Paddington’s resurgence as a catch-all culinary hub continued in 2019 with the addition of brew lab and roastery Blackout. The moody pitstop comes from the crew behind The Black Lab Coffee Co. (also known for Fortitude Vally hotspot The New Black), and is a multi-faceted expansion incorporating the brand’s Queensland headquarters, barista supply shop, warehouse, roastery and coffee bar. Blackout is a one-stop-shop for baristas looking to nab some last-minute gear, sharpen their skills at the on-site barista training school (specialising in intermediate to advanced courses) or broaden their network through industry events. The brew bar pours batch, cold-drip and espresso-based drops (using single-origin beans freshly roasted out back), with a San Remo Opera and a V60 Filter station on hand for coffee gear heads to marvel. Those feeling snacky can peer into a small ambient cabinet housing bacon-and-egg muffins, house-baked croissants and Butterbings.