Best Bar Design

Open to all new and newly renovated stand-alone bars or designated bar areas within a restaurant or hotel. Awarded to the best overall design concept and execution.

Entry requirements:

  • Only projects completed between April 1, 2022, and September 1, 2023, are eligible.
  • All entries must be submitted in a single PDF file that does not exceed 28 pages. 
  • Entries must include a final, approved floor plan and photos of the completed restaurant.
  • Entries must include aspects of the branding elements/package.
  • It is recommended that entries include a copy of the menu.
  • It is recommended that renovations include before and after photos.

Every entry must include the following on the first page:

    • Name of project and full name of operator/owner company:
    • Project location (city, state):
    • New build or renovation:
    • Opening date or renovation completion date:
    • Stand-alone or within a restaurant:
    • Square footage and number of seats:
    • Brief description of concept and drink menu:
    • Average check:
    • Project budget:
    • Project team (include members from the operator company, architects, designers, contractor and other relevant parties):

All entries must touch on the following project details (please address the questions below in 750 words or less; you may use photos between text to illustrate points):

    • Outline the project’s goals, how the final design addressed the goals and any unique design features.
    • What were some of the design challenges and how did the project team address them?
    • Discuss design strategies used to address typical bar concerns, such as space constraints, etc?
    • Why does this project represent the best of the best in design and in its category?

EXTENDED deadline for submission is Friday, October 20, 2023.

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