The best dog friendly bars and pubs in Melbourne

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The best dog friendly bars and pubs in Melbourne

The best dog friendly bars in Melbourne
Photo: Samantha Schultz
Words by Ben Lamb

Here are the best dog friendly bars and pubs in Melbourne, perfect for beers, wines, cocktails, pub food and enjoying all Melbourne has to offer with your four-legged friends.

On our list of the best dog friendly bars and pubs in Melbourne, there’s a huge variety of pubs, cocktail bars, and breweries with expansive outdoor spaces perfect for you and your pooch to spread out and enjoy the weather as these warmer months roll around. There are also a number of spots that hold a few events throughout the year to celebrate man and woman’s best friend.

You can also check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive guides to the best bars and pubs in each suburb and street here.

If you’re a local and don’t have a dog, also check out the best bars and pubs in South Yarra here, Abbotsford here, and Richmond here. If you’re keen to journey somewhere a little bit secret and ‘underground’ instead, check out our list of the best hidden bars.

You can also check out Melbourne’s most comprehensive guides to the best bars and pubs in each suburb and street here.

The best dog friendly bars and pubs in inner Melbourne

The Palace Hotel: South Melbourne

Head to the Palace Hotel in South Melbourne if you and your dog are massive fans of all things food. The Palace has a stacked menu, you can how into things like pizza, chicken burgers, salads, pies, Bolognese, chips, roast, and lots lots more that you can dive into on the Palace’s website here.

The Tipsy Cow Malt & Vine Co.

You never would’ve thought Melbourne has a cocktail bar that’s suited for you and your dog, but The Tipsy Cow Malt and Vine Co is the answer. Located in the heart of Port Melbourne, you can soak up the sun with a nice glass of Moet Chandon or two. They also have a cool function pack available if you want to throw your dog’s party check out more info on that here.

Pilgrim Bar

In what seems like an ideal spot, Pilgrim bar is located right on the Yarra near ACMI. This spot focuses on providing customers with high-quality Australian wines and freshly produced grub, like beetroot hummus, wedges and a fancy meat board. You and your four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy all Pilgrim has to offer outside.

The best dog friendly bars in Collingwood

Prince Patrick Hotel

Prince Patrick Hotel has been a staple of the Collingwood pub scene since back in 1887, slinging tasty beer, killer service, and mouth-watering pub grub. More info about Prince Patrick Hotel can be found here.

The Fox Hotel

The Fox Hotel is one of Collingwood’s most popular watering holes and is arguably one of the best spots to head to with your dog as it gets a little bit warmer. More info about The Fox Hotel can be found here.

Stomping Ground


Another iconic brewery allows you and your doggo to bond over a pint or two. The Stomping Ground even hold regular doggo pub crawls, keep an eye on their Insta here for the next time one rolls around.

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The Wharf Hotel


If your dog loves a water view, The Wharf Hotel is a must visit bar. Located on the Yarra, this spot’s expansive outdoor section is perfect to enjoy a drink and chill with your pooch. On top of that, there’s a selection of food on offer which you can check out here.

The best dog friendly bars in Fitzroy

The Standard

Fitzroy is home to many of Melbourne’s popular watering holes, but few compare to The Standard. Their cool beer garden makes for some beautiful photo opps for that Insta page you set up for your dog. Check out more info on The Standard here.

The Rainbow Hotel

The Rainbow is the kind of place you can kill many hours on the weekend with pals, their pets, and a few pints. While you’re here, you can also enjoy tasty burgers, gnocchi, and plenty more.

The Lord Newry Hotel

Located near the popular Edinburgh gardens, the Lord Newry is a staple for many in the Fitzroy region. There’s a mix of food on offer, pizzas, Indian bhajis, burgers, and lots more that you can check out here. Alongside Daisy, Max, Milo, or whatever your dog’s name is, you can grab a pint and pizza at the Newry and enjoy your time with them.

The Marquis of Lorne

The Marquis of Lorne brings modern vibes to pub culture. Their dog friendly spaces can be enjoyed with mouth watering food, they’ve got items like rockling burgers, pork cutlets, sirloins, and plenty more. Their wine list is nice and extensive too, there’s a selection from France, Italy, and many Australian drops.

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Oh Loretta

Oh Lorretta is yet another wine and cocktail bar ideal for you and your pooch to visit. They love pets, so chuck on their new collar and see what Oh Loretta is all about. More information can be found here.

Monty’s Bar

Monty’s has come to life courtesy of a bunch of mates who have experienced bar life in Melbourne’s most iconic spots. You can enjoy brews from Coldstream, Coopers and plenty more, check out their Insta here for more info.

Wesley Anne

  • Address: 250 High St, Northcote
  • Vibe: Vintage, retro and bluestone
  • Dedicated Menu: You betcha! 

One of the best bars in Northcote, period. The Wesley Anne is uber-dog friendly, with an expansive outdoor beer garden with a fabulous fireplace and chic op-shop decor. Inside is dropdead gorgeous bluestone, and there’s plenty of live music happening all the time.

Welcome to Thornbury

Much alike Welcome to Brunswick, Welcome to Thornbury is like an Australian hawker centre, a bunch of food vendors surrounding a spacious outdoor space, suited for you, your pet and many mates. There’s also Trivia every Thursday, if you’ve ever thought of starting a trivia team with your dog.

St Kilda’s favourite pooch-loving venues

Trinity St Kilda

If you’re a St Kilda local, you may even have attended a church service at Trinity, in its former life as a chapel hall. It’s now an outdoor drinking haven, complete with food trucks and lots of room for your four-legged companions. The bar is stocked with a selection of the best local brews and drops, like Balter, Mountain Goat, and Seville Estate to name a few.


Continuing our journey to find the best dog friendly bars in Melbourne takes us right around St Kilda to Republica, located right on the beautiful St Kilda beach. As the weather gets a little bit warmer, Republica is the spot to soak up the sun with your pooch and enjoy a cool drink or two.

Newmarket Hotel

The Newmarket Hotel has been a staple of the St Kilda scene for a number of years, servicing much of the region with yum pub grub. You can take your pooch pals to the outdoor section of the Newmarket and maybe share a parma, or maybe just grab a bowl of chips for them.

Dog’s Bar – 54 Acland St

  • Address: 54 Acland St
  • Vibe: Classic architecture, great food.
  • Live music: All the time
  • Outdoor area: Limited outdoor seating
  • Dedicated menu: Share plates

Well duh. Dogs are definitely allowed and encouraged out the front of this staple of the St Kilda scene since 1989, providing customers with some of the best food and drink in the region.

There’s lots of great food here, some awesome share plates and finger foods if you love that kind of thing, if not, there’s an aptly titled menu called I Ain’t Sharing – full of massive main meals to chow down on. Their massive wine list is means enough to head there, got some amazing bubbles, rose, white and red, check out the full list here.

Keep an eye on the link above, Dog’s Bar are aiming to incorporate live music into their venue sometime in the future. Check out some more info and book in Dog’s Bar here.

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The Great Northern 

There are beers, beers and more beers at The Great Northern, one of the most classic destinations on this list of the best dog friendly bars in Melbourne. It’s a classic Melbourne pub that offers nice spaces to spread out with your dog and mates. You can eat pub classics like a Parma, calamari, and plenty more. Check out what else The Great Northern has on offer here.

The best dog friendly bars in Footscray

Mr West

If you bond over beer with your furry buddies, Mr West is a must visit venue. There’s lots of cool drinks available, to name a few, there’s classics like Espresso Martinis and Negronis, red, white, and a bunch of beers on tap that you can check out here. There’s also select food available, check out that menu here.



Zymurgy brings chill vibes to the West Footscray region, slinging up quality chicken and beer. You can grab a whole chicken at this dog friendly bar in Melbourne’s west, two serves of chips, house pickles, and salad for $58, the perfect thing to share with your pooch and mates in their outdoor beer garden. More info on Zymurgy can be found over on their website here.

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College Lawn Hotel

The College Lawn Hotel has the feeling of an old-school fashioned pub, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you enter. You can grab all your favourite classics here: calamari, fish and chips, parmas, and plenty more that you can check out here. Your doggo is welcome at the College Lawn too, as long as they stay on a lead, and stay outside.

Holy Grail

– Address: 67 Chapel St
– Vibe: Nautical and comfortable
– Live Music: Acoustic or DJs
– Dedicated Menu: Too many great things to list

Windsor’s Holy Grail is one of Melbourne’s coolest bars that you can head to all year round. It’s nothing like you would’ve ever seen before, it resembles an old ship, with private areas and stained-glass windows, you can chill out in an area with your mates without getting in the way of anyone else. Chill about dogs and just about everything else.

Inside-inside it’s totally lux, with leather couches that you sink into and lots of spots to have a nice quiet, comfy hang-out. Plus it has one of the largest street seating arrangements on Chapel, s gorgeous electric fireplace, and it’s dog friendly. They’ll usually have DJs on weekend nights and they offer some cool stuff too, beers, wines, spirits and plenty of tasty cocktails like a lychee concubine, which tastes as amazing as it sounds.

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Jamsheed Wines

If your two favourite things are wine and your pooch, Jamsheed Wines is heaven among the dog friendly bars in Melbourne. The Preston-based spot gives a fancy winery vibe to the city suburb. There are high-quality wines on offer, and if you find your new favourite, you can buy it to take home. You can find more info and menus on Jamsheed Winery’s website here.

Moon Dog World

If you’ve ever been to a Melbourne bar or pub, there’s no doubt you’ve come across brews from Moon Dog. They’ve got an amazing beer garden ready for you and your dog, and you can share a Burger, Parma, Tacos, and much more that you can dive into here.

The best of the rest

Auburn Hotel

Hawthorn’s Auburn Hotel is a a dog friendly bar in Melbourne that’s basically a pub with a bit of everything: cocktails, food, beer, and wine. Is there anything else you need?

KAIJU! Cantina

If you don’t want to head all the way into the city to enjoy a beer with your pooch, KAIJU! Cantina can be found in Melbourne’s suburbs, and gives half the venues in the city a run for its money. While you’re here, you can enjoy a selection of mouth-watering pizza and a pint or two, check out more info on KAIJU! Cantina here.

Welcome to Brunswick

Another awesome outdoor experience among the best dog friendly bars in Melbourne, Welcome to Brunswick has the makings of a summer staple alongside your four-legged furry friends. There’re many specials on offer, like $10 pints, and a $50 bottomless BBQ every Thursday. If BBQ isn’t your cup of tea, there’s also a bunch of affordable burgers too. Check out more info here.

Bone Head Brewing

Bonehead Brewing is a treat among the best dog friendly bars in Melbourne as it doubles as your classic modern Melbourne brewery. Industrial style interior, and a few tables perfect for you and your four-legged friends. On the food front of things, they’ve got tasty jaffles and every now and then there’s a food truck on site slinging fancy pizzas.

Check out more info about Bonehead Brewing here.