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26 of Melbourne’s Top Dog Friendly Pubs

Melbourne is renowned for its vibrant culture and diverse culinary scene. We love that it’s also a haven for dog lovers!

For those of us who cherish spending quality time with our four-legged family members, finding a dog-friendly pub is a must. Before your next outing, check out our list of the best dog friendly pubs Melbourne has to offer.

Before heading out to these dog-friendly pubs, it’s advisable to check their current policies and ensure your dog is comfortable in social settings. With these options in hand, you’re all set to embark on a pub-hopping adventure, exploring the best of Melbourne’s hospitality with your beloved pet by your side.

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Best Dog-Friendly Pubs Melbourne

1. Marquis of Lorne

Located in Fitzroy, Marquis of Lorne is not only famous for its high-quality pub fare but also for its pet-friendly policy. The pub welcomes doggos into both its outside and inside dining areas, where families can choose a nice spot by the fireplace and pups can enjoy the ultimate crumb hunting position.

Marquis of Lorne, 411 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, (03) 9417 5001, hello@marquisoflorne.com.au

Marquis of Lorne

2. Kent Street

This lively bar on Smith Street in Fitzroy is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. 

Kent Street boasts a dog-friendly courtyard with water bowls and wooden boxes plus viewing windows for those enjoying a meal indoors. The friendly atmosphere and vintage vibe ensure a memorable experience for both you and your furry friend.

Kent Street, 201 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, (03) 8395 3105, inquiries@kentstbar.com

Kent St

3. Orrong Hotel

Situated in Armadale, Orrong Hotel is a charming pub with a warm and welcoming dog-friendly approach. This long-standing pub has been pouring pints since 1875, and with both a front bar and undercover courtyard suitable for pooches, your pup can roam freely while you indulge in a hearty meal and refreshing drinks.

Orrong Hotel, 709 High St, Armadale VIC 3143, (03) 9500 8992, hello@orronghotel.com

Orrong Hotel

4. The Union Club Hotel

For a dog-friendly beer garden where you can enjoy a sunny afternoon or a balmy evening with your canine companion, head to The Union Club Hotel in Fitzroy. The pub has a diverse menu and a wide selection of beverages to cater to various tastes.

The Union Club Hotel, Corner Gore & Webb Streets, Fitzroy VIC 3065, (03) 9417 2926, bookings@unionclubhotel.com.au

The Union Club Hotel

5. Newmarket Hotel

Nestled in St Kilda, the Newmarket Hotel is a classic pub that welcomes dogs in its outdoor seating area. This pet-friendly spot is a great choice for those looking for a cosy atmosphere and delectable pub fare.

Newmarket Hotel, 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda VIC 3182, (03) 9810 0087, info@newmarketstkilda.com.au

Newmarket Hotel

6. The Fox

Collingwood’s The Fox Hotel is renowned for its dog-friendly policy and warm hospitality.

With ample seating, delicious food and drinks along with a relaxed ambiance, this place is perfect for socialising with other dog owners while your pets make new friends.

The Fox Hotel, 351 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066, 03 9416 4957, info@thefoxhotel.com.au

The Fox

7. Great Northern Hotel

Located in Carlton North, The Great Northern Hotel boasts a fantastic dog-friendly beer garden where you can relax and unwind with your furry friend. The pub offers an extensive selection of craft beers and tasty food options, ensuring a fun experience for everyone.

And they love dogs so much here, they even have a dedicated instagram account @dogs_of_gnh which truly speaks to the dog lovers of Melbourne!

Great Northern Hotel, 644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North VIC 3054, info@gnh.net.au

Great Northern Hotel

8. The Aviary

The Aviary Hotel in Abbotsford is a haven for beer enthusiasts and dog lovers.

The cool and inviting courtyard is an ideal place to park your pup and enjoy an evening of great food and often live music.

The Aviary Hotel, 271 Victoria St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, (03) 9428 7727


Aviary Hotel

9. Caretaker’s Cottage

In the heart of the CBD, the Caretaker’s Cottage offers a casual dining experience in a cosy heritage cottage building. With dog beds and plenty of water bowls throughout, the entire venue is dog-friendly, making it one of the happiest places you could find.

Caretaker’s Cottage, 139-141 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, hello@caretakerscottage.bar

Caretaker's Cottage

10. College Lawn Hotel

For a spacious beer garden where dogs are more than welcome, head to The College Lawn Hotel, in Prahan. The laid-back vibe, extensive drinks menu, and delicious pub grub make it a great spot for dog lovers to relax with mates of both the human and canine variety.

The College Lawn Hotel,36 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181, (03) 9810 0074, info@collegelawnhotel.com.au

College lawn Hotel

11. Bodriggy Brewery

For a lively brewpub experience, head to Abbotsford for the dog-friendly Bodriggy Brewery. The outside area and inside foyer are perfect spots for pups and their owners to enjoy a meaty meal with plenty of merriment.

Bodriggy Brewery, 245 Johnston St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, (03) 9417 2293, froff@bodriggy.beer

Bodriggy Brewery

12. Republica

Relax and unwind at Republica, a restaurant and bar on the beach. The restaurant’s spacious sandy courtyard bar is dog-friendly and provides a stunning view of St Kilda Beach. 

Enjoy cocktails or craft beers along with a tasty meal while your pup enjoys the fresh air and new surroundings. On weekends it’s a spectacular location for live music in the courtyard.

Republica, 1A – 1D, 10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182, (03) 8598 9055, 



13. Monty’s

For one of the best dog friendly bars Melbourne has to offer, Fitzroy North’s neighbourhood gem Monty’s Bar warmly welcomes man’s best friend.  

Dogs are invited indoors where you can enjoy a tipple from the tidy drink selection, as well as a tasty pizza from Red Olive next door. 

Monty’s Bar, 209 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068


14. The Palace Hotel: South Melbourne

With a resident pooch of its own, The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne stands out for its dog-friendly beer garden. It’s the place to be for sports on TV, while you enjoy a hearty meal and drinks – and say hello to the pub’s dog, Billy the Staffy.

The Palace Hotel, 505-507 City Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205, (03) 9682 3177, info@thepalacehotel.com.au

The Palace Hotel South Melbourne

15. The Lord Newry Hotel

For a dog-friendly courtyard, vintage decor and cosy couches by the fire, head to The Lord Newry Hotel in Fitzroy. This charming pub offers a range of beverages and a menu filled with mouth-watering dishes, guaranteeing a good time for both you and your furry friend.

Complete your visit with a sniff at the nearby Edinburgh Gardens for the perfect dog-family outing.

The Lord Newry Hotel, 543 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, (03) 9481 3931, info@lordnewryhotel.com.au

The Lord Newry Hotel

16. Stomping Ground

With three different locations in Melbourne, Stomping Ground is one of the most popular beer halls welcoming families and their four-legged friends.

Beer lovers can sample an exciting variety of brews while doggos explore and make new furry friends. At all three locations, the atmosphere is lively and the food is delicious. Read our review for Collingwood here.



100 Gipps St, Collingwood VIC 3066, (03) 9415 1944, collingwood@stompingground.beer

Bookings – stompingground.beer/collingwood


9 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin VIC 3189, (03) 8560 3116, morrismoor@stompingground.beer

Bookings – stompingground.beer/morrismoor


Terminal 3 (Virgin Australia), Melbourne Airport, (03) 9335 2877

Stomping Ground

17. Auburn Hotel

Nestled in Hawthorn East, Auburn Hotel is a delightful addition to our list of Melbourne’s best pet friendly pubs. With a charming outdoor area, this pub welcomes dogs, providing a perfect setting for a relaxing evening with your canine friend. Enjoy their extensive drinks menu and delectable cuisine while your pup basks in the outdoor space. 

Recently refurbished and complete with a playground, this pub is great for human kids too.

Auburn Hotel, 85 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3122, (03) 9810 0032, info@auburnhotel.com.au

Auburn Hotel

18. Prince Patrick Hotel

Located in Collingwood, the Prince Patrick Hotel is a beloved local pub with a dog-friendly courtyard. Serving Melburnians since 1887, this pub offers an extensive drinks menu featuring 9 beer taps and a nice selection of local wines to pair with pub classics, ensuring a refreshing experience for you and your pup.

Prince Patrick Hotel, 135 Victoria Parade, Collingwood VIC 3066, (03) 9419 4221, 


Prince Patrick Hotel

19. Pilgrim

For a unique experience by the Yarra River, Pilgrim is the place to be. This waterside pub welcomes dogs in its outdoor seating area, offering picturesque views and an extensive selection of beverages. It’s an ideal spot for a leisurely afternoon with your furry companion.

Pilgrim, Vaults 15-19 Federation Wharf Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9654 9575


20. The Rainbow Hotel

Bring your pooch to make friends with the resident pub dog named Twitch, at The Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy. With a vibrant atmosphere, the popular outdoor area is perfect for socialising with friends, both human and canine, while enjoying a variety of drinks and tasty pub snacks.

The Rainbow Hotel, 27 St David St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, (03) 9419 4193, info@therainbow.com.au

The Rainbow Hotel

21. The Wharf Hotel

Enjoy a feed and a pint alongside your pooch at The Wharf Hotel. Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, the outdoor area is a comfortable spot for dogs (and their humans) to enjoy watching all the comings and goings of the river and its boardwalk.

The Wharf Hotel, 18 – 38 Siddeley Street, Melbourne VIC 3005, (03) 9810 0097, info@wharfhotel.com.au

The Wharf Hotel

22. Yarra Hotel

In Abbotsford, the Yarra Hotel is a hidden gem loved by locals and has a fun-loving, dog-friendly atmosphere. With a cosy outdoor area, this pub offers a relaxed setting for you and your pup to enjoy their selection of drinks and pub fare.

Yarra Hotel, 295 Johnston Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, (03) 9417 0005, info@theyarrahotel.com.au

Yarra Hotel

23. Royal Oak

Royal Oak is a recently restored classic pub that welcomes dogs in its outdoor seating area. This local favourite situated in Fitzroy North, offers a range of beverages and a friendly ambiance, making it a great spot for pet owners to unwind.

Royal Oak, 527 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, (03) 9428 4200, royal.oakrichmond@alhgroup.com.au

Royal Oak

24. Lulie Tavern and Full Moon Fever

Lovers of rock will love Lulie Tavern and its rooftop bar, Full Moon Fever. Providing a unique experience for patrons and their pets, the venue provides tasty burgers, fried chicken, beer and rock ’n ’ roll. 

Stop by Victoria Park located across the road for a run-around before or after your visit.

Lulie Tavern, 225 Johnston St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, 0437 626 885, hello@lulietavern.com

Lulie Tavern and Full Moon Fever

25. The Carringbush Hotel

Situated in Abbotsford, The Carringbush Hotel is a pet-friendly pub that offers inventive versions of meaty pub grub on its completely meat-free menu. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor area, allowing you to enjoy their selection of drinks and pub food while your pup socialises with other furry friends. Live music with a piano player can be enjoyed on most evenings.

The Carringbush Hotel, 228 Langridge Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, contact@carringbushhotel.com

The Carringbush Hotel

26. Leadbeater Hotel

The Leadbeater Hotel is a classic corner pub in Richmond, boasting regular events such as trivia, drag bingo, and live bands. Dogs are welcome indoors so everyone and their fur-friends can enjoy this bustling bar for a meal and a drink or two.
Leadbeater Hotel, 1 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, (03) 9421 4160

Leadbeater Hotel

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