It aches to leave them at home. You tell them they can’t come and it hurts. But what if they could go?
If you know where to look, Sydney has got plenty of pubs and bars more than willing to let your beloved pooch come sit inside or enter into the beer garden. Some will even give ’em a drink or a treat. Hurray for everyone! And a woof, too.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, some of these restaurants are currently closed to the public. We’ve done our best to provide up-to-date information, but please always check before you go as things are liable to change.
1. The Albion Hotel, Parramatta
For the love of dogs, The Albion Hotel welcomes pooches of all sizes into its beer garden. There’s just one rule: they’ve got to get to be out by 8pm.
📍 135 George Street
2. Bondi Beach Public Bar, Bondi Beach
Back open, Bondi Beach Public Bar is excited to have you and your furry friend on the premises. And to celebrate, they’re giving everyone a massive 50% off for the whole month of August.
📍 180 Campbell Parade
3. Frisco Hotel, Woolloomooloo
Pups are welcome downstairs at the Frisco Hotel, which makes it perfect for when the weather turns a little sour. Even still, downstairs is packed with sixteen draught beer variations and $15 meal deals all week long (except Sundays, which is $25 for the Roast and Red).
📍 46 Dowling Street
4. Arcadia Liquors, Redfern
A smallish bar serving up cheap drinks and toasted sangas which refuses to be anything other than the neighbourhood’s local watering hole. And since this is a local favourite, it does get busy later in the day, so keep that in mind when taking Buster out for the night.
📍 7 Cope Street
5. The Green Park Hotel, Darlinghurst
No dogs on the dancefloor! Aside from this one rule, your pooch can be big or small, timid or cheeky, fluffy or scruffy. It makes no difference for the folks at the Green Park Hotel, affectionately known as The Greeny. So, go for a walk, meet up with your mates, and have a chat over a game of pool.
📍 360 Victoria Street
6. Peg Leg, Pyrmont
Throw an eye-patch on your pooch and she or he will feel right at home at the Peg Leg in Pyrmont, the non-snob tavern where everybody is welcome. Although, don’t be surprised if your friend gets special treats and you don’t.
📍 11A Pyrmont Bridge Rd
7. Botany View Hotel, Newtown
Inside and outside, no matter where you sit, your best mate is sitting down with you at the Botany View Hotel. They’ve even got a dog in their logo, so it’s pretty clear that these guys are pup-friendly.
📍 597 King Street
8. The Lord Raglan, Alexandria
Once upon a time, The Lord Raglan was just any old pub, but now it’s a craft beer haven that lets man’s best friend inside. There are sixteen beers on tap, pinball machines, a pool table and a menu that will surely have some puppy-dog eyes keen for a bite. But just so you can eat in peace, ask the bar staff what they have in the way of doggie snacks.
📍 12 Henderson Road
9. The Clock Hotel, Surry Hills
It doesn’t matter their size, it doesn’t matter their shape, so long as they’re on a leash and don’t act like a mean-arse-drunk, they’re allowed inside (in the front bar, at least) and out. Keep an eye out for The Clock Dog Parties, too — the perfect day out for pooches and parents alike.
📍 470 Crown Street
10. Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst
Dogs form part of the local community and at Darlo Bar, they’re recognised for doing their part in helping us feel loved, and are always welcome. So next time you need to get out of the house, grab your pooch and treat them to a day at the pub full of belly rubs.
📍 306 Liverpool Street
11. The Erko, Erskineville
The fact that it’s serving up some of the best pub food across Sydney is just one of the reasons why you should check out The Ersko. Another reason is that they also help you celebrate the most important birthdays in the family — that of your four-legged pampered pooch.
📍 102 Erskineville Road
12. Miss Wolf, Marrickville
BYO dog and BYO food at this Marrickville local run by a local. At Miss Wolf you can sample local and/or imported wines, local ales and try one of their cocktails expertly mixed by some of the friendliest bar staff around.
📍 285 Marrickville Road
13. The Marrickville Hotel, Marrickville
Another bar that does away with all the fancy-schmancy and keeps the essentials, like allowing dogs inside as well as serving up quality beers and toasties. Big dogs welcome too.
📍 244 Marrickville Road
14. The Taphouse, Darlington
Keep your pup at least four metres away from the kitchen door, and you’re all good at The Taphouse to choose from over 60 beers on tap while old mate gets all the attention s/he deserves.
📍 122 Flinders Street
15. The Vic on the Park, Marrickville
Self-described as a home away from home for locals in the area, this adage is extended to dogs of all sizes, colours and breeds. There’s incredible food being dished up in the kitchen, a big screen for big games and even a basketball court on the premises.
📍 2 Addison Road
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