Best Bar None returns to Glasgow

BEST Bar None, the safety and responsible retailing awards scheme, will return to Glasgow next month with a launch event in the Grand Central Hotel.

The event, on 12th May, will encourage pubs, clubs, hotels and other venues to enter the initiative’s first awards scheme in two years. Participating premises will be visited by an independent assessor and judged on their efforts around public safety and crime prevention.

Members of Best Bar None Glasgow are also able to make use of training on topics such as stewarding, drug awareness and recognising/protecting vulnerable people.

Gavin McGreish, group operations manager for Holdfast Entertainment, which owns The Cathouse and The Garage nightclubs in Glasgow, said: “Best Bar None Glasgow has helped raise standards in licensed premises across the city and improved safety for people who are out enjoying our entertainment venues.

“Glasgow’s initiative was the first of its kind in Scotland and it’s definitely the best – which is proven by the number of Glasgow venues which go on to win national awards.

“The free training and seminars for members are really useful with expert advice and the annual awards night is a special occasion.”

Lise Fisher of Glasgow City Council said the Best Bar None scheme “ensures that licensed premises in Glasgow have positive management practices which support a safe night out”.

“Being a BBN venue allows the public to identify premises that are doing outstanding work and raising the standards within the night-time economy,” said Fisher.