By: Kat Barclay
Leaving behind your dog for the evening can be seriously heartbreaking. They give you that signature sad puppy look with those round eyes that feel like a dagger to the soul.
Okay, maybe that’s dramatic. But not for a dog lover. In a perfect world we’d be able to bring our four-legged best friends with us everywhere. Work, the store, dinner — even the bar.
Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in Fort Worth that welcome your four-legged friend on the patio to join in on the fun.
Hold onto your leashes — in no particular order, here are 24 patios to take your dog.
Located right on the Trinity Trail, go for a stroll with your dog before stopping at the patio for a bite to eat. No, not just for you — for your dog too. Chef Tim Love has a menu specifically for man’s best friend. The “pup menu” features items like an Organic Beef “Rib” Bone, a Rawhide Bone Dipped in Pit Master Fat, an Organic Peanut Butter Bone, and of course, a bowl of Chef Tim Love’s Rain Water.
3201 Riverfront Drive, 76107
It’s nice to spend a Saturday evening with your dog and friends on your back porch, but it can be even better on the patio at Magnolia Motor Lounge. You and your friends — furry ones included — can enjoy live music, cold beer and a Junk Yard Dog, a deep fried all-beef frank topped with chili, queso, grilled onions, jalapeños and mustard. Your pooch will probably want one as well.
3005 Morton St., 76107
Mondays are ruff, which makes unwinding with your pooch at Bar 2909’s Mutts & Margaritas Happy Hour that much better. Margaritas are only $2.75, all day long. Sneak out for lunch. We won’t tell.
2909 Morton St., 76107
Dogs get the full treatment at this place with treats, water and a large shaded patio to keep the panting under control. You won’t mind your visit here either. Known for its selection of moonshine, the drink menu offers a variety of flavors to try like Apple Pie, BlackBerry and Blueberry. They also have a dinner and lunch that menu includes Chicken Biscuits and Corn Star Tamale Cakes, as well as gluten free and vegetarian options.
2948 Crockett St., 76107
Start your Saturday off with a walk or yoga at The Trailhead at Clearfork. You and your pooch can refuel with brunch on the patio at Press Cafe while overlooking the waterfront. The waitstaff will be glad to bring your dog a bowl of water.
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Ste. 105, 76109
Your English bulldog will feel right at home at this traditional British pub. The patio is a perfect spot for you and your pooch to enjoy a pint, or two, or one of its spirits. Bad weather? No problem. Dogs are allowed both inside and outside.
2300 Montgomery St.,76107
Fido can join you while you sip on one of HopFusion’s signature brews. Unfortunately, there are no brews for the dogs (yet), but they do have water bowls and treats.
200 E. Broadway Ave., 76104
Get up early, and take your pooch for a stroll around Sundance Square, then stop in at Yolk. Your dog can take a mid-morning snooze out on the patio while you enjoy the Eggs Benedict, French Toast, or even a burger for brunch on the patio.
305 Main St., 76102
The patio at Rodeo Goat is large and shaded, and your waiter will be glad to bring your pup a bowl of water on those extra hot days while you enjoy the signature Terlingua burger with Havarti cheese, brisket chili, onions, corn chips and garlic-herb mayo, or even just a beer from the Texas Craft Draft selection.
2836 Bledsoe and Curry, 76107
If you didn’t already love this place enough for its drinks and pulled pork nachos, add pet-friendly to the list. The large shaded patio is perfect for enjoying an evening with your four-legged friends. Go for a stroll before or after dinner — it’s located right along the trail.
1621 River Run, 76107
Dogs are most certainly allowed at the Fort Worth Food Park as long as they’re on a leash, so feel free to take your furry friend with you while you peruse the food trucks parked at the relaxed outdoor venue.
2509 Weisenberger St., 76107
Stop by “Yappy Hour” on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and order something for your pup from the special treat menu. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of North Texas. Don’t have a dog? No worries — you can adopt one while you’re there.
3008 Bledsoe St., 76107
Your pet will love to join you for Sunday brunch on the patio between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Just be prepared for begging — your dog will lose all manners once they get a whiff of the Bangin’ Breakfast Burrito, a combination of chorizo, hash browns and scrambled eggs with tomato, onion, jalapeño and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla, deep fried then smothered in salsa and spicy ranch.
1229 7th Ave., 76104
Home to one of the largest patios in Fort Worth, there is always plenty of room to bring your dog(s) with you. The wait staff is attentive to the entire table, including your fur child, and can even bring a bucket of water for your tailwagger.
3468 Bluebonnet Circle, 76109
Don’t leave your dog behind for Taco Tuesday. All Salsa Limón locations will let you bring your furry friends along for the weekly tradition. Forget the rules and feed them from the table; they deserve a taco.
Multiple locations. Visit website for details.
Sometimes this place seems more like a dog park than brewery, as there are often plenty of dogs enjoying the place as much as their owners. The patio is a great place for your dog to run around and play patio games. Panther Island Brewing also doesn’t mind if you bring them inside as well.
501 N Main St., 7614
It’s hard to beat a delicious meal overlooking Sundance Square with your precious pooch beside you. Try the Monte Cristo sandwich special while your dog sniffs out all the smells on Bird Cafe’s spacious patio.
155 E 4th St., 76102
Enjoy a pint with your pooch on The Ginger Man’s large patio. The staff loves it when dogs join you and are happy to bring your pooch a bowl of water.
3716 Camp Bowie Blvd., 76107
Four-legged customers are welcome here just as much two-legged ones. In the past, the restaurant has hosted “Pooches on the Patio” that included dog cocktails and mutt mingling in order to raise funds for the Fort Worth Animal Shelter.
1622 Park Pl Ave., 76110
Since dogs don’t get enough attention already, the wait staff at Shaw’s makes sure to dote all over your four-legged kids with treats and attention. It also has dog bowls hanging on the walls that staff will fill with cold water for you.
1051 W Magnolia Ave., 76104
RJ Gators’ patio has dining tables as well as large lounge areas with comfy couches and live music on the weekends to kick back and enjoy an evening with the entire family. And oh yeah, you can bring your dog.
4413 Trail Lake Dr., 76109
Take your dog for a field trip in the Stockyards, then stop in at this legendary Texas barbecue joint. Your pooch is welcome to sit on the patio with you. The staff also wouldn’t mind if you “accidentally” dropped a piece of meat on the ground either.
140 E Exchange Ave., 76164
Delicious pizza? Check. Great wine selection? Check. Pet-friendly patio? Check. What more could you ask for? A dog rescue? Cane Rosso does that as well. In 2014, owner Jay Jerrier opened Cane Rosso Rescue in Carrollton, a nonprofit that finds homes for homeless and abandoned dogs. Back here in the Fort, dogs are welcome to sit with their owners on the patio facing Magnolia Avenue.
815 W Magnolia Ave., 76104
Fido will feel fancy joining you for dinner and wine on Winslow’s patio. The unofficial motto is “where friendships begin,” so it makes sense that the patio is welcoming to Man’s Best Friend. Your pooch will be begging for a bite of the Braised Short Rib or Grilled Salmon, or a sip of one of the 33 wines offered.
4101 Camp Bowie Blvd., 76107