New awards to celebrate best of Scotland’s bar scene

scottish bartenders networkNew awards have been launched by the Scottish Bartenders Network (SBN) to recognise the best bars and bartenders in Scotland.

The winners of the first SBN Awards 2013 will be announced in Edinburgh after the Boutique Bar Show on November 6. Nominations are being sought by Friday November 1.

The Scottish Bartenders Network was set up as a co-operative organisation to increase access to professional education and champion the bar industry in Scotland. The awards follow the success of its bartender of the month initiative introduced in summer last year.

Categories in the new awards include bartender of the year and young bartender of the year plus trophies for best bar, best new bar, best cocktail list, best cocktail bar, best manager and best hotel bar.

The beer champion award will recognise high standards in promoting and serving beer in the on-trade while the Legend Award will honour someone who has dedicated their career to making the industry a better place to work, learn and live.

The awards have gained sponsorship from leading drinks brands Ish Gin, Patrón tequila, Portobello Road Gin, Santa Teresa Rum, Chairman’s Reserve rum, Hendrick’s Gin and Chivas Regal 18 Year Old as well as whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers.

To make nominations, visit the SBN website at before November 1.

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