We’ve all heard about the emotional and social benefits of owning a dog (not that we need anyone to tell us how great it is having a pup of our own). Perhaps because of that it’s increasingly possible for four-legged family members to dine with you. We explore a few cafes and pubs where dogs are treated as our best friend.

The Vic On The Park, Marrickville
“We’re big supporters of dogs,” says Sarah Lewis, licensee of The Vic, Marrickville. Dog shows, canine fundraisers and tail-wagging tunes all help to create a boisterous place for hounds and humans. Combine this with a good selection of pub grub including beer, burgers and bangers and the whole pack is happy.

2 Addison Road, Marrickville
(02) 9557 1448

The Winery
Outside in the laneway you and your furry friend can spend time at The Winery. Elegant surroundings inspire you to taste a new wine or beer or order a plate of steak frites (slip a chip or two to your appreciative friend).

285A Crown St, Surry Hills
(02) 9331 0833

The Henson
When it was repurposed in 2013, The Henson became a local close to many people’s hearts. Two years down the track and it’s also close to the hearts of many hounds. The first time we visited, the waitress rushed off, returned with a bowl of water for the dog and then turned and spoke to us. Here, your dog comes first.

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91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
(02) 9569 5858

Cafe Bones
Established in March 2000, Cafe Bones has been welcoming dogs for years. Offering high quality food for humans and dogs (including a cafe-style dog beverage called the Pupacino), the cafe has a well-established and devoted clientele. As they say to their customers, “Bone appetite.”

Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt NSW 2040
(02) 8086 2433

The Ex-Lounge
Sit out the front, pat your dog, listen to the waves break, repeat. The Ex-Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At night feast on scallops risotto, honey-braised duck or poached salmon. Refreshing non-alcoholic beverages are on offer as well as beers and cocktails.

471 Bronte Road Bronte
(02) 8668 4550

Known until recently as Vicinity, this space has undergone a repurposing. Some things remain: exquisite trees give the blissful feeling of being in nature. The new co-owners, Rachel Trevarton and Scarlett Forward focus on food that is wholesome and tasty. Currently serving breakfast and lunch, (dinners will follow shortly), Trevarton confirms there is a special place on the verandah for dogs and their humans.

90-96 Bourke Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
(02) 9002 1333

Three Blue Ducks
Many of the ingredients come fresh from its on-site gardens. What doesn’t is organic, fairtrade, biodynamic or locally produced. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner the outside pet-friendly tables are ideal for killing a few hours on a sunny day.

143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024
(02) 9389 0010

The London Hotel
Monday night it’s $15 pizza, Thursday night it’s $12 steaks (“down, doggie”). It’s a charming, yet understated pub with a spacious courtyard that will ensure your pet gets all the attention they want. They’re even allowed to sit in the bar with you as you eat.

85 Underwood St, Paddington
(02) 9331 3200

Frenchy’s Cafe
Snack on croissants, baguettes or eggs benedict at this peaceful cafe with harbour views. Add a wine or beer to your lunch of French onion soup and afterwards wander through the remnant bushland. C’est magnifique.

1100 Middle Head Road, Mosman
(02) 9969 4411