That sad face the dog pulls when you’re grabbing keys or putting on shoes can tug on the heartstrings. It’s hard not to feel guilty when your furry friend likes to get out just as much as you do.
So where can one go for a casual beer with the hound? We’ve collected the best spots to enjoy a cold one where your canine is an acceptable plus one.
Odyssea Beach Cafe
At Floreat you can spring off the beach with your furry friend and both head straight into the Odyssea Beach Cafe. Catering to both fine diners and those sporting enough salt to season their own chips, Odyssea serves modern beachside dishes with plenty of craft accompaniments. The Little Creatures Dog Days Summer Ale is an apt choice, but there are plenty of others on tap and in the fridge. Set up with your pup on the deck and order some beer-battered snapper tortillas or the Tasmanian salmon to go with your choice of brew.
There’s a lot to rave about when it comes to Propeller in North Fremantle, especially since its renovation. But the fact it embraces our only-occasionally well-behaved dog pals is a major plus.
In the heart of North Fremantle’s Village, the all-day eatery offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Middle East touch – think manoushe (flatbread) and brik (a savoury, often deep-fried, filled pastry). The outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy the warmer weather and your pooch’s company with a Klosch or pale ale from the taps. You’re bound to meet other locals and their pups here too.
A walk around the leafy streets of East Perth is not complete without a stop at The Royal. With its water views, pub atmosphere, and the day’s game on in the background, the dog is bound to get some good pat action in while you sink a few. It’s got all the pub favourites – steak, pizza, pasta, wedges – and a list of local and international draughts. You’ll find the range of Colonial beers alongside James Squire 150 Lashes, Little Creatures Pilsner and more in the pipes.
The Local Hotel
If original facades and local vibes suit your taste, and you’re on dog-sitting duties, The Local Hotel in South Fremantle should do the trick. Sitting on the corner of South Terrace and Charles Street, the afternoon rays out the front veritably sparkle through some freshly poured pints.
While there are several drinking, dining and even accommodation options, this local will serve you and your dog at the Front Bar. Be sure to grab a bite, too. Pub fare specials are on regularly and there are pop-up food trucks in The Garage.
The Old Laundry
Angove Street is not just reserved for cafes and homewares stores. It’s also home to The Old Laundry: a chic bar that has a soft spot for your lap dogs. Feral Hop Hog, Henrys Natural Lager, Nail Red Ale and Gage’s Little Dove are all on tap, and there are plenty more craft tins to keep the fussiest of beer connoisseurs happy.
The food errs on the refined side, with faithful share favourites such as croquettes, but be sure to treat yourself to the chilli-maple beer nuts.
Refuge Small Bar
There’s not much to Subiaco Square apart from Woolies and the train station. But tucked in the corner the accurately named Refuge Small Bar is worth detouring for. The craft beer bar stays true to its namesake and offers a break from your daily walk and throw-a-ball routine.
Refuge has an extensive beer selection, with 12 taps that rotate as the kegs run out. Cheeky Monkey, Mash, Eagle Bay, Nail, Holgate and plenty others you’ve rarely heard of are freshly poured, and there’s always an extensive bottled selection of ales, lagers, pilsners, IPAs, and small-batch ciders on ice. They even throw in treats for the doggo.
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