The Shortlist 2018: 15 of the World’s Most Stylish Restaurants and Bars


COMPILED BY Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES via Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The shortlist for the annual international Restaurant & Bar Design Awards has been announced.

We sifted through the list of 233 shortlisted entries across all categories to find 15 of the most stylish, stand-out designs, from cafés in Bangkok and Dublin and restaurants in Shanghai to locally-designed bars in Joburg.

1. Ampersand – Bangkok, Thailand (Design: party/space/design)

2. ATX Cocina – Austin, United States (Design: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture)

3. Dining Between Lines – Shanghai, China (Design: Lukstudio)

4. Hokkaidon – Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Design: A Work of Substance)

5. Krypt – Vienna, Austria (Design: Buro KLK)

6. La Pilar Asador – Murcia, Spain (Design: Pulpas)

7. Nando’s – Altrincham, UK (Design: STAC Architecture)

8. North Audley Cantine – London, UK (Design: Gundry & Ducker)

9. Osteria Marzia – Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Design: A Work of Substance)

10. Pot Bellied Pig – Dublin, Ireland (Design: Kingston Lafferty Design)

11. Saigon Suzy – Joburg, South Africa (Design: StudioA)

12. Sean Connolly – Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Design: Alexander & Co)

13. The Budapest Cafe – Chengdu, China (Design: Biasol)

14. Toby’s Estate – Sydney, Australia (Design: Studio Tate)

15. Tsujiri – London, UK (Design: MIM Studios)

View the full shortlist at Missed last year’s contenders and winners? Here’s a look at a few of our favourites from the shortlist, as well as those who took home the awards.