Australia’s most beautiful bars revealed

The most ambitious and aspirational venues across Australia and New Zealand have been revealed as the winners of the 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards.

The awards celebrate the exceptional design of hospitality spaces across restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, retail spaces and temporary installations.

This year’s jury remarked that Australasian hospitality design has become synonymous with breathtaking innovation and some of the best projects in the world, with Victoria and South Australia are the regions with the most winning venues this year.

“The projects that resonated with the jury were those that demonstrated authenticity, clarity and confidence. We were excited by projects where the designer had successfully told the narrative of the venue through careful selection of materials, colours and forms,” said Cassie Hansen, editor of Artichoke magazine and jury chair

“The standard keeps getting better and better and my fellow jurors and I agree that Australia is at the forefront of global hospitality design.”

This year The Best Bar Design went to Adelaide’s Malt & Juniper, designed by Sans-Arc Studio. The jury said that with rich wooden elements and high-back leather booths blend with hard green marble creating a space that aspires to institution status, Malt & Juniper “is a homage to the cocktail bar of yesteryear”.

This is the second Best Bar Design award for Sans-Arc Studio, who also won for its design of Adelaide’s Pink Moon Saloon in 2016.

The liquor industry was again recognised with Chandon Australia winning Best Retail Design for Foolscap Studio. The said it was impressed by “the sense of esoteric presence throughout the tasting rooms and boutique. The feminine aesthetic and smooth curves of the design perfectly personify the bubbly brand, enticing visitors to purchase oodles of sparkling wine”.

Representing the nation’s capital, Pop Inn by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects is a “lithe and clever wine bar pop-up” that won the award for Best Installation Design.

The winners on the night were (images below):

Best Bar Design – Malt & Juniper by Sans-Arc Studio, Adelaide, SA


  • Above Board – Chris James Studio (Collingwood, VIC)
  • Barangaroo House – Collins and Turner, H&E Architects, Etic (Barangaroo, NSW)
  • Imperial Hotel – Alexander & Co. (Erskineville, NSW)

Best Retail Design – Chandon Australia by Foolscap Studio, Coldstream, VIC


  • Little Bonny’s – Luchetti Krelle (Sydney, NSW)
  • Hunter & Co. Deli – Mim Design (Elsternwick, VIC)

Best Installation Design – Pop Inn by Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects, Canberra, ACT


  • Ohana Pizza – BEST. (Werribee South, VIC)

Best Hotel Design – Brae Restaurant Accommodation by Six Degrees Architects, Birregurra, VIC


  • Mitchelton Winery Hotel – Hecker Guthrie (Nagambie, VIC)
  • Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions – Liminal Studio (Coles Bay, TAS)
  • Jackalope – Carr in collaboration with Fabio Ongarato Design (Merricks North, VIC)

Best Restaurant Design – Ishizuka by Russell & George, Melbourne, VIC


  • Barangaroo House – Collins and Turner, H&E Architects, Etic (Barangaroo, NSW)
  • Bar Carolina – Chris Connell Design (South Yarra, VIC)
  • Sunda Bar & Restaurant – Kerstin Thompson Architects, Figureground Architecture (Melbourne, VIC)
  • Fonda Bondi – Studio Esteta (Bondi, NSW)
  • Longsong – Jackson Clements Burrows with John van Haandel (Melbourne, VIC)

Best Cafe Design – Bentwood Cafe by Ritz&Ghougassian, Fitzroy, VIC


  • Sensory Lab – Studio Esteta (Melbourne, VIC)
  • Brunetti Flinders Lane – Technē Architecture, Interior Design (Melbourne, VIC)
  • Edition Roasters – Amber Road (Haymarket, NSW)
  • Willow Urban Retreat – Meme (Armadale, VIC)

Best Identity Design – Shobosho by Crafty Design, Adelaide, SA

Hall of Fame – Cookie by Phillip Schemnitz Architect, Melbourne, VIC

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