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 around the world, and the outdoor setting made it easy for many establishments to welcome pets. We take a closer look at a few incredible beer gardens from Austin to Australia that invite Fido to paw you another pint.
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Finding a table might not be an issue at Königlicher Hirschgarten, the largest biergarten in Munich. The garden has grown over the years and now 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 located in the heart of the city once housed the Royal Bavarian Post Office.
Motorworks Brewing boasts the largest beer garden in Florida, and quite possibly one of the prettiest. The huge oak tree in the center is 150 years old and decorated with bright and colorful lights. Take Fido for a walk on the spacious turfed lawn, which also includes a dozen cornhole sets, large music stage and projector screen. As an added bonus, Motorworks hosts a Yappy Hour Pet Extravaganza every third Sunday of the month until December 15. This free event features local rescues, raffles and silent auctions.
Extend your stay in Bradenton and get a taste for Florida life at this pet-friendly lakefront villa. From here, you and your pup can easily explore dog-friendly attractions in neighboring Sarasota and St. Petersburg.
Letná Beer Garden
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.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Located near Asheville, NC, the beer garden at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is almost as popular as its hoppy offerings. Packed full of pups throughout the week, this expansive area is bordered by a verdant forest and infused with the aromatic scent of freshly brewed beer every day. Grab a spot in a comfy sun lounger and admire the view, or sit at a table underneath the shade of an umbrella and enjoy a selection of Southern-inspired food and incredible beer from the outdoor bar menu. When the mountain weather cools, warm Fido’s paws next to the huge fire pit. Adjacent to the beer garden, a pet-friendly nature trail leads to the French Broad River.
Toca do Urso
With more than 37 million dogs, Brazil boasts one of the largest pet populations in the world. Naturally, pet owners in this country 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
Fido will adore Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, with its on-site dog park and “Woof Wurst” sausages for dogs. 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 welcome at this historic boutique hotel with treats, beds, bowls and a bandana.
People’s Park Tavern
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.
After last call, sleep it off at the nearby Town Hall Hotel and Apartments. The resident rescue Greyhound, Dizzy, will give you a rundown of the pet amenities, which include a daily breakfast sausage as well as a dog bed, bowl and brush to use during your stay.
The biergarten at The Beresford is one of Sydney’s premier hangouts. Dogs and their owners can catch some rays and devour a freshly made wood-fired pizza (just the crust for Fido) at the pretty garden, which is decorated with lanterns and an overgrown green wall. The best time to visit is during The Beresford Dog Show. The event includes a pet parade, vendors and adoption drives.
Full of pizza and great memories, you and your domesticated dingo can spend the night at The Langham Sydney. Paw through the Pet Room Service Menu, which features dishes like Lassie's Favourite Beef Steak, and sprawl out on the plush bed while you enjoy some gourmet goodies, too.
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.
If you’re visiting with a small dog, enjoy a quintessential Amsterdam experience with a stay at a pet-friendly houseboat in the city center.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte is home to the largest biergarten in the Southeast. Sprawling out over an impressive 8 acres, it’s more like a park than a garden. The space, modeled after the early biergartens of Munich, 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.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is located outside the city center, but we’d still recommend booking a pet-friendly hotel in the heart of the Queen City. The Omni Charlotte Hotel welcomes four-legged guests with treats, a chew toy and water bowl at check-in.
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
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. Whenever you decide to stop by, Fido will be welcomed with a paw pump.
Saint Pete is a hip area in Tampa Bay. Try something new and stay the night in a Cozy Tiny Home with a sunny deck.
CaleXico Rock Bar & Grill, South Africa
Johannesburg offers up plenty of cool hangouts for a bit of day drinking with your dog, and CaleXico Rock Bar & Grill is near the top of the list. This Americana-inspired vinyl lounge, bar and restaurant is located in a garden courtyard complex full of independent boutiques and places to eat. The fenced-in beer garden has picnic tables and comfortable armchairs where you can while away an afternoon with your pooch.
After some rock ‘n’ roll, have a rockin’ good time at the pet-friendly Clico Boutique Hotel. The poolside furniture and grassy areas give you and Fido the chance to carry on the party before going to bed.
Garden on the Greenway
Some beer gardens are permanent and others just pop up to say hello from time to time. Trillium Brewing Company’s Trillium Garden on the Greenway springs to life when the sun comes out and goes back into hibernation at the end of October. This novel idea allows the brewery to showcase its exceptional brews in downtown Boston. Keep your eye on the Greenway’s schedule to see where they’ll be setting up.
The Greenway’s artworks, food trucks, events and whimsical carousel are worth exploring. Stay just a short walk away at the pet-friendly Hilton Boston Downtown Faneuil Hall.
Luftgarten Bier & BBQ
Tempelhof Airport was built on the site where the Wright Brothers demonstrated their Flyer to a European audience in Berlin. Once the largest airport in the world, it ceased operations in 2008 and was converted into a beloved recreation area and biergarten. You’ll want to spend all day with your pooch in Tempelhofer Feld, where you can fly kites, play fetch and enjoy the large grassy space between runways. As soon as Fido is finished taking off in the park, cruise at a safe altitude to Luftgarten Bier & BBQ. This huge green space is dotted with deckchairs and shady tables. Indulge in hearty Bavarian cuisine and a selection of delicious craft brews at this unique beer garden.
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
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.
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
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. Enjoy the gorgeous fields surrounding the biergarten with your pooch and play a game of fetch on the adjacent soccer field.
Pet travelers who want a true Wisconsin experience can reserve a room at the Country Studio in a Horse Barn. This converted barn is surrounded by woodlands that you can explore with your best friend.
Noor Bar is a cocktail bar and gallery, but it also serves up an array of beers that can be enjoyed in its lush outdoor area when the weather permits. The casual seating, cooling shade and leafy plants will transport you far, far away from the busy Russian capital. If the weather doesn’t keep up its side of the bargain, dogs are even allowed inside the bar, too.
Take the Garden Ring Road around central Moscow back to the pet-friendly Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya. One of Moscow's Seven Sisters, this striking skyscraper is built in the Stalinist neoclassical style.
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