With tons of sun and space, Sydney is a dog lover’s dream. If you don’t want to leave your pup at home while you duck out for drinks or linger over a long lunch, you don’t have to! These dog-friendly bars and restaurants are open to canine customers – and some of them even cook food and put on events especially for them. Paw-fect.
The Vic on the Park
To make your Sunday session even sweeter, head to The Vic in Marrickville – which might just be one of the most dog-friendly bars AND SPOTS in Sydney. It even has a special hashtag for furry friends: #dogsofthevic. The pub has water bowls and Schmakos, plus a huge back deck and carpark that often hosts dog shows and fundraisers. If your pup is itching to run free, there’s a park right across the road.
At this Surry Hills pub, dogs can roam around wherever they like, as long as they’re on a leash. The Carrington takes their puppy love to a new level and whips up doggy dishes that sound just as fancy as human food, such as beef tartare, steak and roast veggies. The cherry on top? Dogs eat free on Sundays! It also holds pet-friendly events from time to time, so take a squiz at the website to see what’s coming up.
Public House Petersham
Mark your calendars. One of the chicest dog-friendly bars in Petersham hosts an annual ‘Doggy Day’ that is pretty much every dog’s idea of paradise, with snuggles, treats and games galore. Its four-legged fans are allowed almost anywhere in the venue, but the best spot is in the outdoor beer garden. It’s covered, so you can chill there in rain, hail or shine, and the Public House team has nibbles on hand to keep the pups happy.
Say hi to your new local. Spread across three levels of a Paddington terrace, The London has it all: from daily dinner specials, sports games, and an epic Sunday roast that goes down well with $10 Bloody Mary’s. Oh, and it’s a dog-friendly bar, with your pet allowed in the downstairs bar and outdoor courtyard, which is heaving (with hotties) on hot summer nights.
Crossing the bridge now to the Northern Beaches, where this mega-pub sparkles as much as the sunkissed locals. You can order buckets of fresh prawns, play ping pong, or sip on cocktails while looking cute in your new outfit, and do it all with your dog in tow. They’re welcome throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of The Newport, as long as they stay on a lead. We’ll take it!
It’s day drinking season, and The Winery is the place to be. Its leafy laneway garden doesn’t just provide the perfect backdrop for those Insta photos – it’s also BYOD, if you want. A long wine list, city skyline views, and adorable dogs running around… Now that’s a happy hour!
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen
Chippendale is having a major moment right now, and The Duck Inn can take some of the credit. The gastropubs is as cosy as it gets, with plush couches, timber tables and a crackling fire pit. When you have your four-legged friend with you, head to the beer garden, where they’re bound to find some buddies to play with. While that’s happening, feast on the delish signature dish: a whole, honey-roasted duck with crispy potatoes and veggies.
Can Cava Pintxos & Wine
Move over, tapas: pintxos is our new obsession. Think of it as the Spanish version of sushi: bite-sized portions of food are served on toothpicks, and you can eat as many as you like. At the end of the meal, you’ll pay according to how many toothpicks you have. In Bondi, Can Cava dishes up a bunch of small bites (get the cheese croquettes and zucchini tortillas), wine and sangria, and the outdoor area is open to dogs. PS. This wine bar is perfect for date night!
This inner-west winner has a serious case of puppy love. Led by MasterChef finalist Jamie Fleming, Wilhelmina’s is a restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner most days of the week. It’s set in a gorgeous sandstone building, and the menu stars local produce – which tastes even better when you can eat it with your pup at your feet.
First came The Grounds, then Bread & Circus, and now Cooh. Alexandria is a foodie’s idea of paradise, and a pet lover’s one too. If you can’t – or won’t – go to weekend brunch without a) your top-to-toe activewear and b) your dog, Cooh has you sorted. The healthy haven has a verandah that’s lovely and sunny and dedicated to dogs. There are water bowls and snacks on hand, which is a good thing because the coconut pancakes aren’t made for sharing!
This Darlinghurst restaurant is the definition of rustic-chic. The sandstone building was a farmhouse in a past life, and now, it’s a three-level playground for drinking and dining. There’s a dining room, a bar, a private dining loft that’s always booked for birthdays and events, and our favourite feature: a cobblestoned cellar with wall-to-wall wines. The best bit? Pooches are permitted throughout The Commons. When it’s chilly out, settle into a table by the roaring fire, order a bunch of share plates and watch live music.
If you’re not from Sydney (or have more recommendations), what dog-friendly bars do you love?