These days, heading out for a session at your local needn’t mean leaving Rover at home. Sydney’s dog-friendly status is up there among the best, and you’ll find a whole host of pubs and bars where pooches are welcomed just as eagerly as their human counterparts. After all, what pup doesn’t enjoy kicking back in a beer garden? Grab that leash – here’s our pick of Sydney’s best dog-friendly pubs.
The Annandale Hotel Dog-Friendly Pubs
Pups are basically akin to rockstars at The Annandale Hotel, which has ‘puppy burgers’ on its menu and boasts an Instagram page full of happy, wet-nosed visitors over at #dogsofthedale The dog-friendly pub’s crowd of loyal regulars includes a pretty hefty canine contingent, there to enjoy the spacious beer garden, lots of attention and some pretty top-notch food.
The Beresford Hotel
Surry Hills
The Beresford Hotel Dog-Friendly Pubs
Famed for the dog show that takes over its courtyard each summer, it’s no secret The Beresford Hotel is one of Sydney’s most dog-friendly pubs. All year round, canine mates are welcomed with open arms and pats aplenty, free to roam the sprawling beer garden while their owners enjoy a human-friendly pub sesh.
The Carrington Dog-Friendly Pubs
If anywhere guarantees your four-legged friend the star treatment, it’s Surry Hills pub The Carrington, which even offers a dedicated doggy dinner menu, with treats like beef tartare and steak & veggies. On top of that, the beer garden is a veritable paradise for pooches and there’s a swag of dog-friendly events, including the odd doggy trivia night.
The London Hotel
The London Hotel Dog-Friendly Pubs
Over in Paddington, The London’s leafy courtyard is a hit with humans and pooches alike, playing host to a solid menagerie of four-legged guests throughout the week. The all-weather space means pub hangs are on the cards rain, hail, or shine – pups can sniff out fallen chips, while you humans unwind with some upscale pub grub and weekend wines.
Public House
Public Houe Petersham Dog-Friendly Pubs
The ratio of pups to humans at this Petersham pub is most definitely geared towards dog-lovers, which means guaranteed pats and plenty of new four-legged mates to be made each time you visit. Find yourself a spot in the roomy, dog-friendly beer garden and let your canine mate explore, while you kick back with wood fire pizzas and craft brews.
The Vic on the Park
The Vic on the Park  Dog-Friendly Pubs
You know a pub is dog-friendly when its four-legged guests have their very own Instagram handle (#DogsOfTheVic) and its beer garden plays host to doggy Santa photo sessions each Christmas. That pup of yours is guaranteed to be in top company at the Vic, exploring the sprawling outdoor areas while you enjoy some pints, classic pub grub and live tunes.
Wildwater Grill Dog-Friendly Pubs
If you’re after a dog-friendly beachside destination, where the two of you can kick back after a sand session, Dee Why’s Wildwater Grill has you covered. Here, at the sun-drenched outdoor tables, your pup will have access to water bowls, fresh air and pats aplenty, plus you can bet those blissful ocean views don’t go unappreciated by either party.
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen Dog-Friendly Pubs
At this Chippendale haunt, it’s not just the beer garden that’s dog-friendly, with pups often allowed to join their humans in the laidback front bar too. There are loads of water bowls to go around and lots of great smells to be sniffed out, while two-legged folks enjoy their craft beers and tasty pub dishes.
The Greens
North Sydney
The Greens Dog-Friendly Bars
This buzzing North Sydney spot is about as dog-friendly as they come, thanks to its sprawling courtyard area and big, open spaces. Soak up some of those al fresco vibes, while you tuck into smart small plates and classic cocktails, and your pooch pal enjoys some socialising of his own.
The Winery Bar and Restaurant Dog-Friendly Bars
Don’t be thrown off by its stylish looks and classy vibes – this Surry Hills wine bar is about as dog-friendly as it gets. When Rover’s after something a bit more sophisticated than the beer garden at the local pub, swing by The Winery’s outdoor courtyard for a drop of something delicious in the sunshine.
The Norfolk Dog-Friendly Bars
Everyone’s welcome at this laidback Redfern pub, including those of the four-legged variety. Out the back, a funky little beer garden has a great mix of sunny spots and leafy corners, so you’ll both be comfy, no matter the weather. Kick back here with your favourite beer, some classic pub grub, or a few of the weekly taco specials.