Pet-Friendly Beer Gardens Around the World

Posted by Billy Francis

Beer gardens became popular in Germany in the 19th century. In an effort to keep their breweries cool during the lager brewing process, beer makers planted chestnut trees to provide shade. Drinking a cold one under the leaves sounded like a great idea to the thirsty brewers, so they scattered gravel, laid out tables and chairs, and voila! The beer garden was born. The concept spread quickly, and the outdoor setting made it easy for many establishments to welcome pets. From Austin to Australia, check out these dog-friendly beer gardens around the world.

Königlicher Hirschgarten

Munich, DE
When your beer is as big as your dog. Photo by @lesliemarieee

Finding a table might not be an issue at Königlicher Hirschgarten, the largest biergarten in Munich. The garden has the capacity to seat more than 8,000 people. Dogs are welcome inside and out at this popular pet-friendly spot, where guests can enjoy traditional Bavarian recipes that have been prepared in the same way since the restaurant’s inception in 1791. Walk off your boozy lunch in the surrounding meadows and woods, but keep your pup away from the resident deer.

If you want to give Fido a new appreciation for mail carriers, reserve a room at the pet-friendly Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. Built between 1896 and 1900, the historic building in the heart of the city once housed the Royal Bavarian Post Office.

Letná Beer Garden

Prague, CZ
Bryndza loves beer gardens. Photo by @sheenaisabeerdrinker

The best way to spend a sunny day in Prague is by enjoying a Pilsner with your pooch on the picnic tables at Letná Beer Garden. Its stunning views over the old town and close proximity to great dog walks in the historic district make it a must-visit for two- and four-legged tourists. Food and beverages from Letná Mansion can be enjoyed in the beer garden. After you’ve had your fill, stroll with your pup along the Vltava River, the picturesque city streets, or the walking pathways to the serene gardens of Chotkovy Sady.

Across the river in the city center lies the art nouveau and pet-friendly Esplanade Hotel Prague. The hotel faces a large park where you can walk Fido.

This beer garden takes chillin’ to the next level. Photo by @cleberlsilva

Brazilian pet owners are always on the hunt for unique and interesting places to bring their best friends. Located in the state of Sao Paolo, Toca Do Urso doesn't disappoint. This pet-friendly brewery is the first and only beer “lair” on our list. The spectacular indoor/outdoor space is a one-of-a-kind creation that was designed to minimize materials, waste and energy usage. The final product provides a respite for dogs and their owners looking to escape the beating sun. Cool rocks cover every surface, from the walls to the floor, while still providing a beer garden atmosphere for everybody to enjoy. Dogs are welcome throughout the premises.

When you're ready to leave the lair, make your way to the Hotel Village Inn. This centrally located, pet-friendly property has a tiered pool and plenty of shady palm trees.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

Austin, TX
“Hair of the dog?" Photo by Facebook.com/bangersaustin

Fido will adore Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, with its on-site dog park and “Woof Wurst” sausages for pups. Join your fellow two- and four-legged patrons in the poppin’ beer garden, where the funky tunes of live Americana & country music can often be heard. Austin’s premier sausage emporium serves up more than 30 homemade sausages, 200+ draft beers and Sunday brunch. There’s no danger of going hungry or thirsty at Banger’s!

Austin is full of awesome pet-friendly accommodations, but if you want to stay a short Uber ride from the beer garden, check out Hotel Ella. Dogs are welcomed to this historic boutique hotel with treats, beds, bowls and a bandana.

People’s Park Tavern

London, UK
"Life is too short to drink bad beer, and so am I." Photo by @pop_sausage

Located next to Victoria Park, People’s Park Tavern is an ideal setting for a pet-friendly beer garden. Take a stroll around one of London’s most popular green spaces before heading to the tavern for a refreshing beverage. Although dogs are welcome inside, the beer garden is the place to be. The vibrant outdoor area is decorated with bunting and bright lights, and offers a mix of long communal tables and more intimate booths. The staff provides water bowls for Fido, and he can even enter the “Pub Pup of the Week” competition to be crowned coolest dog in East London.

Stay for a little while in hip Hackney with your hound at this plant-filled getaway that invites the outside in.

Noorderlicht Café

Amsterdam, NL
“TGIF (Thank God I’m Furry).” Photo by @ingebrovth

Situated on the banks of the IJmeer, the body of water that separates central Amsterdam from the rest of the city, Noorderlicht Café offers beer garden enthusiasts the chance to enjoy stunning views in sustainable surroundings. The café is made from reused building materials, and 90% of the menu is made up of environmentally responsible and vegetarian dishes. The contrast of the industrial backdrop with the natural flow of the water, communal atmosphere and grassy space for Fido to play fetch makes Noorderlicht Café one of Amsterdam’s hidden gems.

Drift off to sleep on the White Houseboat Prinsengracht. This unique pet-friendly Airbnb is minutes from Amsterdam’s most popular sights and has a nice outdoor sitting area with great canal views.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Charlotte, NC
Half pint or full? Photo by Facebook.com/OldeMeckBrewery

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte is home to the largest biergarten in the Southeast. Sprawling out over an impressive eight acres, it’s more like a park than a garden. Modeled after the early biergartens of Munich, the brewery is surrounded by 100-year-old oak, mature pecan and hickory trees for shade. It would be easy to forget that you’re only minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown as you stroll the brewery’s cobbled pathways and discover shady tables, cornhole games and toasty fire pits with your pup by your side.

If you don’t want to travel far, stay at this bright and airy ranch home. The large fenced yard has a fire pit, making it an ideal hangout spot for sampling the takeaway beer you brought home from the brewery.

Cafe Vlissinghe

Bruges, BE
Sunbathing in the beer garden. Photo by Facebook.com/Cafe.Vlissinghe

Have you ever wondered how people let loose in the 1500s? They chilled out with a beer, of course. Cafe Vlissinghe in Bruges may be 500 years old, but in reality it’s timeless. Dogs and their owners are invited to hang out together on the grass in the historic courtyard. Sample a classic Belgian White and admire the pros playing the traditional game of Rolle Bolle.

In Bruges, there’s no shortage of historic pet-friendly hotels. Located on the banks of a lovely canal, the 4-star Die Swaene is an idyllic place to rest your head while you and Fido are visiting this architectural marvel of a city.

Pinellas Ale Works

St. Petersburg, FL
“Felt cute, might delete later.” Photo by Facebook.com/pinellasaleworks

The beer garden at Pinellas Ale Works may not be the biggest on our list, but it’s one of the funkiest. True to its acronym, PAW is one of the most dog-friendly breweries out there. Its mission is to brew delicious beer while raising money for Pinellas County animal-related charities at weekly and monthly events. Drop in for Yappy Hour or visit for a quick sip in the beer garden.

Rest up in a comfortable room at Hyatt Place St Petersburg Downtown, a short walk from Pioneer Park and other pet-friendly attractions in St. Pete.

Luftgarten Bier & BBQ

Berlin, Berlin, DE
“Sing it with me: ‘I said hay. What's going on?’” Photo by @nervousvoice

Tempelhof Airport was built on the site where the Wright Brothers demonstrated their Flyer to a European audience in Berlin. Spend all day with your pooch in Tempelhofer Feld, where you can fly kites, play fetch and enjoy the large grassy space between runways. Then, cruise at a safe altitude to Luftgarten Bier & BBQ. This huge green space is dotted with deckchairs and shady tables, and serves hearty Bavarian cuisine and a selection of delicious craft brews.

Continue exploring historic Berlin with your basecamp at the pet-friendly Suite Novotel Berlin Potsdamer Platz, located just a short walk from landmarks like Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.

Lowry Beer Garden

Denver, CO
“We’re going in!” Photo by @ava_the_boston

Beer first started pouring into Denver during the gold rush. Panning for precious metal was thirsty work! Denver has been at the epicenter of Colorado’s beer scene ever since and, more recently, the craft beer renaissance. Lowry Beer Garden is able to accommodate up to 500 human and furry guests at any one time. The menu of local brews, brats, pretzels and burgers will keep you satisfied while Fido lounges on the ample outdoor patio.

Finish your pint and pretzel, and make your way to nearby Staybridge Suites Denver Cherry Creek. This popular pet-friendly hotel boasts its own walking path for dogs and their owners to enjoy before bed.

Augustiner Bräustübl

Salzburg, AT
Pretzel, Fido? Photo by @augustinerbraeu_salzburg

Beer has been enjoyed out of stone jugs (steins) at Augustiner Bräustübl for generations. Austria’s largest beer garden frequently hosts food festivals, live bands and sports screenings, and the lively atmosphere keeps locals and tourists coming back for refills. Let your pooch relax under the leafy canopy of chestnut trees while you sip on a stein or two.

For 5-star comfort in Austria’s capital, stay at the dog-friendly Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg. The historic building dates all the way back to 1407.

Petrifying Springs Biergarten

Kenosha, WI
“Mine’s an ‘arf pint!” Photo by Facebook.com/petsbiergarten

Can’t make it all the way to Europe? Petrifying Springs Biergarten brings an authentic German experience to Kenosha, WI. This cash-only spot offers a menu full of European-style beers that you can enjoy on one of the many outdoor tables with your pup in tow. Although they do have a food menu that includes a sausage platter, visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them. Fido can play off-leash next door at Carlisle Family Dog Park at Petrifying Springs Park.

Planning on writing a book about your travels with Fido? Book a stay at this writer’s cabin on Lake Michigan in Kenosha.

SPARK Social SF

San Francisco, CA
Does this place spark your interest? Photo by @sparksocialsf

Bark with your best friend at SPARK Social SF, a pet-friendly food truck park, beer and sangria garden in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Working alongside 150 different food trucks in the Bay Area, SPARK Social SF offers new things to try every lunch and dinner. Wash your food down with something from the Sip Bar like a local craft beer, sangria, fresh lemonade, boba and more. When the sun goes down, reserve the fire pit area for you and your pack to gather around.

For a boutique hotel with a low pet fee, book a room at Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square. Four-legged guests receive bowls, beds and treats at check-in.

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Banner photo by Facebook.com/oldmeckbrewery.