Best Bar None

It goes without saying that most of us expect a safe environment to enjoy ourselves in when we're on a night out in the city. A big part of this process is taking part in the Best Bar None accreditation scheme.

What is Best Bar None?

Best Bar None is a national award scheme which aims to promote responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. It is about reducing crime, raising standards and rewarding excellence.

It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and found to improve standards in the Evening and Night Time Economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally.


What is the purpose of Best Bar None?

  • To reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • To build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector
  • To improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Process of becoming recognised by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners and an overall winner
  • Responsible owners are recognised and able to share good practice with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

Why should be have a Best Bar None Scheme?

  • To promote our city as a safe and vibrant place to go at night.
  • It shows a willingness to address alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour through the promotion of good practice and education.
  • It is acknowledged by the Home Office as having a positive effect on the night time economy.
  • It promotes a partnership approach to resolving issues.

Nottingham’s Best Bar None Scheme

It is most important to remember that Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme above anything else. You can spot a Best Bar None accredited venue by looking out for a certificate or window sticker that has the Best Bar None logo.

Areas which have established the scheme, such as Nottingham, have seen a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence, enhancing the customer experience and creating a safer environment.

In Nottingham city centre, the scheme has been run by Nottingham BID since 2010.


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