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Best Bar None

Best Bar None is a national award scheme supported by the Home Office aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.


Birmingham City Council, in partnership with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service, launched the 2015 Best Bar None competition on 11 May 2015.

You can register your interest in our scheme by contacting us via the Birmingham Best Bar None website.

Best Bar None is a national award scheme supported by the Home Office aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises. It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the night time economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 100 towns and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally. You can find out more by visiting the website of Best Bar None UK.

The aim of Best Bar None is to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder in a town centre by building a positive relationship between the licensed trade, police and local authorities.

Best Bar None accreditation is awarded to venues that are outstanding in every way – superb management, brilliant service and an outstanding night out. The scheme rewards premises that are raising the standard by taking pride in their surroundings, operating responsibly and demonstrating a commitment to reducing alcohol related crime. We want residents and visitors to our city to confidently enjoy Birmingham’s outstanding nightlife.

More than 50 premises licensed to sell alcohol took part in the 2015 scheme and the award ceremony, sponsored by Carlsberg UK, was held at the International Convention Centre on 2 December 2015.

A team of assessors from Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police spent months visiting each establishment that had entered to probe every aspect of how they are run and give them a score. Those with the highest scores were shortlisted and a panel of judges selected the winners of the awards.

The 2015 winners were:

  • Overall Birmingham Best Bar None
    Le Truc, Southside
  • Best Casino Bar
    Genting Casino Chinatown, Southside
  • Best City Centre Venue
    The Village Inn, Southside
  • Best Hotel Bar
    The Briar Rose, Bennetts Hill
  • Best Nightclub
    The Nightingale, Southside
  • Best Restaurant Bar
    Le Truc, Southside
  • Best Student Bar
    Joe’s Bar, University of Birmingham
  • Best Suburban Venue North
    The Bottle of Sack, Sutton Coldfield
  • Best Suburban Venue South
    Old Hare and Hounds, Rednal
  • Best Suburban Venue East
    The Pear Tree, Kings Heath
  • Best Suburban Venue West Sacks of Potatoes, Aston
  • People’s Choice Award – City Centre Venue
    Pitcher and Piano, Brindley Place
  • People’s Choice Award – Suburban Venue
    The Red Lion, Kings Heath

In 2015 55 venues were accredited and received a plaque to show that they had left assessors impressed with their efforts in managing and running their establishments. You can view the full list of accredited venues on the Birmingham Best Bar None website.

Remember, when you are out in Birmingham, look for venues displaying the Best Bar None logo.