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.
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
A pub with history, the Four In Hand was saved by locals some years ago after it was earmarked to be demolished for apartments, and which changed hands again in 2020. The place is known for steady inexpensive Australian pub fare, and for working hard on a good wine list.
105 Sutherland St, Paddington
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
A pub on Oxford St with a warm textured interior sectioned into contrasting spaces. They showcase hearty fare along with lighter meals, which they present proudly and with creativity and flair. They also boast an inspiring late night menu for the night owls; you’ll never feel unwelcome at The Paddington.
384 Oxford St, Paddington
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
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
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
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
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.
236 Jersey Rd, Paddington
A light and vibrant drop-in sort of place with a regular fast burger and pizza menu each day, the London is known for really impressive daily specials, but also for solid regular and steak night menus. The London Hotel won a nice “neighbourhood gem” tag because it caters so warmly for groups.
85 Underwood St, Paddington
The Paddo Inn, Oxford St, dates all the way back to 1814. Celebrations, live music and a divine Italian bar menu make it a popular visit. The menus are delivered by IL BARETTO, so just follow the music: Housemade Veal Meatballs w San Marzano Tomato, Parmigiano Reggiano & Toasted Sourdough…
338 Oxford St, Paddington