Quaint, charming and ever so trendy, the best Paddington bars offer more than just a good glass of vino. As one of the classiest Sydney postcodes, Paddington is a thriving hub that pulls patrons from near and far, thanks to its assortment of good food and fashion However, the undoubted key to Paddington’s old school charm is its plethora of sleek, stylish bars.
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1. Charlie Parker’s
Hidden in the basement below Paddington’s infamous Fred’s, Charlie Parker’s is a modern-day speakeasy like no other. The hideaway is dimly-lit but welcoming, with an innovative cocktail menu and inspiring bar snacks. The cocktails are blended with seasonal produce and botanicals and are some of the best in Sydney.
Address: 380 Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9114 7332
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 5 pm- 12 am, Friday & Saturday 4 pm – 12 am
2. 10 William St
Pint-sized and abundant with Italian fare, 10 William St is one of the more romantic Paddington bars on the list. Perfect for date night or the sommelier, the drinks menu is huge. The food menu is also extensive and ever-evolving, with plenty of Italian favourites with an exciting Australian or Asian spin.
Address: 10 William Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9360 3310
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 5 pm – late, Friday & Saturday 12 pm – late
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3. Italian Bar
This bustling Oxford Street bar and restaurant has been crafted with passion. Owned by two brothers raised by a Tuscan father and Sardinian mother, the flavours are exotic and exquisite! The drinks menu is also 100 per cent Italian – you could be fooled into thinking you were in the Old Country.
Address: 438 Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 8021 3346
Hours: Monday – Thursday 5.30 pm – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm- 3 pm/ 5.30 pm- 10 pm, Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm
4. The Village Inn Paddington
One of the classier Paddington pubs, The Village Inn has undergone a timely refurbishment. The interiors of exposed brick and natural timbers create a calm, earthy space for you to enjoy your afternoon beverage. The upstairs balcony is the perfect spot to sit in the sun and sip away the perils of your day.
Address: 9- 11 Glenmore Road, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9331 0911
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 4 pm- late, Friday – Sunday 12 pm – late
5. The Paddington
Paddington’s fanciest pub is a local favourite, with multiple areas each with a unique design that pays homage to Paddington’s old school charm. The bar setting downstairs is perfect for intimate gatherings, while the upstairs restaurant is full of energy. Another one from Merivale, expect the finest quality in wine and food.
Address: 384 Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9114 7329
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 pm – 12 am, Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
6. Paddo Inn
Located in the heart of Paddington, the Paddo Inn is the pulse of the suburbs vibrant bar scene. Appearing like just one of the many Paddington terraces that line the streets, you’ll feel right at home. With a trendy interior and a quality bistro menu, we suggest staying late into the evening accompanied by a few bottles of wine.
Address: 338 Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9380 5913
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 pm – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm – late, Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
7. The London Hotel
Just like the name suggests, The London is an ode to the English city – specifically the trendy East London dining scene. Just like the East London pubs and restaurants, this corner pub has a classic menu with touches of East Asian cuisine. Our favourite thing about The London – the sunny beer garden out the back.
Address: 85 Underwood Street, Cnr of William Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9331 3200
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 pm – 11 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12 am, Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
8. Four in Hand Pub
If you’re in the mood for classic pub fare, Four in Hand is our top pick. At this Paddington pub, you’ll be spoiled for choice with countless beers on tap and a menu full of your favourite pub classics. You can even order a whole sucking pig for $850, which serves you and nine of your mates!
Address: 105 Sutherland Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 7200 5577
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 11 pm, Sunday 11 am – 10 pm
9. The Unicorn Hotel
The Unicorn Hotel has earned its spot as one of the most iconic Paddington bars after years of standing its ground and keeping its crown on Oxford Street. The soul of the Unicorn screams Art Deco, with a modern pub and classy bistro upstairs. The beer and wine menu is full of Australian varieties, so you may even find a new drop that takes your fancy!
Address: 106 Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: +61 481 016 136
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 4 pm – 10 pm, Thursday 12 pm – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12 am, Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
10. The Bellevue Hotel
A quieter pub nestled on Paddington’s backstreets, but no different to the rest of Paddington’s upmarket pub scene. You have two options at The Bellevue, a laid-back public bar and terrace or for more special occasions, the restaurant. The menu here focuses on seasonal and local produce and is a step above classic pub fare.
Address: 159 Hargrave Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9363 2293
Hours: Sunday- Thursday 12 pm – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12 am
11. Royal Hotel Paddington
A rooftop that has no competition as the very best in Paddington, perhaps even the entire city, is just one of many reasons to visit. Heritage-listed yet sleek and stylish, The Royal Hotel is a favourite among locals and out of towners alike. Pop by at sunset for panoramic views of the city in its golden hour.
Address: Five Ways 237, Glenmore Road, Paddington, 2021
Phone: (02) 9331 2604
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 am – 12 am, Sunday 11 am – 10 pm
One of the best Paddington bars for the livelier nights, Goodbar is a two-level nightclub and bar in the thick of the vibrant Oxford Street nightlife. Don’t come by Goodbar if you’re not a fan of house and techno, the trendy spot honouring Sydney’s underground music scene.
Address: 11 am Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 8540 3742
Hours: Friday & Saturday 9 pm – 4 am
13. Paddo RSL
For Paddington locals, the weekly specials at Paddo are how they tell what day of the week it is! The RSL is always the locals most trusted pub, and it’s no different in this chic corner of Sydney. You will find live music here most nights, free pool and JukeBox on Tuesdays and Sundays and $12 jugs!
Address: 220- 232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Phone: (02) 9332 8222
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 12 pm – 9 pm, Thursday- Saturday 12 pm- 10 pm
The best wine bar in Paddington is the quaint, cosy bar 10 William St.
For the best cocktails in Paddington, head to Charlie Parker's.
If you're looking for classic pub fare, our top picks are the Paddo RSL and The Paddington.
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