If you’re missing a decent English pub, discover these 7 best paddington pubs which might make you feel like you’ve been transported back home. Written by Eastern Surburbs expat resident Elaine O’Riordan, you may remember her epic guide for where to eat in Bondi.
Having moved to Sydney from Ireland in 2018, Elaine is sharing her personal favourite go to English style pubs in Paddington. Make sure you follow Elaine’s Instagram page as she continues to seek out the best places to eat and drink in Sydney at @elaine_oriordan.
Discover pubs with fire places, pubs you can stand outside and drink a pint like you can in London, pubs you can bring your dogs into and pubs with carpeted floors and seating at the bar, you’ll honestly wonder why you haven’t visited them before.
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Why You’ll Find The Best Pubs In Sydney In Paddington
Before moving to Bondi, I was lucky enough to spend a year living in one of the most beautiful places in Paddington in Eastern Suburbs or ‘Paddo’ as it’s known to the locals.
Paddington is a maze of beautiful streets lined by gorgeous terrace houses, quaint shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs, which can be almost compared to some of the streets you might see in Notting Hill in London.
I must say, there are 7 Paddington pubs which I think everyone needs to visit! Most have happy hours and dinner specials throughout the week, so make sure to check before you visit.
My list of places to visit in Paddington is endless, the restaurants and the buzz around Paddington is vibrant nearly every night of the week. Oxford Street, William Street and Fiveways are the main spots to find the buzz. Finally if possible take a trip to Paddington in Spring when the Jacarandas are blossoming and Paddington somehow looks even more beautiful.
7 Best Paddington Pubs
1. The Village Inn Paddington
One of the best Paddington pubs is The Village Inn – a gorgeous pub which could easily be mistaken for a fab British pub in Sydney. You can’t walk by The Village Inn in Paddington without wanting to pop in for a drink. Once you’re lured in, make sure to get a seat on the balcony or outside if you have your doggo with you, it’s a gorgeous sun trap in the afternoon. The Village Inn is well known for its Trivia Thursdays, so make sure to book early to get a spot.
Happy Hour is 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Friday. Check online for lots of other daily deals.
If you can’t get a balcony seat at The Village Inn, keep walking down Glenmore Road towards the Royal in Paddington at Fiveways. Make sure you get a seat at their gorgeous wrap around balcony, which is again a perfect afternoon spot for a drink. The Royal Hotel is a huge pub with lots of areas great for meeting big groups of friends. If you’re feeling lucky, try get a spot on the rooftop, it’s a small space but the city views at sunset are gorgeous.
When people ask me which is the best pub in Paddington, I usually can’t decide! But, if you’re looking for the best pub food in Paddington, in my opinion it’s the Four In Hand. It also has an amazing bar with as many beer taps as you could ever want to choose from and lots of TVs for our sports fans.
The Four in Hand in Paddington is off the beaten track in a residential area, but is always busy, so book and ask for a table at the front bar. The Sunday roast is one of their many weekly deals worth trying.
Address: Four In Hand, 105 Sutherland St, Paddington NSW 2021
4. The Lord Dudley Pub
Not too far up the road from the Four In Hand pub and you’ll find The Lord Dudley in Woollahra (a stones throw from Paddington). This is definitely my go to when I’m after a cosy winter pub and it’s also one of the best British pubs in Sydney! It even has an open fire (a very difficult find in Australia) and you can stand outside the pub with a pint like you would in London! When you walk inside the pub, the smells will transport you back home, even with carpeted floors and a good overall vibe.
Get settled in the main room near the fire and grab board games to keep you entertained with friends. If you can’t get a spot near the fire, they’ve got lots of stools around the bar which are just as inviting. There’s lot’s of weekly food and drink specials here too.
You’ll find The London in Paddington on William Street, my favourite street in Paddington! Spend some time wandering up and down the street taking in all the shops and lovely terrace houses which is reminiscent of Notting Hill, and then pop into The London Hotel.
It feels very like a traditional English pub, which has a great atmosphere and lots of spaces for everyone and their canine friends. The London is our usual haunt on a Thursday evening, their $14 steak night is hard to beat.
At the top of William Street and on the corner of Oxford Street you’ll find Paddo Inn. This pub has more of a bar vibe, a great date night pub in Sydney or for when you’re looking for a few cocktails. Il Baretto has recently moved into the space next door and are now serving the bar, which I can’t wait to try. Paddo Inn is a handy option for a drink before a match in the SCG, it’s only a 10 minute walk down the road.
I know this is the best Paddington pubs guide, but I couldn’t write a list about where to have a drink in Paddington without mentioning Charlie Parker’s, one of the best Paddington bars in Sydney. Charlie Parker’s is an underground bar below Fred’s restaurant on Oxford St. Much like all Merivale venues, it’s very cool and always buzzing and a great for a few after dinner cocktail.
Try to book in advance as it’s always busy! But you might get lucky as sometimes they might be able to squeeze you in as a walk in.