Duration: 2-3 hours
Price Guide: Depends
The cost of this guide is technically zero, however, how much you spend depends on how much you drink.
Prices indicated were correct at the time of publication.
Make your way to Central Station and head to the Bus Station outside the George Street exit.
You want to take the no. 378 bus from stop A (the journey will take around 10 minutes and costs $1.70). Ask the driver to stop on Oxford Street in Paddington. Keep your eyes out for The Light Brigade on your left, this is our first destination.
The Light Brigade has just been renovated, keeping with the popular Art Deco style. It hosts a fairly spacious drinking area, friendly staff, a cocktail bar, a wine bar and restaurant upstairs. Food is available for $11 per meal, which isn’t bad. There were still some building materials up when i went, due to renovations, but i can’t imagine they will be there for long.
As you come out of the Light Brigade turn right and continue down the road. You will pass an ANZ branch on your right. Just after the ANZ is The Paddington Arms.
The Paddington Arms has a modern-looking interior with bar-style tables, stools, subtle lighting and quiet music. Food is available from $8.50 and upwards and there is a good choice of cocktails for around $15.
As you come out of The Paddington Arms turn left, continue along the road past a set of traffic lights and turn left onto Elizabeth Street. Roughly 75m along Elizabeth Street, on the right, is The Grand National.
A simple bar/pub with a slightly less modern feel with separate eating and drinking areas. Reminds me of some English pubs, with simple decor, again mostly stools for seating, a couple of TVs for those who enjoy watching their sports and food is also available.
As you come out of The Grand National, turn right and continue along Elizabeth Street. After about 100m, The London Hotel will be on your right.
The London Hotel has a much more spacious environment with comfortable leather couches. Food is available from $12 per meal, there is a courtyard, games room and TVs.
Turn left as you exit The London Hotel, directly in front of you is William Street. Follow William Street until you reach the main road. To your left (on the corner) is the Paddington Inn.
Paddington Inn greeted me with amazing smells of tasty food. It had a relaxed atmosphere, with cozy leather couches and some funky colour schemes. There is a lounge and terrace upstairs, some crazy lighting, food and a small smoking area downstairs. Definitely finishing with my personal favourite.
There are more pubs etc in Paddington, which you’re more than welcome to experience the art of drinking in, however this is the end of my tour. If you follow the the directions back to the start of this tour you can get buses back to Central from here quite easily.