Home to the famous tower and illuminations, the seaside resort of Blackpool is potentially the most-visited staycation spot in Britain. You certainly don’t need dancing feet to visit, as families play on the sandy beaches, and thrillseekers spend their days at the Pleasure Beach.
Despite how many families are drawn to Blackpool every summer, it’s not the most dog-friendly of towns and you might struggle to sniff out somewhere to eat without a few pointers. We’ve gone digging for answers and managed to fetch 15 different dog-friendly pubs in Blackpool and a few cafes too.
For years The Highlands Pub was one of the only dog-friendly pubs in Blackpool, allowing pooches inside where the landlord would happily give them a fuss. You and the family can “pup” in after a walk along the prom or a quick tram ride along the front.
There are usually bags of doggy treats on the bar for £1 and all money raised goes to the RSPCA. So your furry friend can enjoy their own bar snacks and help out other doggies!
Address: 206 Queen's Promenade, FY2 9JS
Opening Times: Every day: 12:00-23:00
The Gynn is one of few pubs in Blackpool that welcomes dogs inside the bar as well as in the garden. It could be even more dog-friendly because there are no water bowls, but there is sometimes doggy biscuits on offer.
There’s plenty of human drinks though, and the pub grub is well-priced and in heaping portions, so you might have some tidbits leftover for Fido.
Address: 341 Dickson Road, FY1 2JR
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 11:30-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 11:30-01:00
Albert’s Ales Micropub might be mini by name, but it’s got a big heart and an even bigger range of drinks. There’s way more than just ale here and you’ll find Belgian beers, specialist wines and spirits, and reams of real ale and cider.
They’re big on local too and source everything possible from within a 50-mile radius. There’s no music or meals, but plenty of bar snacks and friendly locals making it a super social spot in the shadow of Blackpool tower.
If you’re looking for a proper pub The Bloomfield Brewhouse is the place to be. This Blackpool boozer boasts a brilliant range of beer, including a bev called Ansdell 47 which is brewed onsite.
If beer isn’t your thing, there’s wine and spirits galore, and proper pub grub to warm your belly while the open fire warms your cockles. Pups are welcome inside this dog-friendly pub in Blackpool, and some of their guest rooms are also friendly.
Address: 47 Ansdell Road, FY1 6PW
Opening Times: Every day: 11:00-23:00
If you find yourself venturing out of the town centre, The Miller Arms in Poulton Le Fylde makes for a very relaxing and friendly pub. This hidden gem offers something a bit different to most watering holes in the area, as it’s a country-style gastropub with a super cosy atmosphere and very scrummy food! It’s not too far from the holiday park and the river either, so it’s ideal for a post-walkies pint.
And unlike many “dog-friendly” places that just let dogs inside, there’s always water bowls and biscuits for pups to enjoy!
Address: Weeton Road, Singleton, FY6 8LL
Opening Times: Every day: 12:00-21:00
The Little Black Pug quickly built a paws-ome reputation for being one of the trendiest hangouts in town, and definitely one of the friendliest too. Doggos are welcome inside and in the garden, and the staff will fetch water bowls and treats, or you can spoil the pooch with some doggy beer.
This former Catholic school has bags of historic character and opulence, and there’s one of the best stocks of spirits in town, with over 60 whiskeys, 40 gins, and 20 vodkas as well as wines and beer.
Not to be confused with The Bull by the seafront, which isn’t friendly, The Bull Hotel is further out of town and worth the trip for its calmer pace, friendly locals, and very family and dog-friendly attitude.
The staff are happy to fuss any pups and often try to fetch a treat for them, but the humans are guaranteed to find a bite to eat as there’s tons of scoffable soul food and pub classics on the menu, including some very scrummy nduja-loaded fries.
Opening Times: Mon & Thu: 10:00-00:00 / Tue-Wed & Sun: 10:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 10:00-01:00
The Shovels is a very dog-friendly pub in Blackpool, having dedicated areas for customers with canine companions. The pooch can settle down and be served some fresh water and a few treats on the house, while you tuck into a hearty meal from the smokey, BBQ inspired menu.
If you’re feeling hungry, there’s even a few food challenges that might defeat even the biggest of appetites!
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 12:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-00:00
Raikes Hall might make a very handsome pub, but it was once a convent and allegedly a nun drowned in the garden lake and still haunts the grounds at night! You could stay out until dark for a ghost hunt, and it seems as good a reason as any to stay out late with a pint.
During the day though, this is one of the most homely and welcoming pubs in Blackpool, and all your family are welcome inside as long as the doggo keeps their humans on a lead.
Address: Liverpool Road, FY1 4HE
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 13:00-22:00 / Fri-Sat: 13:00-23:00
Cafe Chicco is housed in the Solaris Centre, right by the dog-friendly section of the beach making it the perfect place to “pup” in and warm up after a paddle and walkies in the sea breeze.
There’s plenty of hot and cold drinks and tasty sandwiches, but the breakfast is the real standout and I dare say it’s the best in Blackpool! Best of all, pooches are allowed inside along with everyone else in the family.
Address: New South Promenade, FY4 1RW
Opening Times: Every day: 09:30-17:00
The Dunes is a great little Greene King pub, and being part of the chain means there’s a fantastic selection of drinks and a varied menu of pub classics and comfort food to tuck into.
It’s both a family and dog-friendly pub in Blackpool, and the staff always seem ready to fuss furry friends and bring out biscuits and water for them, sometimes serving them before their humans!
Address: 561 Lytham Road, FY4 1SA
Opening Times: Sun-Thu: 12:00-23:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:30
Not too far from the North Pier and a stone’s throw from the famous Winter Gardens you’ll find The Brew Room, Blackpool’s first full-size brewery pub and one of the most characterful bars in town.
As you’d expect, there’s an astonishing range of craft beers and real ales on offer, either brewed onsite or specially selected guest brews. There’s a small choice of delicious soul food too, from footlong smokers to the cheesiest pizzas ever, and nachos to nibble on.
Dogs are welcome inside whenever, but children are only allowed in during the day.
Address: 139 Church Street, FY1 3NU
Opening Times: Sun-Fri: 12:00-23:00 / Sat: 11:00-00:00
On the doorstep of the airport and only five minutes drive from the pleasure beach, The Half Way House makes a welcome oasis for any weary traveller or thrillseeker looking to relax and refuel.
This dog-friendly pub in Blackpool will let your pooch into the bar areas of this beautifully renovated pub, as well as anywhere in their roomy garden.
The standout here is the ever-smiling and cheerful staff, who are some of the most attentive in town, always happy to help and make a fuss of any new furry friends or tiny tots they meet.
Address: St Anne's Road, FY4 2QL
Opening Times: Every day: 11:30-23:00
The Spen Dyke came under new management a year ago and they splashed out on a massive refurbishment that the locals can’t stop raving about.
This massive but beautiful pub is only a minute’s walk from the Pleasure Beach, and they are family and dog-friendly throughout so everyone can step inside for supper after all the fun of the fair, or fuel up with a plentifully portioned breakfast before a seaside adventure.
Address: Lytham Road, FY4 1JE
Opening Times: Mon-Thu: 11:00-22:00 / Fri-Sat: 09:00-00:00 / Sun: 09:00-22:00
If you and the pooch have just been to Crossland Road Park for walkies and a game of fetch, the Lane Ends Pub is a moment’s walk away.
It’s a proper community pub, ideal for socialising with a cold pint, joining in the darts or karaoke, or perhaps just sitting back to watch the sport on the telly. No kids are allowed, but dogs are more than welcome inside this dog-friendly pub in Blackpool.
Address: 57 Hawes Side Lane, FY4 4AP
Opening Times: Every day: 11:00-00:00