Bars and clubs reach finals of BII Scotland Awards

Howlin Wolf Glasgow

Bars, clubs and other businesses have been announced as finalists in BII Scotland’s annual awards.

The Howlin’ Wolf (pictured) and Butterfly & Pig in Glasgow and Revolution in Aberdeen will vie for the title of bar operator of the year. The Howlin’ Wolf is also up for the award for late-night operator of the year alongside Slouch in Glasgow, Liquid in Dundee and The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh.

Finalists in the category for best whisky bar are The Kenmore Hotel in Aberfeldy and The Bon Accord in Glasgow. For best food operator, the top three are Red Onion and Porter & Rye in Glasgow and Martin Wishart in Edinburgh.

The Luminar Group’s Institute nightclub in Aberdeen is a finalist in the social responsibility award for its Women United Initiative to improve the safety of female customers, alongside Falkirk Delivers for its activities to improve the night-time economy in Falkirk.

The new Drygate brewery and bar in Glasgow is up for the award for best business initiative alongside the Strathearn Distillery. The category for best Scottish brewery will be between Williams Bros, Fyne Ales and Windswept.

Finalists for the training award include CPL Training which was put forward by Dennis Forsyth, owner of Cheers Café Bar & Tavern in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. “Our CPL online training console, which allows our staff remote access to nearly 20 different training modules, is the main focus of our development programme,” Dennis explains. “Our commitment to staff training has seen us win staff training awards for both Scotland and Great Britain.”

The awards ceremony will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday May 17 and is set to attract more than 300 attendees from Scotland’s licensed trade. Anthony Pender, chairman of BII UK, will be present and speaking at the awards alongside BII Scotland chairman Stephen McGowan.

Stephen said, “Excitement is mounting and I have had the pleasure of contacting many finalists over the last week to give them the good news. The standard has been incredibly high this year and I am really looking forward to seeing who will be the winners on the night.

“Good luck to everyone who has made it, and my thanks to all our sponsors, judges and volunteers for their efforts”.

During the event, guests will be able to enjoy a three-course meal alongside live music and a charity auction to raise money for children’s medical research charity, Sparks.

Finalists for the Bar Personality of the Year award, considered the leading award of the night, will be announced separately.

Tickets are priced at £55 for BII members and £65 for non-BII members. With only a few spaces remaining, email for tickets. Follow the BII Scotland Awards on Twitter at @BIIScotsAwards.

Full list of finalists

Bar operator of the year, sponsored by Deuchars IPA
Butterfly & Pig, Glasgow
Revolution, Aberdeen
The Howlin’ Wolf, Glasgow

Late-night operator of the year, sponsored by SGL
Liquid, Dundee
The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
The Howlin’ Wolf, Glasgow
Slouch, Glasgow

Scottish Training Award, sponsored by Blueprint
CPL Training
The George Hotel, Edinburgh
Tennents Training Academy

Scottish brewery of the year, sponsored by SIBA
Williams Bros
Fyne Ales

Best business initiative, sponsored by TLT Solicitors
Strathearn Distillery
Drygate Brewery, Bar and Restaurant

Whisky bar of the year, sponsored by Whisky Ambassadors
The Kenmore Hotel, Aberfeldy
The Bon Accord, Glasgow

Food operator of the year, sponsored by JB Foods
Red Onion, Glasgow
Porter & Rye, Glasgow
Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

Social responsibility award, sponsored by AFWS
Institute, Aberdeen (Women United Initiative)
Falkirk Delivers (Night-Time Economy Initiatives)

Updated May 5, 2015 with Cheers Café Bar comments.

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