Recipient: Colin Barr
It was only fitting that two of the most respected men in the industry, David Wither of Montpeliers, and Billy Lowe of Saltire Taverns paid homage to a man they said brought to Scotland a wealth of innovative ideas. Said David, “This award is fantastically deserved. The innovation and creativity that Colin has brought to the industry has been huge. He is also a great person.” While Billy said, “Colin has always been at the forefront of what is going on. I’ve learned a lot from him. He has been a great inspiration.”
Colin Barr was Glasgow’s youngest licensee when he ran Bennets, Glasgow’s first gay bar for the Lorimers more than 30 years ago, and he went on to run Bar Luxembourg, one of the first style bars. His own bars included The Lounge, The Living Room and The Apartment, the Republic Bier Halle which is now more than a decade old, MAS, Volcano and now Cocktail & Burger. Bar and clubs he has either run nights at, or been involved in, are too many to mention. Congratulations Colin on this well deserved award.