Fashionable and stylish, Paddington is one seriously desirable postcode. With leafy, terrace-lined streets, designer boutiques and a thriving café culture, Sydneysiders flock from all over the city to get a slice of the Paddo action. But arguably, it’s the sleek bars and century-old pubs that are key to this chic suburb’s charm. From gastropubs and trendy wine bars to cosy English-style watering holes, these are the best places in Paddington to raise a glass (or two).
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.
10 William Street, Paddington
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.
Basement, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington
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-cum-restaurant, takes a different vibe: booth seating, mirrored tables, and a leather-fronted cocktail bar.
384 Oxford Street, Paddington
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. It's designed to look like a Paddington terrace, so no doubt you'll feel right at home.
338 Oxford Street, 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.
9-11 Glenmore Road, Paddington
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.
159 Hargrave Street, Paddington
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.
85 Underwood Street, Paddington
This classic Art Deco pub serves old-school pub food, but they do it oh-so-well. While the laid-back brains of the operation may shy away from the ‘gastropub’ title, we can’t help but feel its deserving of its crown. The pub staples are executed so perfectly, it would be amiss to say otherwise.
106 Oxford Street, Paddington
A heritage pub that boasts a beautiful open-air rooftop with striking 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. This Spring, The Royal will become host to The Royal Pink Fling, aka an epic bottomless brunch series to coincide with the Spring Racing Carnival. Expect free-flowing Espresso Martinis, Aperol Rosé and Rosé Sangria.
237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington