Albert’s Schloss in Manchester is on a winning streak after being named the UK’s best late-night venue at the 2016 ALMR Late Night Awards.
Operated by Mission Mars, the bar and restaurant gained the title against three other finalists, The Deltic Group’s Pryzm in Birmingham, Trade Union in London and Red Door in Manchester.
Announced at a gala ceremony in London this week, it coincided with Albert’s Schloss also being named bar of the year in the Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards.
The other winners in the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ Late Night Awards at London’s Cafe de Paris included Inception Group which won best late-night drinks for bars and clubs such as Mr Fogg’s Residence, Bunga Bunga, Barts and Maggie’s.
The award for best late-night food went to Revolution Bars Group, which operates Revolution and Revolucion de Cuba bars, while best late-night entertainment went to club group Tokyo Industries.
Leading late-night operator Stonegate Pub Company won the award for best service and team development, recognising its high levels of training at bars such Slug and Lettuce, Missoula, Popworld and Yates.
Novus Leisure, which operates late-night venues in central London and Tiger Tiger nationally, picked up the award for best marketing and promotion.
Peter Marks, chief executive of club and bar operator The Deltic Group, was presented with the ALMR Icon Award for his outstanding contribution to the UK’s late-night hospitality sector.
ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The amazing variety on show across the winners underlines what a fantastically strong and innovative sector this is. Late-night venues have faced obstacles to growth in recent years but pubs, bars and nightclubs, as exemplified by this year’s winners, are dynamic and popular and continue to push forward trends across our high streets.
“Congratulations to all the winners for the great work they have done ensuring that the UK’s night-time economy remains as vital as ever.
“Particular congratulations must also go to Peter Marks who has been a tireless champion of late-night bars and nightclubs and who is a deserving recipient of the ALMR Icon Award.”
At the Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards at the refurbished Palace Hotel in Manchester, Albert’s Schloss triumphed in the best bar category after being shortlisted alongside Hawksmoor, Cottonopolis, Tariff & Dale, Black Cat at El Gato Negro and the First Floor Bar at Cain & Grain.
El Gato Negro still came home a winner, named best newcomer of the year, while Hawksmoor took the trophy of restaurant of the year. Other winners included The French at the Midland Hotel for best fine dining venue, Volta in Didsbury for best casual dining venue, Levanter for best neighbourhood restaurant, The Smithfield Tavern for best pub, Eagle & Child for best food pub and Heaton Hops for best craft ale bar.