Winners: Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2019

Image credit: courtesy of TristanPlessisStudio

COMPILED BY Lindi Brownell Meiring

The winners of the 2019 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced. This year, Johannesburg’s Alice & Fifth, designed by TristanPlessisStudio, has won the award for Best Overall Restaurant, a first for a South African design studio.

“As a South African designer to be in the same room as my international design icons is an honour in itself but to be recognised on a global level in front of peers that I’ve looked up to since the beginning of my career is almost unbelievable,” says Tristan. “It also re-affirms what I believe in: the potential within South African design. Not only can we compete at an international level but also lead the field.”

Best Overall Bar was awarded to SPINE Beirut in Lebanon, designed by Gatserelia Design.

Below, find a selection of this year’s category winners, including Café, Lighting, Colour and Ceiling.

UNITED KINGDOM RESTAURANT: Hide – London, UK (Design: These White Walls + Lusted Green)

Image credit: Andrew Meredith

UNITED KINGDOM BAR: Dirty Martini – Birmingham, UK (Design: Grapes Design)

Image credit: Michael Franke

THE AMERICAS RESTAURANT: Europea – Montréal, Canada (Design: Provenchar_Roy)

Image credit: Laurent Guerin

THE AMERICAS BAR: Mamba – Buenos Aires, Argentina (Design: Hitzig Millitello Arquitectos + MFC arquitectos)

Image credit: Federico Kulekdjian

AUSTRALIA & PACIFIC BAR: Hotel Esplanade – St Kilda, Australia (Design: Technē Architecture + Interior Design + Eleisha Gray)

AUSTRALIA & PACIFIC RESTAURANT: Wagaya – Lidcombe, Australia (Design: Span Design)

Image credit: Andrew Worssan & Jayden Huang

ASIA RESTAURANT: Song – Guangzhou, China (Design: Republican Metropolis Architecture)

Image credit: Jack Qin

ASIA BAR: Bar Lotus – Shanghai, China (Design: Office AIO)

Image credit: Yujie Liu

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA BAR: SPINE Beirut – Beirut, Lebanon (Design: Gatserella Design)

Image credit: Eva Szumilas

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA RESTAURANT: Alice & Fifth – Johannesburg, South Africa (Design: TristanDuPlessis Studio)

Image credit: courtesy of TristanPlessisStudio


Image credit: Matteo Piazza

EUROPE BAR: Galaxy Bar – Moscow, Russian Federation (Design: Maxim Kashin + Monoloko)

Image credit: Dmitry Chebanenko

LIGHTING: Suzue – Tokyo, Japan (Design:

SURFACE INTERIORS: New York Burger – Madrid, Spain (Proyecto Singular)

CEILING: Icha Chateau – Shanghai, China (Design: Spacemen)

Image credit: Min Chen Xuan

IDENTITY: Italian Artisans – Melbourne, Australia (Design: ERD)

Image credit: Lou D’Angelo

MURALS & GRAFFITI: The Bar at Hotel Zachary – Chicago, United States (Design: Studio K Creative)

Image credit: David Burk

LUXURY: The Top of Cloud – Xi’an, China (Design: RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang)

Image credit: Ting Wang

CAFE: Cardboard – Mumbai, India (Design: Nudes)

COLOUR: Hey Yo – Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Design: Design Action & Associates)

BIOPHILIC DESIGN: Nido – San José del Cabo, Mexico (Design: Arquitectura de Interiores)

POP-UP: Brasserie 2050 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Design: Overtreders W)

Image credit: Jorn van Eck

IN ANOTHER SPACE: The Vaults Parlour – Dublin, Ireland (Design: Kingston Lafferty Design)

Image credit: Barbara Corsico

STANDALONE: C.C. Babcoq – Cronulla, Australia (Design: Tom Mark Henry)

Image credit: Damian Bennett

FAST CASUAL: Pizza 22 – Moscow, Russian Federation (DA architecture bureau)

Image credit: Sergey Melnikov

HOTEL: Louix Louis – Toronto, Canada (Design: DesignAgency)

Image credit: Brandon Barre

MULTIPLE: Saké – Manly, Australia (Design: Luchetti Krelle)

HERITAGE BUILDING – Beefbar – Paris, France (Design: Humbert & Poyet)

Image credit: Francis Amiand

Missed last year’s winning designs? See more here. For more information about the awards, visit