Padre describes itself as a dive bar, but your evening’s most definitely on the up if you spend it here, where faded grandeur meets quirky vintage.

Sit on worn wooden benches beneath ornate hanging lamps and admire the memorabilia behind the bar as you debate the meaning of life over a few beverages.

Owners David Grayson and David Shakespear had their own taste of life’s meaning when they became dads just before Padre opened in 2013. This explains its convivial, homely atmosphere and conversation-level music: Grayson and Shakespear want you to feel like you’re drinking in your granddad’s living room (if you have world’s coolest granddad).

The drinks constantly change, but the friendly service stays the same. Beers on tap can be anything from chocolate stout to brown ale and IPA; wine choices usually include Australian and New Zealand labels.

There’s a rotating list of nine creative cocktails, but the staff will happily make anything off-menu. After that, sate your hunger with rustic plates of olives, pickles, cheeses and cured meats.

With a cosy function space downstairs and events like live jazz and a monthly comedy night, Padre is surely the daddy of friendly local bars.

Updated: July 16th, 2019

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