The Eat Drink Design Awards celebrates the very best food and design our country has to offer, and this year is set to be the biggest yet, with 90 of the top hospitality projects around Australia nominated.

The shortlisted projects represent the most sought-after restaurants, bars, cafés, nightclubs, food stores and temporary hospitality spaces that opened to the public in the past two years. For the first time, the Eat Drink Design Awards includes the region’s most aspirational hotels with the addition of a new category for Best Hotel Design.


The Awards program is a prism though which to view the cutting-edge venues at the frontline of Australasian design. The jury regards this year’s shortlisted projects as some of the most progressive and conceptually ambitious to date, with international significance.

“This year, there is a consensus among the jury that Australasian hospitality design is some of the best in the world, if not the best. Other countries are certainly looking to what Australia is doing in hospitality design and this shortlist is evidence of how dynamic and progressive Australia and New Zealand designers are,” said Cassie Hansen, Eat Drink Design Awards jury chairperson and editor of Artichoke magazine.

“Entrants from across the region ranged from sprawling, luxurious hotels, to tiny bars situated below offices. It doesn’t matter how much money is behind a project, or the scale – the Awards reward conceptual ambition and execution of good design.”

Winners will be announced at a unique, themed event, to be held at Melbourne’s Luminare on Tuesday, 13 November. Tickets can be purchased on the Eat Drink Design Awards website.

Further to this, each year one iconic hospitality venue from Australia or New Zealand will be inducted into the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. This special accolade acknowledges a feat of enduring excellence in the design of a hospitality venue of more than 15 years standing. Past inductees have included Icebergs (Lazzarini Pickering, 2002) and Cafe Di Stasio (Allan Powell Architects, 1988).

The Eat Drink Design Awards jury features hospitality and design industry leaders, each an expert in their field. The 2018 jury comprises Simon Kardachi (Restaurateur – Osteria Oggi, Shobosho, Press Food & Wine, The Pot by Emma McCaskell), George Livissianis (architect and founder of George Livissianis), Fabio Ongarato (founder and creative director of Fabio Ongarato Design), Dani Valent (food writer and cook) and jury chairperson Cassie Hansen (editor, Artichoke).

The 2018 Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist is as follows:

Best Bar Design

Recognises achievement in the design of a bar, cocktail lounge or nightclub.

Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay – Tom Mark Henry (Rushcutters Bay, NSW)

Barangaroo House – Collins and Turner, H&E Architects, Etic (Barangaroo, NSW)

Shoal Bay Country Club – Luchetti Krelle (Shoal Bay, NSW)

East Village Hotel – Alexander & Co. (Darlinghurst, NSW)

All Hands Brewing House – Maddison Architects (Sydney NSW)

Imperial Hotel – Alexander & Co. (Erskineville, NSW)

Palace Central Cinemas – DesignOffice (Chippendale, NSW)

The Fernery Mosman – Pony Design Co. (Mosman, NSW)

Chandon Australia – Foolscap Studio (Coldstream, VIC)

Above Board – Chris James Studio (Collingwood, VIC)

Bouzy Bar À Vin – Jason M Jones & Brahman Perera (Armadale, VIC)

Kicks – ZWEI Interiors Architecture (Melbourne, VIC)

Baroq House – Hachem (Melbourne, VIC)

Biggie Smalls Windsor – Technē Architecture + Interior Design (Windsor, VIC)

Pentolina – Biasol (Melbourne, VIC)

Malt & Juniper – Sans-Arc Studio (Adelaide, SA)

Anchovy Bandit – Sans-Arc Studio (Prospect, SA)

Port Office Hotel – Nick Tyson Architecture (Brisbane, QLD)

Market Grounds – Woods Bagot (Perth, WA)

Palace Central Cinemas

Best Café Design

Recognises achievement in the design of a cafe, tea house or coffee shop.

Percy Plunkett – Matt Woods Design (Penrith, NSW)

Matinee Coffee – Luchetti Krelle (Marrickville, NSW)

Toby’s Estate Darling Square – Studio Tate (Sydney, NSW)

Indigo – Tom Mark Henry (Double Bay, NSW)

Edition Roasters – Amber Road (Haymarket, NSW)

The Post Office – Andrew & Brielle Economos (Moss Vale, NSW)

Lenny 3206 – Golden (Albert Park, VIC)

Against The Grind – Joanne Motee (Mill Park, VIC)

Cafe Godot – Aktis (Melbourne, VIC)

Cocobei – DKO (Docklands, VIC)

Bentwood Café – Ritz & Ghougassian (Fitzroy, VIC)

Sensory Lab – Studio Esteta (Melbourne, VIC)

Hungry Fox Café – LUKAS Partners Interior Architecture & Design (Essendon Fields, VIC)

Project 281 – Splinter Society Architecture (Brunswick, VIC)

Brunetti Flinders Lane – Technē Architecture + Interior Design (Melbourne, VIC)

Willow Urban Retreat – Meme (Armadale, VIC)

Sibling Spice – Studio Y. (Melbourne, VIC)

Lightyears – ZWEI Interiors Architecture (Hawthorn East, VIC)

Plain Sailing – Fiona Drago Architect (Elwood, VIC)

Lights in the Attic – Architects EAT (Hawthorn, VIC)

Pierrick Boyer Cafe Patisserie – ZWEI Interiors Architecture (Prahran, VIC)

Junction Eatery – Material Creative (Auckland, NZ)

Bermuda – Collectivus (Joondalup, WA)


Best Hotel Design

Recognises achievement in the design of an accommodation premises where eating and drinking are integral to the experience, including hotels, motels, lodges, chalets, resorts, B&Bs and hostels.

Paramount House Hotel – Breathe Architecture (Surry Hills, NSW)

Terminus Hotel – Luchetti Krelle (Pyrmont, NSW)

West Hotel – Woods Bagot (Sydney, NSW)

Mitchelton Winery Hotel – Hamish Guthrie, Paul Hecker & Stacey van Harn (Nagambie, VIC)

Jackalope – Carr in collaboration with Fabio Ongarato Design (Merricks North, VIC)

Brae Restaurant Accommodation – Six Degrees Architects (Birregurra, VIC)

Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions – Liminal Studio (Coles Bay, TAS)

The Westin Perth – BAR Studio (Perth, WA)

Tribe Hotel Perth – Travis Walton Architecture (West Perth, WA)

Crown Towers Perth – Bates Smart (Burswood, WA)

Shorehouse Addition – JAWS Architects, JAWS Interiors (Lake St Claire, TAS)

Mitchelton Winery Hotel

Best Identity Design

Recognises achievement in the design of a visual identity or collateral for a single food and/or drink venue or shop including logos, websites, menus, wine lists, stationery, signage, uniforms, coasters, placemats, books, style guides and any other visual material.

Whirly Bird Sydney – Tomorrow People (Pyrmont, NSW)

Congress – Studio Hi Ho (Collingwood, VIC)

Hinoak – Biasol (Glen Waverley, VIC)

Yarri Restaurant and Bar – Two from Two (Dunsborough, WA)

Shobosho – Crafty Design (Adelaide, SA)


Best Installation Design

Recognises achievement in the design of a temporary or transportable space including pop-up venues, mobile food vehicles, marquees, promotional installations, VIP lounges and market stalls.

Pop Inn – Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects (Canberra, ACT)

Space & Time – Russell & George (North Melbourne, VIC)

La Petite Creperie Caravan – Hot Black Design (Wantrina South, VIC)

Ohana Pizza – Best. (Werribee South, VIC)

MFWF ‘House of Food & Wine’ – Fiona Lynch in collaboration with En Pointe Events (Melbourne, VIC)

La Petite Creperie Caravan


Best Restaurant Design

Recognises achievement in the design of a restaurant.

Blanca Bar & Dining – Kaintoch Design Studio (Bondi Beach, NSW)

Social at Verandah – Luchetti Krelle (Sydney, NSW)

MARTA – DesignOffice (Rushcutters Bay, NSW)

Park House Food Merchants – Alexander & Co. (Mona Vale, NSW)

Barangaroo House – Collins and Turner, H&E Architects, Etic (Barangaroo, NSW)

Fonda Bondi – Studio Esteta (Bondi, NSW)

The Kitchen and The Patio at SBCC – Luchetti Krelle (Shaol Bay, NSW)

Wagaya – Span Design (Lidcombe, NSW)

Ishizuka – Russell & George (Melbourne, VIC)

Angus and Bon – Bergman & Co. (Prahran VIC)

Restaurant Navi – Finnis Architects (Melbourne, VIC)

Mr Carpano Dining + Bar – Interior design: Fender Katsalidis, Architecture: Woods Bagot and NH Architecture (South Wharf, VIC)

Bar Carolina – Chris Connell Design (South Yarra, VIC)

Sunda Bar & Restaurant – Kerstin Thompson Architects, Figureground

Architecture (Melbourne, VIC)

Easeys – ITN Architects (Collingwood, VIC)

Longsong – Jackson Clements Burrows with John van Haandel (Melbourne, VIC)

Congress – DesignOffice (Collingwood, VIC)

1830 Restaurant, Port Arthur Visitor Centre – JAWS Interiors, Rosevear Stephenson (Port Arthur, TAS)

Tantalus Estate – Cheshire Architects (Waiheke Island, NZ)


Best Retail Design

Recognises achievement in the design of a food and/or drink retail space including shops, supermarkets, delicatessens, providores, bottle shops, cellar doors, food markets and food courts.

Mercedes Me – Jackson Clements Burrows (Melbourne, VIC)

Chandon Australia – Foolscap Studio (Coldstream, VIC)

Asian Grocery – T A Square (Glen Waverly, VIC)

Little Bonny’s – Luchetti Krelle (Sydney, VIC)

Sensory Lab – Studio Esteta (Melbourne, VIC)

Hunter & Co. Deli – Mim Design (Elsternwick, VIC)

Pafu, QV – T A Square (Melbourne, VIC)

Hella Good – Bergman & Co. (Melbourne, VIC)

Barangaroo House

Each category winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize from a total prize pool of $10,500.

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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