Unique new category added to the Best Bar None
Best Bar None has added an interesting new category to the
The Event Venue category was introduced to the program after a
discussion with one of the program's accredited stakeholders -
Northlands Park. The Northlands group joined Best Bar None in 2014
when their Casino operation achieved accreditation - and earned the
inaugural Best Casino title. They wondered if their Edmonton Expo
Centre could pursue BBN accreditation - they found the review of
industry best practices was helpful to their operations.
So the BBN Event Venue category was created, with its own unique
Checklist, slightly different than the Criteria Checklist used for
the bars, pubs and clubs in BBN. This checklist reflects the
differences between these operations and a 'bar'.
An "Event Venue" is certainly different than a typical bar, pub
- They are only operational when an event (concert, conference,
dramatic performance, ballet, corporate booking, etc.) is
- Events at a venue are different from night to night, offering
different challenges and issues.
- Guests usually arrive and depart en masse before and
after events, creating potential crowding problems.
- Alcohol service may or may not be part of the event.
But bars and Event Venues do share some things in common:
- Guest - and staff - safety is still a priority.
- Crowd management and supervision is important.
- When liquor is served, responsible liquor service is
- Customer service and a top-notch guest experience is
The Event Venue category was introduced in Edmonton when four
different Event Venues earned Best Bar None accreditation at the
6th Annual Best Bar None Accreditation and Awards Event
on November 26, 2015.
The category will be introduced to Calgary and Grande Prairie in
Here are the current accredited Best Bar None Event Venues:
Best Bar None Event Venue category
Century Casino Showroom
Edmonton Expo Centre
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Mary Ann Debrinski,
City of Edmonton Director, Urban Renewal with the inaugural BBN
Event Venue accredited group.
November 26, 2015
You can see all the current Best Bar None accredited bars on the BBN website -
you can search by City, Location or Category to find your new