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Dog friendly pubs in Sydney Eastern Suburbs

Best local bars to enjoy the sunshine with your dog? 

Bondi

The Bucket List

The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth, Bondi Beach
www.thebucketlistbondi.com

With The Bucket List’s uninterrupted views of Bondi Beach why wouldn’t you stop here for a visit! Their menu has such a great selection that everyone will find a favourite!

Elizabeth Bay

The Gazebo

2 Elizabeth Bay Road
www.gazeboelizabethbay.com.au

Dogs are welcome in the wine garden and even have their own menu!

“In amongst the backstreets of Potts Point lies Gazebo, with a buzzing courtyard, delicious food and flowing drinks.
Surround yourself with aperitivo plates & platters combined with a generous wine list of rosso, bianco, rosé, frizzante & beautiful cocktail jugs, all made to be shared and enjoyed in the sunbaked Gazebo wine garden.”

Darlinghurst

The Tap House

122 Flinders Street
www.taphousedarlo.com.au

With over 60 beers on tap and a wine list showcasing natural Australian wines we love this place to visit! Dogs allowed everywhere with the exception of a 4m space outside the kitchen. Menu has a great variety too! Try their famous Sunday Roast.

 

East Village

234 Palmer Street
http://www.eastvillagesydney.com.au

A local pub feel with sophistication. Extensive wine list and quality food. Dogs are allowed in the main bar and they have ample outdoor tables too! 

Darlo Bar

306 Liverpool Street
http://www.darlobar.com.au

The Royal Sovereign Hotel, affectionately known as Darlo Bar. “Step inside a world where the retro furniture is almost as eclectic as the locals. Like a lounge room inhabited by bass players and bloggers, painters and publishers. A local favourite. Characters with a story to tell and advice to give.” Dogs allowed in the public bar! Tables outside to sit a watch the world go by.

Darling Point 

CYC Australia

1 New Beach Road, Darling Point
www.cyca.com.au

Nestled along the foreshore of Rushcutters Bay is Australian premier yacht club. The new refurbishment of CYC’s Clubhouse has been completed and now accepting patrons and their fury friends! The new Clubhouse, with improved accessibility, increased airflow and a whole new level of comfort, is sure to delight both Members and guests lower deck is dog friendly. The lower deck allows dogs.

Double Bay

The Sheaf

429 New South Head Road
http://www.thesheaf.com.au

An iconic institutions for generations! Dating with dogs a favourite monthly event. Relax in their garden bar and with an award-winning bistro what better way to while away the afternoon with your dog by your side.

Paddington

Apache Cena

110b Boundary St
@apachecena

Coffee shop during the day but come Friday nights during Spring and Summer locals love going to the pop-up pasta and wine bar known as Apache Cena. Dogs welcome at the outside tables and owners treat them like members of the family.  

 

Rushcutters Bay

Storehouse Rushcutters Bay

100 Bayswater Road
https://www.facebook.com/storehouse.rushcutters.bay/

Storehouse Sydney Rushcutters Bay is a tranquil indoor and outdoor restaurant, serving wholesome meals made with local produce and delicious drinks. This is your social space to eat, relax, meet or just switch off. Drop in for a barista coffee or bring your four legged friend to enjoy lunch on our outdoor terrace.

Surry Hills

The Beresford

354 Bourke Street
www.merivale.com/venues/theberesford

One of the largest dog friendly pubs! “The Beer Garden is a tranquil outdoor area where you’re sure to find locals enjoying their lazy summer afternoons over a drink and great food. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs to the courtyard.”

 

The Norfolk

305 Cleveland Street
www.thenorfolk.co

Mexican inspired menu and Aussie classics with a twist. They boast their Bloody Mary is legendary and they are pretty close! Relaxed atmosphere in the colourful garden where you dog is made to feel at home.

The Winery

285 Crown Street
www.thewinerysurryhills.com.au

A quirky urban garden oasis in the heart of Surry Hills, The Winery offers over 30 meticulously selected wines by the glass and sophisticated yet relaxed dining. Dogs are welcome in the Laneway bar.

Watsons Bay

The Watsons Bay Hotel

1 Military Road
www.watsonsbayhotel.com.au

Grounded on the sandy shoreline of one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination for those in pursuit of sun, fresh seafood platters, seasonal fare and icy cold refreshments, overlooking Sydney’s spectacular harbour. Dogs are allowed on the deck.

Woolloomooloo

Friso Hotel

46 Dowling Street
https://www.friscohotel.com.au/

Dogs are allowed everywhere in this pub and treated like one of the family!  Your pup is welcome to roam and sniff every corner of the pub including indoors in case the weather gets a little rough outside. Enjoy the afternoon sun with a cocktail in hand on the deck outside or out the front. 

 

The Old Fitzroy 

129 Dowling Street
www.oldfitzroy.com.au

Tables out the front to enjoy the sunshine or take your dog upstairs with a relaxed atmosphere and comfy lounges.

“With over 100 years of history, this family-owned gem is hidden in the back streets of Woolloomooloo. The pub itself has a wide range of 22 brews on tap which change regularly. The welcoming staff, hearty meals, comfortable environment, and of course the open fire in winter, create an unrivalled pub atmosphere.”

 

Leaving your dog at home – how to improve their situation

As a dog daycare, we make a living off people leaving their dog with us while they work. That said, we understand there are many times you must leave your dog at home, this blog article is designed to answer some common questions about keeping your dog happy on his/her own.

What’s the best way to keep your dog happy while you’re out?

It would depend on the dog and their personality, what they find enriching, and their learning history.

Generally speaking, with a well socialised dog, you want to provide them with plenty of enrichment. This means providing an outlet for them to engage in natural species-specific behaviour like foraging and sniffing.

Sniffing is probably the most important thing that you can let your dog do, it’s their primary sense. The act of sniffing can be intrinsically calming to a dog. Engaging in sniffing helps them lower their heart rate. If you think about it, sniffing is a lot less intense than panting so, by slowing their breathing rate, you slow down their heart rate.

Some dogs will perform other natural behaviours. For instance, some dogs really like digging. In this case you might want to give them clamshell pools filled with sand and water. There’s others who might like chewing, and you give them frozen kongs, bones, again, depending on your dog. For some dogs, it’s not safe for them to have bones. So, you’ve got to tailor it to the individual.

I live in a small apartment, my dog can wee on the verandah, what other things can I do for their benefit?

There’s plenty of things you can do.

You can make what is called a snuffle mat, which is essentially a rubber mat with bits of fabric tied in to knots and that almost resembles grass and you can sprinkle treats or scents in there and that will get them sniffing and foraging away.

There’s also some natural scents have been shown to reduce anxiety, such as lavender. Obviously, you’d want to introduce it at a low intensity. You wouldn’t want to get a strong diffuser because their sense of smell is a lot stronger than ours. Feel free to get creative here.

How do you know if your dog is capable of spending a long period of time away from you?

You’ve got to see it. The easiest way is to set up a camera. Ideally, you want to see if the dog is engaging in behaviours that are indicative of a positive emotional state, and you’d want a low to moderate amount of arousal (physiological/behavioural excitement).

If your dog is really active and energetic the whole time, that’s probably indicative that they’re quite stressed. It they’re laying down or resting, that’s likely a good sign.

With this in mind, you’d want to watch them because if they were, for instance, almost catatonic in their expression when they’re laying down, that’s probably indicative that they’re shut down and not enjoying themselves.

You want to see some sort of indication that they’re comfortable, (i.e. loose body language) and the ability to sniff and explore in your absence. If your dog is slowly plodding around, sniffing something and then moving on to sniff a Kong- that’s likely a good sign. You want signs that they’re relaxed and calm.

How can you help your dog build independence?

Again, it depends on the dog. Some will have a clinical case of isolation distress where they’re exhibiting signs of a significantly negative emotional state and those dogs are the ones where you’ll need to enlist a professional (such as a veterinary behaviourist) because you might need medication to help your dog build that tolerance.

Let your dog dictate how long it’s comfortable being alone and then just build on from there.

For example, puppies are going to panic very quickly when they’re left alone. So, what you want to do is get them used to engaging with something like a pig’s ear, a kong, or a snuffle mat while you walk around the house, at first, and then you can work on being in a different room.

Then, you can work on leaving. If you train your dog to lie down and stay, that can also be really helpful. You can practice stay as you visit different rooms, and then working on leaving the front door, and you can do that for longer, and longer, for up to about 30 minutes. If you they’re lasting 30 minutes and showing signs that they’re calm, they’re not likely to get isolation distress.

What are the best interactive items you can leave for your dog?

Probably a kong or puzzle feeder. The reason for that is, especially if you’re using that for part of your dog’s dinner or breakfast, it’s letting them work a bit for their food, forage, engaging that natural foraging behaviour which is really, really valuable.

A lot of people just plop the bowl down and the dog eats. That’s all well and good but these animals, in the wild, would be foraging for food. So, if we can provide them with that mental stimulation and getting them doing things instead of them just laying there, that’s going to be really helpful, especially for those people who work full time.

How should you behave when you return home to your dog?

Some people say totally ignore your dog, which the idea behind that is you’re not reinforcing excitement. We would slightly recommend against that. Our suggestion would be that you return in very passive manner and you can acknowledge your dog, as long as you don’t do anything too exciting or interactive.

However, if they’re jumping around, just go and do your own thing, do your errands, check the mailbox and everything else. Don’t make a big deal because dogs have shown that they can respond to our emotionality and our excitement levels.

We want to make departures and arrivals, uninteresting to the dog. So, if you act like it’s no big deal, that helps to communicate that.

In summary

The key is to tailor it to suit your dog because it won’t be one size fits all. Allow them to do natural species-specific behaviour, but the way that looks will differ depending on the dog.

So, whether you’re literally just scattering treats in the yard, which you might do for dogs that haven’t had that much socialisation, or giving them a puzzle feeder which would be better for the more active, well socialised dogs- it’s all valuable.

We all need mental stimulation to be happy 🙂