Beer and dogs are rarely found together outside of the backyard. But there are some places that appreciate the value in the winning combination. The problem is you don’t want to turn up unannounced with your canine mate only be turned away on account of an anti-four-paws dress code.
So as the months warm, we’ve put together a list of the most dog-friendly beer-drinking spots in town.
Vic on the Park
Throw a stick in Enmore Park in Marrickville before sauntering across the road to the Vic. The pub welcomes dogs in its large outdoor space, so much so they encourage owners to post pet selfies with the hashtag #dogsofthevic. There’s also a $15 Doggy Badge Draw on Sundays at 3pm.
On the menu you’ll find a long list of weekly specials complementing a short but solid list of pub classics. Split the buttermilk fried-chicken burger and fries with your canine companion or shoot hoops with your pooch on the full-size basketball ring.
The Beresford Hotel
Folks at the Beresford in Surry Hills love dogs so much they host an annual dog show, where you’ll find stalls selling doggie treats and designer accessories. Prizes are awarded to the most impressive pets, with extra points for elaborate costumes. When the show’s over, the enormous courtyard remains dog-friendly year-round. Order a pizza and choose a brew from an extensive craft beer list, including James Squire, Little Creatures and White Rabbit.
The Duck Inn
The Duck Inn in Chippendale is the kind of cosy neighbourhood pub where dogs are as welcome in the bar as they are in the leafy beer garden. Park your pup and order a meal like the duck tasting plate, a spread of smoked duck breast, duck prosciutto, duck rillettes, hoisin duck bonbons, pickled vegetables and toasted rustic bread ($36); or the whole roasted Aylesbury duck, a feast for two served with creamed potatoes, seasonal buttered vegetables and duck reduction ($70). Finish it off with a craft beer from a deep list of local brewers like The Rocks Brewery and Willie the Boatman.
The Greens North Sydney
The Greens North Sydney is an urban oasis brought to you by the crew who run the perennially popular Grounds of Alexandria. Alongside a bowling green and live entertainment, animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome the Greens’ outdoor areas – as long as they’re on a leash. The drinks menu is extensive, but Sunday afternoon visitors simply need to crack a Little Creatures Pale Ale and line up for the petting zoo.
Sydney’s sprawling Centennial Park is the perfect green space to stretch your city hound’s legs. Located five kilometres south-east of the CBD, the park has a large off-leash area extending around the perimeter of Grand Drive. Pick a spot to drop your Esky and spread out a picnic rug for an outdoor feast with human and canine friends alike. BYO snacks, craft beer six-pack of and dog treats. Just make sure to dispose of your bottles in the bins provided or take them with you.
The London Hotel
Dogs are part of the furniture in classic British pubs, and The London in Paddington carries on this great canine-friendly tradition. While dogs are no longer allowed in dining areas, including the beer garden, the public bar remains dog-friendly. Step over the snoozing mutts on the way to the bar to order a James Squire One Fifty Lashes.
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