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Best Bar None program surpasses ‘100’ accredited venues in Edmonton

Edmonton’s Best Bar None Award Winners

Edmonton honoured its best accredited bars, clubs, pubs and entertainment venues during this year’s annual Best Bar Night Awards. Celebrating the program’s 10th year of operation, a record 106 establishments in 11 categories competed for awards acknowledging venues that raise the bar on service and patron safety:

Bar: On the Rocks
Campus Bar: The Nest Taphouse Grill-NAIT
Casino: River Cree Resort and Casino
Greater Edmonton Area Bar: Smitty’s Lounge- Smitty’s Sherwood Park
Hotel Bar: The Lion’s Head Pub-Radisson Edmonton South
Nightclub/Live Music Venue: Station on Jasper
Restaurant and Bar: Provincial Kitchen and Bar
Restaurant and Bar (downtown): The Common
Restaurant and Bar (separate lounge): Smitty’s Lounge-Smitty’s Northgate
Pub: Sherlock Holmes Pub – University
Large Pub: Hudsons Canada’s Pub (Whyte)

Voting for the coveted People’s Choice Awards ran from November 5 – 13, 2019, with members of the public choosing their favourite venues:

Bar: On the Rocks
Campus Bar: The Nest Taphouse Grill-NAIT
Casino: River Cree Resort and Casino
Greater Edmonton Area Bar: Local Eatery-Sherwood Park
Hotel Bar: Blues on Whyte Commercial Hotel
Nightclub/Live Music Venue: Starlite Room and Temple
Restaurant and Bar: Julio’s Barrio
Restaurant and Bar (downtown): Craft Beer Market
Restaurant and Bar (separate lounge): Boston Pizza Lounge (South Edmonton Common)
Pub: Kelly’s Pub
Large Pub: O’Byrne’s Irish Pub

Best Bar None is a voluntary accreditation program for liquor-licensed venues that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in service and safety. Edmontonians can determine if a venue is Best Bar None accredited through door signage and an accreditation plaque on display within the premises. Additionally, patrons can now use the Best Bar Finder to easily search for bars in their area that are accredited.

The program aims to reduce alcohol-related harms by raising the standards of licensed premises and building positive relationships among all stakeholders, promoting the responsible management and operation of liquor-licensed premises.

Best Bar None Edmonton is a partnership between Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC), the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and Responsible Hospitality Industry Association with support from the Alberta Safer Bars Council.