Birmingham Best Bar None Awards 2015: Shortlist announced

By on 13/11/2015 in News

Birmingham’s nightlife venues are preparing to go head-to-head as the shortlist for this year’s Best Bar None awards was announced today (13 November 2015).

Now in its ninth year, the city-wide scheme is one of the biggest in the country and champions licensed premises that provide a safe and enjoyable night out.

Best Bar None, a national award scheme supported by the Home Office, assesses pubs, clubs and bars on criteria such as door and security policies, drugs issues, under-age drinking and what systems are in place to deal with alcohol-related crime.

The 37 venues which have been shortlisted for this year’s awards are set out below (in notes to editors).

The winners will be announced at the Birmingham Best Bar None awards ceremony at the ICC, on Broad Street, on 2 December 2015.

The public will also be able to vote for the Free Radio People’s Choice Awards, by visiting Free Radio’s website

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “The Best Bar None awards are like the Oscars for the licensing trade in Birmingham, these encourage venues to strive for high standards in all aspects of their business and this is reflected in the quality of entries we receive each year.

“The shortlisted venues have been visited to assess how they make sure their customers enjoy a great night in a safe environment. We also consider the contribution that premises make to their local community.”

Officers from the council’s licensing and trading standards teams, along with colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police have visited every venue to assess them.

The winners, who will be announced on 2 December 2015, have been selected by an independent judging panel.


Media contact:  Emma Brady, Press and PR Officer, on 0121 303 6969 or email

Notes to editors:

Shortlist for Birmingham Best Bar None Awards 2015


  • Broadway Casino, Broadway Plaza, Birmingham
  • Genting Casino Chinatown, Hurst Street, Southside
  • Genting Casino Edgbaston, Norfolk Road, Edgbaston
  • Grosvenor Casino, Broad Street, Birmingham
  • Grosvenor Casino, Hill Street, Birmingham

City Centre Venue

  • The Dragon Inn, Hurst Street
  • Pitcher and Piano, Brindleyplace
  • Snobs Bar and Grill, Smallbrook Queensway
  • The Square Peg, Corporation Street
  • Village Inn, Hurst Street
  • The Windsor, Cannon Street

Hotel Bar

  •  The Briar Rose
  • Hotel du Vin – Bubble Lounge
  • Hyatt Regency  – Gentleman and Scholar Pub


  • The Nightingale Club, Kent Street
  • The Soloman Cutler, Broad Street
  • Walkabout, Broad Street

Restaurant Bar

  • Cherry Reds, John Bright Street
  • Cherry Reds, Kings Heath
  • Le Truc, Ladywell Walk
  • The Loft Lounge, Bromsgrove Street,

Student Bar

  • Joe’s Bar, University of Birmingham Students’ Union, Edgbaston

Suburban Venue North

  • Bishop Vesey, Sutton Coldfield
  • The Bottle of Sack, Sutton Coldfield
  • The Crown, Four Oaks
  • The Mare Pool, Mere Green
  • The Station, Sutton Coldfield
  • The Wylde Green, Wylde Green

Suburban Venue South

  • Goose at the OVT, Selly Oak
  • The Hazelwell, Stirchley
  • Old Hare and Hounds, Rednal
  • Selly Park Tavern, Selly Park

Suburban Venue East

  • The Baldwin, Hall Green
  • The Elizabeth of York, Moseley
  • The Fighting Cocks, Moseley
  • Goose at Kings Heath
  • The Pear Tree, Kings Heath
  •  The Red Lion, Kings Heath
  • The Spread Eagle, Acocks Green

Suburban Venue West

  • The Beeches, Great Barr
  • The Golden Hind, Kingstanding
  • Sacks of Potatoes, Aston

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