Finalists announced for Scotland’s Best Bar None awards

best bar none scotland

Forty-six venues across Scotland have been announced as finalists for the Best Bar None Scotland National Awards to find the nation’s best licensed premises.

They have been selected from more than 400 bars, pubs and clubs that participate in the programme that recognises high standards in creating a safe and welcoming environment at night.

It features awards for best pubs, nightclubs and bars, including hotel bars, as well as awards for public health initiatives, innovation and being part of the community. All the finalists are listed below.

The awards ceremony will take place at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on March 26, with trophies presented by Mandy Haeburn-Little, director of Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

She said: “The Best Bar None National Awards is one of the most important dates in the Scottish licensed trade calendar. The judges have had a particularly tough challenge this year with exceptional standards being shown by all entrants, and I am delighted for all 46 venues that have been chosen.

“This is real recognition of the effort that owners and managers of local pubs, clubs and hotels put into helping positively improve Scotland’s night-time economy.

“Anyone looking for a good, safe night out across Scotland should look out for a Best Bar None venue knowing it has been through a rigorous accreditation process and demonstrated high standards across a range of important criteria.”

David Duthie, Best Bar None national lead for Scotland, added: “The Best Bar None Scotland Awards get bigger every year and have become the recognised badge of high standards in the licensed trade.

“The awards are tangible proof that Best Bar None is raising standards within the licensed trade across Scotland. I congratulate all the venues who have reached the finals and wish them well on the night.”

The Best Bar None scheme, which is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium and Chivas Brothers, has been created through a partnership between Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, suppliers, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, the security industry and Scottish Government to celebrate and reward licensed premises for looking after their customers and helping to improve Scotland’s night-time economy. It is an integral part of the Safer Areas Initiatives throughout Scotland

Licensed premises that wish to join Best Bar None are assessed by trained, impartial assessors and applicants are scored according to national guidelines. A panel of judges assess the applications and confirm that all applications have met the required standard.

Venues are awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award and an overall winner is selected in each category. Overall winners go forward to the national awards.

Full list of finalists

Best Bar
Glenmavis Tavern, Bathgate, West Lothian
Platform 5, Edinburgh
Sportsters, Falkirk
The Auctioneers, Inverness
The Society Room, Glasgow

Best Independent Bar
Johnny Foxes and The Den, Inverness
Kilty Kilty, Paisley, Renfrewshire
The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
The Office, Aberdeen
Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow

Best Hotel Bar
Arts Bar, Mercure Hotel, Inverness
Champagne Central, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew, Renfrewshire
Malmaison, Edinburgh
The Orchard Hotel, Falkirk

Best Nightclub
Campus, Glasgow
City Nightclub, Falkirk
Espionage, Edinburgh
Espionage, Aberdeen
G’s Nightclub, Inverness

Best Specialist Entertainment Venue
Edinburgh Prison Officers Social Club, Edinburgh
Grosvenor Casino, Aberdeen
SAUWS Students’ Union, Paisley, Renfrewshire
University of Strathclyde Students’ Union, Glasgow

Best Pub
Lord of the Isles, Renfrew, Renfrewshire
Minnesota Fats, Glasgow
Old Brewery, Alloa
The Kings Highway, Inverness
The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Best Independent Pub
Behind the Wall, Falkirk
Black Bull Inn, Mid Clader, West Lothian
Bon Accord, Glasgow
Malones, Aberdeen
The Old Ship Inn, Perth

Best Use of Innovation
Behind the Wall, Falkirk
Hush Nightclub, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
The Green Room, Perth
The Institute Nightclub, Aberdeen
The Vu, Bathgate, West Lothian

Best Public Health Initiative
Cafuffals, Paisley, Renfrewshire
The Garage, Aberdeen
The Old Ship Inn, Perth

Heart of the Community Award
Hamishes’ Hoose, Paisley, Renfrewshire
Laings, Dundee
The Corbie Inn, Falkirk
The Imperial Bar, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
The Starbank Inn, Edinburgh

Previous Bars to offer Jameson barrel serve for St Patrick’s Day
Next Irish craft beer range gains distribution in UK