Austin’s Dog Friendly Hangouts

A Lab Sitting In Bluebonnets, Brushy Creek Regional Trail (Austin)You + Them = Best. Time. Ever!

As an avid dog lover, I’m often searching for places where I can hangout with my four-legged friends. I decided to put together this list of homegrown places where we’ve had a tail-waggin’ good time.

I’ll keep this list updated, so you might want to bookmark this page for future fun times!

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB) – One of our most favorite beer gardens. A great place to chill, have some brew and listen to some tunes. Here’s my blog post. And here’s even more info.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – You know a place freely welcomes dogs when you find events for the 4-legged … plus “people and pooches” search functionality on their site. Sausage, beer, “manmosas,” a Michelada Bar and more. The car is already loaded and in reverse! Visit Banger’s online.

Dog Friendly Blue Corn Harvest Grill In Cedar Park

Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill – Located on FM 1431 is this tree-covered patio where you can enjoy Southwestern cuisine under the Texas sky. Visit them online.

Dog Friendly Botticellis In AustinBotticelli’s – This popular South Congress Italian restaurant offers live music and tasty Italian food. You’ll enter the dog-friendly beer garden from the rear of the restaurant (shwon above). More info.

Dog Friendly Brick House Tavern & TapBrick House Tavern + Tap – Tucked along Research Boulevard, Brick House has a fully-covered patio which means when it’s raining cats and dogs, you and your doggie dear will be high and dry. More info.

Brushy Creek Regional TrailBrushy Creek Regional TrailOne of Austin’s hidden gems is this 7-mile long stretch of paved and gravel trails. Waterfalls, historical markers, dinosaurs and more. You can read more about BCRT at my article here on the Home Style Austin Blog.

Dog Friendly Don Mario In LakewayDon Mario
 – Don’t miss our favorite dog-friendly patio on your way to Lakeway. Their carnitas taco plate and five salsas were a pack pleaser. PS ~ Don’t miss the balloon lady – she’s a true artist! Don Mario online.

Dog Friendly Flat Creek EstateFlat Creek Wine Estate (Marble Falls) – The closest winery to Avery Ranch … and my favorite! Enjoy a half-hour scenic drive into the Hill Country and when you get there, dogs are welcome on the outside patio. Drink in the wine and the great view! More info.

Hill Country Water Gardens (Cedar Park) – Voted best nursery by water dogs! A large nursery and water garden with great inspiration. More info.

Lowes (Citywide) – Whenever I shop here the employees love on my dog. Harley even scored a dog treat here so he’s always ready to lend a paw with home improvement projects. Lowes knows pets. More info.

Dog Friendly Lupe Tortilla In Cedar ParkLupe Tortilla (Abor Walk and Cedar Park) – Happy Hour specials, giant tortillas and great margaritas. If you’ve never been here before make sure and ask for the free fajita sampler. A new location is opening up at 183 and FM1431 and they will be dog friendly as well. Sniff here for more info.

Dog Friendly Morelia Mexican Grill In Avery RanchMorelia Mexican Grill (Avery Ranch) – Voted best dog-friendly patio in Avery Ranch. Two outdoor televisions will keep you occupied while your pup is at your side. Super-easy entrance from the front parking lot. More Morelia.

Dog Friendly P. Terry's Burger StandP. Terry’s Burger Stand (32nd and N. Lamar) – Their french fries, veggie burger and root beer shake really hit the spot! “Rut Roh” – not every location offers patio dining. More P. Terry’s.

Pet Supplies Plus In Austin, TexasPet Supplies Plus (183) – Shop ’till they drop at PSP. Great hours and a free Preferred Pet Club you’ll both want to join. We smell savings! More info.

Red Bud Isle Park In AustinRed Bud Isle Park – This park should be renamed Happy Dog Island. Perhaps Austin’s best off leash dog park that’s an island flanked by the Colorado River. You can read more about Red Bud here at my blog post.

Round Rock Garden Center – A native plant and organic gardening center since 2002. Also a great place to snap a pumpkin patch pic with your four-legged friend. Located in Old Town Round Rock. More info.

Have a favorite dog place of your own? Drop us an email and let us know – we’ll likely add it to our list!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

A Shopping We Will Go

A Guide To Shopping Austin Texas - Photo Courtesy Of Flickr User "justinjensen"

A Guide To Shopping Austin Texas – Photo Courtesy Of Flickr User “JustinJensen”

Ladies and Gentlemen – Start Your Shoppers’ Engines!

[ Sidenote from Joe: One of our recent Instagram followers in Australia asked us for our shopping recommendations for her upcoming trip to Austin. We realized we hadn’t yet shared a list of our local favorite shopping spots so here are our local retailers who we think are doing their best to make Austin a great place to shop. ]

First Thing’s First – Austin Bags Bags

As of March 1, 2013, The City of Austin implemented a flyaway plastic bag ordinance designed to help the city be more Earth friendly and reach its goal of becoming a “Zero Waste” city by the year 2040. So what this means for local shoppers is that many retailers who offer single use or plastic bags do so no longer, so let the buyer beware – bring your reusable shopping totes or get ready to carry smaller purchases sans bags. Here’s a fun video about the “Bring It Austin” movement:

The 50,000 Foot Shopper’s View

Austin shopping features many locally owned small businesses that are scattered about town. You really have to explore city neighborhoods on foot, pedicab or your own 2- or 4-wheeled favorite form of transportation to find many of them, which is what really makes Austin unique.

Really love to shop? Better wear your comfy shoes as you’ll likely be making a full day or more of shopping when in Austin. My word of caution: There are a lot more hidden gems to be found in Austin, but below are some of our top picks. We threw in some restaurants too, because what’s a great shopping trip without cocktails and food?!

South Congress Shopping - Picture Compliments Of Barbara Slough (Flickr User "Merbrat")

South Congress Shopping – Picture Compliments Of Barbara Slough (Flickr User “Merbrat”)

South Congress

South Congress – or “SoCo” as the locals refer to it – is the best place to be able to park, walk, shop and eat. In addition to some vintage and thrift stores, there is also a large antique store called Uncommon Objects filled with unique finds. There are also some other cool stores like Tesoros Trading Company and Ten Thousand Villages where you can find interesting folk arts and crafts from around the world. Lucy in Disguise is a fun and funky costume store packed with every disguise imaginable. A must do is Allen’s Boots where the smell of leather makes you feel like an instant cowboy. Several clothing stores and boutiques are also located in this area such as American Apparel and Austin’s home grown favorite By George which was named one of the country’s Top 10 Boutiques by Lucky Magazine [ listen to this heavenly choir sound effect of what receiving this award must have felt like! ].

Big Top Candy Shop Austin Texas - Photo Courtesy Of Home Style Austin (Hey, That's Us!)

Eating Soco: There are many dining options from food trucks to sit down restaurants. dog-friendly Italian restaurant Botticelli’sSouth Congress Cafe, Guero’s Taco Bar, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and HomeSlice Pizza are local favorites. Be prepared to wait in line during peak feeding times! There’s no need to get dessert at anywhere other than Big Top Candy Shop which has been satisfying sweet tooth of kids of all ages since 2007. The folks at Big Top have over 2,000 kinds (not pieces) of candies and an old-fashioned soda fountain and shaved ice bar. A must-see-do-enjoy!

Austin's 2nd Street District
Downtown Austin

Centered around the flagship Whole Foods Market World Headquarters at Lamar and 5th and 6th streets in downtown Austin, there are lots of shopping choices including West Elm, Anthropologie, Free People, Paper Source, and others. Nadeau, The Khazana and Jaya Furniture are globally inspired, artisan and eco-friendly furniture stores in the downtown area. Just up Lamar is Whole Earth Provision Company, an Austin original since 1970 with earthy goods and unique gifts – a place Home Style Austin Brand Director Patrick says he can’t walk into without leaving with some fun purchases.

Amy's Ice Cream Shop Austin - Photo Courtesy Of Your Friends At Home Style Austin

All this shop talk has made us hungry. If you’re in this area try 24 Diner – as it’s name implies it’s open 24 hours daily (except 1 am-6 am on Wednesdays) and it has some of the greatest food we’ve eaten in Austin. A great place for conversation! Better wash down your 24 Diner treat with one of Austin’s favorite ice cream shops – at Amy’s. There are Amy’s scattered around the city (see a list here) and if you haven’t tried their Mexican Vanilla ice cream yet, your life is one maraca shy of a full set.

The 2nd Street Shopping District is also a great place to walk, shop and eat (here’s the official site). Urban Outfitters, Francesca’s and Swatch along with several local boutiques and design shops such as Girl Next Door, Hemline, Prize Interiors and more make for a nice couple hours of shopping. Go to Austin Rocks to score all of your Austin souvenirs and say hi from us to the folks at Serve Gourmet – they introduced the Home Style Austin Team to The Casserole Queens as well as Austin’s finest foodie finds.

Hungry? There are several popular restaurants in the area too. Cru Wine Bar, La Condesa, Coal Vines Pizza, Pasta and Wine Bistro, Malaga Tapas Bar, and Lambert’s BBQ.

The Clarksville neighborhood around Lynn and 12th Street is a nice place to take a stroll. Although there isn’t too much shopping, there are a couple unique stores like Nau’s Enfield Drug, an old fashioned soda fountain, Fresh Plus Hometown Grocer and Sledd Nursery.

Eating Clarksville: There are also several great local restaurants in the neighborhood: Cipollina, Zocalo Cafe, Josephine House and then Jeffrey’s if you are feeling extra special.

Central Market North Lamar Austin Texas - Photo Courtesy Of Your Friends At Home Style Austin

North Austin

If thrift shopping and vintage clothing and furniture are your thing, you’ll want this local guide to many of the stores in the area with the Vintage Around Town Guide. Aside from Downtown and South Congress there really isn’t one walkable area where you can see a lot of independent stores at once outside of a mall or strip-mall format. Burnet Road in North Austin has a higher concentration of these types of stores, but not exactly “walkable.”

Zinger Hardware - Photo Courtesy Of Your Friends At Home Style Austin

The North Lamar Central Market location is a must stop if you are in the North Austin area (there is also another location on South Lamar with a Whole Earth Provision and a Cavender’s Boot City next door). Central Market is the most amazing grocery store born in Austin and you could spend hours shopping, drooling, resting and repeating! Delight your inner foodie and have lunch at the Central Market Cafe and sit out on the big deck to enjoy your feast. On weekends you can catch live music. Also in this shopping center there is a neat Hardware Store/Gift Store combo shop unique to Austin called Learn More About Paper Place Austin From Your Friends At Home Style AustinZinger and a nice pottery and gift store called Clarksville Pottery. You’ll also find a Gap, an Origins and our latest obsession ~ Paper Place Austin, which will surely delight your inner artist with cards, stationery, pens, colorful papers and a wide assortment of unique objects … we left with an armful.

East Austin

East Austin is in a state of change where old multi-cultural neighborhoods are being gentrified with hip urban lofts and trendy nightlife. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of culture, history and an urban vibe yielding a source of local controversy.

The East 6th Street District is a great place to walk and check out a few unique spots. More known for bars and food trucks, there are a few interesting shops to see. Clayworks Studios sells stoneware items made onsite. Green & White Grocery sells a super funky mix of herbals, spiritual paraphernalia and Latin American religious items. The owner is a true ol’ Austinite. If you like gardening, East Austin Succulents is a peaceful place for a stroll among nature’s art for the eyes. There’s a coffee truck on site, too!

West Austin

One very cool shopping experience that is a bit of a drive on the West side of Austin off Highway 71 in Bee Cave named Revival. Revival is a fun architectural salvage and vintage furniture store with a lot of repurposed items and unique home decor items. “Hamlet the Pig” and a few chickens also wander about the outdoor areas of the store so you’ll truly feel like you were in an authentic shopper’s paradise. Also in the area is a retail shopping area called Hill Country Galleria with a Whole Foods, Dillard’s and other major chain stores along with a few boutique shops and restaurants, including another Amy’s Ice Cream Shop!

Texas Hill Country Wineries - Photo Courtesy Of Your Friends At Home Style Austin

If you were to keep heading into far west Austin (ok, let’s call it day-tripping from Austin), you’d land in the amazing Texas Hill Country. Beautiful views will treat your senses to a different form of “shopping,” while one of my favorite cities – Fredericksburg – offers some of the best shopping in all of Texas. Wine country? Texas has it and you’re right in the middle of over 35 area wineries scattered throughout the Central Texas hills. More information is here regarding the Texas Hill Country Wineries. A visit to Austin without a visit to this part of the state requires a return adventure! Think we’re bragging? Maybe a little – this year the Texas Hill Country was a Top 10 wine travel destination in the world by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Shopping Malls

The Domain is the newest of Austin’s large shopping malls. In fact, a Phase 3 was recently announced and will be anchored by Nordstrom. The Domain is an outdoor urban mall with all of the major upscale retailers and nice dining options like Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, and North Italian Restaurant. There is also a new Whole Foods that just opened here with tons of seating for having a bite to eat with a side of live music, too, so check our their events schedule.

If outlet shopping is your thing, you’ll want to visit the Round Rock Premium Outlets Note: There’s an IKEA nearby which is sure to please your wallet.

Barton Creek Square is a Texas-sized shopper’s paradise with all of the major retailers including Nordstrom and more than 170 speciality shops. No true shopper leaves Barton Creek Square empty handed!

We could go on and on about what to specifically check out or eat at these Austin favorites but if you’re still reading this you can only imagine how much my fingers ache from a blog post this long!

Dog Friendly Blue Corn Harvest Grill In Cedar Park

In between power shopping sprints, if you’re looking for places where you can eat and hangout with your four-legged friend, check out our post for Austin’s Dog Friendly Hangouts. It’s packed with our favorite places throughout the greater Austin area.

Please email us with any specific questions – we’re glad to help a shopper out!

~ Patrick

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