Austin is a very dog friendly city so you're sure to find no lack of places where you can have fun with your dog. There are many dog friendly places in Austin, Texas and dog friendly events.

The only thing that is better than a happy hour is one where man’s best friend can join.

Patika Wine & Coffee is having a Yappy hour to benefit Austin Pets Alive today. Austin Pets Alive volunteers will be there with adoptable pups and proceeds from pint sales will benefit APA! A win, win if you ask me.

Today is going to be another fantastic day, perfect patio weather!

If you’re in the market to add to your family, check out our Pet of the Week’s that are looking for their forver homes!

When: today, March 25th

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm

Patika Wine & Coffee
2159 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas


In the spirit of being active as we start the New Year, I suggest making the trek to the top of Mount Bonnell on this absolutely gorgeous Sunday.  Go up and down the 102 (give or take) steps a few times and that will really get your heart pounding.

mount bonnell

Mount Bonnell is one of Austin’s oldest touring attractions, dating back to the 1850′s as it is the highest point in Austin City Limits reaching 785 feet tall.

The top of Mount Bonnell easily boasts some of the best views in Austin. You can get a truly panaramoic view of the city, on one side you have the UT Tower and downtown and to the other you have the 360 bridge. It’s on of my favorite places to go in Austin!

To get to Mount Bonnell:
Take 35th Street past Camp Mabry
Go left at the fork onto Old Bull Creek Road
Right on Mount Bonnell Road (You will start to see parking on your left)

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I absolutely love the Capitol holiday tree (and Menorah).  Make sure to go after sundown as the tree changes colors and does various light shows. You can get some really great photos with the Capitol in the background.

While you’re there I’d recommend scrolling the Capitol grounds. I love walking the Capitol grounds at night; there is something pretty majestic the building being lit up at night. It’s definitely worth the stroll on the grounds.

When: now – New Years

The Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Happy Thanksgiving! I love to start the holiday with a joke, Q. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A. Pilgrims.

So many people are looking for ways to give back this year. Here is a way for you to give back while getting a little pre turkcy workout in. The Turkey Trot has raised more than $2 million, donating the proceeds to Caritas of Austin. Caritas is a nonprofit organization that helps increase stability and self-sufficiency for those suffering from poverty or homelessness

The Turkey Trot is not a 5K, its 5 miles! So by the time you finish you’ll be sure to have earned your turkey!

Registration Starts: 7:30 am

When: today, November 27th

The Long Center

As much as us humans love patio season, I’m sure our favorite furry companions love this springtime weather even more.


Whole Foods at the Domain hosts a ‘yappy hour’ every Thursday, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time with your dog in a relaxed setting. Come out and enjoy live music and craft beers on their patio, while both you and your pet mingle.

Admission: Free

When: Every Thursday

Time: 5-7 pm

Whole Foods Domain
11920 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

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First off, good morning and congrats to all the marathon runners! Sunday is upon us again and there’s no better way to spend a Sunday than some Sunday Funday action.

bangers brunch

As if this Rainey Street gem couldn’t be any more enticing, on Sundays they host a Big Band Brunch that’s simply amazing. They have a special brunch menu that will make any meat eaters mouth water, and drinks that are dangerously good.

Their ManMosa is a liter mug filled with a bottle of champagne; yes, a whole bottle, topped off with a splash of cranberry or OJ. If that’s a little too aggressive, you can check out the Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar. There’s live music from noon until 3:00 p.m. and your pup is always welcome to come join the party (they even have a special sausage just for dogs!).

When: Sundays

Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.

79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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Name: Cashew
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: American Bull Dog Mix
Age: 3 year old
Days in Shelter: over 100 Days
Animal ID: A665350
Location: Kennel 16 Town Lake Animal Center


Cashew has been with the shelter over 100 days now! She has beautiful blues eyes and a heart of gold. She is a high energy girl and needs an active owner. She would make an excellent running/walking  companion for someone with some dog experience. Meet her at Town Lake Animal Center in kennel 16 and go for a walk! Cashew has a video.

If this not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.

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Name: Dina
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Age: 3 year old
Animal ID: A633389
Location: Kennel  52 Town Lake Animal Center


Dina is lovely 3-year-old pit bull mix who has never met a person or dog she didn’t like. She was adopted as a puppy and then returned by her owner when they moved into an apartment. Dina has been back in the shelter since August, 2013. She is one of the shelter’s most affectionate and well-mannered dogs, and she’s played well with every dog that she’s been matched up with. Come meet this great family dog at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 w. Cesar Chavez. Check out Dina on Time Warner Cable News as Pet of the Week!–dina

If this not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.


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Are you ready to eat your hearts out for a good cause? Jo’s is hosting their annual chili cook off all in the name of raising money for the Sustainable Food Center.


It’s going to be a beautiful day to hang out, drink some beer and eat as much chili as you can handle. Jo’s has a day full of food, fun and live music ahead.

Participants  include Ranch 616, La Condesa, Foreign & Domestic, Bubblin’ Red, Grateful Red and Buckeye on the Bayou (among others).

Remember dogs always welcome at Jo’s!

Admission: $20

When: today, January 26th

Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.

Jo’s South Congress
1300 South Congress
Austin, Texas 78704

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Gourmands, you are amazing. Now I learn that you host a trivia night on Wednesday nights, does it get any better?


If you haven’t been, Gourmands is a little spot on the Eastside that serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. They have fresh bread delivered daily, and the prices are surprisingly low for the size and quality.

Trivia might be the greatest weeknight activity outside of happy hour. It’s a great way to get out of the house, have a few drinks with friends, and still make it home at a decent hour.

You should definitely go hungry though. If you’re just looking for something to snack on, their queso is some of the best in town. They serve it up with these thick-cut tortilla chips that really make it a home-run.

When: Wednesdays

Time: 8:00pm

2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

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