Rockets Lolitas in Johannesburg by Soda Custom was the winner in the Middle East & Africa Bar category of the 2018 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
The London-based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards which is now in its tenth year is a globally competition dedicated to the design of a multitude of food and beverage spaces from ‘ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.’
This year’s awards attracted over 900 entries from more than 70 countries and was judged by a long and impressive list of influential personalities from the hospitality, lifestyle and design industry including Filippo Romeo the Managing Editor of Elle Decor Italy, Michelle Ogundehin the Editor-at-Large of Elle Decoration UK and Whitney Robinson the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor USA.
The Overall Winners
The Best Overall Bar award went to the Rosina cocktail bar inside The Palazzo Casino in The Venetian, Las Vegas by Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group (& Gensler). Rosina features luxurious Art Deco detailing, opulent chandeliers, a palette in shades of black, pearl, gold, and rich burgundy and a ‘Champagne Call Button’ that allows patrons to refill their flute with the push of a button.
The Best Overall Restaurant was Sean Connolly in the iconic new Dubai Opera building in the United Arab Emirates by Australia’s Alexander & Co. This is the British-born Australian chef’s sixth restaurant and his first outside of Australasia.
Part of the Rockets group, Rockets Lolitas is the newest addition to the family of popular tapas restaurants and cocktail bars in Johannesburg’s fashionable neighbourhoods. Scott Matthews the CEO of UK’s CG Restaurants & Bars said Rockets Lolitas has ‘fantastic bespoke-looking interior elements along with unique quality independent in design rooms through the venue that will age well due to materials…’ The interior was designed by Custom Soda who have realised some of Jo’burg and Cape Town’s top after dark hotspots like VIP Room, Taboo, Coco and Sumo.
International Bar Winners
Other international bar winners include:
Asia Bar / The Wine Ayutthaya (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand) / Bangkok Project Studio
Australia & Pacific Bar / Chandon (Coldstream, Australia) / Foolscap Studio
Europe Bar / VyTA Enoteca Regionale del Lazio (Rome, Italy) / COLLIDANIELARCHITETTO
International Restaurant Winners
Other international restaurant winners include:
Asia Restaurant / Osteria Marzia (Wan Chai, Hong Kong) / A Work of Substance
Australia & Pacific Restaurant / Ishizuka (Melbourne, Australia) / Russell & George
Europe Restaurant / Romola (Madrid, Spain) / Office for Political Innovation
Americas Restaurant / Akira Back (Toronto, Canada) / Studio Mung
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