Paddington Bars & Pubs

Paddington has been serving drinks to thirsty locals ever since its first pub, the Victoria Barracks, opened in 1841. Whilst the suburb might have changed markedly since then it currently possesses plenty of pioneering watering holes. From sleek cocktail and wine bars and to trendy gastropubs and rooftop terraces, many of the best Paddington bars and pubs can be found in gorgeous sandstone or stunning Victorian-era buildings throughout the area. Here are the most notable of them.

Captain Cook Hotel

The Captain Cook Hotel, also known as The Captain, is a four story 1914 pub on Flinders Street, near the Sydney Football Stadium. Regulars appreciate the big screens and the regular weekday happy hours. The Captain Cook boasts intensely good Sunday roasts, generous Italian inspired lunches, and a lovely wine list.

162 Flinders St Paddington 2021

Charlie Parker's

Charlie Parker's is the kind of warm and intimate space in which you could spend all night. With open sandstone and dark wooden decor, this hip, relaxed basement venue boasts a charm few other venues in Sydney can compete with. As its name implies, jazz music sets the mood here, while they also offer trendy cocktails and elevated bar snacks.

Basement / 380 Oxford St Paddington 2021

El Primo Sanchez

El Primo Sanchez has been a stalwart on the Paddo dining scene for several years. Known for its bright, colourful and vibrant space, this fabulous Mexican-inspired restaurant and bar dishes up a tasty range of street food favourites that elevate your taste buds to new levels. The venue also has DJs and a dance floor to dance the night away after you eat.

27-33 Oxford St Paddington 2021

Cuisine: Mexican

Imperial Hotel

The Imperial, on the corner of Oxford and Underwood, is an absolute landmark. Established in 1874 as the Cross Guns Hotel, the Imperial is a genuine old community classic. The food is solid and satisfying: pleasing pub choices such as tacos, burgers pizzas, shared plates, and steaks in a trendy interior.

252 Oxford St Paddington 2021

Paddo RSL

Situated right in the centre of town, the Paddo RSL is the heartbeat of the suburb's social scene. Best known for serving an outstanding selection of food and drink menus, the venue is also a great place to watch live sports on big screen TVs and musical acts on the weekends who perform in the upstairs room. Happy hour is a terrific time to be there!

220/232 Oxford St Paddington 2021

Pool Bar at Oxford House

Oxford House is an uber-cool boutique hotel that recently opened in the inner city suburb of Paddo. Whilst it offers stylish and homely accommodation, it also has a superb poolside bar where guests and non-guests can enjoy a robust selection of wines and cocktails along with a delectable food menu of mains and share plates that won't break the bank.

21 Oxford St Paddington 2021

Royal Hotel

Heritage and traditional (you'll love the windows) and with a dedicated space (the Royal Bar) for sports fans, the Royal on Glenmore is known for great brunches and bar food because it's all about getting together. Pair this with their great drinks list, and you're in for a good night.

237 Glenmore Rd Paddington 2021

Tequila Mockingbird

Set within a classy 19th-century terrace building in the Five Ways area, the wonderfully named Tequila Mockingbird is the perfect place for your next date night. Through their cocktails and share plates, this buzzy restaurant takes you on a journey from Mexico to Argentina, with dishes that focus on fresh and vivid flavours defined by quality produce.

6 Heeley St Paddington 2021

Cuisine: Latin American

The Bellevue Hotel

Known affectionately as "The Bellie", this pub as a steady reputation for pleasing bar food and generous sharing plates. Inside you'll find relaxing circular booths and appetite jolters such as the Heirloom Tomato Salad with buffalo mozzarella, fried sourdough, shallot oil & baby basil. Pair that with a cold one!

159 Hargrave St Paddington 2021

The Lord Dudley

Popular, historical, and proud, The Lord Dudley has a strong British influence, and dates from 1896. The local and imported beer and open fireplaces have long been an attraction for British tourists. Locals and tourists alike appreciate the food and wine selections, and the artisan pies continue to draw attention.

2 Hopetoun St Paddington 2021

The Village Inn

Opened in 1890, the Village Inn is known as "an old soul" and "a local treasure" and was the first pub to open in Paddington village! She boasts old school calm pub fare without fuss, served in an atmosphere of yesterday, and is popular for Sunday events and lively social gatherings.

9-11 Glenmore Rd Paddington 2021

Unicorn Hotel

The Unicorn on Oxford St is a simple and confident place to which locals return! It offers counter service, table service and a solid Australian wine list. They have classy outdoor areas, live music, and a witty menu: "No tinned spam" but definitely offer "unicorn meat pie with mash, greens and gravy".

106 Oxford St Paddington 2021