There’s no shortage of picturesque walks around Bristol for you and your four-legged friend but what about a refreshing drink and bite to eat after? Amongst the River Avon and the 19th-century shops and restaurants are plenty of dog-friendly pubs to choose from. Pop by for pup-friendly pints, tasty treats and cozy corners where you can carry your doggy day on long until the night. Here are the top dog-friendly pubs in Bristol that you’ll want to sniff out.
1. The Victoria Inn
If you’re looking for a new favourite pub in Westbury on Trym The Victoria Inn is a top pick. A dog-friendly pub with a charming beer garden, free Wi-Fi and a love of good, fun family days out. The pub has no television so expect great conversation and lots of furry-friends for your pet to make acquaintances with. Owners can eat inside with their dogs, or dine al fresco with plenty of shaded areas to keep your dog cool in the summer. While you try a selection of real ales, let your dog curl up in one of the many quiet corners, with a water bowl waiting to quench their thirst when they wake up. For big groups, reservations are recommended – especially if you want a spot in front of the fire.
2. The Lazy Dog
Ask the locals where their dogs would like to go out in Bristol and you’ll almost certainly be led in the direction of The Lazy Dog. From the website, to the warm staff welcome, it’s made clear that dogs are not just visitors but honoured guests (human customers are treated pretty well too). Part of the pet VIP treatment includes water bowls on arrival, doggy treats and no areas off-limit for dogs or their owners. Patrons can eat inside with their dogs or out in the large beer garden and stay cool under an umbrella or two. Resident pub pups to make friends with include the Manager’s two rescues and if you’re lucky you’ll catch the dog show where “musical sit”, “dog’s got talent” and hot dog eating get every tail wagging. But don’t let your dog enjoy all of the fun, there’s an emphasis on fresh local produce, a top Sunday roast and Lazy Dog beef burgers for owners to get their paws on. Lastly, check out The Lazy Instagram where your doggy hall of fame awaits.
3. The Portcullis
Not only is The Portcullis renowned for producing Bristol’s best beer but it also welcomes pooches of all shapes and sizes. Soak up the building’s history across two floors, dogs are welcome on both, or sit out in the courtyard beer garden that stays open until 10pm. Don’t worry about water bowls or doggy treats – they’re all provided and staff will give a warm welcome to dogs and their owners . Dogs do need to be kept on the lead but don’t let that stop them from snuggling up by your side while you try the famous pickled eggs. Walks along the nearby River Avon and Leigh Woods to build up an appetite are highly recommended.
4. Kings Arms
At the top of Whiteladies Road, Clifton, is the quirky Kings Arms, one of Bristol’s top dog-friendly spots. Water bowls come readily available and are always situated around the pub inside and out. You’ll have fun spotting the wide range of dog breeds that visit and owners can eat inside with their dog by their side. As well as several floors for your dog to sniff through there’s also a beautiful sun terrace for sun-bathing. But watch the paws – it does get hot, so grab an umbrella to keep your pooch cool in the sun. Most important guests are given the sniff of approval by resident pub dogs Dolly & Honey, who’ve been welcoming furry-friends and their owners since they were puppies. While your pet’s busy lapping up the attention, try one of the local ales alongside a plate of delicious tapas.
5. Royal Navy Volunteer
Locals love the Royal Navy Volunteer whose commitment to championing local suppliers is almost as endearing as their love of dogs. Expect staff to be fighting over who can be the first to welcome your pup, with a dog treat ready in their pocket. Dogs are welcome to eat inside with their owners, other than at weekends when the restaurant area is kept dog-free for a ‘posh grub’ effect. Food includes small plates and larger Sunday lunches, with an extensive taster menu for all of the local ales and craft beers a punter could wish for. After lunch, pop over to Queen Square for a game of fetch – just a minute’s walk away.
What’s better than a Bristol boozer with great food, great beer and staff who are dog-friendly to boot? Not much in our book. Do you and your four-legged friend have a favourite dog-friendly haunt in the city? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.