Best Bar None names best bars in Ipswich


The Luminar Group’s Liquid & Envy nightspot and Bowman’s Bar and Lounge led the list of winners at this year’s Best Bar None Awards for Ipswich.

Bowman’s won the overall award for best venue as well as the award for best bar, the People’s Choice Award voted on by the public, and best door staff. Liquid & Envy was voted best club, best town centre venue and, jointly with Bowman’s, best door staff.

Other winners included The Mulberry Tree for best hospitality venue and The Kingfisher for best neighbourhood venue and the Family Friendly Award. The Dove Street Inn won best pub and Ipswich Regent Theatre was named best leisure/entertainment venue.

Ipswich is one of over 100 towns and cities that have joined the Best Bar None scheme that promotes good practice for enhancing and creating a safe nightlife experience within licensed premises and the surrounding area.

Luminar’s success was partly put down to the success of its Girls United safety campaign created by Liquid & Envy manager Emily Palmer earlier this year. It gives female customers the tools to stay safe on a night out, including free mobile phone charging points, permanently staffed cloakrooms, displaying of approved taxi firm numbers and training for staff in identifying and supporting vulnerable young women.

Emily said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved. We have worked really hard to make sure that Liquid is a fun and safe place for young people to enjoy a night out. The Girls United campaign has been a real hit with our customers and our local authorities including the police and our MP Ben Gummer, who attended the launch.”

Luminar is now looking to roll out Girls United to selected venues across its 53-club estate.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said: “The Best Bar None scheme highlights those venues that take proactive steps to provide a responsibility managed and safe environment for their customer and the Ipswich visitors.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners that have gone above and beyond expectations of the Best Bar None criteria.”

Neil Macdonald, deputy leader of the borough council, added: “2014 has seen another successful year for Best Bar None in Ipswich. We are delighted so many venues applied for accreditation and this year’s awards.

Click here to see the latest news stories from

Previous Hawksmoor to open steakhouse and bar in Manchester
Next New towns join Purple Flag scheme for night-time quality