Chez Misty, St Kilda
This casual eatery in St Kilda is run by Marc, a dog trainer, and his partner Cherry, a dog nutritionist. “We offer dogs and humans a place to hang out in a uniquely designed restaurant: a backyard area with couches for dogs and an indoor off-leash relaxing room,” the duo says.
The café sports two separate menus - one for humans, and one specially for dogs.
Chez Misty is named after the owners’ dog Misty. “I think she is the only dog in the world owning a creperie,” says Cherry. The menu features French-inspired food, including canine crêpes with fillings such as peanut butter and cashew, fish with carrot, lettuce, turmeric, apple, spinach and ricotta.
You don’t need a dog to hang out at the café either, human guests are welcome to simply come enjoy a coffee, crêpe and the paw-some atmosphere.
The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne
Having a smiling dog for a logo is a pretty good indicator that a pub is dog-friendly. That’s certainly the case at the Palace Hotel in South Melbourne, where Billy has been the official pub dog for years. Then in late 2021, the Palace welcomed a second pub dog, Shadow, to the venue as well.
Dogs are warmly welcomed in the beer garden and other outdoor dining areas, so long as they remain leashed.
The Great Northern, Carlton North
Bozo the border collie is the official pub dog at the Great Northern - a pub so dedicated to dogs that it runs an Instagram page dedicated to showing off its canine clientele.
Guests are actively encouraged to bring their dogs but note that you must enter and exit through the beer garden gate on Pigdon Street if doing so.
The Ascot Lot, Ascot Vale
This food truck park and beer hall in Melbourne’s north-west has a rotating selection of food trucks, meaning each visit gives you the chance to try something new.
Dogs are welcome at the venue throughout the year. However, the Ascot Lot regularly celebrates pooches through special events.
In the past these have included Pooches and Prosecco, Dachshunds and Daiquiris, and Boxers and Beers. These events often bring in vendors selling pet accessories and dog-friendly snacks too.