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.
Sassafras: 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.
Atticus Finch: 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.
Cafe Noma: Northside peeps are truly blessed to have a place like Cafe Noma, where the owners understand that dogs are a huge part of people’s lives. With ample outdoor seating options, creatures great (Danes) and small (Chihuahua style) can hang out while the cafe dishes up speedy, easy and tasty breakfast and lunch options.
Hope and Anchor: 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: 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.
Plenty: 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.
The Scratch Bar: 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: 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: 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: 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.
The Wickham: 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.
Our Place Coffee Garden: Backing onto a dog park, we’d have to be pretty silly to skip out on Our Place Coffee Garden as a place to bring your pooch. Puppacinos and dog treats abound at this cute cafe in Victoria Point, which also serves up killer coffee and sweet bites for humans – plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, too!
Canvas: Anyone for a cocktail? At Canvas, you don’t have to compromise – you’ll often find dogs chillin’ out the front while their owners sample some of the most innovative and tasty tipples in Brisbane. The gang from Canvas are launching a new summer cocktail list in mid-November, so it’s a perfect excuse to bring your mates (furry or not) and try new things.
Green Beacon Brewing Co: ‘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: 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.
The Gettin’ Place: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Happy Boy: Who’s a good boy? More accurately, who’s a good and Happy Boy? This rad Valley spot serves up some of the most delicious and diverse regional Chinese food we’ve ever tasted, not to mention a seriously swoon-worthy wine list. The venue’s recent relocation means that we have been gifted with a giant outdoor deck that is extremely dog friendly day and night. Woohoo!
All Inn Brewing Co: 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: 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: 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: 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.
LVY Kitchen: If your animal-loving instincts extend to your dietary choices, you’ll love the pet-friendly vibe at plant-based eatery LVY Kitchen. Feast on wholesome homemade fare such as bircher muesli, smashed avocado and nourish bowls, then stretch your legs with a jaunt in the adjacent park – pawfection!
Humpybong Distilling Company: Despite the fact that they are a different species, it turns out canines know a fair bit about gin. What better reason to bring your pooch along to the Humpybong Distilling Company for some locally distilled goodness? Whilst dogs cannot partake in the booze for obvious reasons, they can hang out with you while you sip and snack to your heart’s content.
Suburban Social: 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.
Lady Marmalade: 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.
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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