Music City is easy listening when it comes to finding a great dog-friendly restaurant or brewery! Check out our list of our favorite spots - Updated for 2023!
Spending an afternoon out at a brewery or restaurant can be fun, but you know what’s more fun? Bringing your dog with you! Your dog loves spending time with you, and you don’t always have to leave him behind when you go out for a good time. There are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants and breweries in Nashville to choose from… you just need to know where to look!
Local Pet Care is here to do the legwork for you. To find the best dog-friendly patios in Nashville, we did our homework and compiled this list of dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and breweries. Get your leash and your dog, and head out to enjoy these dog-friendly spots today! If you are looking for something more traditional, we've also got a list of our favorite dog parks in town too!
The Best Dog-Friendly Breweries in Nashville:
- Tennessee Brew Works
- Fat Bottom Brewing
- Diskin Cider
- East Nashville Beer Works
- TennFold Brewing
- TailGate Brewery
- Yazoo Brewing Company
- Hops & Crafts
Tennessee Brew Works – The Gulch
For dog lovers who also love craft beer, you can’t beat the dog-friendly patio at Nashville’s Tennessee Brew Works. While you have several beers to choose from in many unique styles, Tennessee Brew Works also serves elevated bar food. Their patio is covered, making this brewery a great spot even when the weather isn’t perfect. There are happy hour specials Monday through Friday, too — perfect for working from home!
Fat Bottom Brewing – The Nations West Nashville
A full dinner menu, beers made in-house, and a huge dog-friendly patio makes this Nashville spot a perfect bet. Adjacent to the brewery itself is the Hop Yard, an outdoor beer garden with plenty of space for you and your dog. The flagship and seasonal beers are sure to kick your taste buds into high gear, but if you get hungry, don’t forget their kitchen! They feature burgers (like the often talked about Impossible Burger) and sandwiches to satisfy your hunger.
Diskin Cider – Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood
East Nashville Beer Works – East Nashville
If your must haves include great beer, great pizza, and a grace space - East Nashville Beer Works may just be your favorite spot. The only thing that may be better than the beer at East Nashville Beer Works is the service. An all-around great spot to spend an evening.
TennFold Brewing - Donelson
Beer and pizza - does it get any better? It almost feels unfair that Nashville has so many amazing spots to grab a cold beer and some great food. TennFold Brewing may be at the top of the list though! Be sure to get an order of Cauliflower Wings if you are here. To top it all off? An awesome patio for your pup!
TailGate Brewery - Music Row and West Nashville
The outside tables at TailGate Brewery make for a great example of a dog-friendly patio. Nashville locations Music Row and West Nashville both have outdoor spaces where you can bring your dog. In fact, the Music Row location is now known for being the first Craft Cidery in the city! There is a third location of TailGate Brewery in East Nashville, but they do not have a large outdoor space available to accommodate your canine friends. But visit the other spots for beer and pizza, and your dogs can tag along!
Yazoo Brewing Company - Madison
If you’re sensing a theme, you’re probably right. So many of the dog-friendly patios in Nashville are attached to the city’s booming craft beer scene. Yazoo Brewing Company is no exception. They have their house-made brews on tap, including seasonal specials. Snacks are available, and food trucks are often parked on-site ready to feed the hungry crowds. Technically located in Madison, you can find Yazoo’s taproom just outside of Nashville proper. The brewery has been there since 2003, one of the originals in the area. And it’s the perfect spot to chill with your pups outside.
Hops & Crafts – The Gulch
A more expansive beer bar and pub-food menu are available at Hops & Crafts located in the neighborhood known as The Gulch. They have something for everyone with over 30 local beers on tap and a deck patio that welcomes your pups! With specials every day of the week, food like pretzels, chips, salsa, and Coco’s pizza, it’s a nice place to spend a pleasant afternoon or evening with your pooch on the porch.
The Top Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Nashville:
- Music City Bar and Grill
- Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
- M.L. Rose
- Bringle's Smoking Oasis
- Von Elrod's
- Red Bicycle Coffee
- Redheaded Stranger
- Two Ten Jack
- 12 South Taproom and Grill
- 312 Pizza Company
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Music City Bar and Grill – Opryland Area
It’s impossible to forget that Nashville is a city with infinite musical talent. When you want to see good country music, Music City Bar and Grill is the place for you. There’s live music seven nights a week and no cover charge, plus a dog-friendly patio that welcomes your furry pal! They also have a massive selection of beer on draft and a food menu that will get your tastebuds working overtime. And, you can enjoy the patio even in inclement weather since it’s covered.
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint – Germantown
Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint is an awesome place to get, well... beer and burgers! They also have a dog-friendly patio in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood. As a dog-friendly restaurant, they have six tables for you and your pup in their backyard. They’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m and serve their full menu until close. And don’t forget the wide selection of beers they have on tap!
M.L. Rose – Multiple Locations
With three dog-friendly locations throughout the city (and a fourth in My. Juliet), M.L. Rose is known for craft beer and excellent burgers! All four locations are dog-friendly on their outside patios. Our suggestion - be sure to order the Loaded Waffle Fries!
Bringle's Smoking Oasis - West Nashville
If you are looking for some incredible BBQ and an incredible atmosphere, Bringle's Smoking Oasis is your spot! Sister restaurant to Peg Leg Porker, Bringle's has an awesome patio with corn hold boards, Adirondack chairs, and some very good pups. The food is Texas-style BBQ with options like brisket, beef ribs, and some great sides!
Von Elrod's - Downtown
Brunch? Happy Hour? Great Beer? Amazing, smoked meats? Von Elrod's checks all of the boxes and boasts one of the biggest outdoor spaces in Nashville! So grab a couple friends, grab your pup, and head down to Von Elrod's for an awesome time.
Red Bicycle Coffee - Multiple Locations
You know a spot is dog-friendly when they have a dedicated Instagram account for the pups that come to their coffee shop! With locations all throughout Nashville and the surrounding areas, Red Bicycle is known as one of (if not the most) dog-friendly restaurants in town. Be sure to grab a pup cup and have your pooch smile the next time you swing by!
Redheaded Stranger - East Nashville
Two restaurants in a row with dedicated Instagram accounts for their four-legged patrons? Is that even allowed? It is in Nashville! Redheaded Stranger is serving up some of the best tacos and southwestern grub in town. While you can't go wrong with a taco, may we suggest the Green Chile Cheeseburger? Yes, please!
Jackalope – Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood
Jackalope Brewing Company’s second location, The Ranch, has a dog-friendly patio in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood. And along with the selection of beer they brew themselves, they also have games like Shuffleboard for you to enjoy with your friends of the human variety. They don’t have a full menu, but they have some small bites available like pretzels, charcuterie, and a cheese and bread plate if you get a little peckish. Yum!
Two Ten Jack – East Nashville
If you’re looking for something slightly different from just breweries, burgers, and bars, Two Ten Jack is a fantastic choice. This dog-friendly restaurant in Nashville is modeled after a Japanese dining experience called izakaya. They offer Japanese fares like sushi rolls and ramen bowls and offer cocktails both on tap and handcrafted.
12 South Taproom and Grill – 12 South Neighborhood
The proprietors wanted to create a “third place” in the 12 South Neighborhood. The Third Place is a concept that people often associate with pub culture in England. It’s not home, and it’s not work, so it’s a third place! That’s the atmosphere you’ll find at the 12 South Taproom and Grill. Their outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and while you’re hanging out with your furry friend, you can enjoy drinks and delicious food from their grill (they also serve Brunch!).
312 Pizza Company – Germantown
If pizza is what you’re craving on your outdoor excursion with your doggo, you can’t beat the 312 Pizza Company. This dog-friendly restaurant in Nashville’s Germantown area has a midwestern twist. They also serve the classic and authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza. The Pizzaioli cultivated their techniques in the Little Italy area of Chicago and only use fresh, wholesome ingredients in their deep-dish pies.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Midtown
Of course, it wouldn’t be a list of Nashville restaurants without including the world-famous Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. This is classic Nashville in a place, so don’t miss out! Their Midtown location has dog-friendly tables outside, which might be why the lines are often out the door at Hattie B’s. Given their popularity, you might want to call your order in ahead of time or to-go, then grab a table outside with your furbaby.
Prepare for fun!
As you prepare to enjoy these dog-friendly restaurants and patios in Nashville, there are some rules you need to follow to ensure you and your dogs are considered good citizens:
- Dogs need to be on a non-retractable leash 6 feet or shorter.
- Dogs are only allowed outdoors and must not be brought inside for any reason.
- Dogs must be under control at all times, or you may be asked to leave.
- Always call ahead to confirm, just in case any policies have changed!
Keeping these guidelines in mind when you go out with your pups will help you, your dog, and everyone else have a great time and keep Nashville dog-friendly! And remember, that sometimes it's okay to hang with the humans and leave your best buddy at home. It's extra easy to enjoy a worry-free night out, knowing that your pets are in the best hands possible. Check out these awesome Nashville pet care pros!