One of many dog-friendly locations in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has some wonderful dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and bars.

We know pets are part of the family, so we've got a list of the bars that will welcome your furry friend just as warmly as you.


Lily Johnston's Bar and Restaurant, Glenavy
Stopping off in this traditional pub is a must. Enjoy a delicious meal in the cosy bar or Parlour Restaurant. Dogs are welcome outside on leads and water bowls are provided to ensure your pet is just as comfortable as you are.

Courtyard Coffee House, Carrickfergus
This coffee house is set in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by unique boutiques, jewellers, craft shops and galleries and welcomes dogs on its outside grounds. This establishment is prided for traditional home baked food using locally sourced produce. Their hot beverages include a wide range of teas including Suki Tea and Tea Pigs as well as ethically sourced Ristretto coffee. Whether you are looking for breakfast to start a busy day, lunch with friends or afternoon tea you are assured of a warm welcome for both you and your pet. 


Paws 4 Tea, Dundrum
This is the ideal place to come after a long day exploring the Mourne Mountains, with refreshments for you and your pet available. The beautiful home cooking and friendly service makes this a lovely place for anyone to visit whether you are a dog owner or not.

Pier 36, Donaghadee 
Visit the famous and multi award-winning bar and restaurant with a reputation for exceptional food and service. Well situated right on the pier in Donaghadee harbour with a cosy and vibrant atmosphere, Pier 36 is a real treat for all your senses. Dogs on a lead are welcome in the bar area and outside where a water tap and bowls are available. The bar area is traditionally decorated with a real open fire and is a great place to sample one of Ireland's finest pints of Guinness and some fresh local seafood. The restaurant to the rear of the property has a magical atmosphere and a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest places to eat in Ireland. 

The Saltwater Brig, Kircubbin
Come and experience the sumptuous food on the shores of Strangford Lough where you can be assured of a warm welcome for both you and your dog. While your pet is welcome to enjoy the outside of the restaurant, you are sure to be drawn inside by the fresh soda bread and pancakes hot off the griddle. If leaving your pet outside is not for you, the extensive gardens to the rear of the Brig are ideal for eating or drinking al fresco. An elevated view looks out over Strangford Lough, and in summer, food is available from the stone built barbeque.   

The Hillside Bar and Restaurant, Hillsborough
Why not call into The Hillside, renowned for its roaring coal fires in the winter and its atmospheric cobble stoned beer garden in the summer. You can relax in the original unspoilt front bar or walk through into the refectory where you can enjoy excellent food in rustic surroundings. Dogs welcome outside with water bowls provided.

The Plough Inn, Hillsborough
Call into this famous family owned pub with an outstanding reputation for hospitality, atmosphere and fantastic food. Make use of the outside water bowls provided for your dog as you step inside to enjoy a friendly pint in the bar, a hearty pub lunch or a gastronomic delight in the evening. 

The Secret Garden Restaurant, Hillsborough
Why not visit the Secret Garden Cafe, set within the grounds of Hillsborough estate against the magnificent backdrop of the Castle. With beautifully maintained flowerbeds and elegant walkways, this is the perfect place to come with your pet. Call into the café for lunch or just a coffee as the perfect stop off in this beautiful location. 

Harrison's of Greyabbey
With breath-taking panoramic views and dogs welcome outside, there is no reason not to  visit Harrison's of Greyabbey. Nestled on the shores of Strangford Lough near Greyabbey village, this restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - everything is made from scratch, and if you fancy a drink with dinner, you can bring your own. Water bowls are also provided for dogs. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, which sells dogs' accessories amongst many other memorable goods.

Pretty Mary's, Moira
Pretty Mary's is popular with locals and visitors alike seeking great food, entertainment and a friendly atmosphere. The food menus are extensive with a wide selection of beers and wine from across the globe. If you're planning to bring your dog along, then make sure to let a member of staff know before your arrival, as dogs are welcome by arrangement only.

Wildfowler Inn, Greyabbey
For a delicious family meal or a quiet lunch, call by and soak up the beautifully atmospheric surroundings at the new Wildfowler Inn. Dogs are welcome inside and outside, dog bowls are supplied and well-behaved dogs do not have to be on a lead. Why not sample the excellent menu to suit all tastes with locally sourced produce and fresh fish from nearby Portavogie.

Jamaica Inn, Bangor
The Jamaica Inn  is known for its fantastic food, drinks served with style and quality live music. Join in on the pub quiz, or just relax beside the cosy fire. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the Beer Garden.

Dirty Duck Ale House, Holywood
Visit The Dirty Duck which prides itself on its good quality food and dining experience - ranging from the famous seafood chowder to the prime steaks. Dogs are welcome outside on leads. Inside, a warm welcome by the coal fire awaits visitors and the locals. The restaurant boasts a view which looks out along Belfast Lough from every table. The bright airy atmosphere within ensures an enjoyable experience whatever the ocasion. The beer garden takes advantage of the unique position. Both food and drink are available in the garden if you want to be closer to your pet.


Otter Lodge, Cookstown
Why not stop off for a light lunch or an evening meal - open seven days a week and renowned for consistently good food and wines at very keen prices. Dogs are welcome outside.

*Contact premises directly for further information.