Fancy a pint with your pooch? Bath is blessed with pubs aplenty, but these fine drinking establishments listed below will welcome you, and also your four-legged friend, for a tipple or two.
So, what are you waiting for?
Grab your favourite fur baby, take a stroll through the city, and discover the best dog-friendly pubs in Bath that are great for both chinwags and tail wags.
1. The Curfew
Cosy up at The Curfew for delicious Sunday roasts with Rover– and if you can’t decide what to have, try the Sunday Best with roast beef, chicken, AND pork belly!
Enjoy a lazy afternoon of sipping on cider or a pint from one of the six pumps that serve real Wadworth ales, while you play a game of Scrabble or one of the pub’s other board games.
Head there on a Tuesday for a pawfect evening with your pet with a hearty cheese board if you’re there in time for Curfew Cheese Club (5-9pm).
Address: 11 Cleveland Place, Bath, BA15DG
Phone Number: 01225 313747
2. The Boater
Relax in Bath’s biggest beer garden at The Boater.
Popular with locals and visitors alike, this multilevel pub has doggy treats at the bar and water bowls on all floors, so you and fido have a pick of places to enjoy a pint.
Want to walk off your pub lunch? Situated right by the weir and Pulteney Bridge, the Boater is the perfect place to have a walkies along the river. Or more energetic canines can connect with the canal!
They often hold summer BBQ’s and sport events in the garden too, making it an even easier choice when you want to grab a bite while watching your favourite teams!
Address: 9 Argyle Street, Bath, BA24BQ
Phone Number: 01225 464 211
3. The Pulteney Arms
Tails will be wagging in anticipation of the Mini Cheddars that the team keeps behind the bar!
While they might have named their own micro distilled gin Old Tom Cat, the Pulteney Arms is known for giving pooches a warm welcome, even serving up doggy-friendly ice cream in the summer.
No pup of your own?
Hugo, the pub’s puppy-eyed black labrador, is there to receive belly rubs by the cosy log fire in winter, while you sip on CAMRA approved ales or tuck into traditional pub grub like beer battered cod and chips.
Address: 37 Daniel Street, Bathwick, BA26ND
Phone Number: 01225 463923
4. Bath Brew House
Beer lovers can enjoy a treat of cask ales and craft beers brewed on-site at Bath Brew House, while furry visitors can tuck into free dog treats and hydrate with water bowls laid out especially for well-behaved pups.
Sister pub Bath Cider House will be opening soon, and is expected to be equally as dog-friendly, while serving up an extensive range of cider to celebrate the West Country’s most-famous tipple.
They also have a wide selection of great food, a spin the wheel game behind the bar for those who want to go all out, alongside a long beer garden that often has a projector when big sporting events are on and if you’re lucky summer games.
Address: 14 James Street West, Bath, BA12BX
Phone Number: 01225 805609
5. Garrick’s Head
Cultured canines can enjoy a pit-stop at Garrick’s Head, right next to the Theatre Royal in Beau Nash’s grand former home.
Stop by for doggy treats at the bar, and human treats in the form of twists on comforting classics like deep fried mac and cheese and house ale that is exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen.
Outside in the courtyard you’ll even find a barrel of ‘dog beer’ (aka water) so your pup can enjoy a ‘pint’ with you.
Address: 7-8 St John’s Place, BA1 1ET
Phone Number: 01225 318368
6. Marlborough Tavern
Posh pups that have been a very good boy (or girl) will enjoy the elevated experience of the award-winning Marlborough Tavern.
Right next to the Royal Crescent, this genteel gastropub focuses on local produce and even features in the Michelin Guide.
In the walled courtyard you’ll find a chic sun trap where you’ll meet fancy furry visitors, from pugs in prams to pedigree show-winners who have been enjoying a walk in nearby Victoria Park.
Address: 35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA12LY
Phone Number: 01225 423731
7. The Crystal Palace
Head to this hidden gem in the heart of Bath’s tourist attractions that’s only a stone’s throw from the Abbey and Roman Baths but has somehow maintained its local pub character. It’s The Crystal Palace!
Is it puppy love? The candlelit atmosphere creates a romantic vibe for couples who want their pet to third wheel on a date. Pop to the pub garden to spend time with your favourite humans and furry friends.
If your dog seems spooked, legend has it that the pub might be haunted by ghosts of the Roman skeletons that were found under the cellar during construction.
There are certainly lots of spirits on offer behind the bar, as well as Fuller’s cask-conditioned ales.
Address: 10-11 Abbey Grn, Bath, BA11NW
Phone Number: 01225 482666
8. The Bell Inn
Howl along to music with your hound at The Bell Inn on Walcot Street! Legendary for its free live music three times a week (usually jazz, blues, and folk influenced tunes), the freehouse Bell Inn is owned by a co-op of more than 500 customers, including local musical legends like Peter Gabriel.
On eclectic Walcot Street, the Bell Inn is a city stalwart where you can check out open mic nights on Thursdays and listen to vinyl records being DJ’d at weekends.
Curl up with your canine chum, a real ale, and a game of chess in front of the roaring fire in the colder months or give your best buddy’s dog blanket a quick wash in the mini laundrette!
Address: 103 Walcot Street, Bath, BA15BW
Phone Number: 01225 460426
9. Hall & Woodhouse
Does your doggie have their own Instagram account?
Inside this converted 1960s auction house, fashionable fidos will have their tails wagging at the very photogenic Hall & Woodhouse, which welcomes well-behaved pups to the pub-like Pantry on the ground floor.
Humans can tuck into tasty share plates and an extensive wine and booze list, whilst four-legged friends can enjoy gravy bones from the bar and slurp from Fursty Ferret dog bowls (named after their exclusive malty amber ale from Badger Beer).
It has plenty of space for big groups, and plenty of tucked away corners for those wanting a solo drink with your furry friend while you read your newspaper or grind at some work on your laptop.
Address: 1 Old King Street, Bath, BA12JW
Phone Number: 01225 469259
10. The Salamander
There’s no need to teach an old dog new tricks and the charismatic Salamander is a solid option for stopping off with your four-legged friend to snuggle into a corner pew and enjoy a big doorstep sandwich, traditional pub dishes like gammon and chips, or vegan options like aubergine rollatini.
Known for its locally brewed Bath Ales and extensive gin, whisky, and rum collections, the ‘Sally’ is a local favourite that is also perfectly placed for exploring the heart of the city with your pooch in tow.
Address: 3 John St, Bath, BA12JL
Phone Number: 01225 428889
Amy is an award-winning travel writer born and bred in Bath. She has written for national newspapers and magazines from the Guardian and Mail on Sunday to Conde Nast Traveller and Good Housekeeping. Now she’s helping travellers explore Bath, one story at a time.