BBN Update from Alberta, Canada

Published: January 26, 2017 1:37 pm

Best Bar None is expanding and thriving in Alberta, Canada with the recent launch of a new scheme and a new record number of accredited bars, lounges, clubs and pubs.

BBN is operated in Alberta by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), the provincial liquor regulator, to recognize and reward licensed premises for their commitment to patron and staff safety, customer service and responsible liquor service.

The program is currently operated as a partnership between the AGLC, local municipalities and police in four communities.

Here is a rundown on the state of Best Bar None in Alberta, Canada:

Best Bar None Edmonton

The first BBN program launched outside of the UK has grown from 38 accredited establishments in three categories to a new record of 79 accredited bars in 11 unique categories.

Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, has a population of nearly 900,000.

Best Bar None Calgary

In June of 2016, 62 licensed establishments in 10 categories achieved BBN accreditation in the program’s fifth year of operation.

Calgary’s population is just over one million people.

Best Bar None Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie saw a total of nine establishments successfully achieve BBN accreditation in the community’s third year of BBN partnerships.

Grande Prairie, 450 kilometers north of Edmonton, is home to just under 70,000 people.

Best Bar None Lethbridge

BBN Lethbridge was officially launched on September 19, 2016. The first group of accredited establishments should be determined by late February 2017.

Lethbridge (population: 100,000) is Alberta’s fourth largest city and is 200 kilometers south of Calgary.

Best Bar None Fort McMurray

BBN Fort McMurray (400 kilometers north of Edmonton) was launched in February of 2016.

A wildfire in May 2016 resulted in the full evacuation of the community of 80,000 people and over 1500 homes and businesses destroyed.

The program will re-launch when the businesses and municipal partners are ready to go.


We are very proud of the work done by our municipal and police partners here in Alberta and the 150 BBN-accredited licensed establishments.


If any UK program operators, partners or accredited premises find themselves in Alberta, Canada and want to talk about BBN in Canada, feel free to drop us a line. We’d be more than happy to meet and talk about Best Bar None.

BBN Alberta Website

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC)

“Not Just A Nightclub” video

BBN Calgary Accreditation and Awards Event Video