What is Best Bar None?

Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme supported by the Home Office and drinks industry that aims to improve standards in the evening and night time economy. Through a combination of responsible management and operation of licensed premises, ongoing improvements, and social responsibility, Best Bar None’s goal is to help provide a safer night out to all.

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Purpose of the Best Bar None Scheme

Best Bar None was piloted in Manchester in 2003. It is an awards and accreditation scheme that was developed to recognise and reward responsible premises, and to improve operating standards in the evening and night time economy. Since then schemes have been set up in towns and cities across the UK and Best Bar None has been adopted by some international locations.

The scheme intends to:

  • Reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • Build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector
  • Improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees, and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Make sure that accredited venues meet the minimum standards and champion ongoing improvements
  • Recognise responsible premises and share good practices with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

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