It is finally upon us. You’ve dreamt of it for months. Time to lick the salt off the side of your margarita glass and CHEERS. Cinco de Mayo, the long standing excuse for Americans to whoop it up, all while donning authentic sombreros and shaking their rumbas. But for some of us, the mere mention of Cinco de Mayo brings on visions of sunshine, patios, and our pups on a leash.

How lucky our little canine buddies are that we live in the day and age of pet—friendly EVERYTHING! Dallas and Austin have more than just a handful of restaurant and bar patios that quite literally cater to our furry friends. So this Cinco de Mayo, don’t leave your 4 legged buddy at home. Leash him up, throw on your walkin’ shoes and head on down to one of these reputable and inviting “places with a patio” to soak up the sun and sip on sangria.  We’ll also be celebrating the 14th anniversary of VIP Pets on this special day!


Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar
1520 Main St
Dallas, TX, US 75201
(214) 749-4766

If you want to take the holiday-appropriate route, visit Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, where the drinks are served refreshingly cold and patrons with dogs can dine on the lower patio.

4544 Mckinney Ave
Dallas, TX, US 75205

Indulge in some delectable Tex-Mex and if you go during happy hour, you can take advantage of the FREE nacho bar! With 2 patios, there is plenty of room for you and your dog!

614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX, US 75208

If organic and local fare is what you desire, check out this New American-style restaurant which offers dog-friendly outdoor seating.

3715 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX, US
(214) 874-0088

You can’t beat FREE warm black bean dip! Not only that, upon arrival your pooch will be treated to a cool dish of water. This Tex-Mex option is second to none and receives rave reviews.

Cafe Madrid
4501 Travis St
Dallas, TX, US
(214) 528-1731

If it’s authentic Spanish tapas and sangria you are in the mood for, you have got to do yourself a favor and head over to Café Madrid. They encourage pets to join their owners on the sunny (weather permitting) patio.

The Pooch Patio
3811 Fairmount Street
Dallas, TX 75219

If you’re looking for an alternative to margaritas and Mexican food, be sure you and your dog stop by this java haus and beer wine bistro. As the name implies, they love dogs!


Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
303 Red River St
Austin, TX, US 78701
(512) 236-9599

Dogs are ALWAYS welcome at the Moonshine. Head on over to satiate your palette trying cutting-edge twists on Southern classics in an ambiance relatable to your own backyard patio. Added bonus: they feature a renowned Sunday buffet!

Doc’s Motorworks
1123 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX, US 78745
(512) 448-9181

If it’s a big juicy burger you are searching for to satisfy your hunger, enjoy one on the dog-friendly patio beneath an array of colorful umbrellas.

Ski Shores Waterfront Cafe
2905 Pearce Rd
Austin, TX, US 78730

For scenic and painting-worthy views of Lake Austin, you must visit Ski Shores Waterfront Café. Serving wings, tacos, chicken tenders, and burgers, dogs are welcome on the patio. Best of luck keeping your little buddy from taking a dip in the inviting water!

Freddie’s Place
1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX, US 78704
(512) 445-9197

Once you hear the items on this menu, you will find your mouth oddly salivating at the mere thought of Freddie’s Place. Located in South Central Austin, Freddie’s serves American Comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy Freddie’s S#!t on a Shingle for Breakfast, a Triple Decker DE-luxe Grilled Cheese for lunch, or devour the Fredelvis (burger with meat, peanut butter, bacon, and bananas) for dinner. Your pooch is welcome to join you at the outdoor seating.

Guero’s Taco Bar
1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX, US 78704
(512) 447-7688

Pets are welcome to accompany you to Guero’s where the salsa is always flowing and the Tex-Mex food is second to none. This is one of the livelier spots around, so pop in and join the fun next time you are strolling by.

If you are in Dallas, be sure to check out the historic Big Parade & Festival Dallas Cinco de Mayo en la calle Jefferson, May 7, 2016 from 10am to 4pm.  This is expected to be the largest celebration in Dallas showcasing a parade, festival, main stage, tailgating, car show & more.  Learn more at

And if you’re in Austin, make your way over to the Cinco de Mayo Austin Fiesta May 7-8, 2016 at the Fiesta Garden Park.  This fun event includes music from the best artists in Texas and a Polka Dance Contest.  Learn more at

Want to leave your dog at home on Cinco de Mayo? No problem!  A VIP Pet Sitter is the solution! Contact us today.