Dog lovers, rejoice! More and more venues in and around Sydney are catching onto the fact that leaving our four-legged friends at home while we go out and have all the fun is just too darn hard—after all, they’re not called a man’s best friend for nothin’! Stop by at any one of these dog friendly bars in Sydney next time you and your buddy are out for a jaunt. Just don’t give old Spot any beer, mmkay?
Gorgeous dog-walking opportunities abound in pretty as a picture Double Bay, and where better to quench your thirst after a brisk walk than Eastern Suburbs institution The Sheaf? The recently renovated beer garden provides ample shady spots for your pooch to rest his weary paws while you kick back with a cold one, and the added bonus of live entertainment six nights a week makes it the perfect end stop to your summer evening strolls.
One of Sydney’s oldest boozers, you can always count on The London for a good feed, a great selection of beers and a friendly hello, so it’s no surprise the Paddington pub welcomes our furry friends too. Dogs can join their owners anywhere within the light-filled downstairs bar and spacious outdoor courtyard, so pull up a pew and while away the afternoon with pup in tow.
Surry Hills darling The Winery has an elegance and charm that you might not immediately associate with being dog-friendly, but in actual fact, the wine bar happily accommodates friends of the four-legged variety in its leafy outdoor courtyard. Tucked away from the buzz of busy Crown Street, the garden-like oasis is a dreamy locale to enjoy a glass or three of rosé while furball snoozes at your feet (or looks longingly at your food).
No, those aren't just little humans enjoying the beer garden at The Henson. This Inner West favourite is super friendly to both canines and owners alike (especially those owners' tastebuds, because the food here is excellent). While you're out back, don't forget the cheese and treats out front at Grocery and Grog. Warning: you will struggle to resist puppy dog eyes when you dig in to the charcuterie.
Pups are welcome in the courtyard at the Surry Hills local any day of the week, so you and your furry friend can head on down for some good eats (well, it's up to you how much you let your dog eat) and some good drinks (don't feed your dog beer, mmkay?).
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen
Sydney summers don’t always play fair, and when those rains kick in, the last place any of us want to be is outdoors—dogs included. Luckily, The Duck Inn is a pub like they used to make ’em, all cosy nooks, Sunday Roasts and plentiful craft beer. But the best bit? A dog friendly welcome both inside and out. We think you may have just found your new home away from home.
The Grand National
A favourite amongst those in the know, The Grand National is a bit of a mecca for pub-loving dog owners in Sydney. Dogs are allowed anywhere within the front bar as well as outside, and water bowls are provided. Don’t leave without trying one of the pub’s famous steaks, although be prepared for someone to be salivating at your feet throughout!
The Bucket List
Your pooch may not be allowed to frolic on the sands of Bondi Beach, but he can do the very next best thing and gaze upon it from the dog-friendly safety of The Bucket List. The shorefront favourite is famed for its outdoor area and chilled, beachy vibe, and the bar’s vicinity smack bang in the middle of the legendary promenade makes it an ideal stop off for a few cheeky ones mid-walk.
The Lord Dudley
Located in the quiet and picturesque neighbourhood of Woollahra, The Lord Dudley is a classic pub with an old English feel. Water bowls and dog parking are provided outside the pub where pedigrees of all shapes and sizes can get acquainted with one another, while owners gather over drinks in the sunshine before heading inside for hearty dishes such as The Lord Dudley’s signature beef and guinness pie.
Quirky Surry Hills stalwart The Norfolk is a favourite among young and old thanks to its strict ‘all welcome’ policy—dogs included. The beer garden at the back of the venue is always busy, but its good size means it rarely feels overcrowded, so dogs can chill out in peace whilst their humans lose track of time over tacos and delicious cocktail jugs.
It’s hard to tell who’s more welcome at The Carrington—the dogs or the people! Tail-waggers are made to feel right at home in all areas of the no-frills venue, which reopened earlier this year to the relief of many. The laid back pub is all about old school traditions; good food, good drinks and good fun, with doggie treats and water bowls available for all four legged friends, and an equally good food and drink offering for their owners.
Take a stroll past Coogee Pavilion any day of the week, and you’re likely to see a motley crew of canines from Shih Tzus to Saint Bernards gathered outside the popular beachfront venue. The Pavilion offer cute outdoor dog parking bays and leave out water bowls for thirsty pups to enjoy, while you grab a tasty bite or a quick drink inside. Just don’t be surprised if fido has gained himself a new fan club by the time you return!
Image credits: The Beresford, Coogee Bay Pavilion