Each year the Eat Drink Design Awards judge the best hospitality interior designs for the way they make us feel – whether it’s feeling connected to history through a carefully refurbished historic pub or feeling like a rockstar when we’re seated in a leather banquette under olive-green lighting matching the colour of the one in our Martini. It’s a reminder of how important excellent interior design can be to help make us feel at home (or to transport us far, far from it).

This year’s awards look at design projects completed between July 2019 to June 2021, a tricky time for hospitality generally. And one of the key takeaways from the shortlisted venues, announced by the 2021 Eat Drink Design Awards jury today, is the way hospitality spaces have served the community. There are sympathetic touches to ageing buildings, venues that expose the inner workings of an industry (such as open kitchens, brewery spaces and vineyards) and ones that heighten a sensory experience – or provide much-needed outdoor dining areas under capacity limitations.

Jury chair Cassie Hansen, editor of Artichoke magazine, says the shortlisted venues have impressed the panel by “honouring their past as community spaces in a modern and beautiful way” or by highlighting “their brand philosophy, process and product”, among other things.

There are seven award categories in total, with the shortlist for best restaurant design and best bar design listed below. The award winners will be announced on Friday November 5.

Best restaurant design
Sunset Diner – Guru Projects (Lane Cove, NSW)
Local Connections at The University of Newcastle – Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects (Callaghan, NSW)
Shaffa – Squillace (Surry Hills, NSW)
Cucina Porto – Tom Mark Henry (Pyrmont, NSW)
Hinchcliff House – Mitchell & Eades (Sydney, NSW)

Hinchcliff House by Mitchell Eades

Harbord Hotel – Alexander & Co (Freshwater, NSW)
CicciaBella – Fiona Lynch Interior Design (Parramatta, NSW)
Siso – CTRL Space (Remuera, NSW)
Euro – CTRL Space (Auckland, NZ)
Three Blue Ducks, Melbourne – Pattern Studio (Tullamarine, Vic)
Agnes – Amok (Fortitude Valley, Qld)
ITL – Genesin Studio in collaboration with Walter Brooke (Adelaide, SA)
Sol Bar & Restaurant – Genesin Studio in collaboration with Walter Brooke (Adelaide, SA)
Aurora – GSID – Georgie Shepherd Interior Design (Adelaide, SA)
Fugazzi – Studio-Gram (Adelaide, SA)
400 Gradi – Dean Dyson Architects (Brunswick East, Vic)
Hazel – The Stella Collective (Melbourne, Vic)
Chancery Lane – Bergman and Co (Melbourne, Vic)
Hero ACMI – Chris Connell Design (Melbourne, Vic)
San Lorenzo – Peter Ryan Architects (Scoresby, Vic)
Teller – Ewert Leaf (Brunswick East, Vic)
Master Lanzhou Noodle Bar – ElvinTan Design (Doncaster, Vic)
Prince Public Bar – IF Architecture (St Kilda, Vic)

Chancery Lane

Hope Street Radio – Peter Frederick Cole Architect (Collingwood, Vic)
No.179 – Proto-Tipo (South Yarra, Vic)
New Quarter – Ewert Leaf (Richmond,Vic)
Society – Russell & George (Melbourne, Vic)
Luci Restaurant – Bates Smart (Melbourne, Vic)
Gimlet – A C M E (Melbourne, Vic)
The Graham Hotel – Techne Architecture + Interior Design (Port Melbourne, Vic)
Ten Minutes by Tractor – COX Architecture (Main Ridge, Vic)


Emily Taylor at the Warders Hotel – Matthew Crawford Architects (Fremantle, WA)

Emily Taylor at the Warders Hotel

Best bar design
Atomic Beer Project – YSG (Redfern, NSW)
Bar Sopra – Guru Projects (Potts Point, NSW)
Hotel Ponsonby – CTRL Space (Saint Mary’s Bay, NSW)
Fugazzi – Studio-Gram (Adelaide, SA)
Westward – Buchan (Adelaide, SA)
Above Board – Back Bar – Studio Edwards (Collingwood, Vic)
Hope Street Radio – Peter Frederick Cole Architect (Collingwood, Vic)
Nick and Nora’s – Studio Y (Melbourne, Vic)
Little Prince Wine – IF Architecture (St Kilda, Vic)
Quiet Deeds Brewery and Taproom – Splinter Society Architecture Pty Ltd (Glen Iris, Vic)
Ponyfish Island – Studio-Gram (Melbourne, Vic)
Society The Lounge – Russell & George (Melbourne, Vic)
Prince Public Bar – IF Architecture (St Kilda, Vic)
Stomping Grounds Moorabbin – Studio Y (Moorabbin, Vic)

Stomping Grounds Moorabbin

Curious Bar – W Melbourne – Hachem Architecture (Melbourne, Vic)


You can view the shortlist across all seven categories here >>>