Sydney’s 10 Best Dog-Friendly Pubs
Never be in ruff company when you visit the best Sydney Dog-Friendly Pubs
For some of us, we often find the company of our furry friends better than most humans out there. Not everyone shares the same sentiment, as dogs are not always welcome in Sydney establishments. But we’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s 10 best dog-friendly pubs so you can still hang with your four-legged friend and be social at the same time. It’s all about pints and pooches in this guide so read on!
The London, Paddington
This pub fancies themselves the ‘best dog-friendly pub in Sydney’ and considering a number of puppy pictures gracing their Instagram, we may be inclined to agree. Drop by The London Hotel in Paddington for some pub grub with a modern twist, good banter from the staff and patrons and a cool drink or two for you and pup.
The pubs beer garden is the perfect place to sit back, relax and puppy watch with your pooch. If you get hungry try the 250gm Rump Steak, a pub classic served with London fries, salad and your choice of mushroom, pepper or Paris butter sauce ($25). If you can’t finish that all yourself, your furry friend will happily take over. Feeling a little shady? Get on a $10 Bloody Mary on Sundays and chase that hangover away.
The Beresford, Surry Hills
The large leafy courtyard at The Beresford in Surry Hills is dog friendly every day of the week. In the past the pub has even opened its doors to everyone who wanted to strut their mutt and threw a doggie fashion show. If you and your doggie are a little more low key, settle down in the courtyard and order up a few beers and some good food.
The mushroom arancini with cheese fondue ($15) makes for a great share plate. But if you don’t feel like sharing with your (furry) friends, the barramundi fillet served with zucchini, cherry tomatoes and black olives ($28) makes for a delicious lunch or dinner. Be sure to pair that up with one of the pubs signature cocktails like the Queen Nadine ($18), made with Beefeater gin, St Germain elderflower, pineapple and mint and maybe a classy bowl of water for your doggie.
The Sheaf, Double Bay
The Sheaf is an Eastern Suburbs institution. What young Eastie hasn’t spent hours of fun here? It only seems appropriate that you introduce the pub to your pup. Last year, The Sheaf underwent some extensive renovations, revealing a new and improved beer garden that is open for both humans and dogs to explore. Offering up exciting entertainment most nights of the week, an evening at The Sheaf offers some solid bonding time with your mates and their furry shadows plus some top notch sips and nibbles.
The queen of tarts cocktail jug ($34) is a delicious blend of Absolut vodka, peach, pink moscato, mint, passionfruit, citrus and soda and will occupy you and your mates for a short while (best to find other entertainment for the pups though). Be sure to add a classic pub steak (of which the pub does extremely well). There’s no doubt in my mind that The Sheaf will be added to your dogs favourite list of Eastie pubs after one visit.
The Henson, Marrickville
The Henson is open to kids of any species, whether they be your human kids or your little furry babies, so definitely one of the better Sydney dog friendly pubs. With a whole shed dedicated purely for children’s entertainment and doggie bowls at your pups disposal, this is the place for you to sit back and unwind while the dogs can entertain themselves. Sometimes even puppy parents need a couple hours of sanity to themselves.
This local watering hole has a vast menu filled with high quality, organic produce. The knuckle sandwich ($19) is a super hearty sandwich filled with wagyu brisket, fennel slaw, swiss cheese, smokey mayo on rye plus chips. No doubt you can spare a few of those chips for your forever hungry dog. But if that curious, wet nose is getting on your nerves, send them away to play and you can enjoy your meaty sandwich in peace.
The Norfolk, Redfern
The Norfolk‘s doors are open to everything and everyone, kids and dogs included, making it one of the best Sydney dog friendly pubs. The pubs shady beer garden at the back is the perfect place for a Sunday session, for both you and your dog. Order up a few snacks and a drink or two and you and your puppy playmate are in for one relaxing afternoon.
The mac and cheeseballs ($15) with banana ketchup will cater to all your cheesy (maybe hungover) cravings. Otherwise if you’re craving something more satisfying, try their Chilli Beef Nachos with crema, corn, tomato salsa, gauc and mozzarella ($19). That hearty meal will be enough to fill you up. Hair of the dog? The Norfolk have four different kinds of Bloody Mary’s ($16) to choose from. Say hello to a Bloody BBQ (Bourbon, Antica, smokey BBQ, lemon juice, Mary Mix and tomato juice)on a Sunday arvo!
The Grand National, Paddington
Let your dog decide where to settle down at The Grand National because they’re allowed anywhere in the front bar as well as outside. So many options! If that wasn’t enough to love, at the local Paddo pub the menu will take the cake. You can’t go wrong with the famous ‘nash burger ($20) though that may leave behind a few big puddles of saliva. But could be worth it with the beef burgers mouthwatering caramelised onion, tomato chutney, cheddar and secret sauce fillings. Add a glass of bone dry white wine and that’s one enjoyable bonding session with you and your four legged friend.
The Grand National
161 Underwood St, Paddington NSW 2021
Mon – Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
The Greens, North Sydney
Fear not, the best Sydney dog friendly pubs continue over the bridge as well. And where else but at the beautiful wide open spaces of The Greens in North Sydney, an outdoor mecca for pub and pup lovers alike. Home to an aviary plus a petting zoo on the weekends, this neighbourhood eatery is a pet lovers dream which we think is paw-istively paw-esome!
Bring your well behaved fur babies and leave them to bask in the sun while you tuck into some lunch and bubbly. The house smoked ocean trout salad ($22) with pickled cucumber, mint, coriander salad, Vietnamese sour dressing will perfect the summer vibe at The Greens.
Gazebo, Elizabeth Bay
You may have spent some time around the parks of Elizabeth Bay taking your dogs for many a stroll but every once in a while, head to the area for an afternoon of cocktails. Gazebo in Elizabeth Bay is a charming wine bar with a lovely outdoor area that can cater to both you and your dog. If you’re just there for some afternoon chill time, opt for a refreshing cocktail such as the ‘Rose Fizz’ made with Haymans Gin, Prosecco, rose and rose water syrup with limes and petals. Throw in some classic Oysters ($36/dozen) and that’s one chilled afternoon on the water. And if your dog is getting a little restless, the park isn’t far away.
The Carrington, Surry Hills
The Carrington opened its new and improved doors last year and has welcomed canines making them one of the top Sydney dog friendly pubs. Dogs are allowed everywhere throughout the pub, so you can truly have a doggie dinner date with your pup anytime you please. And no sneaking bits of steak from your own plate either. The Carrington offers a four legged friend menu and lets your dogs indulge in either Steak and veggies ($5)or Beef Tartare ($5). Sydney dog friendly pubs don’t really get much better than that!
For all the humans out there, The Carrington is known for its steak and wine. But don’t let that stop you from exploring the menu further. For a winters day, try the super tasty Beer Battered Barramundi ($24) served with fries, limed tartare sauce and watercress. We wouldn’t say no to serving that alongside a glass of red vino.
The Bucket List, Bondi Beach
While dogs aren’t allowed to cavort amongst the waves at Bondi Beach, at The Bucket List, you can give them the next best thing. Furry friends are allowed in the front terrace section of the bar (so long as they’re on a lead), giving you and your four legged buddy the perfect view to enjoy over some fresh prawns and Coronas.
While your dog delights in the view and befriends all the other dogs there, you’ll be able to relax and take in that chilled, beach vibe. Evoke that summer feeling all year round with one of their signature cocktails like the Life’s Peachy ($17), a breezy blend of Aperol , Absolut peach, lemon, soda and lemonade. The Grilled Haloumi and Polenta Fingers served with walnuts, honey and za’atar ($16) are the perfect accompaniment and your dog won’t complain either.
The Bucket List
Bondi Pavilion, 1 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sydney NSW 2026
Mon & Tues 11am-5pm, Wed – Sun 11am-12am