ALMR Late Night Awards open for nominations

Ministry of Sound

The 2016 Late Night Awards, searching for the best in late-night bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs, have opened for nominations.

Run by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), they are now in their fourth year, with categories covering food and drink as well as entertainment, marketing and promotions, and staff development.

The awards will be held in October at the ALMR’s annual Dusk ‘til Dawn event, returning to the Cafe de Paris in London, after the Bar and Nightclub Conference for the late-night sector and night-time industries.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is the fourth year of the Late Night Awards in its current incarnation and, like the late-night sector, they continue to innovate and impress.

“We have been consistently pleased with the fantastic variety and the strength of the nominees each and every year. The awards provide us with a snapshot of the late-night economy, one which is giving the UK some of its most vibrant and ground-breaking businesses.

“This is once again a chance for the wider licensed hospitality sector to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of late-night venues. The awards process is open and inclusive with the finalists judged by industry leaders.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the great work being done by hardworking and dynamic businesses in a vital sector.”

The awards are open to hospitality venues trading beyond midnight including pubs, bars and restaurants as well as nightclubs and live music venues.

The nomination and judging process is split into three stages. Operators can be nominated by themselves or others, with the deadline of August 26 for the initial submission. Up to three nominations can be made in each category. Nominations should be for a company rather than an individual outlet with the exception of the Best Late Night Venue category.

Nominee shortlists are created by a panel of judges comprising selected industry professionals who are able to evaluate merit in their respective fields. Shortlists are then published for open voting. Participants can vote in all categories across multiple nominees, but may not repeat vote.

The top three finalists in each category are announced in advance of the gala ceremony.

Nominations can be made at

Last year’s winners ranged from Revolution Bars Group, The Columbo Group’s The Blues Kitchen and Intertain to The Deltic Group and Ministry of Sound (pictured).

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