The crème de la crème of the Scottish licensed trade will gather in Glasgow on Monday 7th July for the 2014 DRAM Scottish Licensed Trade Awards.

The pub industry’s equivalent of the Oscars will be handed out to bars and pubs from all over Scotland at the ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

This year’s theme is Top of the Pops/Pubs.

See the DRAM Awards 2014 Finalists here



Ian Cumming – Forth Wines
“Another great DRAM Awards. I thought the atmosphere was fantastic and the theme worked really well. The meal was lovely and Doc Brown did a great job, he was great entertainment. “

Gordon Hay – Auchrannie Hotel
“It was a really good event, and very well put together too. Despite the fact that there was so many awards, it didn’t drag on which I think was down to the compere and the overall atmosphere in the room. We were delighted to have won, and it was nice to also get feedback on the judging process as it is always good to take this back to the team. Even to be nominated for an award was a great achievement as there are a lot of fantastic hotels out there, but to obtain the title of Vicast Independent Hotel of the Year makes us feel exceptionally proud.”

Mark Tracey- Booly Mardys
“Yeah we had a good night, and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves. We were pleased to pick up a highly commended for Cocktail Bar of The Year, and the night in general was enjoyable. Thanks again.”

Derek Marshall – Gamba
“It was a great night, and I loved the meal. The starter, main and desert was really good. I thought the compere was actually very funny, we certainly enjoyed ourselves and we were absolutely delighted to have won. Thanks for a fantastic night.”

Julia Bone – Molson Coors
“I had a lovely night and I feel really proud to have won sales rep of the year, it meant the world to me. I didn’t think for one moment I would win, so it was a lovely surprise and I’m really honoured. I thought the whole night was great and Doc Brown was hilarious, I loved his music too. The room looked beautiful and my partner and I both thought the food was amazing. It was a fantastic event, thanks again.”

Andrew Bell – The Fish People Café
“What a fantastic night, which was made even better by picking up an award! We are delighted to have won. I thought the décor of the room was lovely and it was a great evening. I haven’t been to many of these events so it was great to meet so many new people, I couldn’t believe how busy it was. The meal was great, everyone at our table commented on how good the food was. A great night all in, thankyou.”

Mark Baird – Diageo
“I enjoyed the night and thought it flowed well. It was a long awards presentation, but to have 18 categories is great for an event and of course all the finalists. Despite the lengthy awards section, it went as quickly as possible and was enjoyable. I thought the venue looked great, although it was hard to move around with so many people in the room. The food was very good, the chef did a great job. Another great night, well done.”

Billy Lowe – Saltire Taverns
“Well done to Susan and all the team for another great awards night. We were so pleased to win Best New Bar for Angels Share. The DRAM Awards are always something to look forward to, and we were looked after so well. “

Colin Barr – Bier Halle
“Thanks to you, Susan and all the team for a fantastic night. I was really touched with my award, what a surprise. Thanks again for a brilliant night.”

Fiona Brown – Rekorderlig
“We thoroughly enjoyed the night and it was really nice to see Colin Barr win a special award. I could relate to everything that was said about him, and what made it special for me was the fact that he was so touched and really appreciated it. The meal was amazing, Bob Taylor and I both loved it, especially the suet pudding.  The service was good and the bar staff did a great job – I’ve nothing to complain about. The DRAM Awards always gets a good crowd and people look forward to it, It’s always good to see how much people enjoy it. Thanks again, everyone at our table had a brilliant night.”

Kenny Macmillan – Meigle Print
“Thanks very much for a fantastic night. The host Doc Brown really made it for me, he was the right guy for the job as it can be a tough crowd. The hotel did a great job I thought and hats off to the chef – the meal was delicious. A great night!”

Stephen Rankin – Gordon and Macphail
“I thought it was a really good night, a big well done. Everything was super.”

David Johnstone – The Papermill Lasswade.
“Thank you so much for a great night, I loved it. Everyone was in good form, there was a great bunch of people there. We were thrilled to win Best Independent Bar, thank you very much.”

Michael Hamilton – Scotts Troon
“We all had a brilliant night and we were so proud to have won best cocktail bar, it was a real tribute to the staff who work so hard and of course Bradley who created the winning cocktail. The food was absolutely fantastic and we all liked Doc Brown, he was very funny. It was great to see so many well deserved awards to winners across the whole of Scotland. We would just like to say thank you for such a great night.”

Dennis Forsyth – Cheers Café Bar
“The DRAM awards were fantastic as always and it was great to have my team with me this year. We were delighted with our Tennents Quality award and honoured to reach the final in two categories. As always the DRAM awards are a huge celebration for the industry, and a chance for people to come together, celebrate and let their hair down. I love how you theme your awards, to give it a special touch. The meal was perfect, really enjoyable. Thanks for such a great night.”

David McGowan – Diageo
“I thought the awards this year were great. Doc Brown was very good, he had a nice natural style and was very entertaining. The Food was excellent and the service from the hotel staff was very good.”

Margaret Wilkie – Tusitala
“Jim and I had a brilliant time and we met up with quite a few people that we knew which was great. We had a lovely table with good fun people and the wine and beers were flowing. I was delighted to be a finalist, and although we didn’t win it was great to be recognised and get to the finals and attend the awards for the first time. I loved the cocktails at the drinks reception and I thought the food was good. I liked how the theme was carried through the meal, very creative.”

Stephen Dickson – Tennents
“Thanks for a really good night and such good company. There was a real buzz on the night which was great to see, and all the finalists and of course the winners were on great form. I think it’s great that so many bars from all across Scotland enter, which means you get the chance to meet new faces on the night and learn about their venues. I thought the entertainment was great and the food was lovely. Thanks again.”

Paul Dempsey – Blavod
“Just a wee note to say thanks to you, Susan and the rest of your team for a fantastic night at the DRAM awards. Great event and superb venue, and it was great to catch up with so many old friends from the trade.”

Neil Convery – Heineken
“We had a great night, the atmosphere was lively and the room looked great.”

Stephen Russell – Inverarity Morton
“Thanks very much for inviting me to last night’s DRAM Awards Ceremony. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I’m guessing you would be pleased with the obvious success of the evening, so thanks again for making it possible for me to be there and enjoy it.”