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15 Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Nashville

Because the best dining buddies have fur and a collar

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Poor Bruiser. Sitting at home while his human goes out for another round of burgers and beer. What’s a pup to do? Luckily for Nashville’s furry friends, there are plenty of pet-friendly places that invite dogs and their human counterparts to share a meal. From expansive outdoor patios with fresh bowls of water to tiki bars that offer birthday parties for local pooches, Music City’s roster of dog-friendly restaurants makes a strong case for bringing Fido along for a culinary ride. So, load up your favorite four-legged gourmand and check out these dog-friendly bars and restaurants in Nashville.

Just remember: all dogs are required to be leashed no longer than six feet.

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Redheaded Stranger

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Tacos are a universal crowd-pleaser. And while it’s probably not a great idea to feed Roscoe one of Redheaded Stranger’s highly addictive crunchwraps, four-legged friends are invited to join their people on the outdoor patio of this East Nashville eatery for tacos stuffed with chopped brisket, burritos, totchos, and margaritas. 

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Butchertown Hall

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The pet-friendly patio at Butchertown is a great spot for filling up on the restaurant’s infamous smoked meats, tacos, and margaritas while Rover basks in the sun. Brunch seats fill up fast, so be sure to call ahead for reservations. 

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Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown

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Jack Brown’s may bill itself as a bar that happens to serve a fantastic burger (all made with 100% American wagyu beef, incidentally), but dogs will love it for its pet-friendly tables located in the bar’s backyard. Grab one of the 100-plus craft beers available and let Fido bask in all of the attention they're bound to get.

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Joyland Restaurant

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Dogs are invited to hang with their humans on the outdoor patio of Chef Sean Brock’s fast-casual burger joint. It’s water bowls for four-legged friends and Joysticks and CrustBurgers for their beloved humans.  

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Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

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Known for their brats, housemade pretzels, and liter-sized mimosas served in steins, Von Elrod’s is a solid game plan for laid-back brunches and game day gatherings. Dogs are permitted on the covered patio and the outdoor beer garden where they can enjoy bowls of water while their humans dig in. 

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M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (multiple locations)

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The Sylvan Park and Capitol View locations of this local burger and beer chain are more than happy to welcome pooches on their outdoor patios. The Sylvan Park location also boasts a green space for Fifi to run around in — luckily, the staff here accommodates thirsty pups with icy bowls of water.

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SandBar Nashville

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Not only are dogs welcome to join their people for frozen drinks and beer on the outdoor patio here (not to mention watch their human play on the on-site regulation volleyball courts), but SandBar will also host a birthday party for your four-legged besties. Just let them know ahead of time, and they’ll have a special birthday hat waiting for them along with a dog-friendly birthday cake ($27.44-$38.41) and pupcakes ($5.50 each) for doggo’s other furry party guests.

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Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

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Dogs are allowed on the patios at both Belmont and Elliston Place outposts of the popular barbecue joint. They also have dog water bowls.

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Diskin Cider

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This Wedgewood-Houston cidery welcomes pups of all breeds. They can hang out on the expansive and sunny patio while their human kicks back with a few pints of locally brewed cider and live music. Don’t sleep on the food menu here — kimchi fried rice, the Hawaiian burger with Porter Road beef and grilled pineapple, and a French toast bake with house-made shokupan (Japanese-style milk bread) take the pub grub concept up a notch. 

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Sunflower Cafe

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Pets of local vegans and vegetarians take heart — Berry Hill’s Sunflower Café has patio seating for both dogs and humans alike. Veg-loving pet owners can order their favorite animal-free meals while enjoying the company of their furry best friend. 

Vui's Kitchen

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When nothing but banh mi and bowls of pho will do, this Berry Hill Vietnamese spot fits the bill — outdoor deck seating and the picnic tables on the lawn are all pet-friendly and ideal for slurping up bone broth on a crisp autumn day. 

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Shake Shack

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This fast-casual restaurant chain serves burgers, hot chicken sandwiches, and crispy crinkle-cut fries. Dogs love the outdoor patio area, where they can enjoy Shake Shack’s Bag O’ Bones — a bag of five dog biscuits made by New York City’s Bocce Bakery — or the Pooch-ini made with vanilla custard and biscuits.  

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Bringles Smoking Oasis

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Cary Bringles has brought his barbecue expertise to the Nations with this outdoor ode to smoked meats, cold beer, and prime game day viewing thanks to multiple massive screens. The outdoor astroturf plays host to picnic tables and plenty of family and friends with pups in tow. On a sunny Nashville afternoon, it’s exactly where you want to kick back with your furry friend and take in a game with some ribs and a craft brew.

TailGate Brewery Headquarters

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Tailgate is open to both human visitors and their furry counterparts thanks to the outdoor patios featured at their taprooms throughout the city. Its headquarters in West Nashville often shows movies on an expansive lawn and hosts activities in the heated barn where you’ll find a menu with pizza, adult chicken nuggets, and loaded taco fries to enjoy with your beer and doggo.

Hunter's Station

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If you’re feeling all over the place in terms of what to eat for dinner, this East Nashville food hall offers plenty of options to choose from including burgers (Hugh-Baby’s), pho (Vui’s Kitchen), tacos (Tacos Aurora), and grilled cheese (the Grilled Cheeserie). Your doggo is also well accommodated with plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating and an in-house dog park where you can let your pup romp around while you sip on a beer from The Picnic Tap.

Redheaded Stranger

Tacos are a universal crowd-pleaser. And while it’s probably not a great idea to feed Roscoe one of Redheaded Stranger’s highly addictive crunchwraps, four-legged friends are invited to join their people on the outdoor patio of this East Nashville eatery for tacos stuffed with chopped brisket, burritos, totchos, and margaritas. 

Redheaded Stranger/Facebook

Butchertown Hall

The pet-friendly patio at Butchertown is a great spot for filling up on the restaurant’s infamous smoked meats, tacos, and margaritas while Rover basks in the sun. Brunch seats fill up fast, so be sure to call ahead for reservations. 

Butchertown Hall/Facebook

Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint Germantown

Jack Brown’s may bill itself as a bar that happens to serve a fantastic burger (all made with 100% American wagyu beef, incidentally), but dogs will love it for its pet-friendly tables located in the bar’s backyard. Grab one of the 100-plus craft beers available and let Fido bask in all of the attention they're bound to get.

Jack Brown’s

Joyland Restaurant

Dogs are invited to hang with their humans on the outdoor patio of Chef Sean Brock’s fast-casual burger joint. It’s water bowls for four-legged friends and Joysticks and CrustBurgers for their beloved humans.  

a tray full of assorted burgers and chicken sandwiches Jeff Scott

Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen

Known for their brats, housemade pretzels, and liter-sized mimosas served in steins, Von Elrod’s is a solid game plan for laid-back brunches and game day gatherings. Dogs are permitted on the covered patio and the outdoor beer garden where they can enjoy bowls of water while their humans dig in. 

Von Elrod’s/Facebook

M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (multiple locations)

The Sylvan Park and Capitol View locations of this local burger and beer chain are more than happy to welcome pooches on their outdoor patios. The Sylvan Park location also boasts a green space for Fifi to run around in — luckily, the staff here accommodates thirsty pups with icy bowls of water.

M.L.Rose/Facebook

SandBar Nashville

Not only are dogs welcome to join their people for frozen drinks and beer on the outdoor patio here (not to mention watch their human play on the on-site regulation volleyball courts), but SandBar will also host a birthday party for your four-legged besties. Just let them know ahead of time, and they’ll have a special birthday hat waiting for them along with a dog-friendly birthday cake ($27.44-$38.41) and pupcakes ($5.50 each) for doggo’s other furry party guests.

SandBar Nashville/Facebook

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

Dogs are allowed on the patios at both Belmont and Elliston Place outposts of the popular barbecue joint. They also have dog water bowls.

Martin’s BBQ Joint/Facebook

Diskin Cider

This Wedgewood-Houston cidery welcomes pups of all breeds. They can hang out on the expansive and sunny patio while their human kicks back with a few pints of locally brewed cider and live music. Don’t sleep on the food menu here — kimchi fried rice, the Hawaiian burger with Porter Road beef and grilled pineapple, and a French toast bake with house-made shokupan (Japanese-style milk bread) take the pub grub concept up a notch. 

Diskin Cider/Facebook

Sunflower Cafe

Pets of local vegans and vegetarians take heart — Berry Hill’s Sunflower Café has patio seating for both dogs and humans alike. Veg-loving pet owners can order their favorite animal-free meals while enjoying the company of their furry best friend. 

Vui's Kitchen

When nothing but banh mi and bowls of pho will do, this Berry Hill Vietnamese spot fits the bill — outdoor deck seating and the picnic tables on the lawn are all pet-friendly and ideal for slurping up bone broth on a crisp autumn day. 

Vui’s Kitchen/Facebook

Shake Shack

This fast-casual restaurant chain serves burgers, hot chicken sandwiches, and crispy crinkle-cut fries. Dogs love the outdoor patio area, where they can enjoy Shake Shack’s Bag O’ Bones — a bag of five dog biscuits made by New York City’s Bocce Bakery — or the Pooch-ini made with vanilla custard and biscuits.  

Shake Shack/Facebook

Bringles Smoking Oasis

Cary Bringles has brought his barbecue expertise to the Nations with this outdoor ode to smoked meats, cold beer, and prime game day viewing thanks to multiple massive screens. The outdoor astroturf plays host to picnic tables and plenty of family and friends with pups in tow. On a sunny Nashville afternoon, it’s exactly where you want to kick back with your furry friend and take in a game with some ribs and a craft brew.

TailGate Brewery Headquarters

Tailgate is open to both human visitors and their furry counterparts thanks to the outdoor patios featured at their taprooms throughout the city. Its headquarters in West Nashville often shows movies on an expansive lawn and hosts activities in the heated barn where you’ll find a menu with pizza, adult chicken nuggets, and loaded taco fries to enjoy with your beer and doggo.

Hunter's Station

If you’re feeling all over the place in terms of what to eat for dinner, this East Nashville food hall offers plenty of options to choose from including burgers (Hugh-Baby’s), pho (Vui’s Kitchen), tacos (Tacos Aurora), and grilled cheese (the Grilled Cheeserie). Your doggo is also well accommodated with plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating and an in-house dog park where you can let your pup romp around while you sip on a beer from The Picnic Tap.

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