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Tavern History

The Spotted Dog Tavern was established in 2013 after Stephen “Pato” Paterson purchased the Tavern formerly known as Banjo’s Tavern and upgraded it to its present standard. With over thirty years’ experience in the hotel industry, this is Pato’s third hotel in Bundaberg as a licensee. Pato is a true and proud Bundaberg local!  

After the second devastating floods of 2013 Pato decided Bundaberg needed cheering up. After the upgrades were complete, Pato decided to get a little quirky and name the venue after his family’s spotted dog (Ben), hence the name “The Spotted Dog Tavern”.

Dining hours

  • Coffee and light options - 8am-4pm
  • Lunch - 11am - 4pm
  • Dinner - 4pm - 9pm
  • Tapas & pizza's - All day from 11am - 9pm


  • From 8am Vibe Café is serving light options and our premium Natural Bean Coffee.
  • Lunch starts at 11am and goes through to 4pm – with Pato’s Speedy Lunches to cater for busy people on the go, or choose from our extensive menu.
  • Full dinner menu from 4pm.


We have a beautifully appointed bar with the finest range of beers and ciders on tap along with our unique and affordable on-premise wines. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try a cocktail from our special selection. On weekends, the Spotted Dog Tavern provides live music with the best local solo musicians (and occasional a duo) for your entertainment.


“live sports” - You can watch all your favourite sports on one of our nine huge plasma screens while enjoying our great food and friendly hospitality.


The friendly service was outstanding. The food was amazing! I highly recommend you check this place out! Pato the owner = legend! ~ Mrs Kratzy

Catering for all events & functions