Have to say, Paddington is one area that is lacking in good bars & pubs. The pubs in the area are A-OK, nothing special, typical oldish English boozers.
There are not many places to have a nice cocktail, but this bar, based in the Hilton, is actually ok. It looks nice, has nice loungy seats and serves free nibbles with the drinks!
Good range of cocktails etc. Only thing, it is a bit pricey, but other than the price it's quite nice!
This bar, although convenient in it's location next to the train station, is not quite what I had imagined as it could use a bit of a revamp and redesign.
The drinks were fairly priced, but there are really only very small tables for couples (and space for their baggage). It was quite quiet for a Friday, as we were the only people there, which I can imagine as it is part of a hotel and most people staying might venture into a local pub/bar instead.
The Steam Bar is located in the Hilton hotel in Paddington. Every Friday and Saturday nights, this bar welcomes party people who like dancing to R'n'B, Hip-Hop, Caribbean and African rhythms. The bar is busier on Friday. It's very modern and airy, chic but not snobby...
I recommend this bar to all those who wants to have a goog time in a cosy place.
Average for a hotel bar - I remember when this hotel first opened the Steam bar was quite nice. It still has wooden floors and the same basic layout with some raised booths, but the decor has changed. Gone are the black and white images from the great age of train travel on the walls, replaced with a slightly cheap looking wood-veneer bar and olive and raspberry padded walls. Really. I guess it could also have been a bit odd as my companion and I were the only ones in there at rush hour. Bonus - they do happy hour 2-for-1 from 5pm - 7pm when wines are from £5.00 per glass and cocktails are £7.00. Fine to meet briefly but I wouldn't hang around, not enough atmosphere.
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