We mean your pet, not your girlfriend. BarChick’s St Bernard, Beethoven, loves a good session, but often has to stay home. Well not anymore, these bars let the dogs in, and some even let in mini horses! Woof!
Front of house Billy, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, runs quite a strict door policy here, so sometimes Beethoven struggles to get in. BarChick thinks that it’s because he’s too big, but he’s convinced it’s because he’s not down with the hardcore regulars. Either way Billy is not a good one to cross, so if you are a small, non-argumentative pooch just looking for a pint of ale or a good Bloody Mary then this is the kennel for you.
16 Elia Street, Islington, London N1 8DE
This place is about as chilled as it gets, so dress casual and bring all your hounds so you can get stuck in without having to go home and let them out for a pee. Loads of dogs drop by for a drink and they all love it – probably has something to do with the delicious meatball stand outside which delivers straight to your table. So sit back and tuck in to those Red Stripes, but keep half an eye on the door as sometimes a stray cat wanders in and it isn’t looking for a fight…
49 Ridley Road, Dalston, London, E8 2NP
With their Colonial Britain/Victorian inspired pad, your dog will be more than happy here, it’s the perfect place to chill out. Hang on the sofas and work your way through their homemade brews, plus the lighting is sexy and dim so you will be both be looking hot (bit muddy from the park? No one will see). There’s always loads of pooches in here, and Jaeger their pet mascot rules the roost.
147 St Johns Hill, London, SW11 ITQ
Whilst BarChick is curled up in front of the fire with her massive Sunday roast and nursing a hair of the dog, Beethoven is salivating over the huge dog treat menu. With peanut butter & banana chews, cheese snacks and beef bones there is something for even the fussiest mutt – just be careful that wagging tail doesn’t send your drink flying. Plus in the summer there is even a dog wash, yes you heard me, a car wash for dogs – it’s genius!
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JJ
This wicked up and coming gastro pub in East Dulwich has nailed the whole cosy pub vibe, and even better you can bring your pooch along with you. They’ve got killer roasts, armchairs you can sink into, carafes of Bloody Marys and pigs in blankets on the bar. Your pooch will be more than happy with the selection of dog biscuits on offer, so this is the perfect pub to while away an afternoon in together.
381 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8JJ
Percy the Pug is pretty hospitable, and opens his paws to many a dog. So whether you’re tired of the market and in need of breakfast, or if like BarChick you just want to sink some killer cocktails, then this is the joint for you. This hole-in-the-wall bar is the perfect pit stop for you and your pup, and with dog treats and a market cat to play tag with, your four-legged friend will be more than entertained – woof woof!
Unit 7, Market Row, SW9 8LB
Need a cocktail but haven’t got anyone to go with? Then this hot new hang out has the answer: bring your hound! Get tipsy with your dog at your side, it’s perfect, plus it’s one of the oldest pulling tricks in the book – so you’ll have a non-canine companion in minutes. If this fails then just pretend you are there to shop (the clue’s in the name)… but bring your credit card as you ain’t going to fool anyone (least of all BarChick) if you leave without a new table.
75 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND
This place is cool, deeply cool, but what really sorts the mongrels from the pedigrees is the fact that they let dogs in. So not only can you ogle at the hot barmen whilst sipping some experimental cocktail, you can pamper your pooch whilst you do it with a cocktail of his very own, non-alcoholic of course – these guys aren’t afraid to mix it up. Plus with a free tankard of popcorn neither of you will want to leave – beats a bone any day.
61 Goodge Street, London, W1T 1TL
If Paris Hilton is your idol, then this is the place for you. Tough to find, with an even tougher door policy, this quirky joint only lets in Chihuahua’s – so grab your Louis Vuitton carry case and get down there. Home to the Willy Wonka’s of the cocktail world, you can indulge in their creativity whilst your freaky looking mutt meets other goggle-eyed midgets.
50 Blandford St, Marylebone, London, W1U 7HX
This place is done up like a country manor, so we weren’t surprised that pooches are allowed in to complete the look. It’s pretty relaxed in here, so whether you are looking for a hive for your bees or a perch for your parrot then this is your place – “there’s even room for a small pony” BarChick was happy to be told. Plus, if your mutt likes jazz and Yorkshire puddings then he will love it as much as you do – though maybe don’t bring your dog to disco.
40 Acre Lane, Brixton, London, SW2 5SP
BarChick loves this quirky watering hole and with cat whispering offered as standard, what’s not to love? Sure it’s a little strange in here, and after a round of absinthe and champagne Alibi Lectors, things get a whole world stranger. Bring your dog along if it’s house trained… “Animals and children are only permitted if the owner likes then and doesn’t fear they may sh*t all over the gaff.” Fair enough!
54 Islington Park St, Upper St, London N1 1PX
This much loved pub provides a home to all of Camden’s thriving booze hounds and musicians. It is an unshakable (despite its proximity to the rail track and a recent fire) institution, that has and will always be a loyal friend to those in need of a good time and a good pint. There’s a garden and a roof terrace for soaking up the sun/rain in summer, and some log fires to warm up by in winter whilst playing scrabble with your mates. So basically, it’s very accommodating and your pooch will be right at home.
2 Castlehaven Road, Camden, London NW1 8QU