Birmingham-based dogs are spoilt for choice when their humans fancy a pint. The Black Country’s famous for canal walks, Crufts, and parks full of squirrels – a dog’s dream day out. Read on to discover the best dog-friendly pubs in Birmingham.
The Queens Head in Bromsgrove is a dog-friendly pit stop in a well known dog walking location. Stroll along the canal with this pub in your sights—it’s the perfect mix of family-friendly and grown-up. Dogs are allowed in the bar area, where they’ll be given their own water bowl and maybe even a doggy treat or two while you inspect the gin menu (there’s one on every table). If you want to sit outside, there’s a large area with umbrellas for sunny days and blankets for cooler ones, plus newspapers to get stuck into while your dog keeps an eye on the passing boats. Enjoy the pitter-patter of paws over the Victorian floor tiles (there’s always a doggy friend to meet) while you tuck into a gooey pizza, fresh out of the wood fire oven, or listen to some live music by the open fire.
Address & Map: 62 Belwell Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4TR
The Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield is warm, cosy and welcoming. In fact, it has one of the best reputations around as far as dogs are concerned. The staff love to see families relaxing in the bar area where they can dine without leaving their much-loved family member at home. If you’re bringing the whole family you can book an area in the bar before you tuck into the traditional-with-a-twist gourmet pub grub. There’s an outside area for enjoying the sun and an indoor fire where your dog can stretch out, plus plenty of action, from bank holiday tipples to Burger Wednesdays. If you’re driving in, you’ll need change for the car park however this is refunded on any pub purchase. Doggy water bowls are also supplied to quench your dog’s thirst after a long walk in Four Oaks Park.
Address & Map: 86 Calder Drive, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1QR
Another Sutton Coldfield doggy-dream, The Oak (formally Calder Green) welcomes all manner of four-legged friends and their owners—as long as humans and dogs are on their best behaviour! From free doggy biscuits, to water bowls and iced water for owners, everyone is made to feel welcome in this friendly pub. There’s real ale to sample while you watch the latest sports and a big breakfast menu, plus lots of meal deals throughout the week such as Pie and Pint night. Dogs are allowed in the bar area and outside space, with the lounge kept for dog-free diners. The friendly staff just ask that dogs are kept on the lead and close to their owners. In the summer, The Oak’s “Paw Parties” are a must-visit occasion, where dogs and their owners can socialise and make new friends.
4. The Station
Address & Map: 44 Station Street, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AT
The Station is a fun yet traditional free house that’s close to Sutton Coldfield train station and the town centre. Perfect for a midtown doggy day out. Treats, water bowls and fuss are given to every dog as standard, with some attention given to humans, too, you’ll be glad to hear. Their menu of cask ales is a must-try, plus they have wine, craft lagers and everything else in between. There’s always something going on, so peak times may be too much for the shyer dog, but a quiet spot can often be found in the vast and heated back garden where there’s an outdoor water tap for self-service.
Address & Map: 172 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, B18 6JW
Hailed as a top dog-friendly pub in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Rose Villa Tavern asks one thing: that you bring the whole family down, four-legged members included.Although it’s in a grade II listed building, their food menu looks like it came straight out of an American diner so look forward to burgers, chicken wings, mac ‘n’ cheese and cobb salads. They even have cocktail masterclasses as well as happy hours, and special offers like 2-for-1 sundaes on Sundays. For dogs there’s a bowl of water no questions asked and lots of fuss for those who like it. They do have a small front and back garden, but due to its central location you’ll want to keep leads to hand for safety.
Address & Map: Warwick Road, Solihull, B93 0BN
The Orange Tree is known for the best beer garden in Solihull and an atmosphere that welcomes dogs, children and grown-ups alike. There aren’t too many green areas within walking distance, but the pub’s garden is big enough for both dogs and humans to let off steam. There’s also ample parking if you’re driving in. Dogs are allowed everywhere apart from the main restaurant so you can eat in the bar or outside with your pet by your side. The signature spit-roasted chicken makes for a mouth-watering meal, and there are water bowls and treats galore for well-behaved pups. All in all, the perfect Sunday afternoon venue for the entire family.
Address & Map: 118 Alcester Rd, Birmingham, B13 8EE
If you’re looking for a pedigree pub, look no further than the Prince of Wales, also known to some as The Prince Moseley. This isn’t your traditional pub, so expect a labyrinth of quirky nooks and crannies including cigar lounges, an indoor cocktail parlour and a themed beer garden. As well as welcoming dogs, the Prince of Wales also serves up their famous chilli hotdogs (that’s a spicy sausage in a bread roll, just in case you were worried). Once you’ve had your fill, there’s plenty of space for your little mate to lounge in the beer garden, with patio heaters for chillier evenings. Dogs are welcome inside the pub and outside too. Sit by the fire, snuggle into old-fashioned leather bench seating and see how many of their five rooms (all dog-friendly) you can make it round before closing time. You’ll also want to sniff out their “Pints & Pooches” fun days which include antics for you and your pup to enjoy. All proceeds go towards helping the Medical Detection Dogs charity.
Address & Map: Church Rd, Shustoke, Coleshill, B46 2LB
The Griffin Inn is a rare relic of a proper pub for those who like real ale and spending their day with Shustoke’s friendliest dog owners. This unpretentious country local has farm cider, country wines and water bowls for pets. Slip into one of the sofas by the L-shaped bar, grab a spot by the fire or take an old-fashioned seat in the garden for the perfect view of Birmingham.
Address & Map: John Bright St, Birmingham, B1 1BL
BrewDog bars everywhere welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes, but there’s something special about the BrewDog in Birmingham. As the name suggests, it’s not just a pub but a community and they love their dogs just as much (if not more) than they do their brews. You’ll find their Instagram account paying homage to the many canine customers who accompany their humans while they tuck into a spicy burger or two. While you try some of the craft beers on offer, your dog can tuck into free doggy treats and their delicious doggy beer (but of course). The snug basement is a top dog spot on any day of the week but there are no restrictions here, so let the lead loose while you relax. BrewDog Birmingham’s staff have a genuine passion for dogs, so expect water bowls without having to ask and your dog to be genuinely spoilt. The pub is right by the train station so you can get home easily, or take a post-lunch walk by the nearby canals.
These are just a few of the great dog-friendly pubs Birmingham has to offer, but if you’re not sure whether a bar is dog-friendly it’s always worth calling, Tweeting, emailing, or just stopping by without your dog to ask to ensure they won’t be turned away. Some places can also get quite busy in the evenings so if your dog would rather stay in, you don’t have to stay home too. Check out Rover.com if you’re looking for a great local pet sitter or dog walker in Birmingham!