Voting open for the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards 2020


The 2020 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards are pencilled in for the 20th October and it will be a real celebration of the last 6 months. Pub owners and hospitality workers around the country have gone above and beyond and they deserve to be recognised. Not only that but we can use the intervening time for some positive PR for the trade. So our social media guru will be on the case on your behalf. As usual, we will be asking customers, sales reps and yourself to get nominating and we, as well as our media partners the Sunday Mail, will be publicising our nominees, finalists and of course the winners.

For us, the awards have always been about celebrating and promoting the licensed trade. I personally take an interest in the judging – as you all know. We have mystery shoppers, and then the sponsors and myself drop in – mostly unannounced. And if you are in the running – you’ll be open and there won’t be a problem paying you a visit. I am as passionate about the industry as I have ever been. Possibly even more so after the last few months having seen how resilient, innovative and caring you have all been. I take my hat off to you all and the drinks companies too. It’s been the worst of times and in a funny way the best of times – because people have rallied round. But you need votes to get into the final six… 

The DRAM has always rallied round – and I won’t be letting you down now! Roll on 20th October and our 25th anniversary.  It may be a smaller event, and we will be utilising live streaming too. So you won’t miss out on the occasion. So get your customers voting for your now at and check out all the categories.  Last date for Voting 4 September.  The final four will go through to the finals.

A big thank you to all our sponsors too.

Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year

BII Customer Service Award

Buzzworks/Montpeliers Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Carling Community Pub of the Year

Cellar Trends Independent Pub Group of the Year

Deanston Whisky Guru of the Year

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Whisky Bar of the Year

The Sea Change Evolution Award

Kopparberg Best and Most Improved Outside Area

Wee Guide Restaurant of the Year

Wm Grant &  Sons Bar Apprentice 2020

Sunday Mail Pub of the Year

And there will be a few special nominations for Stand -out businesses and people who have helped the trade through this pandemic.



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