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Moon Dog Wild West

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  • Footscray
  1. Man riding a bucking bull.
    Photograph: Arianna Harry Photography
  2. Pool tables at Moon Dog Wild West.
    Photograph: Arianna Harry Photography
  3. Plate of apple pie with cream and a cocktail on a wooden table.
    Photograph: Sam Schultz
  4. A burger and fries next to a cocktail with a pickle in it.
    Photograph: Sam Schultz
  5. Two people cheersing with cowboy boot-shaped shot glasses.
    Photograph: Sam Schultz
  6. Diner cutting into ribs, chips and salad.
    Photograph: Arianna Harry Photography
  7. Graffiti on the old Franco Cozzo building.
    Photograph: Sam Schultz
  8. Moon Dog team smiling with drinks.
    Photograph: Arianna Harry Photography
  9. Person holding a taco filled with guacamole.
    Photograph: Sam Schultz

Time Out says

Thanks to the fun-loving crew at Moon Dog, Footscray will be home to Melbourne's craziest beer drinking playground in 2024

18 April 2024 update: Cowboys, hold your horses! A previous version of this article stated the opening date as April 18. We've just been informed that the launch has now been postponed. For more information or any enquiries regarding bookings or other concerns, you can contact the Moon Dog team on (03) 9428 2307.

Saddle up, partner. Moon Dog Wild West is storming into the old Franco Cozzo building in Footscray with plans to be the biggest beer lover's venue in Melbourne's west.

At an impressive twice the size of Preston's Moon Dog World, the venue will span three levels with more than 100 taps and enough space for a merry flock of up to 800 patrons. We haven't been this excited about a new beer venue since, well, the last opening from the Moon Dog crew. After all, these guys sure know how to put on a good time – and the Wild West outpost is going to be the biggest and most ambitious booze-soaked wonderland of the lot. 

You can anticipate a fun Wild West theme throughout, with swinging saloon doors, a bucking bull, horseshoe booths, a games arcade, a ranch-themed kids' play area and a barrel ageing room. But that's only the first floor, with the fun continuing upstairs. 

Head to the second floor and you'll discover a honky tonk bar and live music stage, with pool tables, a jukebox and a balcony lounge. There's even a secret 'pianola bar' to swill a tipple of bourbon with others in the know. In good news for those who prefer their cocktails to their beers, Moon Dog has revealed that three-time Australian Bartender of the Year, Chris Hysted-Adams has swooped in to curate a special drinks list. 

To line your belly for all the liquor, there'll be a menu of American barbecue bites, plus Tex Mex on the rooftop (yes, there's a rooftop!) and Moon Dog's crowd-pleasing gastropub classics. Think jalapeno poppers, buffalo chicken ribs, Mexican-style prawn cocktails and monster barbecue bacon burgers. Of course, you can chase all that down with a Pickleback shot!

"With a venue of this size, we know we could achieve something that hasn't been seen before and really go bigger than we ever have," said Joshua Uljans, Moon Dog CEO and co-founder. "We're hoping to create somewhere for people to enjoy the outrageousness of it all!" 

We've also just heard word of Moon Dog Wild West's Western Bull Riders Club, an exclusive bucking bull riding league. Sign up as a foundation member now to snag a loot of goodies valued at $150, an invite to the new venue's pre-opening event and a range of additional, tasty perks.

As a member of the Bull Riding League, you'll also get your name on the 'Bull Riders' board, a record of all scores, regular competitions nights and entry to the annual Western Bull Riders Championship. If you were looking for a new hobby in 2024, this could be it.

It's shaping up to be a huge year for Moon Dog, with the local brewery also in plans to open two more venues: Doglands at Marvel Stadium (with room for more than 1,500 patrons) and a new Frankston venue by the sea. Watch this space for more details. 

For more info and to book a table, head to website.

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Lauren Dinse
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Lauren Dinse


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