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​Pet Friendly Bars and Pubs in Melbourne


Having a pint at the pub isn’t the same without your furry little friend, so we've put together a list of some of pet-friendly bars and pubs in Victoria...

What better way to enjoy a brew with your furry crew then in one of Melbourne's finest beer gardens. We have put together a list of pawsome venues you can bring your four-legged friends to. Whether you've had a ruff day, are feeling a bit husky or just want to enjoy a drink with your best mate in the sunshine, we have it all covered. Find out who the local canines are, how to make your pooch a superstar on their social media pages and what pet-friendly events are happening in pubs and bars around Melbourne. What better way to enjoy a hair-of-the-dog then with your own!

Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North

Founded in 1883, this fine establishment is one of Melbourne’s top pet-friendly pubs. The Great Northern Hotel has a large, open courtyard with plenty of room for you, your mates and most importantly, your best mate. Great Northern Hotel has proudly welcomed dogs with open arms since the legislation regarding dogs in beer gardens passed. The venue also encourages patrons to bring their pooches in. You don’t have to worry about getting through the 22 beers they have on tap without your four-legged friend by your side ever again! Not only is the beer garden 100% pet friendly, their entire venue is assistant animal friendly making it a great place for everyone to enjoy. Check out their Instagram page @dogs_of_gnh and see if you can make your best bud famous.

Great Northern Hotel trading hours include Mon 11am-11pm, Tues-Sat 11am-12am and Sun 11am-10pm

Photograph: @dogs_of_gnh

The Fox Hotel, Collingwood

The Fox is another pet-friendly pub with a magnificent open beer garden you can bring your best mate to. Not only is The Fox pet-friendly, but also family, vegan and vegetarian friendly making it a great place for everyone to enjoy. At The Fox, the beer garden and rooftop deck are both hidden away from the main streets of Collingwood, making it the perfect place to relax and wind down with your pooch. Dogs are not the only four-legged friends you'll find here as well, we've spotted a cat once or twice! We are yet to hear of any fox sightings, but we will keep you in the loop if we do.

The Fox Hotel is open Mon-Thurs 3pm-late, Fri-Sun 12pm-late

Photograph: foxhotel.com.au

Kent Street, Fitzroy

Kent Street in Fitzroy is a pet-friendly bar where you can perch outside with your pal. By pal we don’t just mean dogs, they’ve been known to have a couple of feathered friends swing by too! Smack bang in the middle of Smith Street, they label themselves "an institution for the local arty folk and lonely hearts," a badge they wear proudly. Judging by the Dogs of Kent, we find it hard to believe the part about the lonely hearts! The menu also includes jaffles so you can dine with your dog, in addition to trying their extensive selection of beers. Don't forget to take a photo of your pooch and hashtag #dogsofkent to be featured on their social media page.

Kent Street is open 7 days from 10am-1am (except Sundays, 12pm-1am)

Photograph courtesy of Kent Street

Dr Morse, Abbotsford

This venue is tucked right next to Victoria Park station in Abbotsford. Dr Morse is so pet-friendly, they even do a monthly event called Wolfgang Sunday: Beers with your best friend. It allows locals to bring their pups to the decent sized beer garden and give them free reign. Dr Morse also invites pet rescue initiatives, local dog food artisans and any other dog lovers to stop by. If that isn’t enough, $1 from every select brew sold is donated to rotating charities.The name for Dr Morse came from the unveiling of a mural whilst renovating the establishment, which was an advertisement of “Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills”. Along with Dr Morse’s remedies and the company of your best mate, you can also enjoy their creatively put together Asian-inspired menu. What better place for a puppy, pub playdate!

Dr Morse is open Sun-Wed 11:30am-11pm and Thurs-Sat 11:30am-1am

Photograph: @drmorsebar

The Penny Black, Brunswick

This restored post office nestled in the middle of Brunswick’s famous Sydney Road, is the perfect place to bring your pooch. As stated on their website, The Penny Black aims to keep everyone happy, including pets! The venue doesn't only have a 50 person side walk seating area, but a massive 500 person beer garden, which pets are welcome to as well. The Penny Black provides water bowls for all four legged friends and you never have to worry about the shortage, we’ve been told the staff race to fill them up so they can say hello to your furry friend. Other than being super pet-friendly, The Penny Black is known for their live music, movie nights and cheap pizzas.

Penny Black is open Mon-Thurs 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am and Sun 12pm-11pm

Photograph: @the_pennyblack

Railway Hotel, South Melbourne

This old school pub in the back streets of South Melbourne has been serving quality food, beer and wine since 1856. One you step into the time machine, which will take you back a few decades, you will be greeted with the largest beer garden in South Melbourne. They also have a publican dog, Indi the samoyed who lives at the venue. With pasta night on Mondays, steak night on Wednesday and half price tap beer during happy hour on Fridays, there’s more than enough for you and you pal to get excited about. Railway Hotel has both street trading and a beer garden where dogs are welcome and provide water for those hot and sunny days. Keep an eye out for the other local pooches, fat George the bulldog and Howie the Shoodle.

Railway Hotel is open Mon-Tues 4pm-late, Wed-Sat 12pm-late, Sun 12pm-11pm

Photograph courtesy of Railway Hotel

Republica, St Kilda

At Republica, their dog water bowls always full, but that's not the best thing this place has to offer, it’s also right on St Kilda beach. Hounds are welcome in the large outdoor, beachfront garden where patrons can meet other tail-waggers not only at the venue, but also the ones passing by. This establishment iconic to St Kilda and also Melbourne, creating a great atmosphere and relaxing vibes. Republica doesn't only supply you with drinks, but they supply water bowls for your pooch as well! Here you can sit outside with your fluffy friend, sip on a cocktail or two and watch the sunset over the beach. What more could you and your best pal ask for!

Happy hour is Monday to Friday between 5-6pm.

Opening hours for Republica include Mon-Fri 11.30am till late, Sat-Sun 9am till late

Photograph courtesy of Republica

Don't forget to pick up after your pooch, keep them on a leash if they're known to be a bit mischievous and respect the staff and other patrons. If you plan on heading to any of these venues on the weekend, some may get pretty rowdy so if your dog doesn’t enjoy the large crowds, best to check them out during the week.

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