A day out with the dog doesn’t need to be limited to the countryside. With many of Glasgow’s beautiful green spaces just a bone’s throw from the city centre, you and your pooch can enjoy a run around in the park then head to one of the city’s dog friendly venues for a refreshing drink and some tasty treats. Here are just some of the pawsible places to check out.
Cafe Strange Brew
Get your camera at the ready for amazingly Instagrammable plates at Cafe Strange Brew. Situated in the south of the city, this dog friendly cafe serves tasty food seven days a week. It's very popular, especially on weekends, so get there early to beat the queues!
Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse
Baked treats, homemade bread and brunch dishes are specialities of Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse. You and your pooch can choose from two city centre venues - both are equally delicious, we promise!
Mayze Coffee and Food
Based in the ever trendy Finnieston, Mayze Coffee and Food offers speciality coffee, alongside a fully vegetarian menu, with all dishes adaptable to being vegan. So it's no surprise that this animal cruelty-free cafe is super dog friendly too.
In need of something sweet after a weekend wander with your pooch in the west of the city? Head to SugarFall patisserie and chocolaterie on Byres Road and indulge in all manner of tasty treats, with everything from cakes and petit gateau, to chocolate gourmands and pralines on offer.
The Winged Ox Bar & Kitchen at Saint Luke’s serves an eclectic range of food for the soul and was named ‘Dog Friendly Pub of the Year’ at the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards in 2017. If you’re lucky enough, your pooch could be featured on their Instagram with the coveted title of ‘Dog of the Day’.
This gem on Ashton Lane has one of the best beer gardens in Glasgow, making Brel a brilliant dog friendly option if you're looking for outdoor space. And come evening, the twinkly fairy lights and a heated patio area will be sure to keep you cosy.
One of the city’s most famous establishments - the Ubiquitous Chip - is also dog friendly. Your dog will probably feel most comfortable in The Brasserie area where they can enjoy a bowl of water and you can enjoy some tasty grub.
The Bungo Bar & Kitchen
In the heart of trendy Strathbungo, The Bungo is famous for it's tasty food and laid-back atmosphere. Pop down for brunch, lunch or dinner with your four-legged friend.
Glasgow's canine community are lucky enough to have not only one but two dog friendly BrewDog bars to choose from! The first BrewDog is situated directly across from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, making it a perfect pit stop after a walk in Kelvingrove Park. And the other is in Merchant City, aptly named the DogHouse. As well as their signature craft beer, BrewDog has created a special a non-alcoholic beer for dogs called Subwoofer IPA - what a tasty treat for both you!
King Tut's Wah Wah Hut Bar & Kitchen
Head to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - arguably Glasgow's most renowned small music venue - and enjoy lunch, dinner or a couple of drinks with your dog in the bar and restaurant area. With IRN-BRU pulled pork on the menu too, you can try Scotland's favourite soft drink as you never have before!
It’s always good to get a second opinion when you are out shopping and if your human companions aren’t available then why not take your furry sidekick along with you? The Apple Store, Cath Kidston, Jigsaw, Lush, Tiso, IOLLA and the Good Spirits Co all welcome four-legged friends.
Lots of Glasgow’s independent shops and markets are dog friendly too. Pay a visit to illustrator Libby Walker’s colourful store in the South, the Barras Art and Design Centre Market in the East or Super Market at the Engine Works in the North.
And if you’re looking for an extra special gift for your pooch, local illustrator Claire Barclay Draws creates hand drawn custom pet portraits – cute!
Parks and Gardens
With over 90 parks and gardens to explore, Glasgow’s green spaces make great places to explore with your dog. Here are just some of our favourites.
Kelvingrove Park in the West of the city offers meandering riverside walks and stunning panoramic city views with plenty eateries close by for a well-deserved refreshment. And on the other side of the city, with its generous wide open spaces, Glasgow Green is great for a long walk and ball games. Be sure to make a pit stop at West Brewery or Drygate Brewery – both have tasty craft beers to try! Bellahouston Park offers huge open spaces and wooded walks. It even has a dedicated dog exercise area near the bowling greens which is fully enclosed and it's a great place to let your dog run free.
Glasgow’s indoor street food markets make for a great casual dining experience and with some offering kid’s entertainment and music from live bands or DJs, they are a great day out. The Big Feed, Dockyard Social and Platform at Argyle Street Arches are all dog friendly too!
An independent pottery and craft studio, The Craft Pottery offers fun for all ages and dogs can join in too. Simply choose your piece of pottery and get creative with the decoration. A portrait of your furry friend on your new favourite mug perhaps? We’ll leave that up to you!
Does your pooch love to go paddling? Hop in the car and you could be at the shores of Loch Lomond within 40 minutes from Glasgow city centre. Loch Lomond Leisure also allow owners to take their dogs on speedboat tours and to take part in paddle sport activities including kayaking and stand up paddle boarding – how fun!
If you're a visitor to the city and are looking for lodgings with your four-legged friend, these hotels are pet friendly too, just make sure to let them know in advance! A full list of pet friendly hotels in Glasgow can be found on TripAdvisor.
A stone’s throw from the hip neighbourhood of Finnieston, the Radisson RED Hotel don’t only let your pooch stay with you, but have their very own resident Boston Terrier called Baxter too. Check out their Instagram for upcoming dog friendly events such as Valentails Night, Cruft Beer Tasting or even Quizmas Pawties.
With a complimentary cocktail on arrival and a football table in the lobby, the newly opened Moxy Hotel offers a fun overnight option. Being within walking distance of three neighbourhoods (the City Centre, Merchant City and East) - the Moxy Hotel makes a great base to explore the city from too.
If you’re both looking for something a little more luxurious with perks like Egyptian linen and roll top baths, try Hotel du Vin in the West. This beautiful Victorian terrace hotel is only a 10 minute walk from Glasgow Botanic Gardens too, making it perfect for a morning stroll after a leisurely breakfast.