It’s no Paris, but Brisbane is a perfectly pooch-friendly city. There are parks, creeks, walks and cafes to take your dog, but on hot days wouldn’t it be nice to share a cleansing ale with your best mate of the fury four-legged variety?
Then hear this. As part of Brisbane’s general appeal, there are in fact plenty of bars all across the city that love these woofers (great and small) and cater for them to join you. From the ‘burbs to the inner city, breweries to restaurants, there’s something there for every man and his dog.
Let the dogs out on the town at these dog-friendly drinking establishments.
After a couple of laps around New Farm Park, you and your pup can pull-up outside the New Orleans-style bar, Mary Mae’s. Perched under the Powerhouse, you can take in the sights—the river, the people and the many, many dogs—with one of their famous bloody Marys in hand. Hungry after that bracing exercise? Their thing is fresh seafood and Southern-style soul food—dig in.
Fitz & Potts
With a section of their menu set aside for dog treats, you will both feel perfectly at home out on the Astro-turfed, tiki bar-themed balcony at Nundah’s Fitz & Potts. Don’t tell your dog, but this kitsch joint is 100% vegan—that’s right, all food and bevvies are plant-based and tasty.
Most of you will know The Triffid as one of Brisbane’s best live music venues and we’re certainly not arguing that. But a lesser known fact about the Newstead venue is that it’s a puppy-friendly palace. From midday to 7pm, dogs are welcomed in the outside areas (deck and beer garden) and can join you as you listen to great music, drink in hand, food in mouth.
All In Brewing Co
Like beer? There’s plenty of great local breweries across the city where furry friends are welcome, but one of the greats is Banyo’s All in Brewing Co. With an onsite bar where you can sample their hoppy wares—the core and seasonal ranges—there’s also live music, food trucks and ample space to accommodate even the larger breeds of dog.
Welcome To Bowen Hills
Come one, come all, including dogs. All are welcome to the city’s first permanent food truck hub and laneway beer garden on King Street. Welcome To Bowen Hills is a laid-back indoors-outdoors venue complete with a milk bar and regular trivia nights. You (and your dog) don’t need to spend up big to have a good time here either, with 50c wings on Thursdays and Stingy Sunday Sessions.
Bulimba is a dog-friendly suburb, particularly the main drag of Oxford Street, bustling with cafes, bars, shops, a big oval and a breezy riverside walk at the end. If you’re looking for a spot to freshen up ad relax, stop in at Revel. They have a comprehensive menu of award-winning beers and rustic wood fired pizzas, they love dogs and on any given Sunday, you can share a pot with your pup—well, you get the pot, they can chow down on a complimentary dog treat.
The name Suburban Social seems perfectly fitting—located in the western suburbs, Chapel Hill signals the start of true suburbia, Brisbane’s barbeque belt and home to many-a-dog. The back courtyard and front benches are just the place for an arvo tipple and nibble with friends, or just with your dog. There’s nothing suburban about the food and drink on offer here, so do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a boutique gin or craft beer.
This Valley ale house is one of the very few places that lets you bring your dog inside to mingle with the crowd and the bar staff. Yard Doggs are famous for their wings and chilli dogs and have all the usual drinks, with a focus on beer. Test your tastebud grit with some of the death sentence wings, then get your dog to fetch you a big glass of water, STAT.
Sea Legs Brewing
Whether you’ve got two legs or four, test your sea legs at Sea Legs Brewing. Located at the bottom of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, plenty of pups and their owners often walk past, so next time you’re there, stop in to refuel and cool down at this microbrewery. There is a great shaded area outside for you and your pal and always full water bowls for important hydration.
The Defiant Duck
The dog days (the fun, tail-wagging ones) aren’t over, they’ve just begun at The Defiant Duck. Celebrate any occasion at this Gasworks’ restaurant, bar and function venue that specialises in American food. Sit outside and nobody will tell on you if you slip a tasty morsel under the table to your good boy or girl.
Kettle & Tin
Paddington would have to be one of the best suburbs to walk your pup. The walk from Boundary Road down to Suncorp Stadium works up a nice little sweat but is also littered with shops to peek in at. Pull up stumps at Kettle & Tin, with your dog at your feet on their front deck. Pup can slurp on some water, both can enjoy the passing traffic and you can (more importantly) enjoy a cold one. Hot tip: they do $5 dumplings on Friday!
Remy’s is a Paddo favourite, with great burgers and fries and an enticing blackboard listing all the beer, wine and cocktails available. Drive past on most arvos (def a Sunday) and the place is buzzing – in a casual, slightly hipster way. It’s a part deck, part pavement bar, set right on Given Terrace, so easy access for man and dog. Given its popularity, it’s also an easy place for your pup to bank up some serious pats.
Felons Brewing Co.
Looking for something a little more city, that doesn’t feel like city at all? Felons Brewing Co, down on Howard Smith Wharves has a grassy area, known as The Boat Yard, where friendly pups can join you and your crew. They brew their beer on site, down by the river with the cliffs as their backdrop and using local produce—how Brisbane is that?!t would only be right to sample a couple.
Lokal + Ko
In a Scandi-inspired setting, in a revived West End workers cottage you’ll happen upon Lokal + Co. Here, on their front deck, the goodest of boys (or girls) can make themselves at home and feel the chill vibes with you. Bonus, there’s a well-constructed menu that looks very part as delicious as it does clever. The cocktails are also on point—you must try the New Scandi Sour or Lokal Mule.
Ballistic Beer Co
Another one of Brisbane’s best and most loved breweries, by humans and dogs alike, Ballistic Beer’s HQ is a massive open industrial space with a heap of fresh brews on tap. Best of all, the Ballistic boys are mad for dogs, and even host the odd doggy event.
Want a drink, but plan on leaving Fido at home? Find Brisbane’s best craft breweries here.
Image credit: Welcome to Bowen Hills