Why should humans have all the fun? Fort Worth is full of dog-friendly restaurants and bars, but some are better than others when it comes to accessibility, atmosphere, and what’s in it for Rover and his friends. (Dog menus are thing now.) So grab a leash — and a poop bag, to be safe — and get ready to “pawty” at one of these dog-friendly establishments.
Mutts Canine Cantina
Catering to both four-legged friends and their two-legged owners, Mutts raises the bar for Fort Worth dog parks. Sit and stay a while as attendants pick up after your pet while they frolic across a one-acre lawn near the Trinity Trails at Clearfork. There are separate areas for small and large breeds. Then there’s the cantina, where humans can sip craft beers in cans or on draft, and cocktails like the “barkarita” with tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lemon and lime juices. Go for “yappy hour” from 3-6 pm Monday through Friday for $3 specials. Mutts also has a food menu with burgers, sandwiches, and snacks, along with a separate treat menu for dogs. Admission to the dog park comes with a small fee, but there are options for monthly and annual memberships.
The best pup menu in town might belong to Woodshed Smokehouse, where dogs have their choice of a rawhide bone dipped in pitmaster fat, an organic beef rib bone, an organic peanut butter bone, or an organic ginger treat. Chef Tim Love’s refreshing “rain water” is also available for canines who prefer the bottled variety. Woodshed’s spacious patio and easy access to the Trinity Trails provides for the perfect pit stop for those walking their furry friends, who’ll be lured in by the tantalizing smell of smoked meats. Sit and sip a Tuaca peach tea made with Texas peach vodka, or grab a breakfast cocktail like the Kremlin Koffee made with cold brew coffee, Kahlua, cream, and Enchanted Rock vodka. Early birds — or dogs, that is — can visit for breakfast daily starting at 6 am.
Winslow’s Wine Café
Named after owner Joe Berry’s beloved blue heeler, the neighborhood wine café draws dogs and their owners for its cozy outdoor patio and laidback vibe. While Winslow passed away three years ago, the restaurant and bar still honors his memory by welcoming patrons and their pups, as well as hosting an annual memorial fundraiser that benefits The Saving Hope Foundation. Bring your lap dog and find a cushioned chair by the fire pit to enjoy a robust glass of Malbec or Pinot Noir. Be prepared to sit and stay.
With “dog” in the name, the national chain is known for its large, pet-friendly patios, as well as its scratch kitchen and fresh bar menu. There’s a location in Euless that opened last year, and a new location will open sometime this fall in the Arlington Highlands shopping center. Lazy Dog’s canine menu includes a hamburger patty or grilled chicken, both served with brown rice, peas, and carrots. For humans looking to imbibe, there’s a lengthy cocktail list of sangrias (white peach, raspberry rosé, and pomegranate red), mules (try the huckleberry with house-made ginger beer), and classics with a twist like the maple-bacon old fashioned and Meyer lemon margarita garnished with cilantro. Beer enthusiasts can join Lazy Dog’s beer club for hard-to-find craft brews and special gifts.
The Ginger Man
With picnic tables and umbrellas in an outdoor beer garden enclosed by greenery, the West Fort Worth neighborhood pub is popular with dogs and their humans, many who walk from home. (There’s a location in Southlake, too.) The bar is known for its wide selection of craft brew, as well as activities like trivia night, jumbo Jenga, bar games — and this month on October 24, a pumpkin carving contest. Dogs are always welcome and almost guaranteed to meet other furry friends.