Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights just that little bit cooler, most of us are more inclined to spend our evenings indoors at our favourite restaurants and cafes (if we’re not snuggled up at home on the couch).
And where ever we are, our four-legged friends are usually never far behind. But the issue that often frustrates the 4.2 million dog owners in Australia is being able to find appropriate venues that will cater to them and their canine companion.
To help ease this burden, and to vastly improve your next brunch date, Mad Paws have compiled a list of their favourite dog-friendly venues, activities and events around the country:
Dog House, Collingwood
Forget dog-friendly, the Dog House is Melbourne’s human-friendly dog cafe! Pooches can dine on doggocinos, pupcorn, raw grass-fed beef, kangaroo, ostrich or emu, whilst humans can munch on sandwiches and sip on top notch coffee.
This doggy heaven offers dog food delivery of premium meats, grooming and an a la carte menu for your pampered pooch.
Gourmet Paw Prints, departs Melbourne
These food and wine tours are the perfect day out for you and your dog. Hop on board the dog-friendly coach and tour Victoria’s food and wine hotspots, stopping to sample the region’s best. Pooches can enjoy a massage and movie over lunch with the professional dog carers.
The next event is on 2nd June and will take you round the Melba Trail, Yarra Valley, and costs $220 for a human and dog.
The Tipsy Cow, Port Melbourne
Melbourne’s newest whisky bar, The Tipsy Cow is complete with a dog-friendly courtyard and resident dog, Nisha. Come here to escape the outside world, relax with your furry friend, and sample the specialty whisky and spirits on offer.
Yatala Drive-in, Stapleton
The drive-in is a fun, retro activity for all the family, including the dog. On 26th and 27th May, families can attend the family fun day, which includes activities, face-painting, crafts and a movie for only $30 a carload.
Brown Dog Cafe, Woolloongabba
The Brown Dog Cafe is a small, arty place with fun, friendly staff. It serves breakfast and lunch from 6am – 3pm and is dog friendly (which is lucky – given its name).
It’s also just a 17 minute walk from the East Brisbane Dog Park on Baines Street, so you can really treat your furry friend.
The Scratch Bar, Milton
The Scratch Bar is a dive bar with a focus on craft ales, great music… and dogs. While it doesn’t serve food, you’re welcome to bring or your own, or order from the nearby pizza joint, Arrivederci Pizza – which even offers a vegan menu (perfect for animal lovers).