Fancy heading out with your bezzie mate for a nice bite to eat? If little Jimmy happens to be a dog you’ll definitely have fewer options. We’ve found some of Manchester’s most dog-friendly restaurants and cafes where your dog will always get a warm welcome, plus a couple even offer dog date nights and dog birthday parties!
- North Tea Power
- 19 Cafe Bar
Address & Map: Scottish Mutual House, 35 Peter St, M2 5BG
The name says it all. Brewdog’s founders love our faithful friends so much they named their craft beer empire after them. But it’s not all creatively-named IPAs and stouts, Brewdog also serves a range of fantastic food including burgers, hot dogs, salads, and vegetarian and vegan options to boot. If you’re a fan of chicken wings head down on a Wednesday when it’s all you can eat for £10! Dogs have always been welcomed at Brewdog with open arms but as of July this year you can now host your dog’s birthday party in any one of their bars around the country! It’s £5 per hound, but your birthday boy or girl can bring as many humans as they like for free. Everyone gets a party hat and dog-safe cakes will be provided for all furry guests. And while owners are enjoying a tipple from a huge selection of super-fresh craft beers, the canine contingent will be catered for with a specially made doggy beer (which is perfectly safe for dogs). Make sure you book in advance if you don’t want to ruin little Jimmy’s special day.
Address & Map: 36 Tib Street, M4 1LA
You’re almost guaranteed to run into other dogs and their owners at this Northern Quarter institution. North Tea Power allegedly serves the best coffee in Manchester as well as some pretty damn good tea. As for their grub, you won’t be disappointed; everything from their Monte Christos to their homemade granola to their frisée salads are mouthwateringly good. And not only are good boys and girls welcome inside, the little ones can curl up on the bench next to you. If you’re a bit conscious of taking your big dog inside with you there’s also a covered outside area.
Address & Map: 19 Lever Street, M1 1BY
19 Cafe Bar brings Brooklyn cafe culture to Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It’s got delicious brunches, pancake stacks, open bagels, homemade brownies, and a drinks menu that includes everything from coffee made with locally-roasted beans to lovingly-crafted cocktails. Your furry wee lad or lass will be made to feel extra special here too.
And if you’re in the market for a different kind of puppy love, they’ve got your back. They recently hosted a Doggy Date Night where single dog lovers could meet fellow dog fanatics with their furry best friends in tow. As well as unlimited hot drinks, cake, and a glass of prosecco for the humans, dogs got a lovely party bag! The event was so successful they’ve already scheduled another one so head to their website to book a spot if you want to take part.
19 Cafe Bar owner, Nikita Lyle, said that “As a dog-friendly venue, we wanted to invite people from all over Manchester to come together and meet other like-minded individuals for an evening of fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where no one has to leave their beloved pet at home.” If you don’t have a dog but you’d love to meet a sexy dog owner (they’re scientifically proven to be more attractive than people without dogs after all) that’s fine too! Nikita says “It’s an event open to everyone so whether you’re a dog owner or just a dog lover, it’s the best way for people in the area to get to know one another and just enjoy the night.”
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Address & Map: 39-41 Edge St, M4 1HW
Über dog-friendly, Common—an eatery, coffee spot, bakery and bar rolled into one—was listed in The Times as one of the “25 Coolest Restaurants in Britain.” And if that wasn’t enough, The Guardian believes that it makes one of the “50 Best Breakfasts in the UK.” As well as top-notch brunches, Common’s menu features an eclectic mix of dishes, including burgers, shawarma, curries, and popcorn cockles. Get down there immediately!
Address & Map: 39-41 Edge St, M4 1HW
If your furry friend likes to see and be seen, head to Cottonopolis. The Japanese-influenced restaurant and bar in the Northern Quarter offers gluten-free and vegan menus, alongside dishes like Wagyu prime cut steak and yellowfin tuna tartare. You’re already salivating, right? We’re not done: the glamorous eatery has designed a few dishes especially for dogs. Much like the human menu, the doggy version is Asian-inspired, with a choice of tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, and char siu pork. The doggy treats are available on request. The restaurant’s director, Dan Morris, said: “All the directors here have dogs and we love bringing them out with us. We have lots of regulars who come in with dogs and this is just the next step to making sure everyone’s happy and comfortable.” You had us at Wagyu.
The Bottom Line
There’s nothing better than grabbing a bite with your best friend. But not all dogs enjoy dining out at restaurants—and that’s fine. Certain venues can get quite busy in the evening so little Jimmy might prefer to be tucked up in bed if the surroundings are too loud. If you love going out to eat but your dog prefers to stay at home, don’t worry, we’ve got you! You can find lots of local sitters who provide dog boarding in Manchester on Rover.com, so your little buddy has some company while you enjoy a night on the town.
Featured image: Common’s Instagram page