Aimee O'Keefe

13 Best Paddington Bars to Explore the Nightlife | Man of Many

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.

1. Charlie Parker’s

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.

2. 10 William St

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.

3. Italian Bar

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.

4. The Village Inn 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.

5. The Paddington

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.

6. Paddo Inn

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.

7. The London Hotel

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!

8. Four in Hand Pub

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!

9. The Unicorn 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.

10. The Bellevue Hotel

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.

11. Royal Hotel Paddington

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.

12. Goodbar

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!

13. Paddo RSL

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