Chic Digs Alert: The Australian Interior Design Awards Have Unveiled 2024's Shortlisted Bars, Restaurants and Homes

If you're looking for stunning hospitality, residential, workplace, retail and public settings around Australia, here's where you'll find them.
Sarah Ward
Published on April 05, 2024

Does a cocktail, meal or cup of coffee taste better when it's served up in stunning surroundings? It shouldn't, but interior design is still a pivotal part of the hospitality experience. So recognises the Australian Interior Design Awards, which also highlights spectacular decor in shops, workplaces, homes and public settings — and the annual gongs have just revealed 2024's shortlisted venues.

Now in its 21st year, AIDA has found more than a few bars, restaurants, cafes, houses, offices, retailers and the like that it considers supremely stylish. This year's shortlist includes 222 projects from around the country (plus a few overseas that spring from local talent), which is a record for the awards. Not all of them are hospo joints, of course; however, the next time that you're keen to hang out in chic digs while you get sipping and eating, you'll have more than a few choices. And, the same goes for whenever the urge to browse and buy strikes, too.

The Wolf Dining and Bar, Brock Beazley

Hospitality design contenders include Capella, Longshore, Bar Besuto and Hanasuki in Sydney; Reine and La Rue, The Ritz-Carlton, The Lyall, Antara 128, Enoteca Boccaccio and Purple Pit in Melbourne; and The Wolf Dining and Bar and the revamped Gerard's in Brisbane. South Australia's Pinco Deli, Fugazzi Basement and Evergreen Cafe also made the cut, as did Ember Bath House, Lawson Flats, Canteen Pizza and Yiamas in Western Australia.

In the retail design category, Dissh Bondi, Sydney's LeTAO and Gelato Messina Newtown are up against Melbourne's Pidapipó Laboratorio and G McBean Family Butcher, to name just a few places on the shortlist.

And, the public design field includes UQ Brisbane City, Art Gallery of New South Wales' library and members lounge, and stage three of Geelong Arts Centre.

Capella Sydney, Timothy Kaye

The rundown goes on in all fields, which means that — as proves the case every year — there's no shortage of strikingly designed new, revamped and refurbished places demanding your attention around around the country.

This year's winners will be announced in-person at a dinner the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney on Friday, June 14.

Antara 128, Haydn Cattach

Longshore, Jason Loucas

Enoteca Boccaccio in Balwyn, Melbourne. Wine bar and restaurant.

Enoteca Boccaccio, Peter Clarke

LeTAO's first Sydney outpost in the Regent Place hub.


Gelato Messina Newtown, Jack Fenby

For the full Australian Interior Design Awards 2024 shortlist, head to the AIDA website.

Top image: Como Restaurant by Cieran Murphy.

Published on April 05, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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