Top 10 Dog Friendly Local Houston Restaurants, Patios and Bars

April 2, 2022

Houston Dog-Friendly Patios, Bars and Restaurants

Springtime is here! Check out these fantastic outdoor spots to hang with your pup!

Spring, Cypress, Houston and Katy Locations

Minuti Coffee

Minuti Coffee in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
*Image courtesy of the Minuti website

Minuti Coffee is an American-Italian rooted coffee shop which offers a variety of beverages and cafe food items. Depending on the specific location, all are dog friendly on the outside patio and will whip up a “puppy latte” for you, however, some select locations are even dog friendly on the inside! The Midtown Houston location is one of those located at 114 Gray St. Houston, TX 77002. Perfect for a rainy day, a human and puppy latte, and some cozy vibes.

Little Woodrow’s

Houston (Heights, Washington, Midtown, East Downtown) Bellaire, Katy, and Tomball

Little Woodrow's in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
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Little Woodrows is a “watering hole” that has multiple locations across the Houston area, as well as other parts of Texas. You’ll find each location is a little bit unique from the others, however most all focus around a lively scene with plenty of televisions directed at sports, cornhole boards, and a good time! Most locations don’t have a kitchen, however they almost always have some food options available whether it’s a steak night, food truck, or crawfish season. We always find the staff love to come up and say hello to any training dogs we bring in, they have steel water bowls on site for those extra sunny days, and sometimes they even have milk bone treats. If you are REALLY feeling adventurous and your pup likes a crowd, the Midtown Houston locations seasonally hosts “turtle races” which is a must-do if you haven’t yet.


1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004

AxelRad in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
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Axelrad is a Beer Garden located just South of Midtown that has great vibes both during the day and night. We recommend you check out both! During the day, there is plenty of seating, and they are well-known for their many tree hammocks. Get there early to snag one! At nightime, they have a great light setup, and on most nights you’ll find some variety of entertainment. From live bands to food trucks to move nights, AxelRad is definitely worth a visit. There is a park just next door so if your pup needs a potty break, it’s an easy walk right over and back.


2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003

TruckYard in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
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This trendy bar is located in EaDo (East Downdown) in walking distance to both the Houston Astro’s Minute Maid park and the Houston Dynamo and the Dash’s PNC Stadium. TruckYard is surrounded by multiple other dog friendly bars and breweries so that you can hop around if you so choose. TruckYard itself has a great outdoor “yard” full of vintage neon furniture to keep the vibes high, food trucks, and a great selection of cocktails and craft beers. They even have a functioning mini Ferris wheel which when running you can ride! (No dogs allowed on for that part of course to keep them safe). If you ever find yourself looking to take to your dog to The Houston Astro’s “Dog Day”, this would be a great “pregame” spot!


(Heights, EaDo, River Oaks, Montrose/Midtown, Medical Center, Tanglewood/Galleria)

Branaby's in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
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If you couldn’t tell by their logo, all Barnaby’s Cafe locations are dog friendly on the patio. The name comes in honor of the owner’s late Sheepdog, Barnaby. This is a great lunch or dinner time restaurant that offers a casual yet upbeat vibe. While there, they will offer your canine companion a bowl of water and they even have their own Puppy Patio Menu so you can get a little something for your dog from scrambled eggs to chicken and rice. You can find their puppy rules in the link above. 

The “Creeks”

  • Onion Creek – Woodland Heights
  • Cedar Creek – Oak Forest/Heights 
  • Canyon Creek – Memorial Park/Washington
  • Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar – Allen Parkway
  • Cactus Cove – Tanglewood
Creek Canyon in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide

Pictured is our very own BTD graduate Rosie taken at Canyon Creek off of Washington by Memorial Park. We love that each one of the Creek Group’s locations is a little bit unique to itself. All locations are inspired by floating down a river on a hot Texas Day, so they are ALL known for their frozen mimosas made with Blue Moon beer. They offer a great variety of brunch, lunch and dinner options, and when crawfish is in season this is definitely you’re spot! You’ll find stainless steel water bowls hanging around the outdoor decks for your pup, and if you come out for a Sunday Funday, we can almost guarantee you’ll see lots of like minded dog-parents with the same idea!


9504 Nett St. Houston, TX 77007

NettBar in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide

BTD Graduate Lucky is showing off his sit stay at Houston’s local NettBar. NettBar is known for their great outdoor seating and games including cornhole and horseshoes. On Wednesday nights, Geeks Who Drink, a well known trivia crew, host one of their many trivia night’s here. Make sure to get there at least 30 minutes early to get a drink, something from the food truck, and a great seat for you and your pup.

Saint Arnold Brewery 

2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020

Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
*Image courtesy of the Saint Arnold’s Brewery Company Facebook

Located in the Warehouse District, Saint Arnold Brewing Company created a stunning and spacious outdoor beer garden with a skyline view of Downtown. They offer rotating seasonal beers and, you guessed it, a selection of food that pairs just right with a cold brew. You can expect to see bar style yet elevated items such as pretzels, wood fire personal pizzas, wings, sandwiches, nachos. And so much more. They offered a great outdoor yet enclosed area that provides shade in those hot Texas Summer months, when you’re craving a seasonal summer draft beer. Once or twice a year, Saint Arnold’s also sponsors an annual “Pup Crawl” at the Houston arboretum, which proceeds go toward Houston BARC to dogs in need. A must do event if you haven’t been!


3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Cottonwood in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
*Image courtesy of the Cottonwood Facebook page

Find this little “industrial chic” gem just north of the loop in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest neighborhood. There is always something happening at Cottonwood from live music and concerts, to crawfish boils and cornhole tournaments. CottonWood is quite spacious so you can easily find a seat outside either under the shade or in the sun for you and your dog. Ask your waitress and they would be happy to provide a water bowl and they also offer biscuit treats! We know you’ll dog will thank you later.

Henderson Heights 

908 Henderson St Houston, TX 77007

Henderson Heights in Houston - Dog Friendly Guide
*Image courtesy of the Henderson Heights website 

In the heart of the Houston Heights, you’ll find this spot to be a great hangout for you and your pup. There are stainless steel water bowls all around, and if you head up to the walk up bar, they will also throw your dog “a bone”. Literally! Well, a milk bone anyways. As for our human friends, we recommend to check out the variety of cocktails and daily specials.