It needs to be said first up that ALL of the beach kiosks in Newcastle are dog friendly, which is perfect if you are cutting laps of Bathers Way or Newcastle Breakwall. Ask any local and they will probably have their personal favourite, but really you can't go wrong with an egg and bacon roll from any of them. For the early risers, Blue Door Kiosk at Merewether Beach and The Kiosk at Newcastle Beach are open from 6am, and Swell at Bar Beach from 6:30am.
Your guide to Newcastle's dog friendly venues
Everyone knows adventures are best shared with your four-legged bestie in tow. Newcastle has some pawrific dog friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs so you never have to leave each other’s side while you explore the city. Here's a dog friendly dining directory of venues to help you plan a pooch perfect getaway!
ALL of the beach kiosks
Newcastle CBD, East and West
Scotties is an absolute institution and a fave spot for enjoying take-way fish and chips after a day at the beach. The restaurant itself is dual-purpose. They serve incredible high-end seafood inside and out, with the outdoor tables under the festoon lights making it a great doggy date spot. Then their side hole-in-the-wall dishes out the classic takeaway goods for you and your dog to enjoy on the lawn outside (also perfect for date night). We highly recommend the fish wrap. More info here.
Moor Newcastle East
This east-end cafe and pantry has great coffee by Floozy and ample seating in the sunny front patio. Their eclectic menu featuring shakshuka and an amazing Bombay breakfast bowl is a vegetarian dream, and Thursday's great value Tagine Nights are BYO! More info here.
Edmonds & Co
Their footpath in Newcastle East across from the park serves a great egg and bacon roll and coffee. More info here.
The Clarendon Hotel
Live music with your best bud. Is there anything better? The Clarendon is an easy stroll within the city centre, where you can enjoy live music in their large dog friendly courtyard and grab a top-notch feed. There's even a designated puppy bar! More info here.
This historic venue is a great spot for some iconic Instagram photos of you and your bestie in the dog friendly beer garden. A spritz here is one to tick off the bucket list. More info here.
A cafe so nice they named it twice! This fermented and gut-friendly cafe is a perfect healthy pit-stop when browsing the shops on Hunter Street. More info here.
The Happy Wombat
This dog friendly cafe and bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is the kind of place you can easily sit back and while away the hours. A great spot for street-peeping from the front tables. More info here.
East End Hub
Tucked under in amongst the Royal Precinct, this breakfast and lunch restaurant has ample outdoor seating to feel the sea breeze while you eat your Cape Grim rump steak and king prawn spaghetti. Bon appetit! More info here.
If your doggo is more of a grungey pool-playing type, then this Newcastle West moody pub could be your vibe. One of the few places that let you inside to eat with your dog, it's a great late-night spot serving up some of the best tunes and vegan food in town. More info here.
Honeysuckle and Harbour
Queens Wharf Hotel
Want to feel the salty breeze in your hair or your fluff? Who doesn't?! That's why the harbour-side seating at Queen's Wharf Hotel is teeming with dogs enjoying a sunset spritz on the water. More info here.
Cocktails by the water with your dog. Need we say more? They're super dog friendly here with regular adoption days and custom dog beds so everyone is comfy. Cheers to that! More info here.
This is a great pitstop when exploring Honeysuckle with ample seating on the front patio. When the sea breeze picks up, the heaters and clear awnings come down so you can still enjoy the view. More info here.
Carrington, Wickham, Maryville
The Wickham Boatshed
This picturesque harbour-front spot has a relaxed atmosphere that is right at home on the water. Sourcing seasonal local produce served with a Meditteranean twist, you can enjoy the salty sea breeze and admire the boats on the harbour with your doggo. More info here.
*Insider tip * It's also only a short walking distance to off-leash beach Carrington Foreshore where your pup can burn off some energy or watch the sunset.
The Criterion Hotel
Tucked over in Carrington is an excellent pub known locally as "The Cri." It's a favourite for its rustic atmosphere, live music, exceptional cocktails and fantastic dog friendly beer garden. You'll find a few tasty surprises for the more culinarily adventurous, while their standard pub classics taste anything but standard. It's a great spot for a pint with your pooch. More info here.
Ground Up Espresso
A colourful cafe on the main drag serving up excellent coffee, with ample dog friendly seating in the courtyard out back as well as the tables in front. More info here.
'Inu' translates to dog in Japanese. So you know you and your furry friend will be welcomed with open arms into this relaxed cafe, known for their open industrial chic setting, craft coffee and quality breakfasts. They serve a mix of brekky classics with a few wholesome Japanese fast food items thrown in to nod to the predominantly Japanese staff and part-owner. But more importantly, there are dog treats and puppycinos for good doggos to enjoy on the outside tables so no one has to go hungry. More info here.
The super relaxed atmosphere out on the patio and lawn tables, is such a nice vibe to have a tasty and hearty meal, chill out to music, or even to have a couple of cheeky lawn bowls. It's a winner with groups too, but be sure to book ahead when there is live music. More info here.
Young Street Hotel
A fave amongst local doggos and humans, their beer garden gets a workout in warm weather. Enjoy a crafty pint and a pub classic. More info here.
Baked Uprising is renowned for their divine sourdough breads. Many a dog come from far and wide for their crusty loaves, coffee and delicious baked treats out in the front yard, which becomes a hive of hound activity in warmer weather. More info here.
If there are seats available in the beer garden, dogs are welcome to join you for a pint and a pubbie in this chilled out neighbourhood pub. More info here.
Hamilton and Islington
Smokin Hot n Saucy
A meatlovers mecca, their 100% outdoor seating is 100% dog friendly, and even has some coverage for wet weather and sun. You and your dog will have smoke-infused dreams for days after trying their authentic Texan BBQ meat plate for two, and their peppery cheeseburger is one of the juiciest and smokiest in Newy. But get in quick, they often sell out! More info here.
The Wickham Park Hotel
The Wicko's massive beer garden is the perfect spot after a run around Wickham Park next door, with live music, screens and plenty of great beers on tap. More info here.
A classic pub, with a back beer garden you and your pooch can enter from the rear before settling into some cocktails. Be sure to check out their events. More info here.
Hamilton Station Hotel
This art deco classic pub has ample space in the courtyard to sink back a few, and enjoy one of the weekly special nights and watch sport or live music while the kids runaround the playground. Fingers crossed for you on meat raffle night! More info here.
A specialty coffee-lovers dream, this cafe serves a simple but solid menu in amongst the mismatched furniture and quirky decor. Enter the back courtyard from the rear laneway and settle in. Don't forget to grab some house-roasted beans to take home! More info here.
There's only a few tables out the front which can get snapped up quickly, but the team are always happy to deliver your cake outside with a pat and a chat. And let's face it, the delicious cakes don't last long on the plates so tables become available quickly! More info here.
Red Parrot Coffee
This coffee roastery feels a little out of the way in the backstreets of Islington, but it has all your coffee needs covered with in-house roasted beans and coffee contraptions for home. Dogs welcome inside and out. More info here.
Clyde Street Cafe
Nestled amongst a residential area and alongside some of the City's best second hand furniture stores, Clyde Street Cafe is serving up fresh seasonal food and speciality coffee from Tapestry coffee roasters and a variety of small Australian roasters. There's an outdoor courtyard as well as a garden, just waiting for you and your four legged friend to sit back and enjoy a puppacino or two.
Tighes Hill and Mayfield
Praise Joe Cafe
The dog equivalent of Cheers, where everyone knows your dog's name. This tiny cafe greets all dogs with a biscuit and a pat, and serves some of the tastiest sausage rolls in Newy. It's also a stone's throw from Islington Dog Park. Heaven! More info here.
Perry the Feeder
This caravan dishes out some of the tastiest toasties and fantastic coffee, with a cute little courtyard to people-watch the traffic on Maitland Rd, before checking out nearby Coliseum Antiques or grabbing some picnic provisions from Pork Ewe Deli. More info here.
Onyx Espresso Bar
If you like exceptional espresso, then Onyx is your spot either out the front or in the back courtyard at any of their many tie-up points. Water bowls a plenty keep everyone hydrated. More info here.
Cooks Hill and The Junction
A classic cafe amongst the dining and shopping strip of Darby Street, they're famous for their high tea and great fare. Their front tables are a great spot to park for a while when exploring Cooks Hill. More info here.
There's plenty of outdoor spots to relax and watch the world go by this lively intersection. Their interesting menu + fully licensed credentials makes it a perfect possie for a mimosa brunch with your pooch. More info here.
Will & Sons
This dog friendly bar in Cooks Hill is open from breakfast to dinner, and is serious about their craft beers. So serious they sometimes have doggy beer. Park out the front or in the front bar and enjoy! More info here.
This wholesome spot promises good times, good food and good coffee for good doggos and owners seated outside. It's almost too good to be true! More info here.
The Grumpy Baker
With a small outdoor section, this sourdough bakery is a sensational sunny spot to people watch while you both munch on a sausage roll or pie. One for both of you of course! More info here.