Liverpudlians know it’s not a true family outing unless the entire crew can come along and that means finding a dog-friendly spot to dine in. We’ve searched the Liverpool seaside, from Merseyside to the famous Penny Mead Lane, to find Liverpool’s top dog-friendly pubs.
Address & Map: 22 Caledonia St, L7 7DX
The Caledonia in the centre of of Liverpool loves its local canine-loving community and their dogs. Dogs are welcome at The Caledonia all day and if they want a burger or bowl of stew while their owners eat, staff are only too happy to oblige. The dog-doting team will happily pronounce your dog the best in the world (just don’t tell the next one!) and will always remember their name. The Caledonia team firmly believe that dogs help visiting drinkers make friends. There are even two resident Dachshunds who are always on hand to give a high-paw to any dog-friendly visitors. Why not walk off your lunches afterwards alongside Liverpool’s waterfront or through the gorgeous streets of the Georgian Quarter.
Address & Map: Westminster Chambers, 92 Dale Street, L2 5TF
The Dead Crafty Beer Company not only has a dog-friendly badge of honour but even has a dog-friendly gallery which can be spotted on their website. Dogs are allowed in the bar and will likely be offered water and a doggy biscuit before you’ve even got a drink. They even stock poo bags, just in case. The Dead Crafty Beer Company is a family run bar, specialising in craft beers from around the world. Their motto is to find a beer to suit everyone’s taste, so you’re bound to find a tipple you’ll want to try again. As a bonus, resident Tibetan terrier, Dolly, is an excellent driver of traffic to this dog-friendly establishment.
Address & Map: 43-47 Storrsdale Rd, L18 7JY
The Storrsdale is a traditional Liverpool local that spoils dogs and sometimes their humans too. Regular customers here create a great sense of community and everyone is welcome, including dogs of all shapes and sizes. Dog-friendly spoils include a bowl of water, doggy treats, and most importantly, a ton of cuddles. Regular charity events, sports screenings, and a darts night make for great day out for you and your furry little friend.
Address & Map: 9 Greenes Road, Prescot, L35 3RE
The Beer EnGin Micropub is a truly welcoming free house for human and canine customers—its many visiting hounds contributing to the lively atmosphere. Based in Whiston Village, it’s the perfect post-walk stop off for real ale, cider, and craft beers, plus a water bowl for your dog, of course. It’s open plan so there aren’t any separate dog-free areas, but you’ll find just the humans on the furniture—dogs are kindly asked to stay on the floor. Family-run, the staff will keep an eye on you, while Flo (the resident German shepherd-cross) does exactly the same for her doggy visitors. There isn’t a garden but you can finish your visit with a stroll across Stadt Moers Park which is well within sniffing distance. For snacks, there’s an array of pub crisps and nuts as well as doggie treats to keep everyone content. If you’re lucky, your dog could even find themselves in the Beer EnGin Dogs Calendar, which features pub regulars to raise funds for Merseyside Dogs Home.
Address & Map: 60 Penny Ln, L18 1DG
Dovedale Towers is on the edge of the dog-friendly and world famous Penny Lane spot (immortalised by local band you might’ve heard of, The Beatles). Known affectionately by locals as “The Dovey”, this doggy-diner allows pets and their owners in the main bar, as well as outside in the compact beer garden. There’s a large carpark for day trip visitors and not only are the dogs welcome here, but they’re positively embraced. Tuck into a delicious chicken and chorizo kebab for tea or a deli sandwich. You can eat in peace while your dog is kept occupied by the staff who insist on regular cuddles.Upstairs you’ll even find the spot where Freddie Mercury once stayed during Queen’s climb to fame. When you’re done, pop over to the green opposite for a pre-bedtime stroll.
Address & Map: 1 Massam’s Ln, Formby, L37 7BD
At The Freshfield there’s plenty of space in their dog-friendly wing and on a sunny day, sit outside with your furry little buddy. Make sure you read all of the signs here, as well-behaved dogs are welcome only in certain areas. For humans, a menu of devilled whitebait, homemade scotch eggs, and nachos with jerk pulled pork truly are to drool for. Due to its prime location near both Formby Pinewoods and Formby Beach the car park does get busy in peak periods, so walk over if you can. Bowls of water for the dogs are offered freely and the doggy area has been furnished with dog people in mind. For those wishing to dine dog-free, head into the main restaurant.
Address & Map: 2 Heatons Bridge Road, Ormskirk, L40 8JG
Heatons Bridge is a great canal-side pub that serves all Liverpool locals and their dogs too, of course. The dining room is for dog-free diners only, but you’ll still be spoiled for choice as the pub has four gardens including a large field where you can find loads of dogs enjoying some off-lead time. There are plenty of water bowls, treats, and a doggy water barrel outside where owners can help themselves. On hot days, you’ll find plenty of dogs under the parasols or even cooling down in the canal. When you’re hungry, grab a staff member to order a homemade meal of fresh fish and chips, then quench your thirst with a real ale or pull box beer—served in honour of WWII where the pub served as a lookout post. If there are two phrases that are constantly on the lips of locals to describe Heatons Bridge, they’re “fresh food” and “friendly staff.” Dog-friendly, that is.