Best Bar None Glasgow Awards - Primary Pupils help Choose Winner Of New Sustainability Award

It was awards galore as the Best Bar None Glasgow (BBNG) awards were handed out to the city’s top social venues last night (Thursday, 21 November 2019).  

Best Bar None Glasgow is an annual event which recognises best practice among the licensed trade sector.  It’s become the industry event of the year attracting landlords, licensees and staff from venues across the city.

More than 300 representatives attended last night’s ceremony at Grand Central Hotel to hear how their premises had been rated – Gold, Silver or Bronze.

All 89 participating premises received an award - 77 got Gold, 9 got Silver and three got Bronze - in a range of categories.

The new Sunnyside Sustainability award - named after a pioneering primary school waging war on plastics and pollution – went to the Blythswood Square Hotel.

The local award has been introduced to encourage further eco-friendly practice within the licensed trade.  BBNG is now recognising premises which continue to take steps to reduce plastic straw usage and adopt more sustainable practices.

Sunnyside Primary school helped design the award and pupils announced the winner via a video played to the audience.

Lisa Perrie, Principal Teacher at Sunnyside, said: “The school is delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Best Bar None Glasgow awards.  It’s a great initiative for pupils to be involved in and to feel like they are making a difference. The fact the award is named after us is a real honour.”

Lise Fisher, City Centre Operations Manager and co-ordinator of BBNG awards, said: “Best Bar None is all about adopting positive management practices in support of a safe night out.

“This year all our participating premises did extremely well.  The high number of Golds awarded is testament to the hard work and training being done in premises across the city.”

Overall Gold awards were won by The Garage (Late Night category); the University of Strathclyde Students Union (Specialist category); Bag O’Nails (Community Pub category 1); McNabbs (Community Pub category 2); Driftwood (Standard category); Croft Bar & Restaurant (Restaurant category); and Champagne Central (Hotel category).

The winner of the People’s Choice award went to Elior UK Ibrox Stadium.  It received the highest number of votes in a public poll.

Lise continued: “Being a Best Bar None venue helps the public identify premises which are doing outstanding work.

“We want to encourage people to adopt these practices and we recognise the journey that businesses go on with our awards. Businesses don’t have to aim for Gold straight away, for some, getting bronze shows commitment, especially if they are new to Best Bar None.”

Launched in 2005, Best Bar None Glasgow is a community safety initiative that works to encourage and enhance best practice among the licensed trade.  It is delivered on behalf of Glasgow Alcohol & Drugs Partnership in partnership with Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Police Scotland and the licensed trade.


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