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About Best Bar None

What is Best Bar None

Best Bar None is a National Award Scheme supported by the Home Office and 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 75 town and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally.


The purpose of the Best Bar None Scheme

  • Reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • Building a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities
  • Reduces harmful effects of binge drinking
  • Improves 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 the city as a safe and vibrant place to go at night
  • It shows a wiliness 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

How do I join Best Bar None?

Very simple.....please contact Jade Buckland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01276 417813 for further information.