SCOTTISH BAR AND PUB AWARDS FIRST FINALISTS REVEALED

July 13th, 2018 | Posted in: Awards

It’s been a top scoring year for the 2018 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards with more than 3,000 nominations for bars and pubs received for the awards. This has made it a record year.

The public, and drinks company representatives, have been voting in their droves at the dedicated website and the first finalists are revealed, for the first time, below. They include Dog-Friendly, the Award for Success, Best Outside Area and Customer Service as well as the finalists for Social Media, Casual Dining, Whisky Bar of the year, Country Pub of the Year and the Pub Spy finalists. The remaining finalists will be announced next week.

Says organiser Susan Young, who publishes industry magazine DRAM, “Last year we had nearly 2,000- entries and this year that number has soared. We also had more people telling us why they were voting for their favourite bar or pub which has helped us whittle the entries down.”

She continues, “The standard of entry has been particularly high and in some categories instead of four finalists there are five. Now mystery shoppers will visit the nominated pubs, and judges, including myself, will be visiting the venues to ensure that the winners of the awards are ‘simply the best.’

The Awards list and finalists list are alphabetical.

Dog-Friendly Pub of the Year sponsored by Antos

St Luke’s & The Winged Ox, Glasgow

Siberia, Aberdeen

The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle

The Stables Bar, Edinburgh

The Wally Dug, Edinburgh

Best Outside Area sponsored by the Wee Guide

Angels Hotel, Uddingston

Brel, Glasgow

Forbes of Kingennie, Dundee

Indigo Yard, Edinburgh

BII Award for Customer Service

John Carrigan’s, Blantyre

Lion & The Unicorn, Stirling

No 38, East Kilbride

The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry

Critics’ Choice Casual Dining Award

Lord of the Isle, Craobh Haven

Montpeliers, Edinburgh

The Swan Inn, Eaglesham

The West House, Dundee

Diageo Award for Social Responsibility and Community

Akva, Edinburgh

Buzzworks, Prestwick

Driftwood, Glasgow

Manorview, Busby

Gordon & MacPhail Award for Success

Meldrum Hotel, Old Meldrum

The Dowans Hotel, Aberlour

The George Hotel, Inveraray

Under the Stairs, Edinburgh

Hotel Bar of the Year

Black Ivy, Edinburgh

Dakota Bar & Grill Edinburgh Forth Bridge

Orocco Pier Hotel, South Queensferry

Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Edinburgh

SBPA Country Pub of the Year

The Crosskeys, Kippen

The Hillside, Montrose

The Old Mill Inn, Killearn

The Swan Inn, Eaglesham

The Pub Spy Award

Inn on the Loch, Lanark

Outside Inn, Larbert

Souter’s Inn, Kirkowald

The Citizen, Glasgow

The Riccarton Inn, Edinburgh

Social Media Award

Brewhemia, Edinburgh

John Carrigan’s, Hamilton

Haig’s, Penicuik

The Torfin, Edinburgh

A Wee DRAM Whisky Bar of the Year

Ballygrant Inn, Islay

The Black Cat, Edinburgh

The Lochside, Islay

Usquabae Whiskey Bar and Larder, Edinburgh

Finalists of the remaining categories will be revealed next week. These include the Kopparberg New Bar of the Year, Molson Coors Beer Bar of the Year, the Inverarity Morton Wine by the Glass award, Manager of the Year and the Disaronno Cocktail Bar and the Buzzworks/Flow Young Entrepreneur of the year.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 21st August 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow’s William Street.

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Susan Young
Susan Young is a journalist who has spent the last 20 years editing the DRAM. Prior to that, she spent a decade working in Public Relations and Events dealing with clients as diverse as Cumbernauld Development Agency and James Burrough Distillers. Her knowledge of the Scottish licensed trade is extensive and she also instigated the first ever Scottish licensed trade awards which have evolved into the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards.


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