Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Australia & Pacific Bar


This Restaurant & Bar Design Awards category is for all Bars in the Australia and Pacific regions. The judges have selected the 5 entries below to be included in this shortlist, while the winner of this category will be in the running for the Best Overall Bar which will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony on October 1st.

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The Archie Rose Distilling Co. is a project of adaptive reuse and the first Distillery in Sydney since 1853. Acme & Co developed a ‘grain to glass’ experience, engaging patrons with both the making process and the product consumed at the bar. The unadorned distilling process exposed to visitors reinforces the authenticity of the product being consumed in the warehouse and clearly positions the Distillery within contemporary craft distilling and bar culture.

Enlivening the high-ceilinged space, the George Hotel Bar is inspired by the layers of time. Built in 1880, it features St. George and the dragon art, 1920’s fleur de lis patterns in hexagonal tiles, the Melbourne Wine Room and the bar; which have provided a rich history to inform this latest incarnation. Grant Amon Architects selected bespoke furniture and features such as the honeycomb ceiling, island bench tables and a central St George’s red cross unit.

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Inspired by the NYC juicing culture, Greene Street Juice Co. creates a local icon in Melbourne. Travis Walton Architecture’s interior shows a sophisticated interplay of industrial and free-flowing structures, creating an urban atmosphere softened by natural elements. White metal structures connote Manhattan bridges and fire escapes, directional walnut battens add height and movement, while oak veneer and Carrara stone bring to mind the natural facets of the product.

A small internal space with an exceptional courtyard, Ctrl Space had a brief to re-fit one of the most popular bars in this part of New Zealand. Scarlett Slimms has a fresh and bright interior to make the most of the small space and blurs the lines from inside to out. A new steel shopfront and glazed canopy modernises the façade, while painted white shingles and exposed brickwork complement the interior, creating a laid back, fresh and inviting space with some quirky artistic touches.

Due to the restricted budget, Stillery Gin retains and reuses material assets where possible. Bates Smart played off the symmetry and geometry of the architecture and referenced the casual elegance of Sydney, through bespoke detailing and rich materials including brass, leather and blue velvet. The Stillery evokes a sense of luxury, glamour and casual elegance contrasting to the InterContinental brand standard rooms.

View each of the shortlisted entries with access to all of the photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.

Stillery Gin (Australia) Bates Smart

Scarlett Slimms (New Zealand) Ctrl Space

Greene Street Juice Co. (Australia) Travis Walton Architecture

George Hotel Bar (Australia) Grant Amon Architects

Archie Rose Distilling Co. (Australia) Acme & Co

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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