Best Bar None celebrates national winners and launches 2023 scheme


Premises from Inverness and Glasgow have swept the board at this years National Best Bar None Awards.

Our congratulations go to Inverness’s Platform 8, Scotch and Rye, The Gellions, The White House and The Chieftain Hotel. In Glasgow, Bag O’ Nails, Armstrong’s and The Cathouse Rock Club were also honoured, as well as Strathclyde University Student Union, who won the coveted ‘Platinum Award’.

Scotch & Rye

All these venues went above and beyond when it comes to social responsibility, training and working with or supporting their local communities.

Jack Gemmell, Chairman of the Best Bar None Board says, “I am proud to recognise the hard work from all the participants of the Best Bar None Scheme in what continues to be a challenging business environment. The national winners are real examples of the benefits of taking part in the scheme. This has never just been about improving one bar or nightclub; it’s been about raising up the whole night-time economy to provide safe and fun venues for people to share convivial moments.

The White House

 “The data behind the benefits of the scheme are well known but the winners here today demonstrate the real human value in providing the best of hospitality in the safest possible way.”

Best Bar None is a national accreditation scheme which rewards pubs, bars, nightclubs, and specialist entertainment venues which provide high standards of safety for their staff and customers.

The 2023 scheme has now been launched and has a new host organisation, Retailers Against Crime, who will be supported by Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Maxine Fraser, Managing Director for Retailers Against Crime, added, “Retailers Against Crime are privileged to be the new administrators of Best Bar None Scotland. I would encourage all licensed premises to become involved. Together we can all make a difference in helping to keep the day and night-time economy in our towns and cities vibrant and safe places to visit.”


The scheme continues to be funded by major drinks industry businesses including Diageo, Tennent’s, Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard, Edrington Bean Suntory and the Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership.