If you have a four-legged friend and you’re living in Austin, you’ll be pleased to know that the Texas capital is one of the most dog-friendly cities out there. With our plethora of parks and outdoor patios, your pup will be able to accompany you to brunches, days at the pool, and post-work happy hours.
Moving to Austin? Find a great real estate agent who is licensed and has completed their continuing education courses—they should be able to point you toward the right neighborhood with plenty of places where your dog will be as welcomed as you are.
Check out some of the best dog-friendly bars, restaurants and patios in Austin (listed in alphabetical order).
4th Tap Brewing and Co-Op
Amy’s Ice Cream (Burnet)
Banger’s Sausage House
Barton Springs Saloon
Billy’s on Burnet
Black Sheep Lodge
Black Star Co-Op
Bouldin Creek Cafe
The Buzz Mill
Central Market Cafe
Cheer Up Charlies
Cherrywood Coffee House
Crown and Anchor Pub
Dog House Drinkery
Fado Irish Pub
Gibson Street Bar
Hops and Grain
Irie Bean Coffee Bar
Luke’s Inside Out
Maria’s Taco Xpress
Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
Motzart’s Coffee Roasters
North by Northwest
Opal Divine’s Marina
South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery
Spider House Patio Bar and Cafe
The Ginger Man
The Picnic – Foodtruck Park
Uncle Billys Brewery
Work Horse Bar
Yellow Jacket Social Club
When in doubt, just give your favorite establishment a call to see if your furry friend is welcome! You’d be surprised how many restaurants and bars are happy to have your pup.
I’m convinced people are born dreading the day they have to step foot inside the Department of Motor Vehicles. But if you’re new to Austin and have a license to drive in another state, you only have 90 days to trade it in for one with a light blue Texas State Capitol printed on the corner.
State law requires that within roughly three months of establishing in-state residency, newcomers must get their new state license, otherwise they’re considered to be driving illegally. Though the steps for getting a Texas driver’s license as a new resident are the same as anyone getting their license for the first time, the silver lining is you don’t have to re-take the knowledge and road tests (unless you’re from a different country).
There are a number of places around the city where you can get your new license—five to be exact. There’s the DMV North Lamar, one on Denson Drive, one just off the expressway in South Austin, one on Research Boulevard, and, though it’s technically not in the city, there’s one located on the outskirts in Pflugerville.
One good thing to note about the DMV is that now there are plenty of online ways to make your experience much less of a hassle. If you’re planning on going to either the North Lamar or Pflugerville locations, both will allow you to check in online before you go. Though it’s not always the most accurate service, the online check-in gives you an estimate on your place in line, sending out a text notification when your time is near. And if you’re new to Austin, but not to Texas, you can change things like your address online and have it mailed directly to your house for a fee of $11.
But if you’re heading out to the DMV to get your new state license, make sure you have all the necessary documents to prove that you are who you say you are. First, you will need a completed driver’s license application which can be printed at home or filled out at the DMV office. Make sure you take your social security card; documents to verify your identity like a birth certificate and insurance policy; proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence; two documents from different sources showing your name and residential address to verify Texas residency like a utility bill and insurance card; Texas registration and insurance policy for all the vehicles registered in your name; and if you’re younger than 25 years old, a certificate of completion for a driver education course. Lastly, if you’re ages 18 to 24, bring $25 because that’s how much a license will cost you. A full list of everything you’ll need plus examples can be found here.
Once you’ve made it to the office and you’re done going over all that proof with the DMV, you’ll be asked to surrender your out-of-state or out-of-country license. After that, you’ll be given a receipt which you can use to drive legally until your new license arrives. After about three weeks,, your driver’s license should arrive in the mail and if all goes well for you, it’ll be another six years before you have to return to renew again.
So newcomers, best of luck making your way to the DMV or navigating its online resources. Pretty soon you’ll be set to legally join the rest of us on that glorious beast we all know as I-35.
1. You are guilty of taking a picture of the temperature gauge in your car and sharing it on social media.
2. Wednesdays are spent orchestrating how your crew will find each other at Blues on the Green.
3. The countdown to Texas Football has officially begun.
4. 90 degrees equals a “cool” day.
5. You have the hours of Barton Springs memorized.
6. Floating the river.
photo credit: tuberous.com
7. You literally can fry an egg on the sidewalk. Thanks GoodPop for this demonstration.
8. Speaking of GoodPop, instead of cocktails you are now drinking poptails.
9. Trail workouts are now reserved for dawn or dusk.
10. Even though it is “touristy” you’ve stopped to watch the bats fly.
11. You hope the heat deters people from moving here, even though you probably moved here yourself.
12. Qui Opened.
photo credit – Qui Facebook Page
13. You have seen a “Movie Under The Stars” at someplace or another.
photo credit: Austin Parks Blog
14. It’s the season for Zilker’s Summer Musical in the Park.
15. It’s time for Fido’s summer shave.
16. You’ve finally taken the time to make that day trip to Fredericksburg.
17. Waiting outside in line at Hopdoddy makes you feel like you are waiting outside the fiery gates of hell.
18. Oh the sweet paradise you find at Hamilton Pool.
19. Keeping up with the free summer concert series becomes a full time job. Unplugged at the Grove anyone?
20. SnoBeach is part of your weekly routine.
21. You drink frozen margaritas like water.
22. Suddenly you become best friends with your friend that has a boat.
23. It wasn’t a “flash” mob you participated in, it was a “splash” mob.
24. When you are out paddle boarding in the middle of the day on a Tuesday you find yourself wondering, do people actually work in Austin?
25. You’ve purchased your ACL tickets meanwhile complaining about the fact that it is two weekends again this year.
26. The 300 days of sunshine a year make you welcome the rare rainy day.
27. The Greenbelt.
28. It’s officially the summer of Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka and you can’t get enough.
29. If sweating were a sport you’d be a champion.
30. Despite the heat you still enjoy a good outdoor patio.
31. Those summer sunsets.
32. Even the Dell Diamond has a swimming pool to make baseball games “cooler.”
33. You don’t need to a Bikram studio to do a 105 degree yoga session, just go outside.
34. It is Pecan Street Festival season.
35. Beer tastes better during Austin summers.
36. You are enjoying the “lighter” traffic with less UT students around.
37. Calories don’t count if it is in the name of “cooling off.”
38. Schiltterbahn Season.
39. Hula Hut is always a good idea.
40. Leaving home without your sunnies can be downright blinding.
41. You’ve considered checking out Rio, Austin’s rooftop pool bar despite the fact it sounds so Dallas.
photo-credit: Rio Rooftop Pool Facebook Page
42. The only thing hotter than the heat are the girls.
43. That feeling when you step on hot pavement.
44. The ice cream almost melts faster than you can eat it at the Austin Ice Cream festival.
45. You’ve ended the weekend at the Long Center’s free Concert in the Park.
46. It’s prime season to play Superhero.
47. The “Shady” in Shady Grove has new meaning.
photo credit: Shady Grove Facebook Page
48. You did indeed set off fireworks this year on the Fourth of July as there was no ban in effect this year.
49. Every out-of-town visitor wants to eat at the Oasis.
50. Despite this Texas heat, your car feeling like a sauna, and almost endless sun, you know it’s all worth it because you live in the greatest city on Earth.