Royal Hotel Paddington
A heritage pub with a beautiful open-air rooftop that has views over the city, the Royal Hotel has broad appeal among Paddington’s stylish locals. The menu focuses on shared plates, pub classics and contemporary seasonal dishes. Get in early to secure a highly sought-after spot on the rooftop at sunset.The Royal Paddington’s beloved Bottomless Brunch is getting a special Easter twist!A chocolate lovers delight, this Brunch menu is sure to impress. Think warm hot crossed buns, goats cheese and berry ...
The London Hotel
A corner pub reminiscent of England, The London Hotel on William Street is a laidback yet stylish pub with a light-filled beer garden. The menu keeps things simple with burgers, pizza and pub classics. On the top floor, East London is the Asian influence that has long left the area wanting. The regional cuisines of Szechaun and Shanghai are key inspirations, with flavour and texture the top priority of Chef Jack Steer.
10 William St
Tucked away in a Paddington terrace, this chic wine bar-slash-restaurant is perfect for date nights and catch-ups with friends. Run by the Fratelli Paradiso brothers, it gives its chefs room to experiment. The result is an ever-evolving menu that’s Italian, with an Australian and/or Asian twist.
Most likely the chicest pub you'll ever encounter, The Paddo Inn, located in the heart of Paddington (it's on the corner of Oxford and William St) is an up-market bistro serving up quality meat and seafood share plates. Our option, stay late, drink wine and soak up the beautiful ambience of the space - designed to look like a Paddington terrace. You'll feel right at home.
Charlie Parker’s ups the stakes when it comes to Paddington’s pub scene. It’s a Merivale baby, so it is everything that you would expect, and then some. Located in the basement below is Fred’s, the speakeasy-style bar with dim lighting, dark woods and leather. Many of the drinks are produce-driven and inspired by the fare upstairs.
A bar, restaurant and pub with a minimal yet striking interior. In a nod to Paddington’s past, the space was designed to look like a classic butchery, complete with white glazed ceramic tiles, timber panelling and dark timber furniture in the front bar. An intimate seating behind the bar, and the upstairs pub-slash-restaurant, takes a different vibe: booth seating, mirrored tables, and a leather-fronted cocktail bar.
The Village Inn Paddington
A local charmer, The Village Inn is a beautiful corner pub that exudes character and warmth. The heritage building has been a pub since 1890 and The Village Inn continues to live up to its roots by serving old-school pub food and hosting trivia nights, Sunday sessions with live music and sport screenings.
A vino in one hand and a tasty aperitivo in the other is how it’s done at Italian Bar. This Italian bar and eatery on Oxford Street serves everything with gusto, from food to drinks to atmosphere. Pop in for an early evening aperitivo and enjoy their fine selection of Italian wines paired with flavourful antipasti, focaccias, bruschetta, and marinated olives.
The Unicorn Hotel
This classic art deco pub is the place making it ok to stick with old-school pub food and just do it well. While the laid-back brains of the operation may balk at the ‘gastropub’ title, we can’t help but feel that when the pub staples are executed so perfectly it would be amiss to say otherwise.
Four in Hand Hotel
The Four In Hand is an undeniable leader in the gastro-pub stakes, thanks to their decision to go back to their roots – focusing on classic pub cuisine but with the freshest ingredients. It works well in a pub that has retained the charm of old-school pubs, from the original tiling to the heritage fireplaces and timber detailing.
The Light Brigade
On Level 3 of The Light Brigade in Woollahra, you’ll find yourself an open rooftop refuge from which you can bask in spectacular views across Sydney’s city skyline. With woodfired pizzas, share plates and pub classics, you can soak up the atmosphere with an alfresco meal.
The Bellevue Hotel
Away from Paddington’s main hub, The Bellevue is an upmarket gastropub with a modern European menu. The Restaurant has a menu that comprises of seasonal, fresh produce – dishes that are several cuts above your run-of-the-mill pub fare – while the public bar and terrace are more laid-back.
The Wine Library
Nestled between boutiques at the top of Oxford Street, in a sleek and intimate space, The Wine Library is the perfect watering hole for locals, date nights, or groups. The fit out exudes a contemporary wine bar feel and the resident sommelier, Tim Perlstone has selected a cellar consisting of roughly 2,500 bottles, with 460 labels. Many of them are small boutique producers with a story to tell.
Eliza Food and Wine
Delivering a refined à la carte menu filled with modern classics, eliza food & wine is sophisticated without the pretension. Led by well-known Chef Jeremy Bentley, the Owner and Operator behind The Devonshire, eliza's delicious cuisine is beautifully complemented by the curated beverage list. Showcasing a strong line up Australian, Italian and French varietals, the wine list covers bubbles and light whites, to fruity rosés and full-bodied reds. Take a seat at the sleek bar and pair your drink with ...
Simply Hummus Bar
For hummus lovers, this is the place for you. Darlinghurst is now home to Simply Hummus, the city’s first bar dedicated to the famous Israeli dip. Upgrading the humble chickpea infusion from side dish to main meal, Simply Hummus serves up a range of chickpea blends with pita bread, sourdough, and falafel on the side. Both delicious and affordable, you can expect to pay just $13 for a delicious, warming hummus-filled meal.
Buffalo Dining Club
Buffalo Dining Club in Darlinghurst has a thing for mozzarella. Sounds weird, but it’s not. This restaurant is Italian and it’s delicious, and as the name suggests, the restaurant is all about buffalo cheese – they have grown popular for their huge pecorino cheese wheel which doubles as a pasta bowl for big groups.
Darlo Country Club
With peach coloured walls, high ceilings, leather booths and plants aplenty, the venue takes cues from a slick Californian country club. Aptly defined as being the socially acceptable excuse for day drinking, Darlo Country Club offers an epic bottomless brunch menu options so you can sip to your heart’s content.
This restaurant-slash-bar are the masters of the bloody mary. Set in a fresh, chic place with a cute courtyard, Bloody Mary’s is situated in the Kings Cross end of Darlinghurst. They blend their own tomato juice in-house which they turn into their signature drink – ideal for whether you’re trying to cure a hangover or kickstart a night out.
Lord Dudley Hotel
While there’s no shortage of English-style pubs in Sydney, few possess quintessential British charm quite like this corner pub. The redbrick exterior looks more like a Tudor-style manor than a pub while the old-world charms of Old Blighty continue inside, with gold-rimmed portraits of dukes and duchesses and a room dedicated to mohair sofas circa 1930s. Btw, the food is amazing too.
With a prime corner position, Darlo Bar is a retro pub and a much-loved local haunt. Downstairs is strewn with fairy lights, and marked by cosy couches, pool tables and chilled-out music. Upstairs, you’ll find an open-air courtyard with a rooftop garden, plants climbing the walls, and a DJ on the decks on weekends.
A gastro-style pub that runs over three levels, The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst showcases a range of local, independently-owned beers across their 60 taps. When you add a reliable menu and a sun-soaked open-air rooftop bar to the mix, you know you’re Sunday sessions are well and truly sorted.
The first of its kind in Sydney, Odd Culture is a wild ale and natural wine bar in the heart of Darlinghurst. Located on the second level of local favourite, The Taphouse, the fit-out has been heavily influenced by rustic farmhouses- think wooden furniture, mural-adorned walls and distressed finishings. The menu, both food and drink, is constantly rotating and evolving, offering diners something new each visit. Diners can select their favourite natural cheeses, cured meats and tinned seafood, to curate ...
Black Bottle brings the aperitivo tradition to Sydney. The wine bar offers an affordable list of drops, craft cocktails, and Mediterranean share plates – but there’s no menu. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure: the fridge is full of fresh fish, veggies, and condiments, and cured meats hang from the ceiling. When you’ve decided what you want, the chef will whip it up.