Looking for places to drink with your pup? We firmly believe that every four-legged companion should get a look-in when it comes to drinking in our city. From chilled-out beer gardens to classic boozers and cool cocktail bars, explore our pick of the best dog-friendly pubs in Belfast right here, so man’s best friend never has to leave your side.
No dog-friendly guide would be complete without Pug Uglys, which can be found nestled in the Queens Corner of Belfast. For the humans? There’s a menu of pub classics including freshly baked pies, stacked sarnies and droolworthy pizzas which can be washed down with a wide choice for beverages. Of course, pups will be welcomed with a bowl of water and head scratches if they’re on their best behaviour.
The Bone Yard
Created by the folks behind Pug Uglys, The Bone Yard is a top spot for sipping craft beers with your best mate in tow. One of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in Belfast for its sprawling outdoor area, it’s the perfect place for topping up tans while grazing on steaming hot slices of pizza and chowing down on juicy stacked burgers. The only rule? Make sure your pet stays on the lead at all times.
The Bear and The Doll
If you’re itching to find a pooch-friendly pub in Belfast, The Bear And The Doll are ready and waiting on the corner of Library Street. Expect to find a cosy, welcoming space made up of stylish velvet seating, dimmed lighting and dark wooden touches. As well as offering a cosy escape for pups and owners, the haunt is serving up handcrafted cocktails and craft beers, with live music kicking off later in the evening.
Looking for dog-friendly places that offer alfresco drinking and dining? Dirty Onion & Yardbird is a firm fave for pet parents in Belfast, hosting regular Pooch Socials that are just as fun as they sound. Head on over to the Cathedral Quarter spot when the sun is shining and you’ll get to sip ice cold brews, handcrafted cocktails and glasses of wine with juicy BBQ chicken bites, all while your companion can happily meet other pups.
Sunflower Public House may be known for hosting some of the best live music nights in Belfast, but it’s also one heck of a dog-friendly pub thanks to its relaxed vibe and colourful beer garden. Pups are welcomed with open arms, fresh bowls of water and treats, while the owners are actually encouraged to post pictures and tag the venue of their pets enjoying the venue. If hunger strikes, check out the oven-fresh pizzas.
Not content with just being a top choice for rum-based cocktails in Belfast, The Spaniard also happens to be a top-notch bar that welcomes dogs. Delve into their list of signature concoctions, which start at just £5 a pop, while your furry companion chills out in a relaxed and friendly setting. With a wide choice of sips to choose from and a menu of lip-smacking specials to munch on, you guys can easily sink in the hours here.
Hickson’s Point is a seasonal bar that’s one of the best pet-friendly places in town. Located just outside Titanic Belfast, the spot is channelling old school charm with its traditional interiors, Irish music and delicious menu of comfort food classics. Hunker down here with your pup after a day of exploring the local area and you’ll be greeted with fresh bowls of water alongside plenty of refreshing sips for the humans too.
Café by day, cocktail joint by night; Santeria is a quirky Belfast bar covering all bases. When it comes to pooches, this place is more than happy to accommodate you both with their range of refreshments. As your furry pal chills out, you can make your way through signature cocktails, with rum-based mixes and espresso martinis being their specialty, and graze on a range of delicious pizzas.
Belfast's oldest family-owned bar is another great place for dogs and their owners looking to kick back and relax. The Bradbury Place spot not only keeps you well fed and watered with traditional fare, but there’s also regular sport screenings on TV, a pool room with 18 tables, and a roof terrace. That’s not all though, as Laverys features multiple beer gardens for when you need a little rest and relaxation out in the sunshine.
Looking for Belfast’s best outdoor spots? Check out our guide to beer gardens here.