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As AMLI apartment communities across the country were busy handing out dog treats for National Dog Day this year—it got us thinking, where are the best dog-friendly restaurants in Dallas? Want to go for a hike, or maybe just relax and get a treat for you and your pup? Dallas has lots of options, including a dog-friendly movie theater, dog-friendly brewery and more. Let’s start with these seven pet-friendly places.

1. Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh St.

Take a nice walk or jog with your favorite four-legged friend out on Katy Trail and then head to Katy Trail Ice House after. Located in Uptown Dallas right on the trail, this beer garden has more than 50 beers on tap and was voted best patio by Dallas Observer readers and has one of the best margaritas according to D Magazine. Not bad! Enjoy a plate of brisket or ribs and cool off on the patio with your pup and a cold beverage.

2. K9 Cinemas

1301 Custer Road, Suite 810, Plano

Looking to really cool off? It’s August in Texas—of course you are! Just outside of Dallas, and about a 15-minute drive from our West Plano apartments, is K9 Cinemas, the world’s first dog-friendly movie theater. Just $15 buys you admission for you, two dogs and free soft drinks, liquor and wine. Yes, that’s right, free booze!

The cinema exclusively shows black and white films (the title of which won’t be announced until 30 minutes before the screening). Get there early, grab a snack, sit back, relax on a couch and knock a couple back with your canine(s).

3. Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House 

1154 Peavy Road

After you’ve tossed your fair share of Frisbee at White Rock Dog Park, bring your best furry friend to Goodfriend’s patio. Known for their burgers and brews, Goodfriend’s also has a great selection of wine, cocktails, salads and sandwiches.

As far as burgers go, we suggest spicing things up with the El Salazar topped with ghost chili sauce and ghost pepper jack cheese. Or keep it classic with the Bourdain. Having Sunday brunch? Chill out with the breakfast tacos and one of the rotating frozen cocktails.

4. MUTTS Canine Cantina

2889 CityPlace W. Blvd.

OK, maybe we’ve been a little too human-centric so far in this list. Uptown’s MUTTS Canine Cantina includes a private bark park, a dog-driven menu and pet-friendly patio. Get cozy with a frozen lemonade (made with Deep Eddy vodka and pomegranate liqueur), a Mutt’s chicken sandwich and fries. You can either watch your pup play from the patio, or keep them company at the dog park and bring your order with you. Be sure to bring enough pupsicles to share!

5. The Shacks Dining & Dog Park

5800 Windhaven Parkway, The Colony

Ready for more dog park? The Shacks has got you covered. Located in The Colony, The Shacks features six restaurants (or “shacks”) that share a patio overlooking their public dog park nestled among oak trees. Stop by James Beard Award semi-finalist Teiichi Sakurai’s Ten Ramen and grab some tonkatsu and sake, or a coffee at Turbo.

6. Lee Harvey’s

1807 Gould St.

One of Dallas’ most popular dive bars, Lee Harvey’s is not only a “roaring good time” according to Southern Living, but it also has dog-friendly outdoor picnic table seating. With live music on the weekends, plenty of happy hour specials (go on Wednesdays for half off hot wings from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.) and a friendly atmosphere, no wonder it’s been voted best bar and best dive bar year after year.

7. Cane Rosso

2612 Commerce St.

So, we haven’t mentioned any pet-friendly wood-fired pizza joints yet. Let’s fix that. Cane Rosso serves up Neapolitan pies with top-notch ingredients like daily in-house made mozzarella, 00 flour dough and hand-crushed San Marzano tomato sauce. D Magazine regularly touts the dog-friendly restaurant as having some of the best pizza in Dallas. Check out Dallas’ Deep Ellum location with your pooch and get yourself a pizza, salad or some fresh-made pasta of your own. In a rush? No worries. The pizzas take about 90 seconds to cook in their 900-degree ovens. Bonus points: In 2014, owner Jay Jerrier established the dog rescue group Cane Rosso Rescue.

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