highlandlad (53) Blue Mountains, Australia | March 25, 2006| Updated June 28, 2008
Rerate: Fings aint wot they used to be at Paddy’s. The quality of the beer was the only reason to come here, and sadly it seems to be on the slide since Calum Service moved on. The line-up in June 2008 was very ordinary indeed compared to previous visits. It will be a while before I return. Original rate: Australia’s oddest brewpub? It’s stuck in the arse-end of Parramatta Road, it looks like an RSL designed by whoever designs bomb shelters, the patrons are refugees from the nearby Paddy’s Market and no one seems to drink the beers brewed here. (We spent four hours there on a Saturday afternoon and did not see anyone but us order a Paddys beer.) So why bother going? Because the beers are very good indeed. There were seven on tap when we visited, and six of them were worth the visit. The brewer, Calum Service, is wasted here. If this was more central, I’d definitely make it a local but it’s not the sort of place you could take anyone but a beer geek. Anyone else would think you were nuts. By the way, if any out-of-towners are wondering how to get there, catch a train from Central to Flemington station, then take the overpass from the platform down into the markets and keep going in the same direction until you reach the other side of the markets (Parramatta Road). The pub is the peach coloured bomb shelter on the right.
Visited on July 11, 2013. Took the train from Newtown to Flemington, walked cross the pathway to the markets, followed the walkway all through the markets, like walking in a big industrial type parking lot with not many cars. Signs (2 I think I saw) for the brewery directing you though, and a public toilet on the way if coming from other beer adventures as I was. Located in the big building/mall with shops etc once cleared from the markets. I passed through the mall, walked out and right, saw the sign, walked down and right again, then back up. Much easier to walk right before entering the mall and just find Paddy’s on the corner there. Five house beers available, as well as some various macro beers. I wanted to sample all 5 house beers, so they let me do that after I explained how this was likely my only visit and wanted to write about their beers. Ended up not having to pay for my samples either. Bought a half pint of a beer I hadn’t rated so I felt better about rating free beers, also left some tips. Nice, friendly, fast service, though the lady didn’t know very much about the beers. Didn’t eat here. Lots and lots of poker machines and games, lots of TV:s with sports and betting. Feels more like a sports and gaming place for locals than a pub brewery. Didn’t see any of the other guests actually drinking the house beers. Prices on beers very good compared to the city. Located quite the train ride out from the city, but if you do like me and start your day early in Newtown with Young Henry’s and Union Hotel you might as well keep going a bit further and locate Paddys as well. Not sure I’d go back to this place very often, a bit of a pain to get to and not much out that way other than this brewery and their beers. Still, glad I did go at least.
Mostly a bunch of locals so ambiance can be a little bad if too many of them are in there. The rest of the time it’s pretty good. The real attraction of this place is for the Paddys beer. It’s very good and worth the pain of getting there. It’s also very good value. Staff don’t really know a great deal about the beer but of course if you run into the brewer, he’ll tell you all about it. Food is pretty good pub food, also pretty cheap. For the tourist, it may be a bit of a pain to get to from the CBD but well worth it for quality, well priced beer you can only get at the pub itself.
It looks like the beers have gone seriously downhill over the years after reading the reviews from other RBians. I’ll echo what the other reviews say about the venue itself as, unlike the beers, appear to have remained unchanged for a very long time. On a positive note the staff were enthusiastic about the beer and knowledgeable of the styles but unfortunately the beers have hit the wall in quality. Also probably the cheapest pots I’ve found all over the sun burnt land yet...and that’s gotta be a plus, right?
People would be hard pressed to find a pub with a worse atmosphere. It has the authentic downtown Las Vegas casino interior, complete with loud TVs, and microphones so people can play pub trivia. Horrible place, save for the fact it has pretty fine beer and the staff (well I only talked to the bartender who is the brewer) was nice. The brewer (Alan) even broke out a Pilsner in a mini-keg just for my group. The beers were average to very good. Though as mentioned, most people probably would come here if there was a brewery or not. Still, worth a stop IMO and should not be overlooked simply because of the atmosphere or location, this is a beer website after all.
Bit of a scary place to get to,not in the best neighbourhood, beers were all fine, a bit weak, nothing special, mind you I havent been there in quite a while, when I am in Sydney next I will try again and re-rate
What a bizarre experience. Pretty much like every other quiet westie pub, except for the fact they have an operating brewery in the middle of it which no one seems to give a shit about! If Paddys were located 10 kms closer to the city i’m sure they would be very popular with the inner city types, it just seems wasted out here. I only had time to try 3 of the beers; the Pale Ale was great, Scottish Ale good, and the Pilsner average. I wish them good luck, but I don’t know how the brewery survives, everyone here drinks New.
Go there for the beer, once you’ve had all the beers they have on offer, leave. Unless you are in good company you probably wont feel like hanging around this bar/ truckstop. Full of "different" people.
JamesL (1) Eastwood NSW 2122, Australia | April 16, 2005
I had a great day at Paddy’s recently. The Pilsner & Summer Ale were great, closely followed by the Choc Porter. The brewer was filtering the Pale Ale when I was there & was more than happy to answer all my questions and shout a few beers.