The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in Melbourne

The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in Melbourne


The Best Dog-Friendly Pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne has plenty of great dog-friendly pubs all over the city and surrounds, just waiting for you and your best friend to kick back and socialise. If you're a Melbournite, or just visiting for the weekend, we have you covered - here are the best dog-friendly pubs in Melbourne, according to Pawshake.

  • The Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North
  • The Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy
  • The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne
  • The Auburn Hotel, Hawthorne
  • College Lawn Hotel, Prahan

Needless to say, the best dog-friendly pubs in Melbourne all of provide water bowls for thirsty doggos and designated outdoor dog-friendly areas. 

The Great Northern Hotel

644 Rathdowne St, Carlton North 

The Great Northern Hotel is a down-to-earth, spacious and welcoming north-side haunt. It has a very accommodating dog-friendly beer garden out the back, with a dedicated Instagram account to it’s many doggo guests. 

The beer garden is a great spot to enjoy a craft beer and watch the footy on the large outdoor screens with your pooch by your side.

The Union Club Hotel

164 Gore St, Fitzroy 

This lovely local favourite has a spacious, covered outdoor area that is both dog-friendly and perfect for the unpredictable Melbourne weather! 

Your dog can chill out with you while you enjoy the food from the Union Club’s amazing menu (the parma is one of the best you’ll find around Melbourne).


The Great Northern Hotel in Carlton North is a local dog-friendly favourite.

The Palace Hotel

505-507 City Road, South Melbourne

On the south side of the city is the lovely Palace Hotel, with craft beers on tap, pub favourites on the menu and a relaxed local vibe. 

The cheeky doggy logo gives away just how adored pets are in this place, and leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans in the beer garden. 

The Auburn Hotel

85 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn

Heading east, you can find yourself at the grand old Auburn Hotel in Hawthorn. This 19th Century beauty has a touch of style, but is still relaxed enough to come and enjoy a mouth-watering meal while watching the footy or a game of bingo. 

Dogs are welcome to chill out in the comfortable outdoor area featuring shady spots and astroturf.

College Lawn Hotel

36 Greville St, Prahran

The College Lawn Hotel welcomes pups to their beer garden, and even celebrated ‘National Dog Day’ with a Yappy Hour of free treats to four-legged patrons! Check out their 'Dog-Friendly' Instagram stories to see some of the cute clientele in action.

This is a sport-loving spot, with an extensive food and drinks menu to make everyone happy.

Melbourne is a really dog-loving city and, with these great dog-friendly pubs, your four-legged friend never needs to miss out on the fun.

If you have a meet and greet coming up with a dog sitter, why not arrange a cheeky pint with your pooch by your side as you get to know your new dog sitter? You might make a great new friend at the same time.

If you're visiting Melbourne - why not plan a holiday there with your dog? Flying or taking a road trip with your dog around Australia has never been easier. If you are planning to fly with your dog, ensure they are crate trained and choose an early morning or late evening flight to ensure the weather is nice and cool. If you have dogs with breathing issues (for example, pugs) please consult with your vet before booking a plane trip.

If you are taking a road trip, make sure you stop every couple of hours for your dog to have a stretch and go to the toilet.

Melbourne has plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options and activities such as walking trails, dog-friendly parks and, of course, dog-friendly pubs and cafes. If you get stuck, you can also book doggy daycare with a local Pawshake dog sitter If you ever find yourself wanting to visit a museum or non-dog-friendly activity.

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