She’s a real doll: Dolly displays exceptional bar design

Dolly in Unley, Adelaide, South Australia, bar design by Genesin Studio

Tucked away in the inner-city Adelaide suburb of Unley, Dolly is a bar that's standing out for all the right reasons. Designed by the acclaimed Genesin Studio, this gem not only boasts a stunning architectural fitout but also a menu that rises well above the ordinary.


Location Adelaide, Australia
Market Sector Bar, Function Venue
Specifier Genesin Studio, Estilo Furniture

Genesin Studio, one of Australia’s leading design practices, have created a futurist-leaning space incorporating our NOROCK Lunar self-stabilising disc bases. Our table bases seamlessly blend with the overall design, elevating not only the functionality but also the visual appeal of the bar, both inside and out. This isn’t Genesin Studio’s first project with NOROCKs, our Parkway self-stabilising table bases feature in their iTL Kitchen design over at Sky City, both were supplied by NOROCK partner Estilo Furniture + Lighting.

The man behind the magic menu at Dolly is Sam Worrall-Thompson, a chef known for creating unique and unforgettable dining experiences. The menu curated collaboratively with the savvy teams from Bar Lune and Fettle, includes craft cocktails and an expertly selected wine list. Watch Dolly become well-known as the bar with great food, ranging from the Dolly bird katsu sando to their mango and coconut sorbet slice, everything is considered.

For those looking for somewhere to celebrate an occasion, Dolly also opens its doors for private functions. Whether it’s a corporate gathering or a special event, Dolly provides a versatile space where hosts can run the show their way. The adaptability of the space, coupled with its friendly ambience, makes Dolly the ideal venue for any occasion.

The accolades keep pouring in for Dolly, as it has already been longlisted for the 2023 Dezeen Awards for Restaurant and Bar Interior of the Year and won the prestigious 2023 Eat Drink Design Awards for Best Bar Design. Genesin Studio said “Our design brief was to create a unique and timeless wine bar for the residents of Unley. The combination of the existing cold-shell and design brief gave us a futurist approach to the project, creating a new playground for Adelaide punters.”

Dolly in Unley isn’t just another wine bar; it’s an exceptional experience crafted by hospitality and design visionaries. From its architectural brilliance to the innovative use of our self-stabilising bases, Dolly is bringing the goods to Adelaide. It’s a local gem that beckons its guests from far and wide and will see them drawn to return again.

Update December 2023: Dolly and Genesin Studio have won the 2023 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) – Winner – Hospitality Category. Congratulations!

Photos by Jonathan VDK

Dolly: 246 Unley Road, Unley, South Australia

The NOROCK table range is a trusted and well recognised product that specifiers and end users love. The performance, design and craftsmanship is to a high standard making it a go-to for us to put forward for a wide scope of projects.

Estilo Furniture + Lighting – NOROCK Partner, Australia

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