Birmingham Best Bar None Finalists

By on 15/07/2009 in News, Video News

The shortlist has today been revealed for Birmingham's second Best Bar None competition.

The  scheme, supported by the Home Office, aims to drive up standards in pubs, clubs and bars by highlighting best practice. 

While a panel of expert judges will pick the overall winner in seven categories; suburban pubs and bars, night-clubs, hotel bars, independent venues and city centre pubs and bars, members of the public will also be able to vote for their “Best Bar None - Birmingham's Choice” from all those shortlisted.

Bruce Ray, Director of External Affairs for Bacardi Brown-Forman, the principal sponsors of the scheme, said: “When Birmingham City Council and its partners approached us last year to be sponsors we were impressed with their commitment and passion towards their city and improving standards within the trade.  We look forward to being part of another successful awards event in 2009”.

Helen O'Neill from the Old Contemptibles, the winner of last year's City Centre Pub award, said:  ”Improving safety is only one of Best Bar None's aims, but it is a very important one, both for local residents and visitors to the city. We also know that landlords and bar managers who didn't win their categories in 2008 have been visiting the successful ones to see what they can learn.”

The scheme, which is being supported by West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service, has also attracted interest from other local authorities.

“It is the first time that such a major city as Birmingham has established a best practice initiative on this scale, and we've been visited during the year from councils across the UK, who are considering their own versions,” says Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulatory Services at Birmingham City Council.

“Best Bar None is very much a partnership venture. The Police and the Fire Service have given and licensees, a great deal of advice and support. It's not a 'best pub' contest, it's a strategic attempt to create safer and more enjoyable social environments for visitors and for people who live and work in the city.”

Voters for the public choice award, which is sponsored by BRMB, will automatically be entered into a free prize draw, with one lucky entrant winning a pair of return flights to a European destination.

Click here to cast your vote

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