One of Paddington's beloved heritage pubs, The Bellevue has undergone a serious makeover. Tucked away at the back of the Bellevue, the light and airy dining room has a relaxed and welcoming environment, making it a favourite among the locals.
With two hats to its name, The Four in Hand is a far cry from your standard pub. While meals are a little exxy, the bistro-style dining room still has the charm and character of a pub and chef Colin Fassnidge's food is definitely worth it.
With breathtaking views and boutique beers to boot, the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel is one of Sydney's waterfront centrepieces. The bistro is open seven days a week and serves classic Modern Australian pub fare. Great for functions, reserve the courtyard area for a casual gathering or hire out the upstairs heritage-listed function room and balcony for an elegant party overlooking the harbour.
The Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen in Chippendale is a homely gastro pub that promises a good time. Settle into the comfy couches and grab yourself a hearty mod-Australian meal as you sip on mulled cider and play a round of Jenga.
With Chef Justin North at the helm of this Oxford Street favourite, Hotel Centennial has quickly garnered a loyal following of Eastern Suburbanites. The menu is described as “modern comfort food”, with wood fire cooking a speciality. A cool cocktail list gives the beer, wine and spirits menu a kick.
Tucked away in the backstreets of Paddington, the Grand National Restaurant offers a casual bistro-style menu. The daily blackboard specials are worth a try.
Standing proudly on the corner of Oxford Street and Jersey Road, The Light Brigade is a Paddington stalwart. Fitted out in Art Deco style, the restaurant offers impressive pub fare.
Forget Jump On It or Spreets, The London has some of the best meal-deals around and you can actually get a table. On Tuesday you can get a pizza and drink for $14, on Monday the menu is $15 and from Sunday to Thursday, between 5-6pm, kids eat for free.
As Australia's oldest pub, this wouldn't be a pub-guide without listing The Lord Nelson. The elegant upstairs brasserie restaurant features exposed convict quarried sandstone, creating the perfect setting to soak in the history of The Rocks. A great spot for tourists.
Tucked underground on the corner of King and York Streets is Le Pub. This French-themed bar boasts a quixotic-meets-industrial Parisian atmosphere with its Paris Metro inspired interior. Think arched ceilings, tiled walls, brass, copper and fluted glass. The space is complete with TAB facilities, big screens, private dining and dual eating and dining areas which cater for any occasion.