Desperately Seeking the Greatest Scottish Bars and Pubs

April 18th, 2019 | Posted in: Awards

Scotland’s home to some of the best pubs and bars in the world but ‘which bars and pubs have made an impression on Scottish customers this year?’

That’s the question that the organisers of the 2019 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards are asking. For this year’s awards theme follows on from the success of this year’s hit movie The Greatest Showman.

The organisers are aiming to recognise The Greatest Bars and Pubs in Scotland, although organiser Susan Young admits that that’s exactly what they have been doing for the past 24 years.

She comments, “It’s hard to believe that it has been 24 years since we first started the licensed trade pub awards – we were the first magazine to celebrate all that’s good and great about Scotland’s licensed trade.”

She continues, “Last year we had an exceptional entry – with customers voting online. We received more than 3,000 nominations and then we sent our mystery shoppers out.”

Edinburgh winners included Brewhemia, Black Ivy, Sygn, Usquebae and Montpeliers. The bars picked up the accolades Molson Coors Beer Bar of the Year, Hotel Bar of the Year, Disaronno Cocktail Bar of the year Whisky Bar of the year and Casual Dining Award, respectively.

While awards also went to Glasgow’s Brel, Aberfoyle’s The Forth Inn, The Olds Mill at Pitlochry, The Pop Up Geeks in Edinburgh, Buzzworks in Prestwick, The Dowans Hotel in Aberlour, Kylesku Hotel in Sutherland, T- Bar in Ayrshire, The Citizen in Glasgow and The Swan Inn, Eaglesham.

The awards have a dedicated website and you can vote online at www.scottishbarandpubsawards.com

Susan Young comments, “Obviously, bars and pubs can nominate themselves but they should also encourage their customers to vote for them. After all, you have got to be in it, to win it.”

The finalists will be announced at the beginning of July with the awards ceremony taking place at the Hilton in Glasgow on 20th August.

April 2019

Enquiries to Susan Young on 0141 221 6965


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