Meghan Adams’ Favorite Dog-Friendly Spots in Austin
The fashion and lifestyle influencer’s picks for pet-friendly hotels, dog parks, beer gardens, and boutiques.
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When you’re visiting a new city and seeking reccos for the best local haunts, from coffee shops and cocktail bars to boutiques and boutique hotels, look no further than a local. And if you’re traveling with your pup, pet-friendly spots are kind of key. For Austin, Texas — where thousands of millennials decamped during the pandemic — Meghan Adams is that local. The fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Style for Breakfast, co-creator of Influencing in Color, and dog mom to Frenchie, Felix, may be based in Houston, but her go-to weekend getaway is Austin. Below, she shares her top five spots, including a bungalow-style hotel, dog park/beer garden hybrid, and must-stop shop.
1. Hotel San Jose
“Looking for a place to stay in the middle of the lively South Congress neighborhood? Look no further than Hotel San Jose. It’s the cutest little boutique hotel, located smack in the middle of everything that you can walk to on SoCo. It’s such a cool spot — you’ll get to hang with some locals there by grabbing Frosé by the pool in the summertime. You might even get to catch a few live music shows in the courtyard lounge if you’re lucky.”
“A coffee shop and a dog park? The perfect weekend combo! Enjoy the shaded patio with your coffee in hand while your pup runs around and plays with other local pups in the off-leash play area of Neighbors. If you’re an Austin local, you can become a member with unlimited access, or if you’re just visiting town you can enjoy a day pass for $12. We love that the park is supervised by an employee who also gives the dogs treats while turning it into a mini training session (make sure to say hi to Lamar!). One thing to note: all dogs must be spayed/neutered and up to date on shots.”
3. Yard Bar
“Brews, food, and the perfect place to hang with your pup? This place is bringing all of the dogs in ATX to their yard. Yard Bar is the place to keep your four-legged bestie happy and entertained. This was for sure one of Felix’s favorite stops. The best part (other than the off-leash dog park)? There’s a snack menu just for them featuring canine meatballs (made of chicken, celery, carrots) and Felix’s favorite — All Dogs Go to Heaven Ice Cream made of peanut butter and Greek yogurt. It’s the perfect treat to keep your pet cool in the summer heat.”
4. Hotel Magdalena
“The new, hip Hotel Magdalena is a sister property of Hotel San Jose, also located near the heart of South Congress on Music Lane. We stayed here and one of the things we loved the most is that the pups get special treatment. For $50, you can add a Pamper Your Pet package to your booking, and the hotel will provide a dog bed, bowl, treats, and a ball for them to keep. There is also a specialty dog room-service menu if your bestie wants an extra few snacks! Make sure to also visit the Summer House restaurant on the hotel property as well.”
5. Neighborhood Goods
“Neighborhood Goods has just landed in Austin’s newest Music Lane shopping development on the iconic South Congress Avenue. You can shop for everything from apparel and beauty/wellness to home and travel accessories, and, of course, goodies for your doggies.”
Other Dog-Friendly Spots in Austin
“Craft coffee bar with outdoor patio and courtyard for pets.”
“A sports/dining/entertainment destination.”
“The most popular destination for outdoor shopping/dining/entertainment.”
“A park with an off-leash area for dogs to play and a nice view of downtown.”
“This is such a cool place that is coming to ATX soon. Sadly, it doesn’t open until this fall.”
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Avery is a writer and producer. She has written for numerous publications, including Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and V Magazine. When she’s not at her computer, you can find her reading, practicing her Greek on Duolingo, and delving into the Sex and the City discourse. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their cat, Chicken, who rules with an iron fist.