Pubs and Cafés
Enjoy a drink with your doggy in these popular Belfast bars and coffee shops, many with outdoor seating.
Sunflower Public House
The Sunflower takes the pub back to basics. Expect no gimmicks, just good drinks and great live music with everything from traditional sessions to gypsy swing. Water bowls and treats are available for four-legged friends and sharing pictures of your dog in the pub is highly encouraged.
The Dirty Onion is an authentic Irish pub with a twist, housed in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings. Sit indoors and enjoy trad music, or make the most of the large heated beer garden. The pub’s line-up of events includes regular doggy get-togethers, including Pooch Socials and Hot Dawg BBQs.
This 1900s-style public house at Titanic Belfast holds on to the historic feel of the shipyard with traditional music, heritage décor and locally produced food. Now a dog-friendly venue, you can enjoy a pint, nibbles and music with your furry friend before taking going for walkies along the dockside.
This quirky Irish venue is loved for its tasty pub grub, live sports, music and comedy, with themed nights during the week including Taco Tuesday and Wednesday quiz nights. Dogs are welcome inside the pub and water bowls are available in the outdoor seating area.
The Lamppost Café is a Narnia-themed family run coffee shop in east Belfast. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or sweet treats in this quaint venue complete with ragtime music and vintage crockery. Bring your pooch along too, then head to the nearby CS Lewis Square for walkies.
Santeria is a lively cocktail bar and coffee shops with outdoor seating, reasonably priced drinks and rhythmic funk and soul music. Find it in the increasingly vibrant Fountain Street, close to its sister bar Voodoo.
Having been a pub for over 100 years, Henrys is full of history. The dog friendly venue was refurbished in 2018 and is a popular venue in the historic Joy’s Entry. Call in midweek for hearty traditional food or come for live sports, whiskey tasting and music at the weekend.
One of Belfast’s best hidden gems, the Sagart, is a small bar and kitchen with big personality. Choose from a varied menu of ‘saint vs sinner’ themed cocktails and tuck into tasty bites like teriyaki pork belly or chip cones.
Located in a building dating back over 100 years, The Jailhouse offers pub food, local drinks and great live music, all under the original beams and barred windows. Dogs are welcome and there’s heated outdoor seating in the quaint surroundings of Joy’s Entry.
Parks and Walkies
From chasing sticks to meeting locals, your dog will love exploring Belfast’s parks, gardens and walkies trails. Just remember to keep them on a lead, and pick up dog waste and put it in the bin.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast is one of the city’s most popular parks. With more than 128 acres of rolling meadows, woodland and gardens it contains a number of walks and trails popular with doggies and owners alike.
Cave Hill Country Park
Cave Hill offers incredible views across Belfast from vantage points on the hillside. Access the park from Belfast Castle or Belfast Zoo car parks, then take a hike to the top. Dogs should be kept on a lead but they’ll love exploring the wide open space.
Take a stroll through Botanic Gardens; a beautiful park dating back to 1828 which today is a popular for concerts, festivals and other events. Then make your way to the Lagan Towpath, a dog-friendly path along the River Lagan that stretches from south Belfast to Lisburn.
There’s no need for your pooch to stay home alone. Belfast has a range of pet friendly accommodation providers designed to suit all tastes and budgets.
Bullitt Hotel’s doggo friendly rooms come with a comfy dog bed and treats for your pooch, as well a king sized bed for owners. There are a limited number of dog dens available and make sure to read the pooch policy before booking.
For the ultimate doggy retreat, check in to the Salty Dog hotel in Bangor. This pet friendly accommodation allows two large/medium dogs or three small dogs per room. Four-legged guests are treated to complementary treats and a doggy toothbrush.
Choose from a selection of self-catering or guest accommodation with Dream Apartments. They have a number of pet friendly options in great locations across the city. Get in touch with their team to find out more.
Tours for Dog Lovers
Don’t have a pooch of your own? You will be accompanied by furry friends on these sightseeing tours.
Dire Wolf Tours
Take a Game of Thrones film location tour like no other; and the only tour to include meeting the Direwolves, Summer and Greywind, from the HBO series. Put on a cloak and sword and explore Winterfell with these stunning, friendly dogs.
Ryan and Benjis
Take a chauffeur-driven tour of Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones filming locations with local guide Ryan, along with his cute pug Benji. This quirky tour promises a fun day out with a pooch to remember.