Auckland's bar scene has livened up considerably in recent times, thanks largely to the revitalisation of the downtown Britomart area. And it's not just punters who love it: fine-dining restaurant the Roxy and Britomart's Café Hanoi have snagged finalist spots in this year's Restaurant and Bar Design Awards – the only New Zealand entries to make it through.
The annual UK-based awards are the world's top hospitality design honours, this year attracting 620 entries from 60 countries.
Nine New Zealand entries were shortlisted, but Pack & Company’s the Roxy (part of the Imperial development in Auckland’s Fort St) and Cheshire Architects’ Café Hanoi were the only ones to make it to the next stage.
Last year Cafe Hanoi also won a silver Best Award in the spatial design category.
Up against the best of the best of Australian hospitality design, including the likes of Melbourne’s Nobu and Sydney’s Concrete Blonde, Pack & Company’s creative director Sam Ansley says the company's stoked to be shortlisted amongst such illustrious company.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on September 6.
See the full Kiwi shortlist below.
Scarred by fire and left untouched for decades, The Roxy and neighbouring bistro Everybody’s
in Imperial Lane were brought back to life by a team including Phillimore Properties, architects Fearon Hay, and young hospitality wunderkinds Pack & Company, whose already impressive list of bars, restaurants and cafes includes Auckland’s Northern Steamship, Neighbourhood, Snapdragon and Shaky Isles, and Wellington’s Matterhorn and Foxglove.
See more of the Imperial Lane redevelopment below.