Harry turns hipster in Sydney’s small bar scene

The small bar scene that’s sprung up around Sydney in recent years has become renowned for its friendly and personable staff. Who would have thought they would be Fido-friendly too?

Stepping out for the night.

After hearing rumours that Redfern’s Arcadia Liquors might allow mutts inside, I was keen to find out more. An email from the owner assured me that yes, dogs are welcome. Warmly welcomed in fact.

“We love dogs and are always happy to have well-behaved hounds in the bar,” we were told.

“We like them on a lead otherwise there are too many racing dilemmas. I have a dog and he is in the bar pretty much every day of the week. He’s called Frankie.”

We didn’t need telling twice.


Harry enjoyed mixing with the cool kids. Made a change from me and Him Indoors…

Although Harry was a lone wolf at the beginning of the evening, the canine quota was upped with the arrival of Frankie.


Frankie hot-footing it into the bar.



Harry and Frankie take it outside.

This whirling dervish of a dog didn’t stand still long enough to snap a photo that will do him justice, so you’ll have to trust us when we say he is very cute. In fact it’s worth a visit just on the off-chance you might meet Frankie, who is apparently in the bar most days.

Aside from a handsome hound to admire, the bar also offers a snacks menu with a range of toasted sandwiches and antipasto. If you’re craving green space, head to the fern-filled courtyard at the back, or stay inside and enjoy the ambience of the exposed bricks adorned with fairy lights.


Even in the mid-week evening when we visited Arcadia Liquors was busy so, if you want to secure a seat, get there early.

If you know of any other great dog-friendly places in and around Sydney, please let us know at sydneydogslife@gmail.com or via Facebook or Twitter.

Arcadia Liquors, 7 Cope Street, Redfern. www.arcadialiquors.com. Tel: 02 8068 4470

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