Everything You Need To Know About Best Bar None

It goes without saying that most of us expect a safe environment to enjoy ourselves in when we're on a night out in the city. What you may not know is that behind the scenes, many of Nottingham's pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants go above and beyond year after year to implement cutting edge venue safety schemes to make a safe night out as likely as possible for us all. A big part of this process is taking part in the Best Bar None accreditation scheme.


What is Best Bar None? 

Best Bar None is an Accreditation Scheme with National Awards supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry which is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.

It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the Evening and Night Time Economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally.

What Is the purpose of Best Bar None? 

  • To reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • To build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector
  • To improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Process of becoming recognised by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners and an overall winner
  • Responsible owners are recognised and able to share good practice with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

Why should we have a Best Bar None Scheme?

  • To promote our city as a safe and vibrant place to go at night.
  • It shows a willingness to address alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour through the promotion of good practice and education.
  • It is acknowledged by the Home Office as having a positive effect on the night time economy.
  • It promotes a partnership approach to resolving issues.

Nottingham's Best Bar None scheme:

Whilst there is an overall winner of the scheme, it is most important to remember that Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme above anything else. You can spot a Best Bar None accredited venue by looking out for a certificate or window sticker that has the Best Bar None logo.

Nottingham has the the fastest growing scheme in the entirety of the U.K. The scheme has been running within the city centre for over 11 years. 2019 has seen over 116 venues accredited which is a 36% up from 2018. Nottingham is also the first Best Bar None scheme in the country to achieve over 100 accredited bars. 

There are three finalists in seven different categories which are those businesses that gained the highest scores in their Best Bar None assessments. These are as follows:

  • Small Pub: New Foresters, The Ned Ludd and The Cross Keys
  • Entertainment & Live Music Venue: Genting Casino, Grosvenor Casino and the National Ice Centre
  • Club: Stealth, Pryzm and INK
  • Restaurant: Annie’s Burger Shack, Browns Brasserie & Bar and The Hilton Hotel
  • Large Pub: Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Pit & Pendulum and The Blue Bell Inn
  • Large Bar: Revolucion de Cuba, Alto and Rescue Rooms
  • Small Bar: Icon Bar and Lounge, Cucamara Cocktail Bar and Suede Bar


You can now find out who the winners of Nottingham's 2019 Best Bar None Scheme are HERE

Nottingham's Best Bar None scheme is proudly sponsored by Poppleston Allen Licensing Solicitors.