You know that feeling when you really want to go out with friends but you also just really want to hang out with your dog all night? Thankfully many of Melbourne’s best bars don’t make you choose between the two.
No French winebar would be complete without a dog-friendly policy! This new bar in the heart of Armadale adjoins King’s Arcade so your pooch can sit next to your table like a good French dog while you dine in on French wines and French cheeses and slowly morph into a fully-fledged Parisian.
Your dog will hear the excitement before they see it as you approach the beer garden at the College Lawn Hotel. Tucked away in a private pocket of Prahran, this dog-friendly pub not only encourages you to bring your best friend for its afternoon walk, but also holds regular ‘dog events’ that they advertise on their website.
One look at their Instagram account says it all: @dogs_of_gnh is essentially a slideshow of the many well-dressed hipster pups that grace their huge beer garden every day. With good outdoor heating and lots of pooches to play with, this is basically doggy crèche with alcohol for the humans.
St Kilda’s best-kept secret is perhaps the upstairs deck at The Local Taphouse which is actually dog- friendly. Not only do the security guards love patting your pup on the way in, but it’s not that well-known that this is a safe place for pooches so your dog will likely be lavished with all the attention from other bar-goers.
You could forgive your dog for mistaking Madam Brussels for a very up-market park in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD. With plenty of astro-turf, jugs of Pimm’s and staff dressed in their very best tennis whites, this is one garden party that any well-pampered pooch will feel very comfortable at.
Other great dog-friendly bars:
The Yarra Hotel – 295 Johnston St, Abbotsford
The Fox – 351 Wellington St, Collingwood
Monty’s – 209 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
The Palace Hotel – 505-507 City Rd, South Melbourne
Railway Hotel – 280 Ferrars St, South Melbourne
The Rainbow Hotel – 27 St David St, Fitzroy
Republica – 10/18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
Union Club Hotel – 164 Gore St, Fitzroy