All The Best Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars in Chester

In the last few years, we’ve all gone dog crazy, with nearly a quarter of the nation’s population now owning a furry four-legged friend. Considering how great they are, it’s only natural that we’d want to take our dogs everywhere with us, including to our favourite pubs and bars in Chester but with so many places to eat and drink, it’s hard to know where you and your canine companion will be welcome.

With the help and feedback from our readers we’ve compiled an extensive list of of the favourite dog friendly pubs and bars in Chester both inside the city and in the surrounding areas or if you are looking for tea and cake or a restaurant check out our list of dog friendly cafes and restaurants.

Of course, there might be a slight chance we’ve missed some fantastic places, if so please do let us know if you come across any not listed!

Dog friendly pubs and bars in Chester city centre

Commonhall Street Social

10 Commonhall St, Chester CH1 2BJ

Commonhall is a home away from home for many, so the fact that it’s such a dog friendly place is no real surprise. However, the lengths they go to in order to welcome our four- legged friends is astonishing. With water bowls always available and treats on hand to all, Commonhall are true dog lovers. This is shown no more than their offering of free dinners for dogs on Sunday while their owners enjoy a roast!


The Brewery Tap

52-54 Lower Bridge St, Chester, CH1 1RU

Located in the historic Gamul House, The Brewery Tap is a straightforward pub with a beautifully traditional interior and locally sourced food and beer from their own Spitting Feathers farm. The Brewery Tap is the perfect place to unwind for food and drink with your dog after a long walk down the river.


The Bear and Billet

94 Lower Bridge St, Chester, CH1 1RU

Spread out over three floors, The Bear and Billet offers plenty of warm welcoming space for you and your four-legged friend to relax and enjoy the fine choice of ales and traditional pub food. Located just inside the historical Chester Walls, the building itself is also an emblem of history, dating back to 1664. It’s the perfect distance from both the meadows and the racecourse; two prime dog walking spots.


The Botanist 

13 St Werburgh Street Chester CH1 2DY

In the heart of the city just around the corner from the Cathedral and the Eastgate Clock The Botanist will always offer a warm welcome for you and our four legged friend who will provide special Botanist dog bowls for them to enjoy a drink alongside you. Water for the dog and perhaps one of The Botanist’s signature cocktails and a delicious lunch for yourself!


Beer Heroes

26 Watergate Street, Chester CH1 2LA

Beer Heroes describe themselves as ‘super dog friendly’ and provide a really relaxed vibe for you and your dog/s to enjoy, no standing on ceremony just a great place for you to be when you’re in the city centre with your pooch and of course as their name suggests they provide a fantastic range of craft beers for you to enjoy!



52 Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HA

The team at Veeno are more than happy to welcome dogs into their beautiful wine bar located on the corner of Northgate street right outside the Cathedral in the heart of the city. You can enjoy your favourite wine with a sharing platter or something delicious to accompany your tipple with your dog in tow and not have to worry about it.


Vin Santo

21 Watergate Street Chester CH1 2LB

Vin Santo is a real treat for wine lovers based in one of the ancient crypts along Northgate Street just a stones throw from the Chester Cross in the centre of the city and Chester Racecourse and as an added bonus it’s also dog friendly so you can be sure to enjoy this very unique experience with a warm welcome in both the day and the evening for you and your loyal companion.


The Love Shack

14 Cuppin Street Chester CH1 2BN

This super fun Tiki bar is open for you to enjoy it’s delights with your best mates no matter if they are of the human or canine persuasion. Enjoy relaxed vibes, 90’s Hip Hip, R&B, great cocktails and a unique food menu without having to take the dog home first!


Alexander’s Live

Rufus Court Chester CH1 2JW

Not only can you enjoy amazing live music acts and comedy at Alexander’s live but this fantastic venue is also dog friendly and available for hire for wedding ceremonies so with the rise of dogs attending weddings these days it’s a solid choice!


The Townhouse Secret Garden

49 – 51 Lower Bridge Street Chester CH1 1RS

This hidden gem is a botanical oasis for humans and dogs alike on Lower Bridge Street just a stones through from both the city walls and the River Dee. Tucked behind the wonderful independent dog friendly hotel The Townhouse it really does feel like you’ve happened upon a secret garden in the midst of the city.

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The Green House

5 Godstall Lane Chester CH1 1LN

Tucked away in the unique Diagon Alleyesque venue of Godstall Lane between the Cathedral and Eastgate Rows The Greenhouse is a beautifully stylish tapas restaurant and cocktail bar that is very happy to welcome you to enjoy its mouth watering European small plates with your four legged friend in tow.



102 Northgate Street Chester CH1 2HT

You’ll be happy to know that popular restaurant and bar PicNic is super dog friendly and welcoming. They serve up Mediterranean style cuisine in a lovely relaxed atmosphere with regular live music events and are located on Northgate Street in a prime spot opposite Storyhouse and between the city’s walls and the Cathedral so they’re perfect for when you’re roaming around the city with your best mate and feel you need some refreshment.


Moules a Go-Go 

6-12 Cuppin Street Chester CH1 2BN

Family owned and run independent restaurant and bar Moules a Go-Go have the largest selection of seafood on offer in Chester along with an expansive menu to suit everyone’s tastes and will be sure to welcome you and your dog to enjoy with them. They are nicely placed on Cuppin Street near the bottom of Bridge Street perfectly located whether you’re walking into the city from the river or if you’re walking around the heart of the city.


Brewhouse & Kitchen

Love Street Chester CH1 1QY

This amazing venue where they brew their own beer actually on the premises is happy to welcome well behaved dogs to come along and enjoy with you. Located in the heart of the city centre just around the corner from the Roman Amphitheatre and the famous Eastgate Clock over two floors there is plenty of space for you and your dog to be comfortable and enjoy.


Kings Head

48 – 50 Lower Bridge Street Chester CH1 1RS

As well as being renowned for being one of the most haunted buildings in Chester the Kings Head on Lower Bridge Street is close to the River Dee and the heart of the city so a great spot for after a good walk along the river or when you and your furry companion are ambling around the city as long as your dog is comfortable with the spirits!



The Steam Mill Canal Side Steam Mill Street Chester CH3 5AN

A walk along the canal side will bring you to the fantastic cafe, bar and bistro Artichoke which is very happy to welcome dogs but do ask that you call ahead to book and let them know you are coming with your four legged friend. Whether it be breakfast lunch or dinner Artichoke will not disappoint and has a magnificent bottle shop Gnome and Away right next door where you can find most tipples you could desire.

Chester’s dog friendly pubs and bars outside of the city’s walls

The White Horse

The Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY

If it’s not horses racing around Chester Racecourse, it’ll most likely be dogs! The racecourse has become a haven for dog walkers, its proximity to the city centre making it a convenient location for dog owners to let their furry friends stretch their legs. The White Horse enables walkers to get some respite after a long walk on the vast open course, while enjoying some of the delectable offerings from the kitchen and its skilled chefs.


The Ship Inn

Handbridge Chester CH4 7JE

The perfect spot after a lovely walk along the river, located just as you go over the bridge at the bottom of Lower Bridge Street heading into Handbridge the Ship Inn has a beautiful outlook backing onto the river and is described as ‘faultless’ by dog owners who note the water bowls and treats at the bar ready for any four legged customers who may appear.


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59 Brook Street Chester CH1 3DZ

Just a short walk from the city walls you’ll find another dog friendly wine bar ready and willing to welcome you and your dog after perhaps navigating a walk along the walls. Vinological is a great choice as it specialises in vegan and organic wines at fantastic prices and you can purchase bottles to take home.


The Suburbs

22 Charles Street Chester CH2 3AZ

In the village of Hoole just outside the city you will find a great welcome for you and your dog at The Suburbs cocktail bar and eaterie where you and your pooch can take a load off while you relax and enjoy good vibes, music your choice of beverage and good grub (while you’re there you may also want to try some of the owners very popular own brand spirits ‘Kingdom Recommends’).


Ring O’Bells

Village Rd, Christleton, Chester, CH3 7AS

Whether it’s burgers on Monday, pizzas on Wednesday or roasts on Sunday, the Ring O’Bells will have you and your four-legged friend covered. Located in the heart of the Cheshire village of Christleton, this popular spot combines the warm welcoming feel of a traditional pub with a fine dining experience. Christleton is one of the best locations for dog walking, with open fields and access to the canal. The Ring O’Bells is the perfect place to end that walk, with water and treats available too!


The Pheasant Inn

Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9PF

Nestled in the Peckforton hills, The Pheasant Inn offers some of the most stunning panoramic views of Cheshire, with visitors able to sit in the flower filled courtyard and soak up the fantastic sights. Situated on a number of trails, it’s the ideal spot to take a break mid-dog walk. With a warm welcoming interior and sun-dappled external seating area, it’s the perfect destination for you and your dog all year round.


The Chester Fields 

Sandfield Farm Chester Road Chester CH2 4JR

Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside just outside Chester The Chester Fields is another fantastic dog friendly country pub and restaurant with great food, drink and even has a field of Alpacas next door. With plenty of great walks right on the door step for you and your dog The Chester Fields is the perfect the perfect spot for any dog walker!


Nelsons Bar

Wrexham Road Pulford Chester CH4 9DG

Adjacent to the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa which is also dog friendly Nelson’s Bar is traditional British gastro pub located in an area of natural beauty nearby the River Dee in Eccleston and close to the 1,000 acres of Delamere Forest, and the 40 acre woodland park at Beeston Castle so it’s a welcome place to rest and revive after a good long walk in nature.


The Fishpool Inn

Fishpool Rd, Northwich, CW8 2HP

The traditionally designed Fishpool Inn is a treat for all who visit… including their lovely dogs. With its quintessential Victorian interior, The Fishpool also plays host to its own dedicated dog friendly dining area. Since it’s renovation and reopening in 2013, The Fishpool Inn has earned wide praise for its homemade food from the environmentally friendly kitchen, along with its extensive selection of ales, gin and wine. Of course, your dog won’t be forgotten about… treats and water will be on hand for refreshments after your adventures in and around Delamere Forest!

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Hickory’s Smokehouse

Souter’s Ln, Chester, CH1 1SD

One of Chester’s most popular restaurants, Hickory’s Smokehouse has a vast outdoor seating area, all of which is dog friendly! You can now enjoy some of the finest American BBQ food in the company of your four-legged friend, be it out in the sunshine on a warm summer day, or under the heaters on a cool winter afternoon. It also boasts the benefit of being only a stone’s throw from the riverside and the meadows… a great stop off on those long walks!


Telford’s Warehouse

Tower Wharf, Raymond St, Chester, CH1 4EZ

Often considered one of the best pubs in Chester, Telford’s Warehouse sits on the canal basin and offers a fantastically unique view from its outdoor area, especially in the evening as the sun sets over the canal and the surrounding Garden Lane area – the perfect place to enjoy with your four legged friend. With dogs also allowed in the bar area, there’s more than enough space for when the weather turns. With regular musical events and the famous long running salsa classes, there’s always something going on at Telford’s, so be cautious about taking your dog at busier times. However, rest assured that whenever you visit, staff will always be welcoming and friendly.


Goat & Munch

52 Garden Ln, Chester, CH1 4EW

This family owned pub, located in the centre of the garden quarter, might not be the largest pub in Chester… but it certainly makes up for it with a warm welcome and fantastic choice of beer, cider and spirits. That warm welcome is extended to all dogs too, with water and treats available to all good pooches! With its intimate interior, your dog will get bundles of attention from regulars in this friendly local.


Music Hall Tap

2-3, Music Hall Passage, Chester, CH1 2EU

Offering a mixture of craft ale, sports and live music, the Music Hall Tap is also dog-friendly… what more could you ask for? With great beer from all over the country and dog treats on the bar, you and your canine companion will be returning again and again to enjoy all that Music Hall Tap has to offer.


The Architect

54 Nicholas St, Chester, CH1 2NX

Perfectly perched overlooking Chester Racecourse, The Architect’s large outdoor area offers the perfect setting to enjoy a post-walk drink with your dog. With a shaded area, water and treats all available, The Architect is a prime destination for when the temperatures rise. Offering a huge selection of beers and gin to owners, along with some truly exceptional food, it’s impossible to find a reason not to go!


The Cross Keys

2 Duke St, Chester, CH1 1RP

Dog walkers really are spoilt for choice on Bridge Street and The Cross Keys is another fantastic option. A charming single roomed tavern, the pub has an inviting cosy interior with a rare traditional pub feel. The Cross Keys are also certified dog lovers. With water and treats available for all well-behaved dogs, it’s a wonderful environment to kick back and relax – whether it’s inside or in the front outdoor seating area, elevated above street level.


The Cornerhouse

4-8 City Rd, Chester, CH1 3AE

A short walk from Chester station, The Cornerhouse is warm, welcoming bar with friendly staff who will no doubt make you and your dog feel at home! A wide selection of beer and spirits are available along with an impressive choice of sharing platters to keep you occupied while your four-legged friend soaks up all the attention. On the weekends, it’s important to remember The Cornerhouse regularly hosts live music, so it might be a good idea to make sure it’s not too busy!


The Cellar

City Rd, Chester, CH1 3AE

Although they’re all about great beer, we have it on good authority that The Cellar also have a soft spot for our canine companions. The award-winning beer bar, only a stone’s throw from Chester Station, welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes – from dalmatians to daschunds. Dog treats are available at the bar and the staff will be more than happy to supply you with a water bowl upon asking. While you’re there, you’ll also want to sample some of the tremendous beers on cask or keg!


The Old Harkers Arms

1 Russell St, Chester, CH3 5AL

The fantastically traditional Harkers Arms can be found backing onto the Shropshire Union Cana, a common dog walking route which runs right through the city. Harkers pride themselves in excellent customer service and that courtesy is extended to your canine companions, with water and treats available alongside some of the finest food and drink for owners!


The Deva Tap

121 Brook St, Chester, CH1 3DU

Sitting on the unique location of Hoole Bridge, The Deva Tap has lovely cool interior and a sun trap beer garden, perfect for those hot summer days. Whether you’re enjoying a fine pint of craft ale or a bite to eat from Nice Bites’ delicious menu, The Deva Tap feels like somewhere you could spend the entire day, and with treats and water available too, we doubt your dog will be complaining either!


Grosvenor Arms

Chester Rd, Aldford, Chester, CH3 6HJ

Using their helpful iFootpath link, visitors and dog walkers alike can walk around the gorgeous surrounding area, before returning to the Grosvenor Arms for some much-needed refreshments – whether a fine selection of wines, ales and spirits, or maybe something more substantial from the delicious menu.


The Church

Newgate St, Chester, CH1 1DE

Renowned as one of Chester’s prime evening locations on the weekend, The Church is also a great place to stop off with your pooch in the week for some fine food and drink – whether on the stunning outdoor terrace or inside the spectacularly decorated bar area which is a wonderfully cool temperature for hot and bothered dogs! The dedicated and friendly staff will treat you and your four-legged companion with a warm welcome… Just remember the weekends at The Church are incredibly busy, so it’s probably not the best environment for a dog!



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