Blackpool is the Big Daddy of seaside towns with millions of visitor flocking to its Golden Mile every year. Where other resorts have one pier, Blackpool has two, where others have promenades and esplanades Blackpool has a Golden Mile and even off-season its has its famous Blackpool Illuminations and Winter Gardens. As a dog-owner don’t think you have to leave Fido behind because the best dog-friendly pubs in Blackpool are ready and waiting for your arrival
The Best Pubs in Blackpool where Dogs are Welcome
If you are looking for Blackpool pubs that take dogs, you are unlikely to be there for a spate of clubbing and heavy partying. Of course, it is a destination renowned for its hen and stag parties, an element that is quintessentially Blackpool, but there is so much more to do. South Beach has the Blue Flag award putting it up with the crème de crème of British beaches. There is the Pleasure Beach, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life, the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Tower to enjoy. You will be surprised how many of these attractions have “dogs are welcome” policies, at least for most of the time.
Dog pubs in this holidaymaker’s mecca are no different from pet-friendly pubs in other parts of the country. They know only too well that we are a nation of dog lovers and owners who treat their furry friends like children.
If you are visiting Blackpool, then a trip to its award-winning zoo has to be on the cards. Like the zoo, just on the outskirts, away from the hustle and bustle, there are areas where dogs are welcome such as nature reserves and bridle paths through pretty countryside too.
Our Top 7 Choices
Find below 7 of the best pet friendly pubs in Blackpool
1. The Plough, Staining
Situated in the heart of this picturesque village on the outskirts of Brighton this should be your paw o’call after a day out at Blackpool Zoo. Dogs are welcome here which is good news for dog walkers in Marton Mere wildlife reserve close by. You are likely to see a multitude of mutts and their owners in the garden or bar area making use of the freshwater dog bowls and giving paw for treats. Its 35-seater restaurant is dog-friendly too and serves meals from noon straight through to 9pm. If you need to catch a match on the telly, you’ll be pleased to know it has Sky Sports in the bar.
2. Albert’s Ale Microbar, Albert Rd
This delightful microbar is right in the heart of Blackpool, a stone’s throw from the Winter Gardens. Located in the cellar of the Albert Hotel, it is crammed with 40 bottled world beers, mainly from Belgium. There are up to four beers available and these are often from local microbreweries. Fido will find it fun going down the stairs to this cosy little spot where he is going to be given a lot of fuss and a treat or two. Just use your judgement though if you have a larger breed because space is at a premium in this bijou venue.
3. The Brew Room, Church Street
After it underwent a major refurbishment inside and out, this grand Victorian building now incorporates the West Coast Rock Brewery. No fear of your beer not being fresh, there are 10 cask gales and 10 craft keg beers on tap, brewed right there on site. A good indication of the Brew Room’s reputation is its large local clientele and then the “irregular regulars” who return to Blackpool every year. Your dog is as welcome as you are and if you are feeling generous slip him or her a piece of your smoky footlong hotdog.
4. The Little Black Pug, Talbot Rd
This is a glamorous free house where even its little mascot wears a golden crown. It is set in a former Catholic convent school dating back to 1888. Its stripped wooden floors and burnished bar with gleaming brass accessories is set below a Victorian glass roof dome giving it a light and airy feel. It has a great courtyard too for al fresco dining. Famous for its Northern Soul weekends, it is a dog-friendly pub with a difference. While you choose from a menu of more than 200 single malts, 60 gins and 40 vodkas your pooch can lap up the fuss from the front-of-house staff.
5. Duke of York, Dickson St
A spotlessly clean pub with a high gloss white bar and cool seaside colours it has a distinctive feeling of space and light. The bar with its exposed brick back wall has a range of real ales, casks ales and cocktails for sundowners al fresco. The outdoor area is protected from the elements by a transparent awning. According to the reviews Adam and his team go that extra mile for their customers and there is room for Fido too. If you are in a competitive mood, there is a funky table with purple baize.
6. Winstons, Highfield Road
Named after our cigar-puffing prime minister, this one of Brighton’s pet-friendly pubs that ticks all the boxes when it comes to extending a warm welcome to two-legged, as well as its four-legged guests. There are high leather booths that separate diners and drinkers where you can enjoy all-day pub grub. It has a spacious separate area with outside access for private functions. The cocktail bar, well-stocked and prepared for lazy sunny days and sundowners is named after Churchill’s wife, Clementine. For Mum’s Who Lunch during school breaks there’s a children’s “mocktail” menu. For ale drinkers there are four hand pulls featuring beers from local breweries.
7. No 13 Bonny St, Central
You will have no problem finding this little gem of a dog-friendly pub because the clue is in its name. Formerly known as the Pump and Truncheon, it has undergone a sparkle to give it a cosy, yet modern look that is proving to be a hit with people and pooches alike. There is no hint of its former police theme and there are four real ales on tap such as Cross Bay Brewing Co’s Witching Hour. There is an open fire to welcome you after a bracing walk along the seafront and wisely dogs are welcome only until 7pm when it starts filling up.
A transformation of pubs and bars in the centre of Blackpool is underway from converted convents to Victorian pubs that houses its own brewery. Pub grub is generally served from noon until late and most Blackpool pubs that allow dogs do so for most of their opening hours.
Blackpool dog friendly pubs are ideally situated in areas where there is plenty to do for both you and your furry-legged family member.