The Grand National Hotel at Paddington is in a fascinating residential area among the backstreets of Paddington where there’s a surprising number of bars and pubs. One of these is the iconic Grand National Hotel, which has been kicking around Paddo for ages.

“The Nash” sits outside the Sydney CBD lockout zone so is a pretty busy pub of a weekend evening

The venue is interesting. The walls are painted with faded pastels, and there’s are booths like an old milk bar.

Best of all, your dog is more than welcome. Before we’d even ordered a drink, the bar staff brought over a water bowl for our dog. No pups in the bistro, but that’s understandable.

Paddo’s a great place for a wander… narrow streets, interesting architecture and a few examples of real community like the honesty box for the home made jams and the hoses that have gone waaay over the top with their Christmas decorations!

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The Shakespeare Hotel (affectionately known as “The Shakey” by locals) is a Surry Hills institution. The building has remained practically unchanged since doors were opened in 1879, making it a rare time capsule of old-school pub culture. Inside you’ll find locals who have been coming in for 50 years drinking happily alongside the new generation of young professionals enjoying Surry Hills’ gentrification of the last decade or so.
Old world public bar with lots of timber, old tyles on the wall (inside and out) private areas for function hire, good food and cold beer.

A little hard to get to at the moment… the light rail is heading straight up Devonshire Street so a lot of roads are closed, but it’s worth a trip…  terrific.

 

This is the second London Hotel we’ve been to this year.

Paddington. Tiny houses (mind you, some 3 and 4 stories!), dunny lanes and some beautifully restored homes.

Delightful. We’ll be back for another walk.

 

Not a local… more a local that’s a meeting place with a huge bistro trade that caters for large groups and children’s parties!

Nevertheless, has to be someone’s local I guess… and in this part of \Sydney, pubs are pretty few and far between.

How good is an inner city pub with a sign out the fron proudly displaying “no pokies”.

The Merton at Rozelle. A stone’s throw from the city near the ANZAC Bridge.

Gorgeous old world feel. Lovely open area out the back.

Mind you, just how the hell does the council allow steps like these??

Iconic local at… Balmain!

Terrific little pub with half a dozen bookable areas for a drink with friends; some under cover, others enjoying the sunshine outside.

Dog friendly… lovely!

Robyn’s relatives used to live around here, and after talking to an aunt in Melbourne we were able to locate the original house.

Heading over to Mollymook for a few days of leave, we headed south via the roundabout way through Goulburn.
We were really surprised! A town like Goulburn… such a working town, we thought there’d be a plethora of pubs to call in and have a drink at.
Not the case. We did, however, find a lovely little pub down near the railway station.
The Coolavin, complete with a small museum of railway memorabilia and a nice little garden out the back.