Bars & Pubs

The Top 10 Dog-Friendly Pubs In Melbourne For 2024

By Claudia Goundar

Arriving at the local watering hole with your best mate by your side is unmatched. You’ll take a swig of a pint and your furry companion dives into the communal watering bowl. You both look up at each other—it doesn't get much better than this.

Melbourne/Naarm’s pub scene embraces four-legged companions, from old-school institutions to 100-year-old hotels, some even have their own resident pooch. Offering water bowls and a spacious beer garden, these establishments ensure that doggos can partake in the hospitality as much as their human counterparts. For those seeking dog-friendly pubs in Melbourne, here are Urban List's top recommendations for 2024:

Orrong Hotel

709 High Street, Armadale

A retro leaning dining room at a dog friendly pub in MelbourneImage credit: Orrong Hotel | Supplied

Orrong Hotel is a 150-year tenure and one among many of Armadales’s architectural masterpieces, serving up pub classics, plated both in the front bar and dining room. 

Enveloped with eight open fireplaces and outside heaters, this establishment exudes warmth, complemented by its wooden furnishings, making for the ultimate winter destination to keep yourself and your doggo toasty.

The Lord Newry Hotel 

543 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North 

The pub behind a green brick frontage in Fitzroy North,  The Lord Newry Hotel is a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Gardens, meaning you can enjoy a pint after taking your dog for a run.

The laid-back spot with classic pub fare offers a large outdoor dining area for doggos to stroll around. If street-side dining is your forte, be prepared for locals to shower your dog with affectionate pats

The Marquis of Lorne

411 George Street, Fitzroy 

A dog friendly pub in Melbourne standing on the corner of two streetsImage credit: Marquis Of Lorne | Supplied

While Marquis of Lorne lacks a traditional beer garden, they warmly welcome (and love) dogs inside on the ground level, so you can expect to see lots of dogs lounging under tables.

Bringing a modern twist to pub culture, you can feast on a hefty cheeseburger or freshly shucked oysters while your four-legged friends eagerly await a chip treat.

Great Northern Hotel

644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

The Great Northern Hotel, a laid-back 1880s watering hole with a swarming beer garden and pub grub, embraces man’s best friend as much as it does humans. They even have a dedicated Instagram page, Dogs Of GNH capturing pups relishing the establishment.

Doggos simply need to enter and exit through the beer garden gate on Pigdon Street, so if they’re not vibing with another woofer, the exit is in close reach. The spacious area means pups can also join in on the footy shenanigans on the big outdoor screen and indulge in customary parma scraps —a rite of passage.

Bodriggy Brewing

245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford 

A man standing at a dog friendly pub bar in MelbourneImage credit: Bodriggy Brewing | Supplied

The Abbotsford warehouse takeover, Bodriggy Brewing has quickly become a local hangout and with good reason, it's a one-stop shop comprising a brew pub and bottle shop with a dining area. 

With spacious areas, good beer, dog-friendly tables outside and a doggo-welcoming foyer area as well as an easy wide exit for dogs needing a bathroom break, this venue ensures pups are as much a part of the experience as their human companions. 

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Newmarket Hotel

34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

Tucked away from the chaos of Saint Kilda’s foreshore, New Market Hotel amasses a throng of locals and tourists alike. With classic pub grub on the menu, your furry friend will be salivating at the thought of your leftovers. While there’s a dog-friendly outdoor area, if your pup fancies a dip in the ocean or a romp in the sand, St Kilda Beach is conveniently nearby.

The Standard Hotel

293 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy

Wine glasses hang from the ceiling at a dog friendly pub in MelbourneImage credit: The Standard Hotel | Supplied

Hidden behind a somewhat austere exterior, The Standard Hotel is a charming Fitzroy pub with one of the best beer gardens in town. 

While it may not be immediately obvious when you walk through the venue, this hotel is indeed dog-friendly. Walk out the back and you’ll find an abundance of trees, vines and greenery, making for a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a beer with your canine companions and friends. 

The Palace Hotel

505 City Road, South Melbourne 

The Palace Hotel may just stand out as the friendliest of dog-friendly pubs with its very own resident pooch, Billy the Staffy. Its beer garden is spacious with half undercover, meaning your pup can choose to bask in the sun or seek shade, and there are plenty of water bowls to ensure Billy among other pups stays well hydrated.

College Lawn Hotel

36 Greville Street, Prahran 

A huge yellow corner pub that is also a dog friendly bar in MelbourneImage credit: College Lawn Hotel | Supplied

While furry friends must be on a lead at all times at College Lawn Hotel’s expansive beer garden, Prince Gardens is located only a few blocks away, offering ample opportunity for off-leash play once you’ve finished your pint. Shaded with umbrellas and equipped with water bowls, the garden ensures your pup can rest comfortably away from the sun on warmer days. 

Prince Patrick Hotel 

135 Victoria Parade, Collingwood 

Prince Patrick Hotel emerges as a Collingwood institution with a remarkable 135-year tenure. Despite its weathered exterior, don't be fooled—the food and drink options are top-notch, offering nine taps pouring a variety of craft beers. 

The best part of this dog-friendly venue is that they can join you everywhere, both inside and on the covered patio which is dotted with water bowls.

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