Best bars to take your dog, Cardiff Edition

Cardiff has always been a really nice little city with a range of different vibes, its also one place we’d never think to take our dog due to the footfall, and for what we thought a lack of places that allowed dogs.

We’ve tasked ourselves with finding some great bars in and around the city centre to prove ourselves wrong…and here is what we found.

The lansdowne

The Lansdowne is such a nice venue that I managed to stumble upon one day taking Hollie for a walk. Its fully dog friendly and the owner is great with dogs and owners. We had a nice chat with Hayley who explained that some owners have nervous dogs and some reactive and she lets her customers know what the dog situation is, which I think is such a great thought.

The Lansdowne also has a great selection of food, vegetarian, home comforts and a kids menu, its really a great family experience right down to solo dining. There is also a selection of drinks spirits and juices available, you have to check out their instagram to see their delicious dishes!

 

The 21st of November is host to a doggie quiz, they raise money for ‘Friends Of Dogs’ , and there is a donation pot on the bar which welcomes generosity all year round!

 


The Pen and Wig

Tucked away in a beautiful little street, fairly close to the city centre and the Cardiff museum where your dog can stretch their legs. The Pen and Wig offers a really cozy setting at the front with plush chairs and carpet, to a large beer garden out the back, it really fits into every season. The sweetest thing is the dog water station, check out that barrel!

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The Pen and Wig has a really nice family friendly vibe, and in the day can make for a nice peaceful coffee spot. The staff were really friendly with the dogs and came to offer Hollie some treats and attention.

There is a pup quiz on Thursday 22nd of November at 7pm proceeds are going towards City Hospice!

 


Mocka Lounge

Probably one venue you’d least expect, but these guys have gone all out when it comes to our pooches, everything from Mocka branded dog bowls to a hand crafted dogtail menu…they even stock the famous Pawsecco and Snuffle dog beer!

 

For those who haven’t been to Mocka lounge before or think its just for party goers, your totally wrong everyones welcome! Whilst its great in the summer to sit outside and bask in the Mill Lane sunshine, the winter isn’t as glamorous, don’t put your dogs into hiding take them inside with you. There are plenty of beds and blankets for your dog to snuggle into, what a great spot to meet some new furry pals!

 

To anyone that brings their dog with them before 7pm will receive 20% off their bill!


Pitch

Right next door is Pitch which boasts a cosy and avant garde style setting with open doors to dogs, Hollie met one of their regulars Lilly!

They offer a great range of cocktails and fresh home cooked style food, you can tuck into a seasonal menu indoors on a cold day with your pooch and when the sun is shining head outside to catch some rays. Its really great that both bars are neighbours, you have your own mini doggie bar crawl!

 


Kongs

Such an interesting space for both reminiscing adults and playful youth, the place is adorned with many retro games and plenty of space to stretch those paws!

 

Hollie couldn’t resist but to check out some of the games and have a little wander around. She even got VIP treatment at the bar with some yummy treats!

 


Brewdog

One of the best dog friendly chains, but unlike the unfriendly Whetherspoons they are crazy over dogs, its in the name after all!  There are many Brewdog venues across the UK which all open their doors to well behaved pooches. The cardiff venue offers a really comfy space for your dog and can be quite a chilled setting with many games and plenty of space between tables. Brewdog also has amazing food and a great selection of ales!

 

The best thing about it is.. they host dog birthday parties!!

 and you can book yours through this link

 

 


 

Head Of Steam

We were very lucky to attend the launch party for this lovely new bar! What used to be the old Harvester has now transformed into a Head of Steam. We had a warm welcome into the bar and Hollie sniffed around and gave it the paw of approval.

The bar caters for all, family, sporting events, dinner with friends…even dinner with your dog!

Prices are very fair for food and drinks, and there is a long list of ales for you to choose from , as a tip keep checking their page for offers.

Its the perfect place to socialise a dog as there is enough happening around for them to get used to a busier environment, but also enough space that you have enough privacy.

 


 

We look forward to bringing you a part 2, if you are a Cardiff business and want to be featured please contact us.

If you have a dog that would like to stretch its legs and come along with us please get in touch we’d love to meet you !

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Oh ! What’s occurring Barry island ?!

Auttmn can be a such a great season for dogs and with the Welsh weather being so intermittent one would usually assume October is cold wet and rainy. However October can also be warm and sunny and with many places out of season, this can be the perfect recipe for a dog day out !

With a perfectly dry and sunny day forecast how could we not take Hollie our Westie to explore Barry Island, the seaside town famously brought back to life by Ruth Jones’ Gavin and Stacey. Barry is the nearest seaside town to Cardiff and probably the most accessible in terms of transport. The town has undergone a great regeneration which has been great for visitors and locals, and especially dogs!  With a beautifully spacious promenade, colourful beach huts (which you can rent) and an investment in more eateries.

Hollie and I have handpicked some of great dog friendly places to share with you!

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Whitmore & Jackson

Whitmore and Jackson is fully dog friendly, and we were greeted by a range of adorable dogs upon entering. What I think is great about whitmore & Jackson is its dual setting, one side accomodates dogs, the other is stricly reserved for us humans. Its nice knowing everyone around you has a dog and you wouldnt have to be too wary of disturbing others nearby, Despite the two areas nothing in terms of the menu is restricted.

There area nice range of souvenirs on sale, some for dogs too!

They have a fantastic range of food available, from hot and cold fresh dishes and have a license to serve alcohol, so of course we went back in the evening for a prosecco afternoon tea!

K9 Plus 1

The famous dog friendly cafe, effectively a doggie paradise, It is adorned with dog themed features comforts and a great selection of foods and drinks to keep the owners busy. K9 plus 1 has made sure your dog is the centre of attention by providing beds, towels, water and food stations, a selection of treats and even cater for a doggie celebration!

Cadwaladers

If theres one thing Hollie loves, its icecream and Cadwaladers have a nice spacious venue in Barry that welcome well behaved dogs. Cadwaladers is a local buisness which started out in Wales in 1927 selling handmade icecream locally. The buisness has now developed into the wider community selling their famous icecream, cakes, light lunches, teas and coffees.

A place famous for its icecream hasnt forgotten about our doggies, they are stockists of Frozzys, which Hollie generiously tucked away!

Barrybados

If your visitng Barry you have to pop into the Beach Hut gift shop. They stock the famous Barrybados themed gifts, among other tasteful soveniers, including some dog toys and amenities (don’t panic if you’ve forgotten anything, they have you covered!)

Giovanni’s On the Prom

If your walking along the promenade Giovanni’s also serve icecream for dogs by Marshfields, as well as ice-cream, drinks and snacks for us humans.

Gavin & Stacey

Ofcourse we couldn’t go to Barry without experiencing some Gavin & Stacey spots, here are some of hollies snaps!


Hollie thorougly enjoyed her walk along the promanade, grassy areas and ofcourse the beach. I have to mention Whitmore bay in Barry only allows dogs to roam from the start of October to the end February, March to September are off limits!

Here are some of the lovely spots she explored!

As always if you have visited any of the places mentioned we would love to see your photos.

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Dog and Pug fun shows @ Elvis weekend,Porthcawl

Why let all the humans have all the fun?! Get your dog into the heart of the action to kick off a really great weekend! Hope rescue are running a dog friendly ‘Hound Dog’ show for Elvis weekend. Alongside this we have Pugfest hosting ‘Pug Me Tender’, Great fun for great causes.  Even if you don’t have a dog please go down and show your support, theres a dog parade in it for you!

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Hound dog fun show – Hope Rescue

{All proceeds from the event go to the host Hope rescue}

They have many categories for you to get involved with from as little as £1

Best Elvis

Best Priscilla

Dog that looks like its owner

Pound dog (best rescue)

Waggiest Tail

Junior Handler (aged 16 or under)

…And of course best in show 2018!

Details

Saturday 29th September 2018 Outside on the sea front by the Grand Pavilion

10 am Registration opens

12:30pm Hound dog parade (all entries)

1pm judging starts in the show ring

2pm Best in show is presented

fundraising@hoperescue.org.uk

Here are some of the entries from last year, we hope to see some of your own images please feel free to share with us through out the day for a feature!


Pug Me Tender

Aimed to be a family fun evening, ALL members of the family! Pugfest are hosting three events this weekend!

Starting with a Pug me Tender evening at Costa coffee.

Tickets are £5 and all proceeds are going to ‘The French and Pug Dog Foundation’, your ticket includes access to all the below.

Drink and cake on arrival

Elvis themed raffle

Elvis tribute performances from Brian Troy & Rami Elvis

Children Elvis themed fancy dress

You aint nothing but a pug fancy dress

Lots of fun and giveaways are promised!

Details

Costa Coffee, 67 John Street, Porthcawl, CF36 3ay

Friday 28th September 2018 7pm-9pm

 

Saturday

Saturday 29th September 2018

Seaside cafe, John Street Porthcawl

12-4pm

“Blue Hawaii Party Day”

The “Dog friendly” Seaside Cafe is serving up an afternoon of puggy Elvis themed fun. Get into the Hawaiian beach theme with colourful shirts and floral lays.

Tickets are £5 and include the following

fancy dress competition.

Superb Elvis tribute acts performing

kids give aways.

Have a free coffee and cake on arrival

and treats for the dogs too.

Blue Hawaii fancy dress competition

We will then be joining all the fun on the seafront in front of the pavilion theatre and meeting up with all the Elvis’s for pictures and to soak up all the Elvis festival fun.

Sunday

Elvis & Pricilla Pug Parade”

Head down to the Pavillion on the beachfront for a free fun filled Elvis pug day!

The Current schedule is below.

12 Noon

Pugfest Elvis & Pricilla Parade arrives (from Lock’s Common)

With Valley Rock Choir performing on Pavilion Roof

12.30

Judging of Best Elvis and Priscilla Pugs

2.00

Priscilla Queen of the Promenade Contest

3.00

Maesteg Gleemen performing on Roof

4.00

Elvis Concert on Roof


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