Top 10 dog-friendly bars and pubs in Ireland

We’ve compiled the 10 best dog-friendly bars in Ireland so that you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home.

It can be frustrating wanting to let your hair down with friends in the evening, but having no one to keep your dog company. But fear not—there are plenty of dog-friendly bars in Ireland.

Indeed, anyone living in Ireland or planning on bringing their doggy-companion with them on their next trip to the Emerald Isle can make use of these 10 amazing dog-friendly watering holes we’ve rounded up.

Here are our top 10 dog-friendly bars in Ireland.

10. Pier 36, Donaghadee – County Down

10 dog-friendly bars and pubs in Ireland include Pier 36 in Donagahdee
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Donaghadee’s Pier 36 prides itself on using local suppliers for many of its alcoholic beverages. Its proximity to Donaghadee Harbour makes it popular among locals.

The award-winning bar’s outdoor beer garden offers a grand roaring fire that keeps you and your doggy companion warm at all times of the year.

Address36 The Parade, Donaghadee BT21 0HE

9. Kiwis Brew Bar, Portrush – County Derry

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Next on our list of dog-friendly bars in Ireland, this gem has the feel of a basement bar with steps that descend under the streets of coastal Portrush. Specialising in local independent beer, it’s perfect for connoisseurs of craft ales and lagers.

The rule here is that dogs are more than welcome…so long as they don’t drink too much.

Address: 47 Main St, Portrush BT56 8BN

8. The Blue Note, Galway – County Galway

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The Blue Note offers a wide range of music genres – and has done since 1994. Today it offers a selection of craft beers, trendy gins, and famous Irish whiskeys.

The bar’s snug outdoor areas benefit from live music in a heated beer garden that serves the perfect backdrop for you and your mates to relax with your dogs.

Address: 3 William St W, s West End, Galway, H91 V184, Ireland

7. Dice Bar, Dublin – County Dublin

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Dice Bar has the laidback, gritty environment that is perfect for anyone wishing to get out of the hustle and bustle of Dublin’s busy cityscape.

The venue offers a unique blend of NYC-Irish ambience with a great beer menu. They’re also happy for your hairy friends to tag along and have fun, making this one of our top dog-friendly bars in Ireland.

Address: 79 Queen St, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 DW3R, Ireland

6. Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen – County Fermanagh

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This well-known pub is famous for being one of the oldest Victorian-style pubs in all of Ireland. Its heritage attracts a lot of attention in County Fermanagh from people in all walks of life.

Playing traditional music and serving delicious pints, Blakes of the Hollow appeals to all ages. As if that weren’t enough, it also lets your dog accompany you inside.

Address: 6 Church St, Enniskillen BT74 7EJ

5. The Bulman Bar, Kinsale – County Cork

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The Bulman Bar has a rich history that is reflected in its charming décor and illustrious awards.

Situated on the outskirts of Kinsale town, this cosy traditional pub promises a log fire to keep you and your pup warm in the chilly Irish weather.

Address: The Bulman Bar, Summercove, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

4. Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle – County Down

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Situated along Ireland’s gorgeous east coastline, Hugh McCann’s hotel also hosts a traditional Irish pub.

With gorgeous outdoor grounds, and an indoor open fire and first-class entertainment, it is equally as warm a welcome for your dogs as it is for you and your friends.

Address: 119-121 Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0EU

3. The Dirty Onion and Yardbird, Belfast – County Antrim

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The Dirty Onion introduces itself as an “authentic Irish pub with a modern twist.” Its greatest selling point is its music scene, as it offers top-notch entertainment seven nights a week with an emphasis placed upon traditional Irish instrumentals.

To get your tails wagging, you can expect rehashes of popular contemporary music played by talented performers with fiddles and accordions. The atmosphere is always stellar. And guess what? They even have a menu for dogs!

Address: 3 Hill St, BT1 2LA Belfast

2. Street 66, Dublin – County Dublin

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Street 66 is a trendy venue offering live music and a fun function room. Any lover of jazz, soul or reggae would be a fool to skip this spot on their tour of Dublin’s lively bar scene.

Expect doggy treats and a water bowl to be ready when you enter, as this is one of those dog-friendly bars in Ireland that is always prepared for furry friends.

Address: 33-34 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

1. The Sunflower, Belfast – County Antrim

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What the Sunflower bar lacks in size it makes up for in quality, making it one of the best bars in Belfast. The bar itself seems like any ordinary corner pub, but behind its doors is a kooky, comfy bar that offers friendly service and unsung drinks that you’d be pushed to find in any off-license or supermarket.

Step outside into the large beer garden and enjoy a huge dog-friendly area tucked between buildings, accompanied by the scent of wood-fired pizza that is served Tuesday through Sunday.

Address: 65 Union St, BT1 2JG Belfast

No matter where you choose to go for a tipple, there is no shortage of dog-friendly bars in Ireland.

If you need any more suggestions on popular bars to go to across Ireland, then why not check out our guide to Belfast, which hosts plenty of other excellent dog-friendly spots not covered on this list.

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James Lavery grew up satiating his lust for travel with trips around the various cities and coastal regions of Ireland. Although he has since ventured far and wide for bigger bites of culture, he continues to sing golden praises of the Emerald Isle wherever he goes. When he isn't geeking over TV sitcom Friends or Disney films, James is writing or designing blog posts for numerous companies all over the UK, Ireland, and further afield.