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Dog friendly cafes in Kingston and Manuka?

By BundahBoy - 16 August 2011 33

I’m searching for recommendations for the best dog friendly cafe’s in the inner south?

I went to Kingston Grinders today and got the impression they didnt want dogs there (refused to give me an old container for water, got snooty when I asked for an empty take away coffee cup…I mean WTF?).

It made me realise that perhaps I live in a dog friendly utopia as I thought EVERYONE liked dogs, especially mine.

Suggestions appreciated.

Cheers,

BundahBoy

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Dog friendly cafes in Kingston and Manuka?
lumpy 11:04 am 16 Aug 11

I like dogs. I’d prefer to sip on a coffee and be amused by a cute, content pooch sitting by it’s owner. I haven’t yet seen a dog barking uncontrollably, jumping up on tables or taking a poop.
Heck, I go to cafes for a quiet drink and have to put up with a screaming baby or a brat throwing a tantrum. Babies poop, babies shrill and their pram-warrior mothers have strollers the size of a Hummer just to take up unecessary space and inconvenience everyone else around them.

So long as your dog is well-trained and not running amuck, then why the hell not?

TrenboloneBandit 10:53 am 16 Aug 11

DanRayner said :

Hey guys,

I’ve just (6wks ago) opened a cafe in Kingston, with a good friend Tim, called Bittersweet and we are quite happy accommodate pet owners in our outdoor area. And as it’s very large outdoor space there’s plenty of room for those who may not get along with dogs as well.

We also like lycra-clad pushie riders and mothers groups with strollers!! The more the merrier we say 🙂

Hope to see some of you soon,

Cheers,

Dan

Great, if we can just isolate each mentioned demographic to just your cafe, everyone wins

sarahsarah 10:52 am 16 Aug 11

EvanJames said :

sarahsarah said :

At any rate, even if it’s okay from a regulation standpoint, I know it’s hard for dog owners to believe but not everyone does like dogs. Personally I love all animals but I can understand why others wouldn’t like sitting next to a dog in the outdoor area of a cafe.

That’s how I feel about having to have loud unruly children sitting next to me at a cafe, but they get to be there. I’d much rather share that space with dogs. And dogs are dirty but kids aren’t? Ha!

Why can’t we have some child-free eating areas, if they can refuse dogs, surely they can refuse kids too? In the US, they take their dogs everywhere, even into shops, and I can’t see that it’s a problem at all.

I did say further down in my comment that the same could be said of kids, but thanks for not taking my comment in its entirety. I honestly don’t care if there are dogs or kids or whatever but you have to rememeber; as much as people love their doggy family members (or any animal for that matter) they are dogs, not humans and different rules apply. Sorry to say.

TrenboloneBandit 10:50 am 16 Aug 11

EvanJames said :

sarahsarah said :

At any rate, even if it’s okay from a regulation standpoint, I know it’s hard for dog owners to believe but not everyone does like dogs. Personally I love all animals but I can understand why others wouldn’t like sitting next to a dog in the outdoor area of a cafe.

That’s how I feel about having to have loud unruly children sitting next to me at a cafe, but they get to be there. I’d much rather share that space with dogs. And dogs are dirty but kids aren’t? Ha!

Why can’t we have some child-free eating areas, if they can refuse dogs, surely they can refuse kids too? In the US, they take their dogs everywhere, even into shops, and I can’t see that it’s a problem at all.

Youre talking about dogs having rights over human beings

o_O cant tell if troll or stupid

DanRayner 10:44 am 16 Aug 11

Hey guys,

I’ve just (6wks ago) opened a cafe in Kingston, with a good friend Tim, called Bittersweet and we are quite happy accommodate pet owners in our outdoor area. And as it’s very large outdoor space there’s plenty of room for those who may not get along with dogs as well.

We also like lycra-clad pushie riders and mothers groups with strollers!! The more the merrier we say 🙂

Hope to see some of you soon,

Cheers,

Dan

clp 10:43 am 16 Aug 11

Kids aren’t legally allowed to be left alone – thats why you end up with them in all sorts of public places. I think you’ll find people can leave dogs alone during the day.

Kids don’t usually lick their balls in public.

Very few people are scared of kids – annoyed by them yes – but few have major anxiety in their presence.

Kids grow up to become adults – if they are isolated from dining out at an early age they will be unable to function as adults in such environments.

I generally love dogs but this whole dog vs kids things is so Sydney people – I like for my kids to be exposed to dogs as they can be fearful and thats the best way for them to get over it. But when people have large dogs off leash who leap around all over the place (ironically on the main street in Kingston last time) I get pissed off.

Lookout Smithers 10:41 am 16 Aug 11

How come? I can’t think of a cafe in Melbourne that doesn’t put out a bowl of water for the local pooches. No wonder we humans will never understand the magic of the K9 world!!

Deref 10:36 am 16 Aug 11

“Love me, love my dog.”

Whatever you’ve been smoking that makes you think everyone likes dogs is probably illegal.

EvanJames 10:29 am 16 Aug 11

sarahsarah said :

At any rate, even if it’s okay from a regulation standpoint, I know it’s hard for dog owners to believe but not everyone does like dogs. Personally I love all animals but I can understand why others wouldn’t like sitting next to a dog in the outdoor area of a cafe.

That’s how I feel about having to have loud unruly children sitting next to me at a cafe, but they get to be there. I’d much rather share that space with dogs. And dogs are dirty but kids aren’t? Ha!

Why can’t we have some child-free eating areas, if they can refuse dogs, surely they can refuse kids too? In the US, they take their dogs everywhere, even into shops, and I can’t see that it’s a problem at all.

Calamity 10:16 am 16 Aug 11

TrenboloneBandit said :

No one wants to have breakfast with your mutt.

An owner of a business does not want to cater to your mutt, especially when busy.

The waiting staff should not be expected to handle the ‘old container’ that your mutt drinks from

The other customers do not want to listen to your mutt whining

I would rather sit next to a smoker than listen to your mutt yap and carry on

Protip: Leave your mutt at home – only you believe your mutt is precious…no one else cares

Not true. I’d very much like to dine with the mutts! I love them! They’re good for the soul, whether they’re mine or not.

Totally understand health regulations keeping dogs out of some places – but would be so nice if there were more places they were welcome.

sarahsarah 10:10 am 16 Aug 11

I thought there where regulations about this that disallow people from bringing their dogs (except guide dogs of course) to cafes? Maybe that’s why they were cheesed off? I’m sure that the owner of both the dog and cafe are liable to be fined if they are caught. I could be remembering this wrong though.

At any rate, even if it’s okay from a regulation standpoint, I know it’s hard for dog owners to believe but not everyone does like dogs. Personally I love all animals but I can understand why others wouldn’t like sitting next to a dog in the outdoor area of a cafe. Dogs can have a doggy smell – you may not notice it but other non-dog people certainly will. And if they are taking up a large/awkward space, bark at things or drool everywhere (my mum’s dog is notorious for this last one!) it can annoy/gross out people. The same could be said of children too I guess, haha! I’m not saying your dog is a “bad dog” but other irresponsible dog owners can ruin it for everyone.

As for the water container, you can get those squishy/collapsible bowls for your pooch rather than relying on the cafe to provide something for you. They can fold down small enough to fit in alongside your poop collecting gear, which I am sure as a responsible dog owner you carry. 😉

TrenboloneBandit 10:08 am 16 Aug 11

No one wants to have breakfast with your mutt.

An owner of a business does not want to cater to your mutt, especially when busy.

The waiting staff should not be expected to handle the ‘old container’ that your mutt drinks from

The other customers do not want to listen to your mutt whining

I would rather sit next to a smoker than listen to your mutt yap and carry on

Protip: Leave your mutt at home – only you believe your mutt is precious…no one else cares

johnboy 10:03 am 16 Aug 11

dog friendly cafes are run by nicer people. It’s normally a good sign.

EvanJames 9:44 am 16 Aug 11

I’d much rather share a cafe with dogs than with kids, no contest. I’ve seen a few shops with water dishes outside at Manuka, but can’t recall any eateries.

Gantz 9:32 am 16 Aug 11

Kingston Grind is not a great place!

Try, is it, Velcro? Velvo? Bike cafe around the corner between Pizza Hut and Crust, they always have happy dogs sitting around 🙂

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