Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Standalone Bar or Club


Five entries made the judges shortlist for the UK Standalone Bar or Club Category, with entries from Bath and Birmingham, several from London and more from Edinburgh, Manchester and St Albans.

allotment bar

The brief for 
Select Interiors
 was to transform an old retail venue in Manchester into an ‘Allotment’ themed bar, involving the use of recycled and upcycled materials with a combination of antiques and salvaged timber. The facade was grade II listed, yet with little character overall, thus requiring a sympathetic design. To reduce congestion around the bar, a garden shed becomes a cocktail bar in the evenings, whilst the latest energy saving LED lighting and equipment adds authenticity to the theme.


Nick Leith-Smith
 transformed a London basement into a contemporary destination, imbibing it with a rich, theatrical atmosphere. Le Peep Boutique’s design team created a series of intimate, interlocking spaces, unified by bold colours, elegant forms and elements of trompe l’oeil and set building. The end result is dark, decadent and glamorous, but also playful, quirky and entertaining; an enticing and characterful nightclub. Harmonious colours, innovative lighting, dark niches and elaborate materials are mixed with a streak of theatre, puppetry and performance.

Read more about Nick Leith-Smith and his inspiration for this design in our recent interview with him.

Library is a newly created London members club for the literary and design communities and was 19 greek street and Marc Peridis’ biggest interior design project to date. Eclectic, colourful and quirky with a strong sense of ethics and sustainability. Library features furniture from social enterprise scheme Out of the Dark, pieces from Moroso’s M’Afrique collection, up-cycled designs by JamesPlumb, including a bench crafted from an old sofa stripped back to its frame, and custom-made items by Sé. 19 greek street’s designer created floor tiles and the bar and table tops using old alcohol bottles.

The Beech House in St Albans has a comfortable atmosphere and identity from breakfast to nightcap.
 People in Space wanted the overall tone to have an artisans attention to detail, in both the design and the offer, whilst making the customer feel ‘at home’. A distressed, one-off character imbues a sense of relaxation and lack of boundaries. The fireplace epitomises the heart of the ‘house’ with a front door for a ‘home’. Blackened barn boards add intimacy, stone for presence whilst retaining all the traditional warmth, hospitality and comfort of a local bar/pub.

common room
The Common Room is a late night bar within Bath, designed to attract young professionals with a sense of humour instead of the usual Bath student crowd
. Finch Interiors incorporated a lifetime of the clients ‘trinkets’ on every elevation to feel part of the overall aesthetic to add value and humour, rather than just an added extra. The cheeky humour is in every detail with highlights such as a disco ball room and oversized bunny girl prints. Read more about the Common Room.

Each of the shortlisted entries are viewable on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from links below.

The Common Room (Bath) 
Finch Interiors
The Beech House (St Albans)
 People in Space

Library (London)
 19 greek street.

Le Peep Boutique (London) 
Nick Leith-Smith

Allotment Bar (Manchester) 
Select Interiors

The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.

Images © respective studios

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