Some of the best-known names in the bar and club sector were among winners in the 2015 Late Night Awards announced last night by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
Revolution Bars Group received the award for best late-night drinks while The Deltic Group, which operates 57 nightclubs around the UK, won for best late-night entertainment.
The Columbo Group picked up the title of best late-night food for The Blues Kitchen, which expanded to a third site in London after opening in Brixton this month.
Intertain, which operates Walkabout bars around the UK, won the award for best marketing and promotion while Beds and Bars, which owns Belushi’s bars, triumphed in the service and team development category.
Novus Leisure took the title of best late-night venue for The Forge (pictured), the bar and restaurant it opened in the City of London last year. The Icon award was won by world-leading London club Ministry of Sound which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The winners were announced at the ALMR’s Dusk ‘til Dawn event at London’s Cafe de Paris last night.
ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls paid tribute to the dynamism and hard work of the sector and emphasised that the night-time economy was vital to UK plc, to the health of local town centres and to the safe social life of customers.
The awards followed the ALMR’s first-ever late-night conference where it announced that Peter Marks, chief executive of The Deltic Group, has taken up a position on the ALMR board.
Kate said: “This appointment underlines the ALMR’s commitment to the UK’s night-time economy and to late-night venues. We have been a vocal champion of nightclubs and led the fight against Early Morning Restriction Orders and Late-Night Levies. We are looking forward to working with Peter to push for a fairer, flexible deal for late-night venues.”
Peter added: “The ALMR is the most relevant trade body in promoting the late-night sector alongside pubs and casual dining and I’m delighted to join the board.
“Professionally run clubs and bars are the anchor of vibrant town and city centre economies, creating much-needed investment and employment for young people – a message that we need to get across more effectively to politicians, police and local councils.
“Sadly, the sector faces a number of threats. As the largest venue in town and often the last stop on a night out, clubs are often easy targets for well-meaning but inappropriate licensing conditions.
“And, with councils under increasing pressure to create more housing by converting office blocks and retail outlets to residential use, late-night venues across the country are at risk from a growing number of noise complaints.
“We have to address these challenges head on, and I look forward to working with my ALMR colleagues to promote the positive benefits that the late-night sector brings to the UK economy.”
The ALMR continues to increase membership in the late-night sector, most recently welcoming new members Barrio Bars, Steam & Rye, Coronet Theatre, Adventure Bars, Star Oyster, Rift & Co and Inception Group.
List of Late Night Awards winners in full
Late Night Venue: The Forge (Novus Leisure)
Late Night Drinks: Revolution Bars Group
Late Night Food: The Blues Kitchen (The Columbo Group)
Marketing and Promotion: Intertain
Service and Team Development: Beds and Bars
Late Night Entertainment: The Deltic Group
Icon – Ministry of Sound