Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX, 77006
The Black Labrador Pub is a little taste of England in Texas, with fish and chips, bangers and mash, and other British delicacies on the menu. True to its name, Labradors (and other breeds) are welcome at this Montrose neighborhood hangout, and there is plenty of outdoor seating for humans and pets alike.
2101 Washington Ave., Houston, TX, 77007
This neighborhood bar provides a collection of more than 50 brands of beer in bottles and cans, as well as 12 types of beer on tap. The culture of this bar is fun-loving, and it features games, local artists’ work, and music. With the chill atmosphere, both two-legged and four-legged patrons are welcome to relax under the covered patio.
D’Amico’s Italian Market Café
5510 Morningside Dr., Suite 140, Houston, TX, 77005
Whether you eat in or take out, this Italian restaurant specializes in both Northern and Southern Sicilian cuisine, and also offers a real Italian market. Your dog will love the pasta and meatballs served on the umbrella-covered patio.
4302 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX, 77027
9600 Westheimer, #80, Houston, TX 77063
Cajun or not, dogs and their owners can “laissez les bon temps rouler!” at this famous Louisiana cuisine mecca. For more than 43 years, Houstonians have enjoyed spicy crawfish, creole-grilled fish, and shrimp po-boys at the original location on Richmond, and now also at a second location on Westheimer. Ragin’ Cajun is open to furry friends, who are invited to hang with humans in a designated outdoor seating area.
4212 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
With drink specials available on different nights—including craft beers on draft and Wednesday Whiskey Night with $3 pours of American, Irish, and Scotch whiskies—Underdogs gets plenty of human patrons. The sports-centric atmosphere seems to appeal to canines as well, judging by the pack of cute dogs that frequently wanders around the back patio of this Washington Avenue watering hole.
Henderson Heights Pub
908 Henderson St., Houston, TX 77007
Megan and Steve Long, owners of the Henderson Heights bar, set out to make a product that combined their love of beer and dogs. They came up with Good Boy Dog Beer, non-alcoholic beer that comes in three flavors—pork, chicken, and a vegetable-based one. With names like IPA Lot in the Yard, Mailman Malt Licker, and Session…Squirrel!, the brew is available at select area bars for about $5 a can. “Everyone enjoys having a beer with their dog,” said Steve. Humans can drink it, but its lack of sodium does not appeal to non-canines, he added.
Written by Madeleine Munford