Dog day afternoons found at Austin “Yappy Hours”

Attention all literate dogs, dog owners and dog lovers: There is no place better to get your tail wagging than in Austin.

While Austin’s various walking and hiking trails are neat, another new animal-friendly trend is developing in the area, and it’s called Yappy Hour.

Yappy Hour isn’t just about enjoying the drink specials you’ll find in bars around Austin. It is geared more toward satisfying animal (specifically dog) needs in a new and original way.

The event also benefits the owners. Gone are the days when dog owners would have to choose between rushing home after work to let the dog out and grabbing a happy hour drink with friends.

Currently, Irie Bean Coffee Bar at 2310 S. Lamar Blvd. hosts a Yappy Hour on the last Friday of every month. Austinities can meet new dogs and their owners from all walks of life at this happy hour for dogs.  

A typical Yappy Hour consists of dog training tip sessions, doggy pedicures and shopping for doggy gear at the location. What’s more, there is normally some grooving live music as well as special prices on coffee and drinks.  

Nancy Cusick, who works and runs, extensively helps with putting on the monthly doggy fun, as the website sponsors the hour. In the past, there has also been Yappy Hour at Dogadillo Dog Boutique at 12912 Hill Country Blvd., and other coffee shops may soon be taking notice and starting their own Yappy Hours.

However, it seems like Yappy Hour is designed to be a large event, so it just may stay at the Irie Bean for now in order to keep the crowd.

Nevertheless, if you and your four-legged friend are looking to try something unique and meet new people at the same time, then attending a Yappy Hour may be right up your alley.

Dogs from all walks of life mingling together and having fun—what could be better?