Eighties Bar is Best Bar None

By on 14/10/2011 in News

A popular 80's themed bar at the heart of Birmingham's entertainment industry has been judged the city's best licensed establishment, in the city council's annual Best Bar None awards.

A celebration at the ICC last night, to mark the climax of the 2011 event, heard that Reflex Bar, in The arcadian, Hurst Street, had won both the nightclub category, and the overall award at the annual event.

Other category winners were: Holiday Inn Express, Lionel St (Best Hotel Bar), Mono, The Arcadian (Best Independent Bar), Fighting Cocks, Moseley (Best Suburban Bar), Red Lion, Kings Heath (Best Suburban Pub), FiSquare Peg (Best City Centre pub), Grosvenor G Casino (Best City Centre Bar).

Joes Bar at Birmingham University meanwhile won the best student venue award for the fourth year running.

The scheme, supported by the Home Office, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) assesses Birmingham's pubs, clubs and bars on criteria such as; door and security policies, drugs issues, under-age drinking and how to deal with abusive customers, as well as what systems are in place to deal with alcohol related crime.

Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement at Birmingham City Council, said: “Each shortlisted venue was visited to assess its merits, before the winners were selected for meeting a wide range of factors, including the quality of their food and drink, service levels, staff training, security and ambience.

“The judges had no idea which establishment they were selecting, as all the information from the assessments was presented to them without identifying the particular venue.

“This event is like the Oscars of pub management in the city. It has been a very hard job to pick the winners, as the standard of the entrants has been extremely high.” 

Risa Bar in Broad Street, was another venue with particular reason to celebrate after it was chosen by the public as their favourite bar in a public vote run in conjunction with BRMB.

A special award was also given to the Toby Carvery in Sutton Park by the Community Safety Partnership.


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