The Paddington Ale House (or Paddo for the regulars) in Mt Hawthorn is a traditional Aussie pub that has refused to follow trends. It's large interior is very old school, adorned with varnished wood, live music and beer paraphernalia. It's long history has made the Paddo one of Perth's most loved local watering holes.
The Paddo has six different areas to chose from. Outside there's a narrow beer garden along the pathway with a small Wine bar hidden away in the corner. Inside you've got the choice of comfy lounge areas, stage-side table seating, pub stools around the bar and the Kimberleys restaurant, a high quality casual restaurant separated from the loud and lively pub.
The bar splits the Paddo down the middle and is open on every side, meaning there's plenty of spots to lean on to wait for a drink. Despite being very busy service is usually pretty quick and drinks prices are very reasonable.
The drink of choice at the Paddington Ale House is beer (it's even in the name!) Noble men, women and groups come to the Paddo to achieve the ultimate life goal; get their names on a pub wall. The Paddo has 141 different beers of all different qualities and varieties, from all over the world. Finish every one of these individually or as a group and you get your name etched onto the wall of fame to go down in Paddo folklore.
Bar food can often be hit and miss, but the Paddo has a reputation for having some of the best pub grub around. Prices may seem a little steep at first, but when you see the size and taste the quality of the servings you'll see why. The kitchen doesn't cut corners, large burgers are jam packed with fillings, chip servings are huge and the chicken parmi's nearly cover the whole plate! Honestly, if it weren't for the atmosphere you'd think you were in a restaurant.
The servings big, the quality is great
The atmosphere at the Paddo is also one of the best going around thanks to it's long history of being a great place to go. Live music featuring local acts and even big name bands are a stalwart of the venue with both intimate couch-side sets and pumping stage shows showcasing throughout the week. Quiz nights and live sport keep the crowds cheering when there's no music and daily beer and food specials attracted curious people from all over town.
The Paddington Ale House is a local pub that prides itself on a well built reputation instead of following trends like many other modern drinking holes. With a huge beer list, well stocked spirits and wines list, excellent food and a lively atmosphere it's very rare you'll ever hear someone say they won't ever go back. The Paddo is proof that traditional Aussie pubs can still be highly successful in the modern era.