DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs Updates

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If there’s one constant in the world of travel writing, it’s that change happens. When DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs was completed, all listings were current…but things change. We’ll update this page as we learn of changes and closures but, if you hear of any updates, please email us at so that we can add the info to this page and make sure it makes the next edition!

Austin, Texas

Update: In December 2013, the Austin City Council voted to create a smaller off-leash area for dogs. *DogTipper Choice Auditorium Shores. Austin’s most popular off-leash area lies on the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake just west of South First Street. This 57-acre area is always packed with dogs enjoying a dip in the lake or a Frisbee game; you’ll also find some great photo opportunities here with the city skyline as the backdrop. Currently plans are underway to temporarily close and give this much-used area a multi-million dollar renovation to enhance the off-leash section and improve this landmark for dog lovers. Info: 920 W. Riverside Dr.; Free.

CLOSED. NON-AUSTIN LOCATIONS REMAIN OPEN. *DogTipper Choice Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant. Bringing a splash of Southern California to Texas’s capital city, your Spot will be stoked about the chance to chow down at this Fido-friendly eatery, which features a “Yappy Hour” menu complete with a Hot Diggity Dog (a wiener without a bun); a Canine Kahuna (a grilled, boneless and skinless chicken breast); a Surf Dog Delight (a 3-ounce burger patty) and, on Saturdays and Sunday brunch, a Rover Easy (two scrambled eggs). To wash down the delicious dishes, dogs are offered a free bowl of crushed ice. Info: 506 West Ave.; (512) 236-0083;

Bastrop, Texas

CLOSED *DogTipper Choice Bastrop Brewhouse. Look for this brewery’s pooch mascot, Barleywine “Half Pint” Peters, at this spot known for live music, local cuisine, and handcrafted ales. The menu includes burgers made with Bastrop-raised beef, Texas trout, and Brewhouse Ale battered fish and chips. Info: 601 Chestnut St.; (512) 321-1144;

Cedar Park, Texas

CLOSED: Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant. The dog-friendly patio at this restaurant welcomes diners with a full menu of Hill Country specialties. Look for everything from Certified Angus Beef Ribeye Steaks to fresh-grilled fish and even Matagorda Bay Fish Stew. Hemingway’s also offers breakfast with not-to-be-missed Migas, breakfast tacos, and Green Chili Chicken Omelets. Info: 500 Cypress Creek Rd.; (512) 219-6400;

Georgetown, Texas

CLOSED: Duke’s BBQ Smokehouse. Located just off I-35, this easy-to-access restaurant welcomes Fido on the expansive covered patio. Brisket, slow-cooked for fifteen hours over mesquite and oak, is tops here, but don’t miss the sausage as well, prepared by Slovachek Sausage in Snook. Info: 408 West Morrow St., east of I–35 at exit 261A. (512) 930–2877; Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.