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21 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 burger joints with special canine-approved custard bowls, Music City’s roster of dog-friendly restaurants makes a strong case for bringing Fido along for a culinary ride. 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 Red Headed Stranger’s highly addictive crunchwraps, four-legged friends are invited to join their people on the outdoor patio of this Germantown eatery for tacos stuffed with buttermilk chicken, burritos, nachos, 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% Wagyu beef, incidentally), but dog will love it for its pet-friendly tables located in the bar’s backyard. Grab one of the 100 craft beers on tap and let Fido bask in all of the attention they're bound to get.

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Red Bicycle Coffee & Crêpes

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At this Germantown Parisian-style café, dogs are welcome to join their coffee-loving humans for breakfast crepes and frothy lattes on the cozy outdoor patio in front. The staff here happily accommodates thirsty pups with bowls of fresh water. 

The Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes

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 Jimmy Red Corn beer for their beloved humans. Note: Joyland is closed on Mondays. 

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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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Cafe at Bobby

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Pups are welcome on the outdoor patio of Cafe at Bobby, while their owners enjoy some bananas foster French toast or a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with a steaming cup of coffee. If Fido’s lucky, they might even run into Bobby Hotel’s dog-in-residence, Hairy, a playful rescue pup from the Nashville Human Association. 

The Bobby even has a dog-in-residence, Hairy
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Nicky's Coal Fired

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The wood-fired pies aren’t the only reason to head to Nicky’s (the meatballs also make a strong argument when deciding dinner plans). Their pet-friendly patio makes it easy to knock out a few slices of pizza while enjoying an early evening al fresco. 

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Adele's

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Adele’s breezy outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy salmon belly carpaccio, pork loin, and a glass of wine with your pup in tow. Don’t miss the weekend brunch buffet — the all-you-can-eat shakshuka, pulled pork, pecan pie bites, and whole pig (Sundays only) are sure to give Fido some serious FOMO.

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Marsh House

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Fresh seafood towers, tuna tartare, and a knockout cocktail list are all on the menu here, and guests are allowed to enjoy it all with their pets on the outdoor patio (the patio can be accessed on 11th Avenue South). Seasonal dog treats and available for pups as are fresh bowls of water. If your pup wants to also partake, the staff at Marsh House will prepare a dog-friendly version of scrambled eggs and toast.  

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M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers - Sylvan Park

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The Charlotte Avenue and Capitol View locations of this local burger and beer chain are more than happy to welcome pooches on their outdoor patios. The Charlotte Avenue 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 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 ($25-$35) and pupcakes ($5) for doggo’s other furry party guests.

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Hugh-Baby's

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Both the Charlotte Avenue and Berry Hill locations of Hugh-Baby’s welcome dogs on their outdoor patios. Order up one of their signature slug burgers, hand-cut fries, and housemade milkshakes while your pup cools their heels with a bowl of water.

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Peg Leg Porker BBQ

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Picnic-style seating on Peg Leg Porker’s large patio offers plenty of room to find the perfect spot for demolishing plates of pulled pork, coleslaw, and buckets of beer while Fluffy basks in the sunlight.

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Tennessee Brew Works

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Sure, Tennessee Brew Works knows a thing or two about making a good beer, but it’s also one of the best culinary secrets around town — the chef here aims to incorporate as much of the beer as possible into the brewery’s menu. While pups can’t partake in the brew, they’re invited to join their humans on the three-tiered outdoor patio for the Five Beer Burger and one of Tennessee’s Brew Works’ seasonal drafts. 

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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 — burrata toast, donburi bowls, and chili cheese dog flatbread take the pub grub concept up a notch. 

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Anzie Blue

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Head to the patio of this chic Hillsboro Village café, where the family dog can enjoy bowls of cool water and, for anxious puppers, CBD-infused dog treats. Humans can also opt to add a few drops of CBD to their morning or afternoon latte while enjoying plates of avocado toast, ham and brie sandwiches, and Nashville hot chicken dip. 

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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 taking in some live music and 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’s Vietnamese spot hits the spot — 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 honey 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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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 Red Headed Stranger’s highly addictive crunchwraps, four-legged friends are invited to join their people on the outdoor patio of this Germantown eatery for tacos stuffed with buttermilk chicken, burritos, nachos, and margaritas. 

Redheaded Stranger/Facebook

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

Jack Brown’s

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

Jack Brown’s

Red Bicycle Coffee & Crêpes

The Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes

At this Germantown Parisian-style café, dogs are welcome to join their coffee-loving humans for breakfast crepes and frothy lattes on the cozy outdoor patio in front. The staff here happily accommodates thirsty pups with bowls of fresh water. 

The Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes

Joyland Restaurant

a tray full of assorted burgers and chicken sandwiches Jeff Scott

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 Jimmy Red Corn beer for their beloved humans. Note: Joyland is closed on Mondays. 

a tray full of assorted burgers and chicken sandwiches Jeff Scott

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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Cafe at Bobby

The Bobby even has a dog-in-residence, Hairy
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Pups are welcome on the outdoor patio of Cafe at Bobby, while their owners enjoy some bananas foster French toast or a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with a steaming cup of coffee. If Fido’s lucky, they might even run into Bobby Hotel’s dog-in-residence, Hairy, a playful rescue pup from the Nashville Human Association. 

The Bobby even has a dog-in-residence, Hairy
Bobby Hotel/Facebook

Nicky's Coal Fired