Hong Kong’s TAZMANIA BALLROOM nightclub has celebrated its first birthday with a top international design award.
The chic Lan Kwai Fong venue was voted best ‘International Bar’ in the prestigious UK-based Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
TAZMANIA BALLROOM’s interior design by internationally-renowned designer Tom Dixon earned top honours in the 2011 awards among 10 shortlisted new bars and clubs from the United States and Mexico to Japan, Brazil, Belgium and Switzerland.
It is styled after a 1920s American speakeasy, but with the class of a very British private gentleman’s club.
The concept, by nightclub impresario Gilbert Yeung, was inspired by his fond memories of a British boarding school and a dark ‘hangout’ of the same name he frequented at college in Canada.
TAZMANIA BALLROOM was selected by a highly influential panel of leading architecture, design, lifestyle & hospitality personalities including Ian Callum, Design Director of The Jaguar Car, and Conde Nast Traveller magazine editor Sara Miller.
Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Canary Wharf, London on July 7 – the same night as TAZMANIA BALLROOM’s first anniversary. The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are totally independent and the only concept of their kind dedicated exclusively to recognize design excellence.
Since opening last year, TAZMANIA BALLROOM has attracted widespread acclaim in design magazines from the UK, Italy and Netherlands to Brazil and the United States.
Like its sister nightspot dragon-i, TAZMANIA BALLROOM attracts international celebrities visiting Hong Kong – with a guest list ranging from actor Hugh Grant, singer Coco Lee, James Valentine and Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5, to the Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Like dragon-i, guests are admitted at the discretion of the management. Only the cool or connected need apply.
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