Voting now open for the 2020 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards

Posted on 3rd April 2020

The 2020 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards are pencilled in for the 20th October and it will be a real celebration of the last six months.

Pub owners and hospitality workers around the country have gone above and beyond and they deserve to be recognised. Not only that but we can use the intervening time for some positive PR for the trade. So our social media guru will be on the case on your behalf.

As usual, we will be asking customers, sales reps and yourself to get nominating and we, as well as our media partners the Sunday Mail, will be publicising our nominees, finalists and of course the winners.

For us, the awards have always been about celebrating and promoting the licensed trade. Publisher Susan Young personally takes an interest in the judging – as you all know.

We have mystery shoppers, and then the sponsors and then Susan herself drops in – mostly unannounced. And if you are in the running – you’ll be open and there won’t be a problem paying you a visit.

Susan is as passionate about the industry as she have ever been. Possibly even more so after the last few months having seen how resilient, innovative and caring you have all been. Susan takes her hat off to you all and the drinks companies too. It’s been the worst of times and in a funny way the best of times – because people have rallied round.


This year’s categories are:

Antos dog-friendly Pub of the Year

BII Customer Service Award

Buzzworks and Montpeliers Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Carling Community Pub of the Year

Cellar Trends Independent Pub Group of the Year

Deanston Highland Single Malt Whisky Guru of the Year

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur Choice Whisky Bar of the Year

Inverarity Morton Sea Change Evolution Award

Kopparberg Best and Most Improved Outside Area

Wee Guide Restaurant of the Year

William Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice 2020

Sunday Mail Pub of the Year

Our other sponsors are: Antos, The Balvenie, Brockmans, Distell, Finest Call, Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Kopparberg, Luxardo, Molson Coors, Monkey Shoulder, and Stolichnaya.

If you fancy going on the Wm Grant & Sons Apprentice programme send us a wee video and tell us why you think your employer should put you forward – whether you are currently working, on furlough or waiting for your next role.  

Enquiries and videos to production@mediaworldltd.com

Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2019 Photo Gallery

Posted on 2nd April 2020

Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2018 Photo Gallery

Posted on 29th August 2018

2018 Winners Announced!

Posted on 22nd August 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Scottish Bar & Pub Awards.

Congratulations to our winners and a massive thank you to everyone who took part!


 

antos

Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year

The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle


bii

BII Award for Customer Service

The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry


buzz-flow

Buzzworks/Flow Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Rachel Carpenter & Linden Wilkinson, Pop Up Geeks


critics_choice

Critics' Choice Casual Dining Award

Montpeliers, Edinburgh


diageo

Diageo Award for Social Responsibility and Community

Buzzworks, Prestwick


disaronno

Disaronno Cocktail Bar

Sygn, Edinburgh


dram

DRAM Manager of the Year

Caroline Wright, Jinty McGinty's, Glasgow


gordon_macphail

Gordon & MacPhail Award for Success

The Dowans Hotel, Aberlour

hotel-scotland

Hotel Scotland Hotel Bar of the Year

Black Ivy, Edinburgh

inverarity

Inverarity Morton Wine by the Glass Award

Kylesku Hotel, Skye

kopparberg

Kopparberg New Bar of the Year

T-Bar, Ayrshire

molson_coors

Molson Coors Beer Bar of the Year

Brewhemia, Edinburgh

openear

Open Ear Country Pub of the Year

The Swan Inn, Eaglesham

spy

The Pub Spy Award

The Citizen, Glasgow

the_drum

The DRUM Social Media Award

John Carrigan's, Hamilton

weeguide
william_grant

William Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice 2018

Ellie Raeside, Candy Bar, Edinburgh

wee_dram

A Wee DRAM Whisky Bar of the Year

Usquabae Whiskey Bar and Larder, Edinburgh

The Wee Guide Best Outside Area

Brel, Glasgow

2018 Finalists Announced!

Posted on 6th August 2018

It's been a top scoring year for the 2018 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards with more than 3,000 nominations for bars and pubs received for the awards. This has made it a record year.

The public, and drinks company representatives, have been voting in their droves on the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards website and the finalists are revealed below.

Says organiser Susan Young, who publishes industry magazine DRAM, “Last year we had nearly 2,000- entries and this year that number has soared. We also had more people telling us why they were voting for their favourite bar or pub which has helped us whittle the entries down.”

She continues, “The standard of entry has been particularly high and in some categories instead of four finalists there are five. Mystery shoppers have been visiting the nominated pubs, and judges, including myself, have been visiting the venues to ensure that the winners of the awards are 'simply the best.'

The Awards list and finalists list are alphabetical.



Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year
The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle
Saint Lukes, Glasgow
The Stable Bar, Edinburgh
Siberia Vodka Bar, Aberdeen
The Wally Dug, Edinburgh



BII Award for Customer Service

John Carrigan's, Blantyre
Lion & The Unicorn, Stirling
No 38, East Kilbride
The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry



Buzzworks/Flow Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Jody Buchan and Sam Baxendale, Kin
Rachel Carpenter & Linden Wilkinson, Pop Up Geeks
Ryan Bowman, The Alpen Loge



Critics' Choice Casual Dining Award
Lord of the Isle, Craobh Haven
Montpeliers, Edinburgh
The Swan Inn, Eaglesham
The West House, Dundee



Diageo Award for Social Responsibility and Community

Akva, Edinburgh
Buzzworks, Prestwick
Driftwood, Glasgow
Manorview, Busby



Disaronno Cocktail Bar
Angels Hotel, Uddingston
The Parlour, Glasgow
Tigerlily, Edinburgh
Sygn, Edinburgh



DRAM Manager of the Year

Amy Maitland, The West House, Dundee
Matthew Ronald, Blue Dog, Glasgow
Caroline Wright, Jinty McGinty's, Glasgow



Gordon & MacPhail Award for Success

Meldrum House Country Hotel, Old Meldrum
The Dowans Hotel, Aberlour
The George Hotel, Inveraray
Under the Stairs, Edinburgh



Hotel Scotland Hotel Bar of the Year

Black Ivy, Edinburgh
Dakota Bar & Grill Edinburgh Forth Bridge
Orocco Pier Hotel, South Queensferry
Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar



Inverarity Morton Wine by the Glass Award

Vroni's Wine Bar, Glasgow,
Seamill Hydro Hotel, Seamill
La Petite Mort, Edinburgh
Kylesku Hotel, Skye
Acid Bar SWG3, Glasgow



Kopparberg New Bar of the Year

Black Ivy, Edinburgh
Finsbay Flatiron, Glasgow
Church on the Hill, Glasgow
T-Bar, Ayrshire
The Citizen, Glasgow



Molson Coors Beer Bar of the Year

Brewhemia, Edinburgh
The Angels Hotel, Uddingston
The Raeburn, Edinburgh
The Raven, Glasgow



Open Ear Country Pub of the Year

The Crosskeys, Kippen
The Hillside, Montrose
The Old Mill Inn, Killearn
The Swan Inn, Eaglesham



The Pub Spy Award

Inn on the Loch, Lanark
Outside Inn, Larbert
Souter's Inn, Kirkowald
The Citizen, Glasgow
The Riccarton Inn, Edinburgh



Scottish Bar and Pub Awards Social Media Award

Brewhemia, Edinburgh
John Carrigan's, Hamilton
Haig's, Penicuik
The Torfin, Edinburgh



A Wee DRAM Whisky Bar of the Year

Ballygrant Inn, Islay
The Black Cat, Edinburgh
The Lochside, Islay
Usquabae Whiskey Bar and Larder, Edinburgh



The Wee Guide Best Outside Area
Angels Hotel, Uddingston
Brel, Glasgow
Forbes of Kingennie, Dundee
Indigo Yard, Edinburgh



William Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice 2018

Anastasia Mourgela, Hutchesons City Grill, Glasgow
Ellie Raeside, Candy Bar, Edinburgh
Frank Donnelly, The Raven, Glasgow
Kris Rose, Scotts, Troon
Liam Kemp, Draffens, Dundee
Luke Bryant, Copper Blossom, Edinburgh
Patrycja Olska, Finsbay Flatirons, Glasgow
Richard Jones, The Pear Tree, Edinburgh
Sanni Fiina Jokinen, Pearce's, Edinburgh
Sarah Nelson, Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh


The awards ceremony takes place on the 21st August 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow's William Street.

Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists!