The Best Bar None (BBN) Initiative In Glasgow is designed to Improve licensing standards and develop best practice within licensed premises. Glasgow City Council has administered The BBN Initiative since 2005 on behalf of The Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) in Glasgow.
BBN is a national scheme administered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre ( SBRC)and supported by a number of National Sponsors in the drinks industry. In 2005 thirty five premises participated in BBN Glasgow.
In 2018/19 it reached 102 of which
98 premises received awards:
85 premises Gold Award, 11 received Silver and 2 newcomer received Bronze. There were also 8 national category winners and a further 6 Glasgow specific awards.
Glasgow’s BBN team works closely with Police Scotland’s Licensing Team, Glasgow City Council’s Licensing Standards, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, the SIA and a number of licensing solicitors and trade partners to help licensees develop good practices within the five licensing objectives:
• Preventing crime and disorder
• Securing public safety
• Preventing public nuisance
• Protecting and improving public health
• Protecting children from harm
This helps encourage responsible drinking and reduce anti-social behaviour across Glasgow.
When an application is received an independent assessor will contact the licensee to arrange an onsite assessment visit. Every premises is scored using a national BB booklet for the type of premises so everyone applying across Scotland is scored against the same criteria to keep it fair. The booklet and other guidance and resources are free to members and available online.
They will look for evidence of policies and procedures they have in place. This is a rigorous process which can take up to 2 hours.
Year after year the standards have been driven up by the premises themselves and we are very proud of the commitment Glasgow venues display to achieve Best Bar None standards in their venues and we hope it will continue for many years to come.
To find out more and apply for Glasgow’s ‘Best Bar None’ 2019, contact:
Louise McMonagle on
0141 276 7552, or email
Best Bar None Glasgow, Eastgate, 727 London Road,
Glasgow G40 3AQ