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Best Bar None program focuses on venues’ commitment towards safety and responsible service

Fifty-two Calgary bars, clubs, pubs, lounges and casinos received 2015 Best Bar None accreditation for their commitment to high service and safety standards.

“This year we saw a large jump in accredited city venues due to growing industry-wide support to create environments of responsible and safe alcohol consumption,” said Bill Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, AGLC.  “AGLC’s continued partnership with industry and partners are making a positive difference to help Calgary’s nightspots be both safer and fun.”

The number of Best Bar None accredited venues in Calgary went up from 33 to 52 this year.  Accreditation criteria cover a wide range of issues that well-managed premises should be aware of and address. As part of the accreditation process, all premises are assessed to ensure they meet the specific standards related to safe operations and responsible management.

“These awards are proof that by paying attention to the safety and well-being of employees and patrons, you can substantially improve productivity and performance while decreasing problems that are indicative to the alcohol service industry,” said Marc Halat, Manager of Compliance Services with The City of Calgary.

“Partnerships with the entertainment industry like Best Bar None are vital in helping us manage community concerns,” said Calgary Police Service Superintendent Kevan Stuart. “We cannot address these issues alone and I commend the work being done by our partners to create a safe environment that all Calgarians can enjoy.”

In addition to accreditation, the venues that go above and beyond to ensure a safer and more entertaining night out for their patrons will receive awards at a formal ceremony on June 15 in Calgary.

Best Bar None is an accreditation and awards program for liquor-licensed venues that aims to reduce alcohol-related problems by:

  • encouraging nightspots to adopt best practices related to customer safety and responsible levels of alcohol;
  • giving nightspots the tools to be better prepared for any violent incidents; and
  • building positive relationships between the industry, enforcement, agencies, government and community.

Calgarians can determine if a venue is Best Bar None accredited by a plaque and door signage on display within the premises informing patrons and area residents of their participation in the program.

Best Bar None is a partnership between the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, the City of Calgary and Calgary Police Service with support from the Alberta Safer Bars Council.

52 pubs, clubs, bars and lounges recognized for improving safety, customer service

The criteria for Best Bar None accreditation and awards fall into two categories: Mandatory and Bonus. Meeting the Mandatory criteria is required for accreditation, while meeting the Bonus criteria merits eligibility for awards (Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners-Up in the six categories – Pub, Large Pub, Bar/Lounge, Hotel/Restaurant Lounge, Club, Campus Bar and Casino). The winners in each category are announced at a formal ceremony that recognizes the efforts of nightlife venues in helping to reduce violence in and around licensed premises. This year’s Best Bar None Accreditation and Awards Event takes place on June 15 at the Telus Spark at 6 p.m.

Best Bar None Accredited venues:

1410 World Bier Haus Restaurant and Lounge

Bank and Baron Pub

Barley Mill Neighbourhood Pub

Berwick Public House

Blaze Bar and Grill at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub

Casino Bar at Cash Casino Calgary

Centre Bar at Cowboys Casino

Cherries Bar at Casino Calgary

Commonwealth Bar and Stage

Cowboys Dance Hall at Cowboys Casino

Dalton’s Lounge – Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport Hotel and Conference Centre

Dudley’s Lounge – Carriage House Inn

Elbow Room Lounge – Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre

Flames Central

Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)

Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Shawnessy)

Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Crowfoot)

Jamesons Irish Pub (17 Avenue)

Jamesons Irish Pub (Brentwood)

Jetz Bar and Lounge – Best Western Port O’Call Hotel

Jimmy’s Nightclub – Coast Plaza Hotel

Kildare’s Ale House

Kilt and Caber Ale House

Local 510 Tavern

Loco Lou’s Grill and Bar

Melrose Café and Bar at Cowboys Casino

Muldoon’s Irish Ale House

Peanuts Public House – Carriage House Inn

Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall

Roosevelt Food and Drink

Rose and Crown Pub and Restaurant

St James Corner Restaurant and Irish Pub

Stage Bar at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Swans of Inglewood Restaurant and Public House

The Den & Black Lounge – University of Calgary

The Drum and Monkey Pub

The Gateway Restaurant and Bar – SAIT

The Hifi Club

The Infinity Bar at Century Casino Calgary

The Last Defence Lounge – University of Calgary

The Other Side Sports Bar – Hotel Blackfoot

The Palomino Smokehouse

The Pint Public House

The Point and Feather Neighbourhood Pub

Thirsty Turtle Bar and Grill

Toad ‘N’ Turtle Pubhouse and Grill (Barlow)

Toad ‘N’ Turtle Pubhouse and Grill (Shepard)

Woody’s Taphouse (Braeside) Woody’s Taphouse (Country Hills)

Woody’s Taphouse (South Trail)

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