If dog really is man’s best friend, then why shouldn’t he or she be a part of your weekend shenanigans? Cruising the cafes, kicking back in beer gardens, and socialising up a storm – they’re all activities that your four-legged pal will love just as much as you do. Don’t leave them at home or tethered to a pole – head out for some adventures at these great dog-friendly spots.
#1 The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne
You know a pub is dog-friendly when the resident pooch is star of its Instagram feed, king of its beer garden, and a huge hit with all of its patrons. Yep, Billy the legendary staffy is onto a very good thing, spending his days kicking back at South Melbourne’s Palace Hotel. Bring your own pup along to join in the fun, watching footy on the big screens, tucking into quality pub grub, and making some new mates in the leafy outdoor space.
#2 The Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy
Tucked amongst the backstreets of Fitzroy, The Rainbow Hotel’s beer garden is a northside favourite, boasting plenty of space, an upbeat crowd, and a huge contingent of four-legged patrons, no matter when you visit. You’ll get a kick out of the outdoor pool table and the impressive craft beer selection, while they have a blast sniffing out new poochy pals and all those abandoned floor chips.
#3 Dog House, Collingwood
Collingwood’s Dog House takes the pooch-friendly concept to a whole new level, operating as Australia’s first-ever dedicated dog cafe. Here, it’s the canine cafe-goers that get the royal treatment, with a menu that runs from raw meat dishes and specially-designed “dog muffins”, to brisket bones and fluffy dogachinos. There’s also a brief human-friendly selection of coffee and juices for you to enjoy while blissing out amongst all those adorable puppers.
#4 The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford
Offering an abundance of fresh air, wide open spaces, and interesting smells, The Farm Cafe is a total doggy dreamland, set amongst the lush landscape of Collingwood’s Children’s Farm. Here, the two of you can escape that city hustle and bustle, while chowing down on a menu of stunning, country-style fare. As an added bonus, the grounds of The Abbotsford Convent are ideal for that post-brunch stick chasing session.
#5 Welcome To Thornbury, Northcote
This permanent food truck park is a win for people and pooches alike, what with its solid rotation of street vendors, fully stocked bar, and sprawling open-air beer garden. Your four-legged mates will find themselves in heaven here, exploring leafy corners while you tuck into burgers and brews. Visit when The Canine Wellness Kitchen truck is on site and you’ll even get to treat your pup to some raw meals and dog beers.
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