Our favourite dog-friendly Edinburgh pubs & cafés
Edinburgh – where dogs are treated like royalty (actually possibly better than royalty in some quarters). If you’re new to the city or new to owning a lovely mutt, you may not be aware of the warm welcome pet pooches get at many a pub and café in our beautiful metropolis. We have some enthusiastic dog-lovers in the office, and here are some of our favourite places to take Fido for a restorative pint or warming pot of tea.
1. Arthur’s Seat / The Holyrood 9A
A favourite haunt for two and four legged walkers after a bracing ascent of Arthur’s Seat, The Holyrood 9A is regularly voted one of Edinburgh’s best bars, noted for its stylish wood panelling, magnificent burgers and craft ales, as well as a cheery willingness to host well-behaved dogs.
2. New Town / The Wally Dug
With a name like that, a place can’t not fling open its doors to dogs and their thirsty owners, and sure enough, this cosy, ‘proper’ boozer is often frequented by canine customers of all shapes and sizes. A quirky and characterful place, tucked away in the Georgian splendour of the New Town.
3. Stockbridge / Patisserie Florentin
A very French, independently owned café/pastry shop on North West Circus Place in Stockbridge, Patisserie Florentin has a huge local following among dog-owners, not least for the charming way furry companions are brought their own Bonio on a plate when your croissant and coffee appear!
4. Bruntsfield / Blackbird
Contemporary café-bar Blackbird has a scrumptious brunch menu and, most importantly for our faithful friends, an award-winning outside terrace & beer garden – ideal after a run on the Meadows. This cheerful and stylish place is gathering many fans among dog owners and families as well as the young and beautiful brigade. Which pretty much sums up the eclectic and vibrant mix of inhabitants in the ever-popular area of Bruntsfield.
5. Ratho / The Bridge Inn
As proud winners of the DRAM Dog Friendly Pub of the Year 2014, this canal-side pub-restaurant has a well-deserved reputation for serving top notch food which, matched with the pretty waterside setting means you and your dog will be in very good hands: perfect for a relaxing meal after a scamper along the tow path.
6. Portobello / The Espy
All dogs love a beach, and the promenade at Portobello, an increasingly fashionable part of Edinburgh, is home to The Espy, a bar with a distinctly Aussie feel. The weather might not match Bondi, but dogs here get their own entrance and even their own part of the pub: the back area has squashy sofas and a very welcoming vibe for dog-owning customers: the breakfast is highly recommended after a bracing seaside stroll.
7. Leith / Nobles Bar-Café-Restaurant
Open until 1am, 7 days a week, this is one especially good for night owls – there’s always that last walk before bedtime to consider. . . Close to the stylish area of Leith Shore, Nobles offers free dog biscuits and an all-round welcome to good-as-gold pets accompanied by well-behaved owners.