15 Brilliant dog friendly pubs in Brighton

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Brighton is a beloved seaside day trip for anyone from the big smoke, and plenty of people and pooches “pup” down to soak up some sun on bank holidays. There’s lots to explore and a whole pack of dog-friendly pubs in Brighton, more than we could possibly fit on this list! Brighton is one of the most dog-friendly cities to live in the UK too!

We’ve fetched some of our favourites scattered across Brighton and Hove, so you’re sure to find one close by or suiting your particular tastes.

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The Walrus

The Walrus is one of the town’s best-loved boozers and easily one of the most dog-friendly pubs in Brighton. Pooches are welcome inside and out, the only place off-limits to furries is the dining room.

It feels like a labyrinth inside because there are so many passages, secluded snugs, and booths making no shortage of cosy spaces to snuggle up with the pup and enjoy a pint, plus your dog will get a drink and a treat too.

The Cleveland Arms

The Cleveland Arms sits overlooking Blakers Park, making it a perfect place to “pup” into after walkies or a game of fetch with the dog. The food here is excellent, and it’s home to one of the best Sunday Roasts going.

They happily welcome families and are massively dog-friendly - the staff are besotted with their canine regulars and those just on holiday!

The Mesmerist

A stone’s throw from the seafront and spitting distance from fellow dog-friendly Brighton pub The Walrus, The Mesmerist has become one of the go-to venues for a drink or night out.

It’s THE place to go for cocktails in the stylish seventies-style lounge. It’s sophisticated without being dry or pretentious and is stocked with amazing drinks and scrummy street food.

It’s fun, friendly, laid back, and the ideal spot for a light brunch, daytime tipple, or a swanky night out!

The Farm Tavern

This beloved backstreet boozer is one of the brightest and cosiest pubs by the seafront. The Farm Tavern is owned by Greene King, but feels a world away from a standard chain pub, and it’s hard to find a friendlier or more chilled hangout.

There’s quirky decor, a wide range of drinks, cheery staff, great roasts and sharing plates, and a ton of fuss for every hound through the door, who often get their own bowl of food.

The Hartington

Head towards the cemetery and the racecourse and you’ll find The Hartington. It’s become a community hub, particularly as it’s another child and dog-friendly pub in Brighton.

It’s also got one of the biggest pub gardens in the area which is always popular come summer.

There’s usually a stock of water bowls and treats on the bar for any furry visitors, so your pooch can quench their thirst too while you wet your whistle.

North Laine Brewhouse

North Laine Brewhouse stands out because it is also a microbrewery, serving their own beers as well as a massive range of other craft offerings.

There’s bottomless brunch, ping pong, and axe throwing too, giving you everything you need for a Saturday night out. It’s a bustling pub with a lively atmosphere, so it can seem surprising that it’s family and dog-friendly, although kids aren’t allowed in past 6pm.

The Cricketers

The Cricketers offers a more traditional and historic venue since a pub has stood here since 1547 - it almost feels like a Victorian time-capsule!

It’s a stone’s throw from the beach but a world away from the hustle and bustle, and makes for a very atmospheric pint surrounded by dark, oiled wood, plush carpets, and characterful decor.

If you love a roast you’ll need to sniff this place out since they do them every day, in fact, the whole menu revolves around them! It’ll certainly tempt the pooch too, who’ll be welcome outside or in the dog-friendly room.

The Lion & Lobster

Not too far away from the previous dog-friendly Brighton pub, The Lion & Lobster is another excellent pub that welcomes humans and hounds alike.

It’s still close to the seafront, but its backstreet location means it’s surprisingly laid back. There’s near-endless snugs and hideaways sprawled across three floors so there’s always a place to hunker down and make yourself at home.

There’s practically a guarantee that there are dogs chilling inside, including pub pooch Pooka - the staff are always thrilled for a canine cuddle and will fetch water bowls as soon as you settle down.

The Black Lion

Another dog-friendly pub in Brighton’s lanes, The Black Lion is right next door to The Cricketers so you’re spoiled for choice for dog-friendly pubs. There’s live music every night and it gets extra funky on Sundays as the in-house band is on.

The menu is more street food than pub grub, with a wide range of beers to complement. You can watch the world go by on the terrace or sunbathe in the roomy beer garden.

Your pup will love it too since the staff are sure to make a fuss and fetch some treats and water on the house.

The Ginger Dog

The Ginger Dog has several super sibling pubs, including the popular Ginger Fox. Like its sister venues, The Ginger Dog has a reputation for fabulous food, cemented by its inclusion in the Michelin guide and it’s certainly finer dining than your average pub.

Unlike many gastropub places, this is a perfectly dog-friendly pub in Brighton - your pooch is welcome to sit with you and water bowls are provided.

The Prince George

Vegetarians rejoice because The Prince George has got possibly the greatest veggie menu known to man!

There’s no shortage of choice since the whole menu is vegetarian, with a good amount of vegan offerings too, and the delicious grub comes in huge portions.

This dog-friendly Brighton pub has had a cracking refurb too, adding to the charm and character, cementing this place as one of the best places to chill out with a canine.

The Park View

Out in the suburbs you’ll find the Park View. This pub is perfectly positioned to head into for refreshments after you and the pooch have had a run around Preston Park.

The interior is light and airy with a country pub vibe and calmer pace than some of the pubs at the seafront, so it’s super easy to relax in. However, this pub is famed for its fantastic beer garden which has no shortage of seats and even BBQ setups.

The staff will always fuss four-legged visitors and there are water bowls and tasty titbits on offer to keep any peckish pups satisfied.

The Sidewinder

Few pubs are as funky as The Sidewinder, not least because of its eclectic decor and bohemian vibe.

The grotto of a garden is perfect for a chilled summer evening under the fairy lights, stuffing your face with soul food and making friends with pub dog Arthur.

Speaking of dogs, they’re always more than welcome and are usually gambolling about the garden playing with the other canine clientele.

The Stoneham

The Stoneham is one of the most proudly dog-friendly pubs in Brighton - their staff are positively “dog obsessed”. There are always cuddles, water bowls and treats on offer, and your pooch might even win pride of place as “dog of the week”.

There are great refreshments for the humans too, with a lush fresh menu focusing on seasonal, homegrown produce. It’s right next to a pet shop too, just in case you need something on the way home.

The Black Dove

A Victorian-inspired den of quirky treasures and tomes, there’s always something weird and wonderful to find in The Black Dove. Whether you and the pooch try a treasure hunt to discover the weirdest knick-knack on display or begin a valiant effort to run through the 70 beers on offer, you’ll end up making many trips to this dog-friendly pub in Brighton.

There’s also award-winning cider, cracking cocktails, spirits a-plenty, plenty of organic wine and proper bar snacks.

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