Have a doggone good time at these bars, restaurants, and shops
Time logged at the office is time not spent with furry friends. Don’t leave them behind when you head out; take them on the town for a little shopping, dining, and adventure.
The Austin original is a one-stop shop for everything from camping gear to yoga wear to children’s arts and crafts and home accessories. Pets are welcome on your shopping excursions — you can even pick up a doggie backpack for your four-legged hiker.
Whole Earth Provision Co., 5400 East Mockingbird Lane (214-824-7444); 11700 Preston Road (972-861-5700 or wholeearthprovision.com).
Say you and Lady Dogiva just finished lunch at Taco Diner and now you want a new dress. Don’t let the racks of fancy-pants labels keep you two from marching right into this chic West Village shop. Chloe, the former resident mini dachshund, no longer presides over the store, but your pet is always welcome.
L. Bartlett, 3699 McKinney Avenue, suite 302 (214-521-3500 or lbartlett.com).
Uptown’s most popular patio feels just like Austin, and we’re fine with that. And we’re more than fine with the times that the dog-to-table ratio reaches one-to-one. It’s okay to slip Buster a bite of burger. Just make sure he keeps four on the floor.
This full-service indie bike shop sells everything from bike parts to cycling accessories. Drop in with Lance Barkstrong to chat with owner Fran Badgett, who will offer coffee (to you) and belly rubs (for your friend) and fix up your ride.
Transit Bicycle Company, 3839 McKinney Avenue (214-219-2453 or transitbikes.com).
For one afternoon a year, the Cotton Bowl becomes the biggest dog park in the city and a tail-wagging good time. The free event brings together animal professionals of all walks, including trainers, rescue groups, and pet photographers, but dogs don’t care about that stuff. They like the splash pools and snacks.
Cotton Bowl, 3750 Midway Plaza (214-421-9600 or fairpark.org).
Say bonjour to the cozy French bistro in Inwood Village, where you can share a savory souffle with your schnauzer. Don’t have a petit chien of your own? Watch for Jacques, a French bulldog who’s a regular on the scene.
Rise No. 1, 5360 West Lovers Lane, suite 220 (214-366-9900 or risesouffle.com).
Located on the historic grounds of Dallas Heritage Village, this is the city’s first (and long-awaited) food truck park, with rolling restaurants such as Cajun Tailgators, Crazy Fish, and Jack’s Chowhound. Go Friday nights for Food.Fun.Fido., when picnic blankets and pups are especially encouraged.
Cedars Food Park at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 South Harwood Street (214-244-3409 or cedarsfoodpark.com).
Jay Jerrier’s Neapolitan slices have a loyal following (have you ever heard a dog say no to soppressata?). The revamped patio, now with a water feature and private booths, is an urban oasis for people and pets alike. If that’s not enough excitement, the Deep Ellum dog park is across the street.
Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. Woof, woof, woof went the dog. The M-Line welcomes behaved riders of all ilks aboard its vintage cars, traveling between the West Village and downtown.
McKinney Avenue Trolley (214-855-0006 or mata.org).
This quirky Dallas dive is beloved by all, including four-legged friends. The patio is always pooch friendly, but weekends bring extra love. Sundays are Dog Days, when gates are closed and nice doggies are allowed to roam off leash.
Everyone knows that a well-behaved canine is the most charming accessory of all. And we think it’s pretty neat that these hallowed fashion aisles host not only Elie Tahari, Theory, and Rachel Zoe but also Diane von Furstenpups and Christian Loubowwowtin.
It’s the middle of July and your AC just bit it. You could park Poopsie at Camp Bow Wow and crash with a friend, or you could gather the pack and head here. The boutique hotel allows pets at no extra charge; amenities for animals include food and water bowls, a comfy bed, and a wag bag with designer treats and more. Look for Higgins, the hotel’s four-legged concierge.
With a name like Lucky Dog Books, you’d just hope they’d let in Mary Higgins Bark. And they do. The scrappy secondhand bookstore near Bishop Arts is filled to the rafters with gently used books, vinyl records, DVDs, and more — and it welcomes pets.
Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis Street, Oak Cliff (214-941-2665 or luckydogbooks.com).
The vinyl lovers here are so laid-back they’d never turn a nose up at Sir Licksalot.
Once a year the NRH2O water park goes to the dogs, and the wet fur really flies. Canines of all shapes and sizes laze down the river, ride the surf in the rockin’ ocean, eat treats, and compete in a costume contest.