The round-up: bark up the right tree at Brisbane’s best dog-friendly bars and cafes
Dogs are so, so great. They are the most pure creatures on earth and we do not deserve them. Right, now that that’s out in the open we can get down to business – people with pooches are generally keen to take their furry mates everywhere they possibly can, but unfortunately the world we live in is sometimes cruel and prohibitive. It’s ruff (!), but we’ve taken paws (!!) and done the digging (!!!) to sniff out (!!!!) Brisbane’s best dog-friendly bars and cafes. From dedicated hashtags to pup-centric treats, these venues appreciate that it’s a dog’s life.
Atticus Finch, Paddington: As lovers of pooches and legendary fictional lawyers, the folks at Atticus Finch know a thing or two about how to run a dog-friendly cafe. The simple and tasty fare on offer will keep you busy while your mate can hang out slurping from the water bowls out front.
The Burrow, West End: Every Sunday at The Burrow is day of the dog! From noon the cafe-come-bar offers some great specials for humans (as well as beer from Brew Dog and Moon Dog), plus plenty of dog-friendly treats.
Ginger & Rose, New Farm: Just when you thought Merthyr Road’s newcomer Ginger and Rose was already charming enough, it’s pooch-friendly vibes make it a must-try weekend brunch spot. The cafe serves up doggie ice-cream from Hugo’s Ice Creamery, as well as puppycinos and vegan dog treats made in house.
Little Black Pug Cafe, Mount Gravatt: Pug life! Louise and Josh Daly of Mount Gravatt coffee and brunch spot Little Black Pug are owners of Bowie and Mate – two beloved black pug cross-breeds. The duo created a pooch-friendly menu including puppycinos, sweet potato, liver, beetroot and carrot treats, and doggy ice-cream from Hugo’s Ice Creamery.
Hope and Anchor, Paddington: Where else in Brisbane can you feast on a gourmet chip butty washed down with a pint of ale whilst your dog sits lovingly at your feet, gazing up at you with drooly chops just begging for a bite? Hope and Anchor’s gastropub vibes and outdoor bench seating make it a winner for dogfathers and dogmothers alike.
Fitz + Potts, Nundah: This Nundah favourite has pitched itself as a safe space for dogs and their humans since day dot, establishing a rep as a great place to go for a steamy jaffle and a cheeky tipple with dog/s in tow. The cutesy kitsch fit-out also makes it a prime location for very Instagram-worthy snaps.
Badminton Brew, Mount Gravatt: If you’re looking to score some serious brownie points with your fur-covered pal, then we suggest treating them to brunch at Badminton Brew. Not only can you chow down like royalty, your pup can also munch on handmade treats from Rustic Ruffs while they enjoy a puppycino. Honestly, sometimes owners deserve a good pat when they have an idea as good as this.
Plenty, West End: There are pups aplenty to be found at these West End digs, and they don’t discriminate based on size. The teal and timber warehouse-style space on Montague Road has a brand-new outdoor section that’s a perfect space for munching on wholesome eats from the Plenty kitchen.
Sassafras, Paddington: As far as dog-friendly bars and cafes go, Sassafras has all bases covered. Your fur-babies are more than welcome to join you here in the large backyard garden area. There’s no shortage of dog treats and the menu for people is an absolute delight. Day or night, this is a prime locale for dog-lovers.
The Scratch Bar, Milton: BYO dogs and food is a pretty sweet deal, and that’s exactly what you get to do at The Scratch. This Milton bar’s extremely lax pooch policy is a heckin’ godsend – bring your furry friends along to keep you company as you sip on regularly rotating craft brews.
Mickle Pickle, Tingalpa: Conveniently located 300 metres away from a dog park, Mickle Pickle is a ray of breakfast and brunch sunshine. The astro-turfed outdoor area has plenty of hitching posts and water bowls for pups, and the staff will happy partake in cuddles and tummy scratches for all four-legged patrons. There are also heaps of toys to play with (for less furry and more human children).
The Gardens Club, Brisbane City: Tucked away in the City Botanic Gardens near the Riverstage, the outdoor area of The Gardens Club is always teeming with pooches. There’s plenty of space on the terrace and in the courtyard for dogs of all sizes, with the added bonus of the Gardens at your doorstep for pre- or post-brunch walkies.
Black Lab Coffee, Tarragindi: Any cafe with a resident pooch for whom the establishment was named is bound to be dog-friendly – it just makes sense. Black Lab Coffee’s four-legged mascot Audrey can often be seen lounging on the doorstep, and one look at their social media will give you an inkling for how they feel about dogs.
Quincy’s Bar and Cafe, Grange: Whether you’re swinging through for a coffee or settling in for a wine and some charcuterie, Quincy’s is accommodating for all comers. Outdoor seating offers a sunny spot for dogs and their humans, so don’t hesitate to grab the leash and bring your bud next time you venture out.
The Wickham, Fortitude Valley: Having a beer with your best mate can be tricky when they can’t drink because they’re literally a canine, but at least you can bring them along to the beer garden at The Wickham. The bright astro turf, cute decor and fancied-up pub food make it a great all-rounder for you and your dog.
Green Beacon Brewing Co, Teneriffe: ‘Dogs in pubs’ are three words that just sound really delightful together. What could be sweeter than knocking back a fresh Green Beacon frothie and enjoying food truck favourites to the tune of Mr Burger and Phatboys with your best four-legged mate by your side? Dogs aren’t just banished to a post outside, either – you can bring them into the venue on a lead.
Todd & Pup, Moorooka: If it’s got pup in the name, you know the love for dogs is real. Todd & Pup is a killer spot to take your pooch – while you munch on a fresh, seasonal breakfast your furry mate can cop a handmade natural dog biscuit from Barking Bickies. Be sure to snap some Instagram pics and use the #dogsoftoddandpup hashtag to spread the joy.
Revel Brewing Co., Bulimba: Bulimba’s main drag of Oxford Street is chock-full with dog-friendly outposts, but if you’re after a leisurely beer-garden vibe then Revel Brewing Co. should be your first port of call. Every Sunday afternoon the brewery hosts pups and pots events, with free dog biscuits for pooches that come along for a session.
The Gettin’ Place, New Farm: Pug in a highchair? Cavoodle in the courtyard? This is something you’re more than likely to see at the very dog-friendly venue The Gettin’ Place. The ever-rotating menu is packed with tasty and affordable options, and there are plenty of cosy corners for you and your pup to sit and savour a nice cup of joe. Added bonus: they’re always playing awesome music.
Brown Dog Cafe, Woolloongabba: Another giveaway namesake, the Brown Dog Cafe is no stranger to a bit of canine-friendly action. Chow down on a Big Dog’s Breakfast with all the trimmings while your dog gets showered in love and affection from passers-by.
BLVD Bar & Cafe, North Lakes: Yo North Lakes! Your canine prayers have been answered – BLVD not only serve up some damn tasty fare, but they are fans of all things doggo. Not content with just a hashtag, the folks here have created a whole dang Instagram account dedicated to the more hairy visitors that come by the establishment.
Brewski, Petrie Terrace: If you take your brews and chews as seriously as you take your love of your pooch, Brewski is the place to go. This bustling Caxton Street bar has craft beer for days, a mouth-watering selection of eats and a dedicated vegan menu to boot – all-around animal lovers. There is ample street seating where you and your fur-baby are both welcome to hang.
Ballistic Beer Co., Salisbury: There’s nothing more wholesome than sinking a schooner with your schnauzer or a tinnie with your terrier, so Ballistic Beer Co.’s brewery and cellar door in Salisbury is the perfect spot to spend some quality time with your two-legged and four-legged mates.
All Inn Brewing Co, Banyo: Was there ever a more delightful combination than ice-cold beers, rockin’ food trucks and a dog-friendly vibe? This Banyo gem has these things in abundance, with the industrial-style space making for a perfect pit stop for you and your doggo. As an added bonus, you can grab a growler to take home and keep the good times rolling.
Lokal & Co, West End: Man, the Scandinavians have really got it together. If Ikea and progressive politics weren’t enough, the proof is in Lokal & Co., the West End eatery and bar with a distinct Nordic influence. Take to the sunny astro-turfed courtyard out the front and feast on delicious fare with a cheeky twist.
Cribb Street Social, Milton: Cocktails, charcuterie, good times and dogs – what’s not to love? This Milton day-to-night dining hotspot offers a huge outdoor area where pooches are more than welcome, so it’s the perfect spot to stretch out in the sun and enjoy some Mediterranean-style eats with your fur children in tow.
The Brunswick Project, New Farm: A nice spacious deck is generally a good indicator that a venue will be pet friendly, and in the case of The Brunswick Project this clue rings true. Not only can you chow down on delicious modern Australian fare paired with award-winning Rosso Roasting Co. coffee, you can do it out in the breeze with your pupper pal.
Suburban Social, Chapel Hill: One thing dogs know how to do extremely well is to live their best lives, which is easy to do at a place like Suburban Social. The Chapel Hill hang exudes friendly and laid-back vibes, boasting a spacious courtyard that is ideal for sunshine brews and chews with your furry friend. Warning: the food here may induce serious puppy-dog eyes and drooling.
Slipstream Brewing Company, Yeerongpilly: Slipstream’s cellar door has turned into a local hub for brew lovers to knock back a tipple or two. What good would a community hangout be if dogs weren’t allowed? Thankfully the Slipstream crew are more than accommodation for pooches, so bring your furry friend along next time you need to top up your growler.
Alcove Cafe, Wilston: Since 2012, Wilston’s Alcove Cafe and Deli has been a sweet spot for brunch hunters and coffee cravers, but we can’t forget the furrier members of our family. Pups are welcome to join while you snack and sip!
Saabi on Manson, Hendra: Always accepting of four-legged friends is Hendra’s Saabi on Manson. With outside seating areas and a fenced lawn on site, there’s plenty of room for a comfortable doggy day out. Also, Saabi on Manson’s Instagram page is a treasure trove of adorable pooch pics – well worth a follow.
Lady Marmalade, Stones Corner: Since its overhaul in August 2017, beloved Stones Corner haunt Lady Marmalade has upped its interior capacity, meaning that there is all the more room outside for those with puppers in tow. Pull up a chair in the breezy outdoor area and feast on all-day breakfast delights like eggs bennie, Mexican refried beans and French toast.
WATT Restaurant, New Farm: Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy riverside serenity. After throwing the ball around at New Farm Park, trot on over to WATT’s outside dining space and soak up some atmos with your best pal.
Jan Powers Farmers Markets: If you’re the sort that loves choices, Jan Powers has got your back. These iconic markets in The City, New Farm, Manly and Mitchelton all boast a killer selection of the best fresh produce going around, as well as plenty of stalls serving up delicious nosh for you to eat one-handed – perfect for when you need to keep your other hand free for the dog leash.
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