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The Original Spotted Dog 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. With over thirty years’ experience in the hotel industry, the Spotted Dog Tavern was 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”.

For years, the Tavern on Bourbong Street was frequented by friends, families, musicians, teams, Bundy locals and travellers enjoying happy moments and creating memories. 

There's no way anyone could have predicted the fire that ripped through the venue and the Federal Backpackers in 2020, leaving little more than rubble, ashes and devastation. 

After months of preparation, Pato merged two iconic venues; the Spotted Dog and the Railway Hotel at 87 Perry Street. With some renovations and rebranding, the two venues became one. 

Welcome to Spotted Dog at Railway Hotel! 

Dining hours

  • Coffee & light options - 8:30am-10pm
  • Lunch - 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Dinner 
    Sunday - Wednesday - 4:30pm-8pm
    Thursday - Saturday - 4:30pm-8:30pm


  • From 8:30am Vibe Café is serving caffeine and cake
  • Lunch starts at 11:30am and goes through to 2:30pm – with Pato’s Speedy Lunches to cater for busy people on the go, or choose from our extensive menu.
  • Full dinner menu from 2:30pm.


As a venue with multiple bars, we have something for everyone! With the Railway Bar on the top level, the beautifully appointed Cocktail Bar and another bar in the Beer Garden. We have 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 our huge plasma screens while enjoying our great food and friendly hospitality.

The Bottle-O Whistle Stop

Find a great selection of your favourites to take home at our on premises Drive through and at the Bottle-O Whistle Stop which is located conveniently close by at:

2/68 Mount Perry Rd, Bundaberg North QLD 4670


Passing through? Stay with us in comfortable and affordable accommodation with us at the Spotted Dog at Railway Hotel. Call for all bookings and enquiries. 


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