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A shot of Mutti the shaggy dog lying down on a rug at Grub Food
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Dog-friendly pubs in Melbourne

Next time you're taking Rover for a walk, factor in these fine establishments

By Time Out editors

Dogs are our best friends, after all, so why shouldn't we take them to the pub? Chill out over a pint and a parma with your human and furry mates at Melbourne's puppy-friendly watering holes.

Don't have a dog? Keep warm and cosy at these pubs with fireplaces. Once Fido's gone back to his kennel, head out to the best late-night bars in town. 

According to advice from the Department of Health, Victorians can currently only leave their houses for four reasons: to get food and supplies, to get care or give care, to exercise, or to work if it can't be done at home. Please check with the venue directly to see if they are operating for takeaway at this time. 


Bars St Kilda

Dogs love the beach, so chill out in this sandy St Kilda courtyard with your pup day or night before you hit the water. 



Bars Fitzroy North

Neighbourhood bars are as essential to a community as the local pub or chip shop, so it’s no surprise that when Fitzroy North’s Monty’s opened locals welcomed it like an old friend. Happily, the bar also welcomes man’s best friend. 

Madame Brussels

Bars Melbourne

Enjoy a cocktail and a cupcake on Madame’s AstroTurf balcony overlooking the city without leaving your furry friend behind. Well-behaved pups are welcome during the day.  

Dog at College Lawn Hotel
Photograph: Supplied

College Lawn Hotel

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Prahran

The busiest area of this pub is invariably its sprawling beer garden, where you and your pup can enjoy the game. 


Kent Street

Bars Fitzroy

Party inside while the dogs party outside. There are water bowls, and they can chill out on the wooden boxes along the path. 


3 out of 5 stars
Bars Melbourne

This outdoor bar on the Yarra is the perfect spot to park your pooch while enjoying a few drinks. NB: On weekends there are also plenty of toddlers running around, so your dog is likely to get lots of pats.


The Rainbow Hotel

Bars Fitzroy

Nothing trumps a pub with a dog. Twitch is the chocolate-nosed patron saint at the Rainbow. You'll find him doing the rounds in the covered courtyard out back, angling for pats from pool players, smokers and jeering footy fans. You can bring your own pooch to make friends.

Dog at the Wharf Hotel
Photograph: Helen Black

The Wharf Hotel

Restaurants Docklands

You and your pup can spend some time by the water in the beer garden of this hotel. 


Yarra Hotel

Bars Abbotsford

There are too few good old-fashioned boozers these days, but this one has a friendly vibe and a dog-friendly beer garden.


Two Row

Bars Fitzroy

The folks at Two Row are very happy to see your pooch – and you'll be very happy to see all the craft beer on offer.


The Fox

Bars Collingwood

Bring your pup with you for a casual mid-week beer and a classic pub meal in the open courtyard of this Collingwood institution. 


The Union Club Hotel

Bars Fitzroy

Your furry mate will love hanging around the beer garden and people-watching through the fence into the backstreets of Fitzroy. 

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Bartender at The Curtin
Photograph: Ryan Noreiks

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