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Check out our list of the top dog friendly hotels and restaurants across Ireland.

Mans best friend, they’re always by your side through thick and thin. From picking you up when you’re feeling down, making you laugh out loud, or just being your adventure buddy, it’s hard to not love them to bits. But we all get that pang of guilt when we leave them at home when we head off to meet friends or when we drop them off with a dogsitter for a weekend away.

You just know that they’d love to be with you. And with our selection of the best dog friendly hotels, restaurants and pubs in Ireland, you can bring them along whenever you want.

Dog Friendly Hotels in Ireland

Leaving home for a few nights doesn’t mean leaving your doggo behind. Book a stay at one of the dog friendly hotels for the ultimate getaway.

Glasson Lakehouse, Westmeath

When it comes to the best dog friendly hotels in Ireland, Glasson Lakehouse goes above and beyond. Dog friendliness is a key part of the hotel’s ethos with our staff on hand topping up water bowls in the lobby and leaving doggie blankets out.

Stay in one of our dedicated dog friendly rooms, decked out with dog treats, water bowls, and even more comfy blankets, the perfect spot to relax after a walk by the lake. Grab a map from reception (and a lead if you’ve forgotten yours) and plan a route around our on-site trails.

Top human tip
Cosy up after a day spent outside with your four-legged friends with an Irish Sidecar on our patio at Bonnie’s. Made with classic ingredients, the Jameson whiskey, Cointreau, lemon and sugar combination makes for an unbeatable post-walk tipple.

Top dog tip
Stop by the reception and check out our brand new line of doggie merch. We’re stocked up with cute costumes and adorable clothes - perfect for getting those holiday snaps that’ll blow up your feed.

Butler Arms Hotel, Kerry

Bring your dog along for a stay in one of the most spectacular spots in Ireland at the dog friendly Butler Arms Hotel. Book in for a stay on our doggy terrace and take in views of the Kerry coast that’ll stop you in your tracks.

Explore the nearby Waterville Beach, or set off on an adventure along the Ring of Kerry. But whatever you do, don’t forget to get a selfie with the Charlie Chaplin statue. Hollywood's first true superstar loved Waterville and stayed at Butler Arms Hotel year after year.

Top human tip
Staying in a gorgeous hotel by the coast in Kerry can only be improved by one thing. Actually, make that two things - freshly shucked oysters and a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. Head into Charlie’s Restaurant or Fishermen’s Bar for the right way to round off your day.

Top dog tip
Get outside and experience this quintessential corner of Ireland. Walk out of the lobby with your dog and make tracks for the cliff walk nearby. Take in views of Ballinskelligs Bay and end up at Inny Beach on this walk that’s just over 3km long - the perfect length for a dog friendly walk.

Dog friendly restaurants in Dublin

Eating out in Dublin doesn’t mean that your dog gets left home alone. Head to these dog friendly restaurants and spend some quality time together.

Union Café, Mount Merrion

Plan a perfect lazy Saturday morning with your pup and make your way to Mount Merrion on Dublin’s southside. Enjoy the neighbourhood buzz at Union Café on our outdoor terrace with puppy parking spots for dogs of all sizes.

Top human tip
It’s hard to beat an all day breakfast, so take your time and order up a plate of sausage, streaky bacon, house potato, and eggs. Keep the tasty treats going and grab something from the deli on your way out.

Top dog tip
The location of Union Café couldn’t be any better. Just across the road is Deerpark, a brilliant spot to take the dog for a walk on the trails through the trees. You’ll want to grab a hot coffee from our barista on your way over.

Dog friendly pubs in Dublin

Don’t leave your dog at home while you’re out having the craic with your mates. Bring them along to these dog friendly pubs so everyone can say hello.

Anne’s Bar & Hardware, Temple Bar

Hit the town with your dog and get into the thick of the action in Temple Bar. Anne’s Bar & Hardware is a great dog friendly pub that’s perfect for watching the world go by. Grab a table on the covered patio with your dog at your feet and treat yourself to a pint.

Top human tip
We don’t do things half-hearted at Anne’s. On top of your usual choice of Tayto, there’s Meanies, Refreshers, and other classic sweets from your childhood to enjoy with your drink.

Top dog tip
Think of Temple Bar as your dog’s runway. Dress them up in their best costume and let them strut their stuff. There’ll be people lining up to pet them.

Bison Bar & BBQ, Wellington Quay

This might just be the cosiest dog friendly pub in Dublin. Amongst the hustle and bustle of the city centre is Bison Bar & BBQ, a haven for beer lovers, BBQ fans, and their four legged friends as well.

Top human tip
Choose a whiskey from our extensive menu and pair it with a smoked beef brisket that’s drenched in our special house BBQ sauce.

Top dog tip
Find a quiet corner of the bar and let the busy world outside pass you and your dog by. Bison Bar & BBQ is the spot to rest up after a day of exploring the city.

Maher’s Pub, Baggot Street

This is where your doggo comes to become a star. Our staff love seeing dogs come through the doors, feeding them doggie snacks and sharing pics of them on our Instagram. Don’t forget to tag @maherdublin to go viral.

Top human tip
Nab a spot in our snug if you’re lucky and post up for the afternoon - you won’t want to leave. Thankfully, you won’t have to for a while because we’re serving up the best southern fried chicken in Dublin thanks to MOM Chicken.

Top dog tip
Don’t worry if you’re caught short without water or a treat for your dog. We’ve got water bowls and dog biscuits for all the furry good boys and girls.

Ashton’s Gastro Pub, Clonskeagh

You’ll feel right at home at Ashton’s Gastro Pub, handily located in between Ranelagh and Donnybrook, on our heated, covered terrace. Hang out with your dog in this peaceful spot and watch the River Dodder flow gently by.

Top human tip
Putting the gastro in gastro-pub, the carvery here is easily one of the best in Dublin. Using locally sourced ingredients and the very best cuts of Irish beef, chicken, pork, and bacon, you’ll find yourself heading back up for seconds.

Top dog tip
Plan a walk along The Dodder that runs behind Ashton’s. It’s a quiet and peaceful trail with plenty of scents and sights to keep even the most energetic dogs entertained.

There’s enough dog friendly hotels and pubs to keep you and your best friend entertained for a long time. For more of the best things to do, check out the other posts on our Happenings Blog.