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City pubs and clubs prove they are Best Bar None
More than 30 pubs, clubs and nightclubs located in Aberdeen city centre have triumphed in the Best Bar None awards a national scheme aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of licensed premises.
Best Bar None focuses on public safety and customer care and pubs and clubs in the city centre were invited to apply for accreditation if they felt they could demonstrate their commitment to the following five licensing objectives:
Prevention of crime and disorder;
Securing public safety;
Prevention of public nuisance;
Protecting and improving public health;
Protection of children from harm.
Each business which applied for accreditation was visited by the local Best Bar None inspection panel which allocated points based on the above objectives. Venues which demonstrated a passing score in all of the key criteria were allocated a bronze accreditation. Silver and gold accreditations were allocated to venues which went above and beyond to achieve the five objectives.
Winners were announced during a ceremony at the Copthorne Hotel last night [Tuesday August 27]. Venues were accredited in the categories of pub, bar, night club and specialist entertainment.
The gold winners were: Archibald Simpsons; Illicit Still; Ma Camerons; Malones Irish Bar; Old Blackfriars; The Globe; The Holburn; Triple Kirks; Campus Bar; Justice Mill; Revolution; Soul Bar; Espionage; Exodus; Garage; Nox; The Albyn; Tiger Tiger; G Casino; RGU Union.
Silver: O'Neills; Prince Of Wales; The Abercrombie; Old School House; Athenaeum; Wild Boar; Snafu; The Institute; The Pearl Lounge; Gamola Golf.
Bronze: Butchers Arms; Northern Bar; Foundry; Aberdeen Football Club.
The overall winners in the categories were Old Blackfriars (pub); Malones (independent pub); Campus (bar); Soul Bar (independent bar); Garage (club) and G Casino (specialist entertainment). RGU Union won the award for the Best Public Health Initiative, the Garage took the prize for the Best Use of Innovation and the Northern Bar was awarded with the Heart of the Community honour.
Best Bar None Coordinator Emily Queen, who is also the programme manager for Aberdeen City Council's Safer Aberdeen initiative, said: "It is fantastic to see such a strong cohort of winners in this year's Best Bar None awards.
"All of our winners must be commended for proving they have what it takes to receive accreditation.
"I am confident they will continue to demonstrate to their staff and customers how much they care about their safety and security."
Aberdeen City Council Licensing Board Convener Councillor Marie Boulton added: "For a business to hang a Best Bar None plaque in their premises is a great honour.
"It not only demonstrates to their customers their commitment to providing an excellent and safe service but also shows that they are keen to build a positive relationship between the licensed trade, police and local authorities.
"I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all our newly-accredited licensed premises."
Aberdeen first got involved in the Best Bar None scheme in 2006 and has taken part every year since then, with the exception of 2011.
Locally, the scheme is supported by the licensed trade, Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Aberdeen City Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Aberdeen Licensing Board.