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Suburb in the Spotlight – Paddington

This week’s suburb in the spotlight is none other than my home suburb of Paddington. I have had the very fortunate pleasure of living in Paddington for the past 2 ½ years and I can safely say that it is one of my favorite suburbs in the whole of Sydney, it reminds me a little of home.


The stunning Victorian terraces and hidden pubs remind me of West Didsbury and Notting Hill. There are many things that make this relatively unknown suburb special. For once in Australia it’s not the beach. Paddington is located about 1.5 K from the city and about 2.5K from Bondi Beach, so realistically has the best of both worlds!


The pubs that make Paddington a favorite for ‘pub crawls’ include:


The London


Nestled in between the Paddington Inn and The Royal, this little pub come bar provide the perfect location to catch up with your friends if you’re not sure what the weather is going to be like. A fully covered outside terrace provides shelter from the rain, whilst a bar area provides great atmosphere.


The drinks are reasonable and the pizzas are delicious! For a weeknight catch up with friends or a warm first date in a non pretentious, comfortable establishment – this is your guy!


The Royal


The Royal at Fiveways is the local of Paddington residents who want to head to a comfortable pub with reasonable food – there’s also the restaurant upstairs that has amazing food, and nothing over $30. As you head up the stairs you come across the Elephant Bar – which to be honest is more of a cocktail lounge with comfortable seating, and relaxed music and atmosphere. Head up to the top floor and your greeted with the most amazing view of Sydney’s skyline and Rushcutter’s Bay! The perfect place to take newbies to Sydney to admire the view with a beer in hand! 237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington 2021. ( 02 9331 2604).


The Paddington Inn


This is one of the more well-known bars in Paddington, located on Oxford Street is has a more up tempo atmosphere from Thursday – Sunday. It has a modest bar venue that is regularly updated – there’s nothing on there over $25 and they are usually a hearty meal! If you’re looking for somewhere to dance the night away over the weekend, the Paddington Inn is a good shout. Oxford Street, Paddington 2021.


The Four in Hand


If you’re into sport and pigs on a spit, this is for you! Regular screenings of all the latest in ball sports, but don’t get confused, it’s no sports bar. It is a very popular eatery and has a great quiz night on a Tuesday. The restaurant is renowned for its food by chef Colin Fassnidge’s. It’s well-priced and boasts a tasty selection. 105 Sutherland St, Paddington 2021. (02 9326 2254).


The Lord Dudley


Another one of my favorites, mostly as it’s relatively unknown, apart from the locals and residents. It has four separate bar area, it is very reminiscent of a good old British Public House, with roaring fireplaces and cosy surroundings and a typical pub grub menu with a fancy twist. 236 Jersey Rd, Woollahra 2025. (02 9327 5399).


The Grand National


This is another one of Paddington’s pubs that lurks in the back streets and is favored by the locals. There is absolutely no pretence at all, an inviting atmosphere pulls you in from the dreary Elizabeth Street the comfortable hum of conversation and friendly service. It also boats a bistro that thankfully offers classic pub dishes that taste amazing and aren’t to heavy on the funds! 161 Underwood St, Paddington 2021. (02 9363 4557).


The Fringe Bar


The Fringe Bar is all about fun and great value. It offers stand-up comedy Monday and trivia on a Tuesday. Thursdays, offer both $10 all-you-can-eat pizza and $8 cocktails. If you’re wanting to bust some moves on a weekend, The Fringe is a great call after you’ve frequented the Paddington Inn. 106 Oxford St, Paddington 2021.


In addition to The Fringe bar offering all that is has to offer in terms of food and liquor, it also transforms itself into a bustling fashion and craft market on a Saturday! Head down for one-off finds from local designers and artists. If you’re thinking of heading down, scroll to the bottom for a giveaway opportunity with Frunique and “Market Special” for customers at Paddington Markets offering $20 off our Retail Prices on each of our Jewellery Stands and also provide free gift wrapping.


The Bellevue


The Bellevue’s not what you’d call a slick pub – but that is part of its charm. Happy hour runs from 5.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and if you if you need to drown your sorrows after a hard week at the office there’s $3 bubbles all day every Friday. 159 Hargrave St, Paddington 2021. (02 9363 2293).



Paddo Bowls


Yours Truly

One thing that always surprised me was the interest in lawn bowls over here. Back home in the UK it was older men at their local British legion who you’d find playing bowls on a Saturday afternoon! Well Paddo Bowls is one of the original purveyors of Sydney’s social barefoot bowling trend – so much so the club has practically traded its white-dressed bowling oldies for bowling enthusiast, cute shoe-free professionals – all with a jog of beer or Pimms in two. 2 Quarry St, Paddington 2021. (02 9363 1150). There are three sessions Sat& Sun 11am & 8pm. $12.

Renewed and Revitalised – The Imperial Hotel

After a highly anticipated redevelopment, the Imperial Hotel Paddington will once again re-open her doors to the Paddington community. With a new look, stylish lounges, courtyards and function spaces along with a private boardroom, patrons will take part in a progressive entertainment experience in a traditional and authentic public house.


Something to do every day of the week

From a weekly running club to Sunday Night Slow Dancing, the Imperial Hotel offers weekly promotions and events that will keep you busy every day of the week. Many weekly promotions already on the docket include the nudie running club, a “Crazy Creatures” pub theatre night, 2-4-1 cocktails and pizza night, Paddington Wine Markets, casual canvas art and wine tasting, Sunday “Hair of the Dog” recovery brunch and Sunday evening “Roast and Red” dinner. There is an affordable weekly event for you and your mates to take part in at the Imperial Hotel.


Unique private boardroom.

Where will you be holding your next business meeting? Pack your briefcases, escape from your regular office environment and book your next executive meeting at the Imperial Hotel. The fully appointed Brewer’s Boardroom with state of the art AV equipment is the only boardroom in Sydney located in a traditional public house. With room for 14 and catering option, it is the perfect place to host a corporate event. Why not make a day out of it and combine your productive board meeting with one of our off premise expeditions? You can transform your meeting into a business retreat by booking the boardroom with an off-site, fully arranged and catered adventure. Treat yourself and your corporate team to the most unique meeting experience in Sydney.


The Imperial has something for everyone.

This Paddington Landmark brings together local businesses, Paddington residents and community groups. The Imperial is the venue for you to relieve the fatigue of a long work week over a cold beer, join your mates and neighbors for an evening of games and entertainment or watch the game and cheer on your favourite sports team. So come join us for a drink or premium beef steak—it’s all about good mates and having fun in a new classic Paddington Pub.


Paddington Markets

Finally if you’re heading to Paddington, I’d strongly recommend that you head down on a Saturday from 10am on Saturday until about 4pm. Paddington Markets has over 200 stalls that sell a wide range of beautiful Australian made goods. They alsohave a place for you to sit, have lunch or a light snack inside or out. Choose from Himalayan, Aussie BBQ, Thai, Grumpy Baker, Gosleme Fresh Juices, Tea, Coffee, Cakes, fresh farm strawberrys, jams, and spices, you must try Anne’s sponge roll, in the Hall.

Take a look at our Emerging Designers Section in the Courtyard of the Market, all these products are Australian Made.- 395 Oxford Street, Paddington


To be in with a chance of celebrating Australian made crafts, SydneySocial101 has teamed up with the fabulous ‘Fruinique’ to offer one lucky SydneySocial101 winner the chance to win a stunning jewelry stand valued at $90.


This stunning Chic Jewellery Stand embodies the perfect gift for the lady who has everything! Imagine how stunning it will look on your dressing table with all of your favourite items that deserve to be on show, rather than tucked away in a draw or box.

You can find out more about the stunning collection at  and the website

If you’re interested in entering to win the stunning stand that is up for grabs, simply like Dating101Sydney’s page on Facebook here and like Frunique’s Facebook page here and tell me in 100 words or less why you should win! .. Feel free to use your imagination!


Competition T&Cs can be viewed upon request and the winner will be drawn on Friday 30th March 2012.

About sydneysocial

One twenty-something year old girl who has been living in Australia since Jan 2009.


2 thoughts on “Suburb in the Spotlight – Paddington

  1. I love Paddington! You can’t forget the amazing shopping along Oxford St and surrounds. Probably one of my favourite suburbs in Sydney, you’re lucky to live there!

    Mel. x

    Posted by mel. | March 12, 2012, 7:57 am

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