Updated for 2016 after feedback from accredited venues,
As part of the ongoing evolution of the Best Bar None program,
an updated version of the Best Bar None
Criteria Checklist has been released.
The Criteria Checklist spells out the standard expected of a
Best Bar None-caliber licensed premises. It is the measuring tool
used to determine not only if a bar can be accredited, but also who
is eligible for award consideration.
The Checklist features over 100 best practices, at least half of
which are Mandatory to gain accreditation. Each of these best
practices help a licensed establishment become safer for guests and
staff, better run and more welcoming to the neighbourhood and
The best practices run the gamut from fire safety to staff
training to signage on the walls.
Accompanying the Checklist is the updated Criteria Explanation
booklet, which 'builds a case' for each of the criteria items,
describing how each item can reduce harm or negative impacts to the
community and increase safety.
In order to update the Checklist, over 125 BBN-accredited
premises were asked for feedback. As well, Best Bar None partners
(including municipal, police and fire regulators) provided input
and feedback into the changes.
New items have been added to the list as well as removing or
re-writing others to reflect industry and regulator feedback.
The new Checklist will be used in all existing and future Best
Bar None regions starting this August 2016.
July 22, 2016