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Published March 7th 2012
Sydney is a city made for pub crawls. There are several Sydney suburbs that are just ideal for a long afternoon of beverages, and Paddington would have to be at the top of the list. So if you've got a Saturday or two to spare, check out this Paddington pub crawl.
Start the day off with some barefoot bowls at Paddo Bowls. It's only 700 metres from Edgecliff train station and is the perfect place to knock back the first two or three beers in the sunshine.
[ADVERT]Once you've finished showing off your sporting prowess it's time to start hitting the pubs in earnest. First on the list is the Lord Dudley Hotel, which is a pleasingly short walk away. This English-styled pub has 18 beers on tap and plenty more bottled varieties. This place has a great "British" feel to it and a welcoming atmosphere. Just make sure you don't get too comfortable - you've still got plenty more places to visit yet.
A 400 metre walk along Sutherland Street leads to the next stop, the Four in Hand Hotel. This hidden gem promotes itself as a good spot to take in some live sports, and also has a pretty decent bar menu. An hour or two here and you should be getting pretty well lubricated, so it's time for another 400 metre walk, this time to the Grand National.
The food at the Grand National is nothing to be sneezed at, so if you're looking for a feed I'd recommend getting it here. It's a cut above your usual pub grub and, as always, tastes even better when washed down with a couple of frosty ones.
By this stage everyone will be getting a little bit loose, so the fact that the London Hotel is only 200-odd metres away is very handy. Having talked up the food at the Grand National, I have to admit that the food at the London ain't too bad either. The pizzas really hit the spot and there's a good range of beers to choose from.
From there it's on to the Paddington Inn for one more stop and another couple of rounds.
What you do after that is up to you. There's obviously no shortage of venues to kick on to along Oxford Street, or you can head to the SFS or SCG to take in an NRL, AFL, Super Rugby or A-league game.