Pubs as far apart as Campbeltown and Inverness were among the winners at the 24th annual Scottish Bar and Pub Awards, organised by Media World, publishers of Scottish licensed trade magazine, DRAM. The event is the longest-established awards of its kind in Scotland.
Among the winners lifting trophies on the night were Black Ivy in Edinburgh for Best Outside Area, sponsored by Bet Sold Sport, and Glasgow’s Church on the Hill for being Antos Dog Friendly Bar of the Year. The BII Customer Service Award was picked up by The Mill House, Stewarton, and the Wm Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice of the Year accolade went to Emma Moody, of No. 1 in Edinburgh.
The Ardshiel Hotel in Campbeltown walked away with the Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Whisky Bar of the Year gong and Kopparberg New Bar of the Year went to Vic’s & The Vine in Prestwick.
The George Hotel, Inveraray, was named Sunday Mail Pub of the Year AND Hotel Bar of the Year, while Tom Joyes of Glasgow’s Barrowland was this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. He received his award from DJ and music journalist Billy Sloan. There was also a Charitable Endeavour Award that went to the Mortimer family for their fund raising efforts for the Donna Mortimer Bannatyne Trust.
The Cellar Trends Multiple Operator of the Year accolade went to Buzzworks in Ayrshire.
Said organiser and DRAM publisher Susan Young, “Pubs and bars in Scotland have an international reputation and it is easy to see why. This year’s honours went to pubs and bars that were voted for by customers, and people in the trade, with a record number of nominations received.”
More than 500 of the Industry’s movers and shakers attended the awards ceremony at Glasgow’s five-star Hilton Hotel. The event had as its theme ‘The Greatest Showman.’ “The greatest showmen in the industry were all there in person!,” Young added.
All the winners:
Favourite Beer Brand of the Year: Tennent’s.
Favourite Drinks Supplier of the Year: Inverarity Morton.
Favourite Food Supplier of the Year: Brakes.
Favourite Gin Brand 2019: Whitley Neill.
Favourite Vodka Brand 2019: Grey Goose.
Favourite Whisky Brand 2019: The Balvenie.
Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year: Church on the Hill, Glasgow.
Betsold Sport Best Outside Area: Black Ivy, Edinburgh.
BII Customer Service Award: The Mill House, Stewarton.
Buzzworks and Flow Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year: Lauren and Calum Runciman, White Goose/Giddy Goose Dundee.
Cellar Trends Multiple Operator of the Year: Buzzworks, Ayrshire.
Critics’ Choice Casual Dining Award: The Swan Inn, Eaglesham.
DRAM Award for Charitable Endeavour: The Mortimer family, Glasgow.
Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Whisky Bar of the Year: Ardshiel Hotel, Campbeltown.
Hollicom Social Media Award: Buck’s Bar, Glasgow.
Hotel Scotland Hotel Bar of the Year: The George Hotel, Inveraray
The Sea Change Evolution Award supported by Inverarity Morton: The Oak Tree Inn, Loch Lomond
Kopparberg New Bar of the Year: Vic’s & The Vine, Prestwick.
Molson Coors Beer Bar of the Year: Republic Bier Halle, Glasgow.
Live Music Pub of the Year: Hootenanny, Inverness.
Sunday Mail Pub Spy of the Year: The Barologist, Edinburgh.
Tia Maria Cocktail Bar of the Year: Tigerlily, Edinburgh.
Wm Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice of the Year: Emma Moody, No. 1, Edinburgh.
Sunday Mail Pub of the Year: The George Hotel, Inveraray
Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Joyes, General Manager of Glasgow’s Barrowland.