Are you ready the event of the year?

January 2024 sees the inaugural Bar Magazine Awards take place at the prestigious Leonardo Royal Hotel, St. Pauls, London. With the industry’s biggest names confirmed and applications flooding in, the BMAs are set to be hospitality’s hottest event.

We are steadily approaching the Bar Magazine Awards, and we can’t wait to see you there! Commencing on Monday 22nd January 2024 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, St. Pauls, London, the BMAs will see huge, industry-leading names and passionate individuals from the UK’s hospitality sector all under one roof, to shine a light on just how amazing our industry is.

The BMAs are all about supporting the industry and celebrating the dedication, passion and talent of the hospitality staff who work so hard to create amazing customer experiences, helping the sector to flourish. In addition to recognising your achievements and giving you a well-deserved and overdue night off, the BMAs will offer a unique networking opportunity to you and your venue. Attending the event will put you in the company of 200+ like-minded hospitality professionals, providing a rare and exciting opportunity to make new connections and share ideas with similar individuals.

Attendance to the prestigious black-tie event will offer an exceptional three-course meal, a 12 month subscription to the magazine, a variety of captivating night-long entertainment, a gift bag filled with complimentary delights, as well as free-flowing drinks for the entirety of the evening. Carrying on into the early hours, the exclusive BMA after party will be a cause for continued celebrations, and you’re invited!

Hosting the evening is our friend, rum expert and award-winning educator of the hospitality industry, Ian Burrell. Ian brings a wealth of experience, passion and character to the BMAs, specialising in rums from around the world and educating us on the best ways to use them. Speaking on the BMAs, Ian explains: “I am definitely looking forward to getting involved and presenting the inaugural Bar Magazine Awards next January. The UK bar industry is one of the greatest in the world, employing some amazing people, so it’s only right that some of its stars are recognised during this new ceremony for their work, talent, and passion that will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of stars.

“There is a saying, ‘you’ve got to be in it, to win it’, and nothing is wrong with a little self-promotion. We all do this every time that we post on social media, so why should you not shout about how good you are, or how great your bar or restaurant is, by applying for an award?” Ian adds.

The BMAs’ judging panel consists of hospitality experts from The Drinks Trust, Licensed Trade Charity, Mercieca, UKHospitality and our very own Tom Woollin, who will collectively bring a plethora of industry knowledge while selecting those special individuals who deserve to be celebrated.

Officially supported by the likes of De Kuyper, Kopparberg, BT Sport, and more to be confirmed, the BMAs offer the perfect opportunity to be placed on a pedestal in front of the industry’s leading professionals.

Applications are still open, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to get recognised. Apply or nominate an exceptional colleague or employee now.

You can find out more information, buy tickets and apply at

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