Voting now open for the 2020 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards

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

Important Dates

Voting Opens April 2020
Voting Closes 14th September 2020
Judging September 2020
Award Ceremony 25th November 2020

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