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Exploring Dog-Friendly Dublin

By Visit Dublin

21st June 2019

They’re not called man's best friends for nothing — just like your two-legged mates, your canine companions are keen on enjoying tasty brunches and adventurous outings in your company. And as Dublin becomes ever more dog-friendly, you and your furry friend are paws-itively spoilt for choice...

In the buzzing Portobello area, the Bernard Shaw (11-12 South Richmond Street) proudly proclaims its animal-loving credentials, with dogs (on leads) welcome both inside and in the courtyard. Dog bowls are provided at this multi-purpose space that features a cosy bar, double decker pizza bus, café and exhibition space. 

A 15-minute walk northwards you’ll find The Fumbally (Fumbally Lane), an eclectic, convivial spot serving up fresh and wholesome breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes alongside delicious coffee. House-trained dogs on leads are welcome to hang out inside with their owners and soak up the laid-back atmosphere.

Less than five minutes’ walk away is Two Pups Coffee on Francis Street, a popular location priding itself on good coffee, tasty breakfast and lunch fare and, of course, its dog-friendly vibe. Heading westward along the Liffey away from town will bring you to Smithfield and Urbanity (Coke Lane), a dog-friendly café serving breakfast, lunch drinks and coffee. Both destinations provide convenient dog bowls for thirsty companions (who must remain on their leads).

The DART (Dublin’s coastal rail system) welcomes dogs, so grab your Leap card and your dog's lead, and head out into town and beyond to Dublin’s villages, where many of the following dog-friendly destinations can be found.

Hop on the DART heading north and you’ll reach Ebb & Flow Coffee, Clontarf (get off at the Clontarf Road stop). The bench in front of this small but well-appointed neighbourhood coffee spot combines beautiful views of Dublin Bay with a conveniently-positioned dog bowl. The superior flat whites and indulgent brownies on offer inside means that this bench is one of the best seats in Dublin for a thirsty dog and her (equally thirsty) best friend.

The final stop on the northbound DART is the fishing village of Howth, a dog lover’s paradise. Stroll down the pier or hike further out along the cliffs, returning to The Dog House Blues Tearoom for some refreshments. This quirky gem gets the seal of approval from Dublin dogs in the know — with a dedicated dogs' menu, dog bowls on offer and a covered outdoor seating area, it sets a standard that’s hard to beat.

If a well-poured pint of Irish craft beer is on the menu, rather than coffee, fear not — this series of Dublin pubs and bars won’t let you down. The Bath Pub (on Bath Avenue, near Grand Canal) serves up delicious pizzas and drinks on its sun-drenched courtyard, frequented by the neighbourhood’s trendiest dogs (and even the odd cat). MVP Bar (29 Upper Clanbrassil Street) is even more pup-obsessed, serving craft cocktails to humans and “doggy beer” to well-behaved dogs, with pet-themed events like Dogchella and Pupperween attracting canine characters big and small.

Right in the heart of town, Street 66 (33 Parliament Street) is a live music bar inspired by the Barcelona night life and is dog-friendly until 10pm. The Big Romance (98 Parnell Street) is all about vinyl records, a top-notch sound system and great craft beer; enjoy the relaxed ambience with your favourite furry friend.

Markets are always popular spots for dogs and their owners, with plenty of scents to tickle the nose and a host of other four-legged fellows to meet and greet. Marlay Park (Grange Road, Rathfarnham) is a prime location for southside dog walkers and runs a dog-friendly farmer’s market on weekends. St Anne’s Park (Raheny) hosts a bustling Saturday market that's home to Happy Tails, a brand of delicious and wholesome canine treats, while the park’s off-lead dog section buzzes with exciting rounds of doggy tag.

Once all that exploring is complete, some rest and relaxation is in order. Get yourselves to Muttugly, a specialist dog grooming studio in Dublin 2, or Hairy Mutts, a dog salon in Firhouse, Dublin 24, for all your puppy’s pampering priorities. After all, it's essential to keep up the energy levels (and beauty standards) ahead of next week's dog-about-town adventures in Dublin.

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