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Eight Glasgow venues are in the running to be named the nation’s best licensed premises.

The pubs, clubs, bars, and hotel venues have been shortlisted as finalists in the Best Bar None Scotland National Awards which take place on 28 March at Dunblane Hydro Hotel.

The eight Glasgow venues were selected from hundreds of Best Bar None member premises and will be competing against other finalists from across Scotland.

There are ten categories in the National Awards which recognise best practice, leading to an enhanced experience for customers.


Glasgow is represented in seven categories. The finalists are:

The Croft (Best Pub category); McNabbs (Best Independent Pub category); Driftwood (Best Independent Bar category); Blythswood Square Hotel (Best Hotel category); The Garage and The Cathouse (Best Nightclub category); University of Strathclyde Students Union (Specialist Entertainment Venue) and Deoch and Dorus (Heart of the Community category).

Lise Fisher, City Centre Operations Manager at Glasgow City Council which runs the Best Bar None Glasgow initiative, said: “We are extremely proud of the eight Glasgow venues shortlisted for the national Best Bar None awards this year. They work so hard and deserve to do well.

“Best Bar None is about improving quality in licensing standards and supporting premises to adopt positive management practices in support of a safe night out. We really hope more Glasgow licensed premises sign up to this year’s awards when we launch on 17th April. Being a BBN member brings with it many benefits for both the business and its customers.  It also makes a valuable contribution to fulfilling Glasgow’s City Charter – ensuring citizens are well-informed and can confidently support local businesses and the wider city economy.”

Best Bar None is a national initiative which encourages best practice among the licensed trade. Glasgow’s BBN has been running since 2005 and is delivered on behalf of Glasgow’s Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, in partnership with the city council, Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Police Scotland and the licensed trade.

The focus of the BBN initiative is on public safety and customer care, together with the following key principles: prevention of crime and disorder, securing public safety, prevention of public nuisance, protecting and improving public health and the protection of children from harm.

An independent assessor inspects Glasgow’s BBN member premises and, if they meet the criteria, they earn a bronze, silver or gold award at an annual gala dinner. Overall gold winners in each category of the Glasgow annual awards ceremony then qualify for the national awards.

Best Bar None is sponsored by Diageo, Chivas Brothers Pernod Ricard, Maxxium UK, Heineken, Tennents and Edrington-Beam Suntory.

Find out more about Best Bar None Glasgow at

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