Hate to leave your canine companion at home when you want to grab a drink or bite to eat? Well, you don’t have to with all the dog-friendly patios in Birmingham.
Billy’s Sports Grill
The Liberty Park location of Billy’s has a spacious patio with an outdoor bar and big screen tv’s perfect for taking in a game while Fido relaxes under the table.
Address: 4520 Overton Road, Liberty Park
Known for: Award-winning wings, great burgers and signature sandwiches and wraps.
- Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm)
- Monday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. / *Bar til 10pm
- Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. / *Bar til 11pm
There aren’t a whole lot of outdoor tables at this downtown French bistro, but if you get the opportunity, it is a great place to dine with your dog.
Address: 218 20th Street North, Downtown
Known for: High quality dining in a relaxed atmosphere with a seasonally changing menu of French and American cuisine.
- Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Black Market Bar
Don’t let the cartoon-monster-super hero theme scare you. Black Market Bar has great food and equally good service at both it’s original Collonade location and the newer Southside locale. They also take part in and host frequent dog-related events, like the recent 1st Tuesdays in 5 Points South with CahaBones, Jazzy J Designs, and Bama Bully Rescue.
Address: 3411 Colonnade Pkwy,Hoover and 2011 Highland Avenue, Southside
Known for: Live music and unique pub fare. If you’re the adventurous type, try the Trash Can burger where the chef gets to decide what goes on it!
- Monday to Thursday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
- Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Chez Lulu is a quaint, yet funky little spot located in English Village — a true gem offering the feel and flavors of an authentic French cafe. And there is plenty of outdoor seating to accommodate you and the furry friend!
Address: 1909 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook
Known for: Artisan breads, farm fresh ingredients sourced locally, delectable soups, tartes, salads and sandwiches.
- Lunch: Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for good bar food in a neighborhood atmosphere this is a nice spot to dine with Fido.
Address: 5500 Crestwood Boulevard, Avondale
Known for: A nice neighborhood vibe. Chicken fingers, paninis and pizza rank high with the patrons. They also have great live music!
Hours: Open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Located in Vestavia’s Cahaba Heights Village, FoodBar is an upscale restaurant that offers fine dining in a relaxed casual atmosphere. The patio seating is ample, with plenty of room for the hound to stretch out!
Address: 3156 Heights Village, Vestavia
Known for: Seasonally inspired fresh food and cocktails in a non-pretentious setting.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Rojo features both Latin and American cuisine in a friendly, neighborhood setting.
Address: 2921 Highland Avenue, Southside
Known for: A fantastic brunch spot on the weekends!
- Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Slice Pizza & Brew
Slice offers gourmet pizza made with fresh, locally grown ingredients as well as a great selection of local craft beer. The authentic Italian style pies and unique flavor combinations plus a fun casual atmosphere make Slice a popular hotspot.
Address: 725 29th Street South, Lakeview
Known for: Pizza perfection! The menu also suggests beer pairings, taking the guess work out of ordering.
- Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
- Sunday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Located in Crestline Village, Taco Mama is a fast casual spot popular with the locals. The food is always fresh and delicious at this family-friendly eatery.
Address: 63 Church Street, Mountain Brook
Known for: Upscale Mexican fare at an affordable price and the margaritas are top notch!
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The zen-like patio at Vino is the perfect spot to take in the sunset and enjoy delicious, health-conscious Mediterranean style fare amongst the softly lit trees.
Address: 1930 Cahaba Road, English Village
Known for: Shareable small bites, an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. The service here is also top notch!
- Monday to Thursday 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Wine Loft
The perfect downtown spot for your wind-down, The Wine Loft offers a relaxed, yet upscale environment.
Address: 2200 1st Ave North, Downtown
Known for: An impressive wine list and knowledgeable staff, delicious tapas and dessert options. Try the Artisan Cheese Plate!
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 5 p.m.
So don’t let your dog sulk at home. Grab that leash and take Fido out! (Just remember that health codes prevent dogs from dining indoors so you and your tail-wagging friend will have to stay on the porch.)