There are oodles of bars and restaurants in DFW with dog-friendly patios, but the Texas heat can be a struggle for our four-legged friends. And don't even think about taking Fido out when it rains, because he’s sure to turn into a sopping ball of sad-eyed mush. So that leaves one clear solution for when it's time to post up at your favorite divey watering hole: Find a place that will let you sip a drink while your pup can sit next to you in air conditioning. After all, if drinking is more fun with friends, it only makes sense that it would be even better with man’s best friend.
1. Single Wide
This white trash heaven is a lot like its bigger sibling, Double Wide. Happy hour offers some great deals and this little dive serves some of the same renowned specialty drinks as its big brother. The crowd-pleasing Yoohoo-Yeehaw is a fusion of a White Russian and the chocolatey drink from your childhood. The bar is open until 2 a.m. every night, so hopefully you taught your dog how to guide you home after a few too many.
Located right near the heart of Deep Ellum, this biker bar isn’t nearly as intimidating as it looks. Everyone is there for a good time and even the bikers can be a sucker for a cute puppy. (Just don’t let them catch your dog peeing on their Harley, in which case you're on your own.) Drinks are cheap and there’s a venue in the back where you can catch metal shows. Bonus points if you ride your motorcycle and your dog rides shotgun in a sidecar.
This neighborhood dive sits on the edge of Fort Worth’s cultural district and offers a healthy selection of beers for you and water bowls for your pups. This little English pub is a no-frills bar with regulars from the neighborhood who will stop in for a pint while walking their dog. The interior gets pretty thick with smoke on the weekends, but the patio has covered seating if you and your puppy need some fresh air.
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The self-proclaimed “Ultimate Dive Bar” is a dog-friendly hipster paradise. If you live in Fort Worth and love PBR almost as much as your dog, this is probably the bar for you. If your phone dies, you can always hop on one of the computers to check your Instagram. The music is loud and the air is smoky, but The Chat Room is a cult favorite.
This dive is dog friendly, but only until 6 p.m. Still, it's a great spot to sip a drink and do some people watching while you hang out with your furry friend. To make a full day of it, visit White Rock Lake and the two of you can have a cool drink together. After happy hour ends, Fido has to go home but this East Dallas neighborhood gem becomes a great place to kick back and listen to local blues bands or, during open jam nights, even chip in on stage.
7248 Gaston Ave, Dallas, thegoatdallas.com