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Dog-Friendly Places in Houston to Take Fido

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If you have a dog, chances are you're curious about dog-friendly places in Houston where you can bring your furry friend. Houston has a growing fondness for its four-legged pooches, which is evident by the number of new restaurants and bars welcoming them in the last five years. Add to that new dog parks, dog bakeries, and dog-friendly stores, there are lots of choices!

Here is a run-down of a few Houston dog-approved spots to drink, eat, play and socialize with your pet.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston


With seven locations in Houston, Barnaby's needs to be on your "go-to" list for dog-friendly places to visit. The restaurant is named after the owner's childhood sheepdog, Barnaby. Cute whimsical drawings of his pooch grace the walls of the restaurants as well as an online picture book. The original location is on Fairview (Montrose) with additional spots in River Oaks, Heights, Woodway, Midtown, Downtown, and Museum District. Pups will be excited to find water bowls provided on the patio!

The Lake House & The Grove

The two restaurants at Discovery Green downtown both offer dog-friendly patios. This is a great option after playing at Discovery Green's dog park or walking around the lake. The Lake House offers more family-friendly, fast-casual service while The Grove is more urban, gourmet dining.

Backstreet Café

small dog under table while owner's eat at Backstreet Cafe in Houston, Texas

Housed in a 1930s home in River Oaks, Backstreet Café offers a diverse menu with influences of Cajun, Southern, Creole, Hispanic, and Asian. Its front patio is dog-friendly for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner. You can't go wrong here, especially with Executive Chef Hugo Ortega at the helm.

Dog-Friendly Bars in Houston

Underdogs Sports Pub

This Washington Avenue sports pub features a bar and mini dog park outside. With 400 kinds of beer and 200 different whisky plus pie shots, there are lots of options! Entertain your crew outside with a pool table, shuffleboard, basketball, and washers. Dogs are even allowed indoors with the A/C, which is certainly a blessing in summer.

Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill

This sports bar has four locations in Houston. Dogs are welcome on the patio at the Midtown and Heights locations as their owners chow on sliders, burgers, beer and more. The White Oak location has a huge patio with a more open feel.

Revelry on Richmond

This upscale sports and craft beer bar features 40 rotating local and craft beers on tap. Dogs are welcome on the patio at this Museum District favorite. Your pooch can even score you a 10% discount during Yappy Hour! Hang outside to play Giant Jenga and other bar games.

Dog-Friendly Stores in Houston

Rocky and Maggie’s Pet Boutique and Salon

This cute shop in Rice Village is owned by Bill Klein of TLC’s The Little People. Not only does it offer dog-related boutique items (bling collars, clothing, beds, and toys) but also baked treats especially for dogs. Spoil your dog with a cupcake, macaroon, Woodland Squirrel Cake Bites, or a 3-inch Baby Cake made with apples and peanut butter.

Woof Pet Bakery & Boutique

If you're looking for fresh baked dog treats or a custom doggie cake, this shop has you covered. For more than 25 years, this family-owned business has been spoiling Houston-area dogs. Choose from a dog-shaped cake in flavors such as Apple Crunch and Munch, Peanut Butter Lover's Cake, or Bacon and Chicken Layer Cake.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming

This dog-friendly shop located in Spring has all your needs covered when it comes to your furry friend. Located in Spring, bring your best buddy in for a grooming (you can also use their facilities for self-service grooming) and reward them with a tasty treat from the bakery. Keep your pup looking sharp and full.

Dog Daycare and Boarding in Houston

a bunch of dogs playing outside at Jackson's Place in Houston, Texas

Jackson’s Place

Known as Houston's original cage-free pet resort, Jackson's Place in Neartown/Montrose caters to making dogs feel right at home. In addition to boarding, it also offers cage-free doggie daycare plus a bakery and grooming.

Rover Oaks Pet Resort

Voted "Best Doggie Daycare Program" by Houston Press and other local pubs, Rover Oaks offers any service you might need – boarding, grooming, training, and dog daycare. The huge outdoor space resembles a dog park with staff supervision. Rover Oaks has locations in South Houston and Katy.

These businesses offer just a glimpse of the options available in Houston to share time with your pet or provide treats and supervised play. For a complete list, check out the 60+ approved dog patios by Houston Health Department.

About the author

Vicki Powers

Vicki Powers, formerly of Houston on the Cheap, is a native Texan and freelance journalist. She loves helping Houstonians learn how to live in a big city without spending big bucks.

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