Edinburgh Best Bar None Awards 2019

Edinburgh Best Bar None Awards 2019

Pubs and restaurants across Edinburgh have been recognised for best practise as licenced premises. This year’s Edinburgh Best Bar None awards saw 46 businesses receive gold, silver and bronze accreditation for their work to support a safe night out.

This year saw the introduction of “The Edinburgh Award”, which seeks to recognise premises which may not have won their category, but never the less have demonstrated long term commitment and improvement through the Best Bar None awards process. This year the Edinburgh Award has been awarded to the Terrace, which has consistently won the Best Bar None Gold award for the last 4 years, and has firmly established itself as a community hub and focus for local best practice, working closely with the Police and Licensing Standards Officers to embody the values of the Best Bar None scheme.

Other winners were the Marriot Hotel in the Hotel Bar category, Brewhemia in the Pub category, Atik in the Nightclub Category, Hemma in the Independent Bar category and for the first time in Edinburgh the Specialist Entertainment Venue category award was shared by the Gorgie Suite at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, and the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

Best Bar None is a national accreditation and award scheme aiming to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public.

Cllr Norman Work, Edinburgh Licencing Board Convener, said: “Best Bar None is an extremely valuable scheme, giving well-deserved recognition to the many licensed premises that strive to improve the experience for people in Edinburgh.

“This year scores for participating venues were higher than ever before, demonstrating the efforts by participating venues to facilitate a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. Well done to everyone who took part!”

Best Bar None was first launched in Leith in 2011 and was extended to cover the whole of Edinburgh in 2016, and is a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council, the Edinburgh Licensing Board, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and the city’s licence holders.

In June, licensed businesses were invited to apply for the scheme in order to receive an inspection and score based on Licensing Scotland objectives. Gold, silver and bronze winners were awarded at a special ceremony at Tynecastle Park on Wednesday, 6 November. 

Best Bar None, which was launched nationally in 2005, aims to promote social responsibility, diligent management and improved knowledge and skills across licensed premises, while reducing alcohol-related crime. 

The scheme is sponsored by Diageo, Heineken, Tennent’s, Chivas Brothers Pernot Ricard and Edrington Beam Suntory, with the Edinburgh awards ceremony, held at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, which also provided support.

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