The Event of the Year! 

Everything you need to know about hospitality’s hottest event – the 2024 Bar Magazine Awards – we share words from attendees and sponsors, revealing why you should get involved next year!

Where you there? Kicking 2024 off with a bang, the Bar Magazine Awards brought the crème de la crème of the industry together to celebrate the achievements of the many finalists and unsung heroes of the industry – and what a night it was!

The special night for hospitality saw over 300 esteemed hospitality professionals, including the industry’s biggest brands and names, come together for a night-long celebration. Our honourable host, Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, and special guest speaker, Nicolas Medicamento, AKA Dr Cocktail, delivered an unforgettable night for guests, showcasing the true essence of hospitality!

As well as a chance to celebrate the wonderful individuals of the industry, and recognise them for their incredible successes, the 2024 BMAs provided an incredible networking opportunity for all involved. 

Andrea Deutschmanek, Head of Marketing UK & Europe (Foodservice) at Quorn, reveals what the 2024 awards meant to the team, as she says, “Our whole team loved the 2024 BMAs. The vibe and atmosphere on the night was so special, and there was such an inspiring feeling of togetherness for the industry, with some of the best names all under one roof for the Bar Magazine Awards. The set up and attention to detail from Bar Magazine was great, with loads of fun photo opportunities for our team to be involved with.

“Most importantly, the quality of attendee was what made the night for us. We were able to network with key decision makers from the country’s best venues, which is exactly what we wanted from an industry event like this,” she adds. 

A unique opportunity to come together as one, the BMAs provided a chance for attendees to connect with fellow industry professionals, establish new connections and rebuild past ones. Alessandra Brugola, Marketing Manager at The Drinks Trust, shares her appreciation for the spectacular night. She says, “The Drinks Trust was honoured to be one of the two Charity Partners of the BMAs, which speaks volumes for the team’s commitment to ensuring that industry people have somewhere to turn to in times of need. The event was a fantastic night, with a vibrant atmosphere filling the room. Witnessing numerous industry members come together under one roof to celebrate the excellence of our field and its people has been genuinely heart-warming. It has been great to reconnect with longstanding supporters, meet old and new friends and engage with new potential company partners. 

The Drinks Trust would love to extend our deepest gratitude to the Bar Magazine Team for including us in this industry celebration, and our congratulations for making the BMAs a truly “must-attend” in the industry’s calendar,” she finishes.

Why apply to the BMAs 2025? There are so many reasons! From being recognised for your hard-work and achievements, to shining a spotlight on your venue in a room full of honourable industry professionals, applying to a BMA award category is a chance put your name in big flashing lights in a competitive industry!

Kostas Bardas, Bar Manager at St James Bar Sofitel London, and winner of the esteemed Best Venue Manager Award 2024, shares his experience as a finalist at the BMAs, and says, “I was so excited for the BMAs as I was part of the “Best Venue Manager”. The event was simply amazing! It was great to see all the people from our lovely industry there and celebrate with friends and colleagues. Thank you so much all the sponsors and the fabulous team of Bar Magazine UK that helped bring to life this incredible event. The first Bar Magazine Awards ceremony was truly amazing and inspiring. I cannot wait for the next year’s one!”


Marketing Innovation Award – The Alchemist

Best Dining Concept Award – Barge East

The Environment Award – Bow Bar, Hilton London Metropole 

Venue Design Award – The Zetter Clerkenwell 

Best Mixologist Award – Iain McPherson, Panda & Sons

Best Venue Manager – Kostas Bardas, Sofitel London St James

Looking to 2025, the Bar Magazine Awards will be even bigger and better, with more award categories – and more chance for celebration! Tom Woollin, Director of Bar Magazine, urges as many hospitality professionals to get involved in next year’s awards as possible. He said, “I’m ecstatic that we had over 5,000 applicants from venues all over the UK, and want to encourage people to throw their hats into the ring for the 2025 event. The applications for the next event will open in April, and we’re incredibly excited about reading the stories from next year’s hopefuls!”

Keep your eyes peeled for the latest on the BMAs 2025 in upcoming issues and on our social media channels! For sponsorship enquiries, and how to get involved in hospitality’s hottest event, please email

“The BMAs 2024 were a lot of fun, it was great to see so many leading people in the industry attend, and a truly fantastic opportunity to network. I thought the award ceremony went really well, a lot of well-deserved people and institutions nominated; overall, it was a great night to be involved with.”

  • Sonny Macaravey, Spirit Cartel

“It was the best and ‘vibey’ awards I’ve ever been to – and I’ve been to lots!”

  • Frankie Mercieca

“It was an absolutely incredible night! I hope the rest of the industry take note on how to do an awards and an after party. It was insane! As soon as the categories open, I’ll be applying again, for 2025.”

  • Jordan Davis, The Grand, York
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