The 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards shortlist has been announced.

The Eat Drink Design Awards recognise excellence and innovation in the design of restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, nightclubs, temporary venues and retail spaces across Australia and New Zealand.

The year’s selection includes an array of spaces, from country bars to inner-city fine dining restaurants, suburban cafés to hotels in the wilderness, and shopping centre diners to airport eateries.

In recognition of the longevity and cultural significance that a venue can hold in an often-transient industry, one longstanding venue will also be inducted into the Eat Drink Design Awards Hall of Fame. Past winners include Cookie by Phillip Schemnitz Architect, Jimmy Watson’s Wine Bar by Robin Boyd and Frederick Romberg, Cafe Di Stasio by Allan Powell Architects, Fratelli Paradiso by Mike Murphy with later additions by Mike Hanna and Don Cameron, and Icebergs by Lazzarini Pickering.

The Eat Drink Design Awards are chosen by a jury of industry leaders from the hospitality and design sectors. This year’s members are Besha Rodell (restaurant critic, New York Times) Nathan Toleman (CEO and founder, The Mulberry Group), Graham Charbonneau (architect and co-founder, Studio-Gram), Phillip Schemnitz (architect, Phillip Schemnitz Architects) and Cassie Hansen (editor, Artichoke).

“Australia’s reputation as a drinking and dining destination has been helped by the great design happening here,” says Hansen, 2019 jury chair. “This shortlist is a survey of the exceptional quality and diversity in the design of our region’s hospitality industry.”

The winners will be announced at a cocktail event hosted by Matt Moran at the Metropolis in Melbourne on Tuesday 12 November.

The full shortlist of the 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards can be viewed here.

Image: The 2019 Eat Drink Design Awards jury (L–R): Phillip Schemnitz, Cassie Hansen, Besha Rodell, Nathan Toleman, Graham Charbonneau. Photography by Jessica Prince.​

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