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And the Winners Are...

Edmonton's Winning BBN establishments announced

The best of Edmonton's bars, pubs, lounges and clubs were announced at Edmonton's 7th Annual Accreditation and Awards Event on November 22, 2016 at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre.

A record number 79 establishments earned BBN accreditation status this year, featuring over 20 new applicants this year.

Congratulations to the winners - and all the accredited bars!

Best Small Pub

WINNER: Kelly's Pub
2nd PLACE: The Buckingham
3rd PLACE: Sherlock Holmes Pub (Campus)

Best Pub

WINNER: Hudsons Canada's Pub (Whyte Avenue)
2nd PLACE: Hudsons Canada's Pub (Downtown)
3rd PLACE: Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way)

Best Large Pub

WINNER: O'Byrne's Irish Pub
2nd PLACE: Hudsons Canada's Pub (WEM)
3rd PLACE: The Rose and Crown Pub

Best Bar/Lounge

WINNER: OTR Kitchen + Drink
2nd PLACE: Central Social Hall
3rd PLACE: The Billiard Club

Best Club

WINNER: The Ranch Roadhouse
2nd PLACE: Cook County Saloon
3rd PLACE: Shade Gentlemen's Club

Best Hotel Bar

WINNER: The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South
2nd PLACE: L1 Lounge - Fantasyland Hotel
3rd PLACE: Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites Kingsway

Best Casino

WINNER: The Casino at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino
2nd PLACE: Century Casino
3rd PLACE: River Cree Resort and Casino

Best Restaurant and Bar - Independent

WINNER: Teddy's Palace
2nd PLACE: Provincial Kitchen and Bar
3rd PLACE: The Needle Vinyl Tavern

Best Restaurant and Bar - Chain

WINNER: Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)
2nd PLACE: Boston Pizza Lounge (South Common)
3rd PLACE: Browns Socialhouse - West Henday

Best Campus Bar

WINNER: The Nest Taphouse Grill - NAIT
2nd PLACE: Room at The Top & Dewey's Lounge and Eatery - University of Alberta
3rd PLACE: Towers - Macewan University

View full list of award winners and accredited venues

November 25, 2016
INTRODUCING... THE BEST BAR NONE EVENT VENUES

Unique new category added to the Best Bar None program

Best Bar None has added an interesting new category to the growing program.

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 or club:

  • They are only operational when an event (concert, conference, dramatic performance, ballet, corporate booking, etc.) is booked.
  • 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 practiced.
  • Customer service and a top-notch guest experience is essential.

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 2016.

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
Union Hall

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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Bar / Lounge Category

The Bar / Lounge Category in Best Bar None is the most diverse group among the many categories.

The Bar / Lounge Category has featured live music venues, cocktail lounges, sports bars and VLT bars. Basically, any bar that doesn't fit the other specialized categories (i.e, not a pub, not a club, not a hotel bar) would be categorized as Bar / Lounge. What they all have in common, however, is providing top-notch service in a comfortable and safe environment.

There are currently 10 bars accredited in this category in Edmonton and five in Calgary.

Here are the current accredited Bar / Lounge establishments:

Edmonton Calgary
Winner - OTR Kitchen + Drink Winner - Loco Lou's Grill and Bar
2nd Place - Schanks Sports Grill 2nd Place - Flames Central
3rd Place - The Billiard Club 3rd Place - Roosevelt Food and Drink
And the remaining list of accredited Bar/Lounges in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Bar/Lounges in alphabetical order...
Denizen Hall Melrose Café and Bar at Cowboys Casino
Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Mill Woods) The Palomino Smokehouse
Squires
The Old Strathcona Rack
Tyson's Sports Bar and Grill
Uplinks Lounge at Northlands Park
Racetrack and Casino
Zen Lounge

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with Edmonton's Bar/Lounge accredited bars.
November 26, 2015

Calgary City Councillor Ray Jones with Calgary's Bar / Lounge accredited bars.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Campus Bar Category

The Campus Bar category is one of the newest categories in Best Bar None.

Post-secondary institutions commonly operate on-campus licensed premises for students to gather, socialize and wind down during the busy school year. It is not uncommon that undergraduates get their early bar experiences at their local campus bar.

As these pubs and bars are operated by the institution or, more commonly, the Student's Union or Association, duty of care is paramount. A student should be able to enjoy drinks and food with friends in a safe and supervised environment.

Luckily, campus bars have a number of resources available to them to increase safety. These can include:

  • Campus Security available
  • Safewalk programs
  • Commitment to training (first aid, safe food handling)
  • Campus emergency evacuation procedures

The Campus Bar category was added to Calgary's Best Bar None program in June of 2015 and Edmonton in November of 2015.

Here are the current accredited Campus Bars:

Campus Bars - Edmonton Campus Bars - Calgary
Winner - The Nest Taphouse Grill - NAIT Winner - The Den and Black Lounge - University of Calgary
2nd Place - Dewey's Lounge and Eatery & Room at The Top - University of Alberta 2nd Place - The Gateway Restaurant and Bar - SAIT
3rd Place - Towers Pub - Grant Macewan University 3rd Place - The Last Defence Lounge - University of Calgary

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with the Edmonton Campus Bar accredited group.
November 26, 2015

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with a couple of the Calgary Campus Bar representatives.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Casino Category

The Casino category is one of the newest categories in Best Bar None.

Casinos in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie have recently joined the Best Bar None program.

Although gaming is the primary activity in a casino, responsible liquor service and patron management is important to running a welcoming and competitive casino.

In order to provide a well-rounded gaming experience for guests, casinos can add value to the experience by featuring live music, cocktail service and wine lists, sports bars and lounges. And the food is top-notch at all the casinos.

Along with all the amenities and the gaming activities, safety and security is vital to running a casino. Achieving Best Bar None accreditation helps demonstrate that commitment to guest safety, especially in the areas of responsible liquor service, patron management and emergency evacuation and response.

Casinos have a number of resources available to them to increase safety. These can include:

  • Trained security teams
  • Video surveillance
  • Commitment to training (first aid, safe food handling)
  • Strong communication between management, staff and security

The Casino category was introduced to Edmonton's Best Bar None program in November of 2014 and in Calgary in June of 2015. As well, the Great Northern Casino in Grande Prairie successfully achieved accreditation in the Grande Prairie program in November of 2015.

Here are the current accredited Casinos in Alberta:

Casinos - Edmonton Casinos - Calgary Casinos - Grande Prairie
Winner - River Cree Resort and Casino Winner - Cash Casino Calgary Winner - Great Northern Casino
2nd Place - Casino Yellowhead 2nd Place - Casino Calgary
3rd Place - Century Casino Edmonton 3rd Place - Century Casino Calgary
And the remaining list of accredited Casinos in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Casinos in alphabetical order...
Casino Edmonton Cowboys Casino
The Casino at Northlands Park Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
Racetrack and Casino

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with the Edmonton Casinos accredited group.
November 26, 2015

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with the accredited Calgary Casino representatives.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Club Category

The Club Category in Best Bar None is a smaller category, but features some busy and high-profile operations.

When many people imagine nightlife and the bar scene, quite often the images conjured up are crowded dance floors, lineups at the door, burly door staff and loud music. These are Nightclubs.

When people want to 'let loose' on a night out, clubs can be a popular destination, offering loud music, elaborate light shows, dancing and socializing.

Whether they are country and western-themed clubs or Top 40, electronic, hip-hop or any of the other genres of nightclubs out there, all these clubs share some common challenges:

  • Clubs appeal to a late-night crowd.
  • They can become busy and noisy.
  • Many clubs appeal to a younger clientele.

These, and other, factors increase the chances of problems such as noise, violence, overcrowding, illegal drugs, overconsumption of alcohol or issues with minors.

Therefore, clubs employ and invest in many tools and procedures to decrease risk. These can include:

  • Hiring and investing in door security staff;
  • ID scanning at the door;
  • Pat-downs and/or bag searches;
  • Monitoring of patrons throughout the evening; and
  • Surveillance cameras.

A Best Bar None-accredited club strives to provide a safer environment for their guests, despite the challenges.

Here are your accredited Clubs from Calgary and Edmonton:

Edmonton Calgary
Winner - The Ranch Roadhouse Winner - Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall
2nd Place - Cook County Saloon 2nd Place - Cowboys Dance Hall at Cowboys Casino
3rd Place - Shade Gentlemen's Club 3rd Place - Jimmy's Nightclub - Coast Plaza Hotel
And the remaining list of accredited Clubs in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Clubs in alphabetical order...
Diamonds Gentlemen's Club Commonwealth Bar and Stage
Eden The Hifi Club
Prive Ultralounge

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with Edmonton's accredited bars in the Club Category.
November 26, 2015

AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson with Calgary's accredited bars in the Club Category.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Hotel Bar Category
Restaurant and Bar Category

The Hotel Bar and the Restaurant and Bar Categories in Best Bar None are two of the newest categories of bars in the program. They were created after splitting up a previous category in two parts.

In Year Two of the Best Bar None program, the Hotel / Restaurant Lounge category was introduced. This category was used in Edmonton for Years 2-5 and in Calgary for the first four years. This category recognized bars, pubs or lounges that operated in conjunction with a restaurant or hotel operation - a great example would be a hotel bar such as The Other Side Sports Bar at Hotel Blackfoot or a Boston Pizza licensed Lounge.

It was decided to split the Hotel / Restaurant Lounge category into two new distinct categories:

  • Hotel Bar
  • Restaurant and Bar

Both groups were growing in numbers and it was discovered that they each had distinct operational challenges. We look forward to more establishments in each category joining Best Bar None in the future.

These new categories were introduced in Edmonton in Year Six and will be added to Calgary's Best Bar None category list for Year Five, accredited in May of 2016.

Here are the current accredited establishments in the Hotel Bar and Restaurant and Bar categories in Edmonton - and the accredited Hotel/Restaurant Lounges in Calgary.

Hotel Bar - Edmonton Restaurant and Bar - Edmonton Hotel/ Restaurant Lounge - Calgary
Winner - The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South Winner - Teddy's Palace Winner - Jetz Bar and Lounge - Best Western Port O'Call Hotel
2nd Place - The Duke of Argyll Pub - Four Points by Sheraton South 2nd Place - Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods) 2nd Place - The Other Side Sports Bar - Hotel Blackfoot
3rd Place - Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites Kingsway 3rd Place - Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Westmount 3nd Place - Peanuts Public House - Carriage House Inn
And the remaining list of accredited Hotel Bars in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Restaurant and Bars in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Hotel/Restaurant Lounge in alphabetical order...
Bonaventure Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites Yellowhead Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central) Dalton's Lounge - Ramada Plaza Calgary Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
Boston Pizza Lounge (South Common) Dudley's Lounge - Carriage House Inn
Browns Socialhouse (West Henday) Elbow Room Lounge - Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre
Browns Socialhouse (Windermere)
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Kingsway
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Mill Woods
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Northgate
The Burg

Mary Ann Debrinski, Director of Urban Renewal, City of Edmonton with Edmonton's inaugural Restaurant and Bar accredited bars.
November 26, 2015

Calgary Police Service Inspector Kevan Stuart with Calgary's Hotel/Restaurant Lounge accredited bars.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Large Pub Category

The Large Pub Category in Best Bar None is one of the bigger categories of bars in the program. To distinguish from the Pub category, a Large Pub features an Occupancy Load - their capacity - of over 245 people. They are much bigger operations than the cozier and smaller Pubs.

Pubs are very popular in both cities. They offer great food during lunch hours and comfortable surroundings throughout the afternoon and evening.

However, at a large pub, you will also find the volume will rise and the level of activity will go up in the evening, especially on weekends. A DJ and dance floor is not uncommon.

These large pubs may also employ security staff to greet and monitor patrons, check ID at the door and help ensure a safer night out for all guests and fellow staff members.

There are currently 18 Large Pubs accredited in Calgary and Edmonton, nine in each city.

Here are your Best Large Pub accredited bars in Calgary and Edmonton:

Edmonton Calgary
Winner - O'Byrne's Irish Pub Winner - Hudsons Canada's Pub (Shawnessy)
2nd Place - The Pint Public House (Jasper Avenue) 2nd Place - Jamesons Irish Pub (Brentwood)
3rd Place (tie) - The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue) 3rd Place - Place - Rose and Crown Pub and Restaurant
3rd Place (tie) - Hudsons Canada's Pub (West Edmonton Mall)
And the remaining list of accredited Large Pubs in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Large Pubs in alphabetical order...
Central Social Hall Bank and Baron Pub
Mercer Tavern Kilt and Caber Ale House
The Druid Irish Pub The Pint Public House
The Rose and Crown Pub The Point and Feather Neighbourhood Pub
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery (West Edmonton) Woody's Taphouse (Braeside)
Wurst

Edmonton Police Service Deputy Chief Brian Simpson with the accredited Large Pub Category.
November 26, 2015

Calgary Police Service Superintendant Kevan Stuart with the accredited Large Pub category.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
BBN CATEGORY SPOTLIGHT

Pub Category

The Pub Category in Best Bar None is the biggest single category in Best Bar None Calgary and Edmonton.

Pubs are very popular in both cities. They offer great food during lunch hours and comfortable surroundings throughout the afternoon and evening.

Quite often, these pubs feature an English or Irish (and, in a couple instances, Scottish or German) theme. You could also find a large comfortable bar for conversation and a pint, cozy booth or snug seating, an array of draught beer and cozy wooden décor.

And every successful pub earns a loyal following of regular patrons. That loyal following is earned by building trust that the staff and management will provide friendly service, value and safety. This is why so many pubs are proud to display their Best Bar None accreditation status at the door.

There are currently 18 Pubs accredited in Calgary and 14 in Edmonton.

Here are your accredited Pubs from Calgary and Edmonton:

Edmonton Calgary
Winner - Hudsons Canada's Pub (Whyte Avenue) Winner - Bottlescrew Bill's Pub
2nd Place - Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way) 2nd Place - Hudsons Canada's Pub (Downtown)
3rd Place - Hudsons Canada's Pub (South Common) 3rd Place - Hudsons Canada's Pub (Crowfoot)
And the remaining list of accredited Pubs in alphabetical order... And the remaining list of accredited Pubs in alphabetical order...
Atlantic Trap and Gill 1410 World Bier Haus Restaurant and Lounge
Danny Hacksaw's Pub and Grub Barley Mill Neighbourhood Pub
Duggan's Boundary Irish Pub Berwick Public House
Elephant and Castle Pub Jamesons Irish Pub (17 Avenue)
Filthy McNasty's Kildare's Ale House
Kelly's Pub Local 510 Tavern
Provincial Pub Muldoon's Irish Ale House
Sherlock Holmes Pub (Campus) St. James Corner Restaurant and Irish Pub
Sherlock Holmes Pub (WEM) Swans of Inglewood Restaurant and Public House
The Buckingham The Drum and Monkey Pu
The Hat Resto Pub Thirsty Turtle Bar and Grill
Toad 'N' Turtle Pubhouse and Grill (Barlow)
Toad 'N' Turtle Pubhouse and Grill (Shepard)
Woody's Taphouse (Country Hills)
Woody's Taphouse (South Trail)

Edmonton Police Service Deputy Chief Brian Simpson with the accredited Pub Category.
November 26, 2015

Calgary's accredited Pubs - taken from the 4th Annual Calgary Accreditation and Awards Event.
June 15, 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 favourite spot.

January 28, 2016
And the Winners Are...

Edmonton's Winning BBN establishments announced

The best of Edmonton's bars, pubs, lounges and clubs were announced at Edmonton's 6th Annual Accreditation and Awards Event on November 26, 2015 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza. Three of the eight trophies were given to repeat winners (O'Byrne's Irish Pub, The Lion's Head Pub and The Ranch Roadhouse).

Congratulations to the winners - and all the accredited bars!

Best Bar/Lounge

WINNER: OTR Kitchen + Drink
2nd PLACE: Schanks Sports Grill
3rd PLACE: The Billiard Club

Best Club

WINNER: The Ranch Roadhouse
2nd PLACE: Cook County Saloon
3rd PLACE: Shade Gentlemen's Club>

Best Hotel Bar

WINNER: The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South
2nd PLACE: The Duke of Argyll Pub - Four Points by Sheraton South
3rd PLACE: Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites Kingsway

Best Large Pub

WINNER: O'Byrne's Irish Pub
2nd PLACE: The Pint Public House (Jasper Avenue)
3rd PLACE (TIE): The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
3rd PLACE (TIE): Hudsons Canadian Tap House (WEM)

Best Pub

WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte Avenue)
2nd PLACE: Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way)
3rd PLACE: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)

Best Casino

WINNER: River Cree Resort and Casino
2nd PLACE: Casino Yellowhead
3rd PLACE: Century Casino

Best Restaurant and Bar

WINNER: Teddy's Palace
2nd PLACE: Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)
3rd PLACE: Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Westmount

Best Campus Bar

WINNER: The Nest Taphouse Grill - NAIT
2nd PLACE: Room at The Top & Dewey's Lounge and Eatery - University of Alberta

View full list of award winners and accredited venues

November 30, 2015
Announcing Edmonton's Newest Best Bar None Accredited Venues!

A record 67 accredited venues this year achieved accreditation.

The City of Edmonton, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Edmonton Police Service are proud to announce the city's newest group of Best Bar None accredited venues.

67 of the city's bars, pubs, lounges and clubs have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a commitment to patron safety and customer service. That's up from 53 BBN-accredited establishments last year.

With a diverse group like this, there's a BBN-accredited bar for everyone looking for a safer and more enjoyable night out.

Congratulations go out to the following group:

Atlantic Trap and Gill
Bonaventure Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites Yellowhead
Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)
Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central)
Boston Pizza Lounge (South Common)
Browns Socialhouse (West Henday)
Browns Socialhouse (Windermere)
Casino Edmonton
Casino Yellowhead
Central Social Hall
Century Casino
Century Casino Showroom
Cook County Saloon
Danny Hacksaw's Pub and Grub
Denizen Hall
Dewey's Lounge and Eatery - University of Alberta
Diamond's Gentlemen's Club
Duggan's Boundary Irish Pub
Eden
Edmonton Expo Centre
Elephant and Castle Pub
Filthy McNasty's
Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Mill Woods)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (WEM)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte Avenue)
Kelly's Pub
Mercer Tavern
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites Kingsway
O'Byrne's Irish Pub
OTR Kitchen + Drink
Prive Ultralounge
Provincial Pub
River Cree Resort and Casino
Room At The Top - University of Alberta
Schanks Sports Grill
Shade Gentlemen's Club
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Kingsway
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Mill Woods
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Northgate
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Westmount
Sherlock Holmes Pub (Campus)
Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way)
Sherlock Holmes Pub (WEM)
Squires
Teddy's Palace
The Billiard Club
The Buckingham
The Burg
The Casino at Northland Park Racetrack and Casino
The Druid Irish Pub
The Duke of Argyll Pub - Four Points by Sheraton South
The Hat Resto Pub
The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South
The Nest Taphouse Grill - NAIT
The Old Strathcona Rack
The Pint Public House (Jasper Avenue)
The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
The Ranch Roadhouse
The Rose and Crown Pub
Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery (West Edmonton)
Towers Pub - Grant Macewan University
Tyson's Sports Bar and Grill
Union Hall
Uplinks Lounge at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino
Zen Lounge

November 26, 2015
Best Staff - Best Bars

Best Bar None launches new campaign profiling the industry's best staff

Best Bar None has recently launched a new ad campaign to showcase staff from several Best Bar None accredited bars, pubs and clubs.

"Best Staff - Best Bars" puts the spotlight on the servers, managers, door staff and bartenders who work hard to provide top-notch service to patrons. That includes watching out for guests' safety.

"In order for a bar to provide a safer environment for patrons, the front-line staff need to be dedicated to customer service," explains Eric Baich, Manager of Social Responsibility - Liquor for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). "Patron safety and responsible liquor service are natural by-products of customer service. We want to recognize the individuals who are committed to doing the 'little things' that make their bar one of the best."

"The 'little things' can mean calling a cab for a patron, monitoring liquor consumption and intervening tactfully or simply following the establishment's house rules. The goal of this campaign is to recognize the individuals who are committed to providing above and beyond customer service."

The first group of Best Staff are from the following BBN-accredited bars:

  • Bottlescrew Bill's Pub - Calgary
  • Hudsons Canadian Taphouse (Crowfoot) - Calgary
  • Jetz Bar and Lounge at Best Western Port O'Call Hotel - Calgary
  • St. James Corner Irish Pub - Calgary
  • Flair Lounge / Mama Pizza (Mill Woods) - Edmonton
  • Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way) - Edmonton

More staff will be profiled over the next few months.

Click on the "Best Staff, Best Bars" link to see the features

March 27, 2015
Best Bar None Program Recognized by City Council

Edmonton City Council congratulates BBN winners, organizers

The Best Bar None (BBN) program was recognized by Edmonton's City Council on Tuesday, February 10.

Five of the category-winning Edmonton bars, along with some of the BBN trophies, proudly represented all 53 BBN-accredited clubs, pubs and lounges at City Hall. The winning bars and the program organizers were recognized and introduced by Councillor Scott McKeen at the introduction of the Council meeting as a Protocol Item.

Mayor Don Iveson also congratulated all the bars on behalf of Council, adding "thank you to this multi-disciplinary group of people and the work that you do to keep people safe when they are out having a good time."

Representatives from Schanks Sports Grill (Best Bar/Lounge), Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way) (Best Pub), O'Byrne's Irish Pub (Best Large Pub), The Gaming Centre at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino (Best Casino) and The Lion's Head Pub at the Radisson Edmonton South (Best Hotel/Restaurant Lounge) were in attendance, along with program organizers from Responsible Hospitality Edmonton, the Edmonton Police Service and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Pictured: The BBN winners and organizers with Mayor Don Iveson and Councillor Scott McKeen at City Hall.

To see the video of the Council Protocol Item, click the link and watch the video on the top right corner - scroll to 1:39 minutes for the Best Bar None presentation.
Council FEB 10-2015

February 17, 2015
And the Winners Are....

Edmonton's Winning BBN establishments announced

The best of Edmonton's bars, pubs, lounges and clubs were announced at Edmonton's 5th Annual Accreditation and Awards Event November 20, 2014 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel.

The winners and runners-up were chosen from 53 of Edmonton's top accredited establishments, all of whom were recognized and congratulated for their ongoing commitment to patron safety and customer service.

Congratulations go to this distinguished group of accredited bars and category winners!

Best Pub

WINNER: Sherlock Holmes (Rice Howard Way)
1ST RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
2nd RUNNER-UP: Kelly's Pub

Best Large Pub

WINNER: O'Byrne's Irish Pub
1st RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (WEM)
2nd RUNNER-UP: Mercer Tavern

Best Bar/Lounge

WINNER: Schanks Sports Grill
1st RUNNER-UP: The Old Strathcona Rack
2nd RUNNER-UP: On The Rocks

Best Hotel/Restaurant Lounge

WINNER: The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South
1st RUNNER-UP: Teddy's Palace
2nd RUNNER-UP: Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)

Best Club

WINNER: The Ranch Roadhouse
1st RUNNER-UP: Mixx Party Bar
2nd RUNNER-UP: Cook County Saloon

Best Casino

WINNER: The gaming centre at Northlands Park Racetrack and Casino
1st RUNNER-UP: River Cree Resort & Casino (Tap 25 Sports Bar & Centre Bar)
2nd RUNNER-UP: Century Casino

View full list of award winners and accredited venues.

November 21, 2014
Checking Up with Edmonton's Best!

Assessment visits commence in Edmonton for BBN Year Five

This year's group of Best Bar None applicants - a mixture of new and returning licensed premises - are readying for visits from trained BBN assessors.

All Best Bar None applicants are visited by a trained assessment team to determine if they meet the standard for BBN accreditation and to collect data for awards judging. The assessment team is made up of Edmonton Police Service members and staff members from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).

All applicants are evaluated using the Best Bar None Criteria Checklist which covers industry best practices that range from patron management to fire safety to first aid. All These best practices increase patron and staff safety and customer service.



The successful accredited venues will be announced in early November 2014, which will mark the fifth year of Best Bar None in Edmonton.

September 30, 2014
COME TO THE BEST BAR NONE LOUNGE

BBN-accredited bars at the HOST Edmonton Conference/Festival

A cross-section of Edmonton's industry-leading BBN-accredited licensed premises will be providing liquor service and hospitality to guests and attendees of Edmonton's 1st Annual HOST Edmonton Conference and Festival on May 23 and 24.

The BEST BAR NONE LOUNGE will feature an alternating lineup of staff from Edmonton's favourite BBN-accredited bars, pubs and clubs providing experienced, trained and responsible liquor service to guests of this exciting hospitality showcase.

Here is the tentative lineup of BBN bars at the BEST BAR NONE LOUNGE. If you're attending HOST Edmonton, come by and spend time with staff from your favourite nightspots:

Friday May 23
10AM - 1PM - Mercer Tavern
1PM - 4PM - Hudsons Canadian Tap House
4PM - 6PM - Central Social Hall and The Ranch Roadhouse
6PM - 8PM - The Druid Irish Pub and On The Rocks
Saturday, May 24
10AM - 1PM - Teddy's Restaurant
1PM - 4PM - Danny Hacksaw's Pub and Grub
4PM - 6PM - Prestige Nightlife Group (Union Hall, Filthy McNasty's, Mixx Party Bar, Pawn Shop Live)
6PM - 8PM - Urban Sparq Group (The Pint, Knoxville's Tavern, The Old Strathcona Rack)

May 15, 2014
Best Bar None Winners Meet The Mayor

Edmonton City Council congratulates BBN winners, organizers

The Best Bar None (BBN) program was recognized by Edmonton's City Council on Wednesday, January 29, resulting in a photo opportunity with Mayor Don Iveson.

The five category-winning Edmonton bars, along with their BBN trophies, proudly represented all 57 BBN-accredited clubs, pubs and lounges at City Hall. The winning bars and the program organizers were recognized and thanked by Mayor Don Iveson at the introduction of the Council meeting as a Protocol Item.

Mayor Iveson congratulated all the bars on behalf of Council, adding "it (BBN) is making a difference in our community".

Representatives from On The Rocks (Best Bar/Lounge), Hudsons South Common (Best Pub), Hudsons Downtown (Best Large Pub), The Ranch Roadhouse (Best Club) and The Duke of Argyll Pub (Best Hotel/Restaurant Lounge) were in attendance, along with program organizers from Responsible Hospitality Edmonton, the Edmonton Police Service and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Pictured: The BBN winners and trophies and members of the BBN Steering Committee with Mayor Iveson at City Hall.

To see the video of the Council Protocol Item, click the link and watch the video on the top right corner - scroll to 1:32 minutes for the Best Bar None presentation.

Council JAN 29-14

February 03, 2014
BEST BAR NONE "AWARD WINNERS SUMMIT"

Best Bar/Lounge Winners Meet in YYC

A trip to Calgary to see a Flames hockey game turned into an impromptu Best Bar None "Award Winners Summit" in Calgary.

"While making last-minute plans for a trip to Calgary, I thought it would be great to visit the other Best Bar/Lounge down there - and we decided to bring our trophy along for the ride," said Marko Slaney, manager at Edmonton's On The Rocks, which was just named Best Bar/Lounge at November's Best Bar None Edmonton Accreditation and Awards Event.

Slaney made a point of stopping in at Melrose Café and Bar on 17th Avenue with the Best Bar/Lounge trophy in hand. "It was a good chance to meet the staff, see their BBN trophy and talk shop."

Melrose manager Walter Gilmore enjoyed the encounter. "It was great to meet our counterparts from Edmonton. We take pride in providing a safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable experience for our customers - so do they."

LEFT: WE'VE GOT TROPHIES! On The Rocks manager Marko Slaney and Melrose manager Walter Gilmore posing with their BBN hardware.

RIGHT: THE TOUR CONTINUES! Marko and the BBN trophy at TOS Sports Bar, another BBN-accredited Calgary venue.

The "trophy tour" also included stops at The Other Side Sports Bar at the Blackfoot Inn (which was named 2nd Runner Up in the BBN Calgary Hotel/Restaurant Lounge category) and the Melrose Stampede Casino location, a BBN-accredited venue, and other bars in Cowtown.

"The trophy certainly caught people's attention," said Slaney. "It was a conversation starter."

December 20, 2013
WE'VE GOT PHOTOS!

Check out the Event Gallery from BBN Awards Night

The 4th Annual Edmonton Best Bar None Accreditation and Awards Event was, once again, an enjoyable evening with 57 Edmonton bars, pubs, lounges and clubs officially being recognized for their successful BBN accreditation.and see the best and the brightest in Edmonton's nightlife celebrate another year of raising the bar.

Click here to view the Photo Gallery and see the best and the brightest in Edmonton's nightlife celebrate another year of raising the bar.

SELFIE ALERT! AGLC President and CEO Bill Robinson and SET Nightclub Assistant Manager Dan McDonald on stage during the plaque presentation.

Oxford Dictionary named "SELFIE" the Word of The Year for 2013. Dan McDonald of SET Nightclub used his stage time to shoot a quick photo for posterity with presenter Bill Robinson, AGLC President and CEO.

December 06, 2013
The Best of Best Bar None Edmonton

Best Bar None venues honoured, category winners announced at awards event

Edmonton's newest group of 57 BBN-accredited bars, pubs, clubs and lounges were honoured on Wednesday, November 13 at the 4th Annual Best Bar None Accreditation and Awards event. The following establishments were also recognized as the Best in their respective categories:

Best Bar/Lounge

WINNER: On The Rocks Restaurant, Bar and Live Music
1st RUNNER-UP: The Billiard Club
2nd RUNNER-UP: Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Mill Woods)

Best Pub

WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
1st RUNNER-UP: Filthy McNasty's
2nd RUNNER-UP (TIE): Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way)
2nd RUNNER-UP (TIE): Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte Avenue)

Best Large Pub

WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)
1st RUNNER-UP: The Druid Irish Pub
2nd RUNNER-UP: O'Byrne's Irish Pub

Best Hotel/Restaurant Lounge

WINNER: The Duke of Argyll Pub - Four Points by Sheraton South
1st RUNNER-UP: Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central)
2nd RUNNER-UP: Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)

Best Club

WINNER: The Ranch Roadhouse
1st RUNNER-UP: Union Hall Nightclub
2nd RUNNER-UP: Eden

View full list of award winners and accredited venues

November 14, 2013
Announcing Edmonton's Newest Best Bar None Accredited Venues!

Record number of accredited bars in program's 4th year.

The City of Edmonton, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and Edmonton Police Service are proud to announce the city's newest group of Best Bar None accredited venues.

A record number of bars, pubs, lounges and clubs have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a commitment to patron safety and customer service.

Congratulations go out to the following group:

Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)
Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central)
Boston Pizza Lounge (South Common)
Central Social Hall
Cook County Saloon
Danny Hacksaw's Pub and Grub
Diamonds Gentlemen's Club
Duggan's Boundary Irish Pub
Eden
Filthy McNasty's
Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Mill Woods)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Campus)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (WEM)
Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte)
Julian's Piano Bar - Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre
Kelly's Pub
Knoxville's Tavern
Lee Gardens Wok 'N Pub
Mercer Tavern
Mixx Party Bar
Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites
O'Byrne's Irish Pub
On The Rocks
Pawn Shop Live
Sawmill Gateway Pub
SET Nightclub
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Kingsway
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Manning Crossing
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Mill Woods
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Northgate
Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Westmount
Sherlock Holmes Pub (Rice Howard Way)
Sherlock Holmes Pub (WEM)
Squire's Pub
Studio 107 Nightclub
Suite 69
Teddy's Palace
The Billiard Club
The Buckingham
The Druid Irish Pub
The Duke of Argyll Pub - Four Points by Sheraton South
The Hat Restopub
The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South
The Old Strathcona Rack
The Pint Public House (Jasper Avenue)
The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
The Ranch Roadhouse
The Rose and Crown Pub
Twist Ultra Lounge
Tyson's Sports Bar and Grill
Union Hall Nightclub
Upstares Ultralounge
Vinny's Bar - Sicilian Pasta Kitchen South
Whiskey Rock
Zen Lounge

Award winners will be posted on the website November 14, 2013 following the 4nd Annual Accreditation and Awards Event on November 13, 2013.

October 28, 2013
Best Bar None Assessment Time in Edmonton

BBN Assessors 'hit the streets' to evaluate applicant bars

Trained Best Bar None (BBN) assessors are currently visiting a record number of Edmonton bars, pubs and clubs to see who will be successfully BBN-accredited through 2014.

BBN applicants demonstrate their commitment to patron safety, responsible service and sound management by undergoing a rigorous assessment visit from teams of trained BBN assessors.

The assessment teams, comprised of Edmonton Police Service members, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission staff, City of Edmonton staff and NAIT Hospitality Management instructors, visit each BBN applicant and evaluate the establishment using a 114-point checklist.

The BBN Criteria Checklist covers a wide range of best practices and policies, all intended to make the establishment safer and compliant to regulations. These best practices include:

  • staff policies
  • fire safety and emergency planning
  • first aid
  • responsible liquor service
  • community involvement
  • patron safety

The newest group of successful accredited licensed premises will be announced to the public in late October. Watch this website for updates.

September 10, 2013
Edmonton Bars - BBN Deadline Approaching

Applications for 2014 accreditation close AUGUST 16

Eligible bars, pubs, clubs and lounges in Edmonton interested in applying for 2014 Best Bar None accreditation must get their applications in by Friday, August 16.

Apply online or contact Best Bar None and take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate to the public that your licensed establishment values patron and staff safety and customer service.

BBN is looking forward to once again seeing a growing number of Edmonton's favourite nightspots demonstrating their ongoing commitment to patron and staff safety, responsible liquor service and customer service.

August 08, 2013
Best Bar None Edmonton - Apply Now!

Applications now accepted for BBN accreditation

Applications are now being accepted for all eligible licensed establishments in Edmonton to pursue Best Bar None (BBN) accreditation. Apply online or contact BBN with any questions about BBN applications.

Successful applicants will be BBN-accredited for 2014.

BBN assessments will begin in September. Apply early to allow time to prepare for your assessment visit.

July 02, 2013
Attention Edmonton Bars!

Applications open JULY 2 for 2014 accreditation

Eligible bars, pubs, clubs and lounges in Edmonton are invited to apply for 2014 Best Bar None accreditation starting July 2, 2013.

Applications will be accepted online on Tuesday, July 2. Fax and email applications will also be accepted.

The current group of 48 BBN-accredited licensed premises are required to re-apply annually to continue their status as one of the city's safer nightspots.

BBN is looking forward to once again seeing a growing number of Edmonton's favourite nightspots demonstrating their ongoing commitment to patron and staff safety, responsible liquor service and customer service.

Contact us with any Best Bar None questions (eligibility, program information, etc.).

June 25, 2013
Best Bar None-accredited licensee recognized for its commitment to public safety

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and Public Safety Compliance Team partners have recognized Mama Pizza (Millwoods) management and staff for their emergency preparedness response, assistance to injured patrons and efforts to assist in the police investigation after the tragic shooting incident that occurred on premises on March 30, 2013.

Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Millwoods) is currently accredited with Best Bar None Edmonton and has been with the program since it started in Edmonton in 2010. The Best Bar None Edmonton team is proud to have such an exemplary establishment participate in the program.

While rare and unfortunate, we recognize that these types of events do happen, and the entire community has a role to play in reducing their occurrences. Mama Pizza's responsible management practices, tremendous response during and after this tragic incident, cooperation with the police and their commitment to public safety serves as an example to both the industry, patrons and the community that by working together we're on the right path to improving the safety of licensed establishments and our communities.

April 16, 2013
Best Bar None Edmonton winners in the spotlight

Category winning bars recognized in Council

(EDMONTON)

On January 23, five Best Bar None (BBN) winners were recognized during Edmonton City Council session.

The Mayor, members of City Council and visitors in attendance congratulated the five BBN category winners, who proudly brought their trophies along. Congratulations go out to these winners, who represented all Edmonton BBN-accredited bars with pride.

Best Bar/Lounge - On The Rocks
Best Pub - Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
Best Large Pub - Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)
Best Hotel/Restaurant Lounge - Teddy's Palace
Best Club - The Ranch Roadhouse

January 31, 2013
Best Bar None Category Winners

Congratulations to Edmonton's newest Best Bar None category winners.
The winning bars were chosen from 48 accredited licensed premises and announced at the 3rd Annual Best Bar None Accreditation and Awards Event on Tuesday, November 20 at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre.

Best Bar/Lounge
  • WINNER: On The Rocks Restaurant, Bar and Live Music
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Millwoods)
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Sou Kawaii (Zen Lounge)
Best Pub
  • WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Campus)
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Filthy McNasty's
Best Large Pub
  • WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (WEM)
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
Best Hotel/Restaurant Lounge
  • WINNER: Teddy's Palace
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Prospectors Lounge - Rosslyn Inn and Suites
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central)
Best Club
  • WINNER: The Ranch Roadhouse
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Lucky 13 Dance Pub
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Union Hall Nightclub

Click here to read the BBN News Bulletin for full story (PDF).

View full list of award winners and accredited venues.

November 21, 2012
Congratulations to the following Edmonton licensed establishments for receiving 2013 Best Bar None accreditation!
  • Bar/Lounge Category
  • Flair Lounge - Mama Pizza (Millwoods)
  • On The Rocks Restaurant, Bar and Live Music
  • Schanks Sports Grill
  • Sou Kawaii (Zen Lounge)
  • The Old Strathcona Rack
  • Tyson's Sports Bar and Grill
  • Club Category
  • Cook County Saloon
  • Empire Ballroom
  • Lucky 13 Dance Pub
  • Pawn Shop Live
  • Suite 69
  • The Ranch Roadhouse
  • Twist Ultra Lounge
  • Union Hall Nightclub
  • Whiskey Rock
  • Hotel/Restaurant Lounge Category
  • Boston Pizza Lounge (Mill Woods)
  • Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central)
  • Boston Pizza Lounge (South Common)
  • Julian's Piano Bar - Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites
  • Prospectors Lounge - Rosslyn Inn and Suites
  • Sands Hotel Games Room - Sands Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Kingsway
  • Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Manning Crossing
  • Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Mill Woods
  • Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Northgate
  • Shades Bar and Grill - Smitty's Westmount
  • Teddy's Palace
  • The Duke of Argyll Pub - Four Points by Sheraton South
  • The Lion's Head Pub - Radisson Edmonton South
  • Vinny's Bar - Sicilian Pasta Kitchen South
  • Large Pub Category
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (WEM)
  • Mercer Tavern
  • Sawmill Gateway Pub
  • The Black Sheep Pub
  • The Druid Irish Pub
  • The Pint Public House (Jasper Avenue)
  • The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
  • The Public House
  • Pub Category
  • Danny Hacksaw's Pub and Grub
  • Filthy McNasty's
  • Gallagher's Pub on Whyte
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Campus)
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
  • Lee Gardens Wok 'N Pub
  • Social Modern Pub
  • Squire's Pub

Read News Bulletin for full story (PDF).

Category Award Winners are being announced Tuesday, November 20 at the BBN Accreditation and Awards Event. Check website on Wednesday, November 21 for award results.

November 19, 2012
BEST BAR NONE NOW IN ONTARIO

Program launched and piloted in Toronto's Entertainment District

A new community has launched a new Best Bar None (BBN) program to recognize and reward licensed premises that achieve the highest operating standards, manage the sale of alcohol responsibly and work with neighbours and hospitality partners to improve the community.

Best Bar None Ontario proudly unveiled its program, which will be piloted in Toronto's downtown Entertainment District, on Monday, October 22, 2012. Eligible bars, pubs and nightclubs in the vibrant night-time corridor have until January 1, 2013 to apply for accreditation.

On behalf of the Edmonton and Calgary BBN-accredited licensed premises and partners, we wish the best of luck to Best Bar None Ontario. It is exciting to see this innovative program growing across Canada.

For details on Best Bar None Ontario, please visit their website.
bbnontario.ca

November 5, 2012
Best Bar None in the News

Bar Safety discussed in October 2012 issue of Avenue Edmonton

Avenue Edmonton Magazine focused its October 2012 issue on crime and safety in Edmonton, with one feature turning its attention to late-night bars. Among the initiatives covered in the article-which also touched on police presence in entertainment districts, late-night transportation and public washrooms-is Best Bar None.

"It's a wonderful program, and it forces you to make sure that your policies and procedures are up to a standard. It makes you run a better business"
- Mike Yasinski, president of Hudsons Canadian Tap House-taken from the article

To read the full article, click here.

October 17, 2012
Best Bar None Assessment Time in Edmonton

Trained Best Bar None (BBN) assessors are currently visiting a record number of Edmonton bars, pubs and clubs to see who will be successfully BBN-accredited through 2013.

BBN applicants demonstrate their commitment to patron safety, responsible service and sound management by undergoing a rigorous assessment visit from teams of trained BBN assessors.

The assessment teams, comprised of Edmonton Police Service members, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission staff, City of Edmonton staff and NAIT Hospitality Management instructors, visit each BBN applicant and evaluate the establishment using a 103-point checklist.

The BBN Criteria Checklist covers a wide range of best practices and policies, all intended to make the establishment safer and compliant to regulations. These best practices include:

  • staff policies
  • fire safety and emergency planning
  • first aid
  • responsible liquor service
  • community involvement
  • patron safety
September 12, 2012
Class A Minors Prohibited Bars, Pubs and Clubs in Edmonton:

Best Bar None application deadline is August 17, 2012.

Deadline for applications is drawing near. Apply today!

Applications for Best Bar None accreditation are accepted until August 17. Assessments start in September. Apply now and get prepared for your assessment. Program materials for 2012 are available here. Printed copies of program materials are available upon request. Contact the Best Bar None office; or phone 780-577-6944.

August 02, 2012
Class A Minors Prohibited Bars, Pubs and Clubs in Edmonton:

Last chance for early bird applications - July 23, 2012

Apply by July 23, 2012 and get two free ProServe Liquor Staff Training Activation Tickets ($50 value)!

Apply now - get assessed in the fall!

Applications for Best Bar None accreditation are accepted until August 17. The assessment process starts in September. Apply now and get prepared for your assessment.

Program materials for 2012 are available here. Printed copies of program materials are available upon request. Contact the Best Bar None office; or phone 780-577-6944.

July 13, 2012
Class A Minors Prohibited Bars, Pubs and Clubs in Edmonton:

Apply today for early bird advantages!

Complete your Application by July 23, 2012 and get two free ProServe Liquor Staff Training Activation Tickets ($50 value)!

June 29, 2012
Class A Minors Prohibited Bars, Pubs and Clubs in Edmonton:

2013 Best Bar None applications available soon!

Applications for Best Bar None accreditation and award consideration, and 2013 program materials, will be available online June 25, 2012.

Focus on Safety Attracts Customers

An evaluation of the BBN pilot in Edmonton showed 80% of patrons rank the issue of safety as an important factor when choosing a location for a night out.

June 22, 2012
Congratulations to Edmonton's Best Bar None category winners announced November 23!
BAR/LOUNGE
  • WINNER: The Billiard Club
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: On The Rocks Restaurant, Bar And Live Music
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Schanks Sports Grill
HOTEL/RESTAURANT LOUNGE
  • WINNER: Sands Hotel Games Room - Sands Hotel And Conference Centre
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Boston Pizza Lounge (Millwoods)
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Gallery Bar - Mayfield Inn And Suites
PUB
  • WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte Avenue)
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Campus)
LARGE PUB
  • WINNER: The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (West Edmonton Mall)
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: The Druid Irish Pub
CLUB
  • WINNER: Union Hall Nightclub
  • 1ST RUNNER-UP: Oil City Roadhouse
  • 2ND RUNNER-UP: Lucky 13 Dance Pub

View full list of 2012 Awards and Accreditations

November 23, 2011
Congratulations to the following licensed establishments in Edmonton for receiving 2012 BBN accreditation!
2012 Accreditations
  • Boston Pizza Lounge (Millwoods)
  • Boston Pizza Lounge (North Central)
  • Boston Pizza Lounge (South Edmonton Common)
  • Cook County Saloon*
  • Empire Ballroom*
  • Gallery Bar - Mayfield Inn and Suites
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Campus)*
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)*
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (South Common)*
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (West Edmonton Mall)
  • Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte Avenue)*
  • Julian's Piano Bar - Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Lucky 13 Dance Pub*
  • MacTaggert's Twisted Kilt Pub
  • Mama Pizza (Millwoods)*
  • Mirage Lounge - Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton
  • Nova Lounge - Chateau Nova Hotel and Suites
  • Oil City Roadhouse*
  • On The Rocks Restaurant, Bar and Live Music*
  • Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar (102 Avenue)
  • Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar (Ellerslie)
  • Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar (Oxford Park)
  • Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar (Terwillegar)
  • Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar (The Grange)
  • Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar (Varsity Row)
  • Prospectors Lounge - Rosslyn Inn and Suites*
  • Sands Hotel Games Room - Sands Hotel and Conference Centre*
  • Sawmill Gateway
  • Schanks Sports Grill
  • Sicilian Pasta Kitchen (South)
  • Sou Kawaii (Zen Lounge)
  • Teddy's Palace*
  • The Billiard Club*
  • The Black Sheep Pub
  • The Druid Irish Pub*
  • The Old Strathcona Rack
  • The Pint Public House (Jasper Avenue)*
  • The Pint Public House (Whyte Avenue)
  • Tom Goodchild's Moose Factory Lounge*
  • Twist Ultra Lounge*
  • Union Hall Nightclub*
  • Vinyl Retro Dance Lounge*
  • *Denotes establishment was also accredited in 2011

Read News Bulletin for full story (PDF)

Award winners in each category (Pub, Large pub, Bar/Lounge, Hotel/Restaurant Lounge, Club) will be announced at the Awards Event on November 23.

November 4, 2011
Thanks to all who applied for 2012 Best Bar None Accreditation!

Best Bar None assessment visits begin in September.

To ensure you are ready for your assessment, please review the Downloads and Tools for Licensees. To help you with raising the operating standards and to increase your chances of receiving an award, we've provided guidelines to help develop policies, a detailed Criteria Explanation and useful forms and logs (e.g., Bathroom Check, Head Count, Lost/Found).

If you have not yet received a response to your application or have any questions, contact the Best Bar None office or phone 780-577-6944.

August 21, 2011
Best Bar None application deadline is August 19, 2011.

Deadline for applications is drawing near. Apply today!

Applications for Best Bar None accreditation are accepted until August 19. Assessments start in September. Apply now and get prepared for your assessment.

Program materials for 2012 are available here. Printed copies of program materials are available upon request. Contact the Best Bar None office; or phone 780-577-6944.

July 25, 2011
Last chance for early bird applications - July 22, 2011!

Apply by July 22, 2011 and get two free ProServe Liquor Staff Training Activation Tickets ($50 value)!

Apply now- get assessed in the fall!
Applications for Best Bar None accreditation are accepted until August 19. The assessment process starts in September. Apply now and get prepared for your assessment.

Program materials for 2012 are available here. Printed copies of program materials are available upon request. Contact the Best Bar None office; or phone 780-577-6944.

July 11, 2011
Apply today for early bird advantages!

Complete your Application by July 22, 2011 and get two free ProServe Liquor Staff Training Activation Tickets ($50 value)!

Here's What's New Because of You:
  • Two new categories to recognize more venues for raising standards and making their establishments safer.
  • New resources available online to assist you in meeting the BBN criteria.
  • Reorganized and streamlined interview process for the Assessors' visit.
  • Revised and updated criteria.
  • A new criteria explanation booklet.
June 20, 2011
Bar safety program continues in Edmonton

After a successful pilot in Edmonton's nightlife establishments, Best Bar None is taking applications for a second year. All Class A Minors Prohibited venues are encouraged to apply for accreditation and award consideration.

"The pilot exceeded our expectations, with about 20% of Edmonton's eligible licensed premises applying for BBN accreditation," said Kent Verlik, the AGLC Director of Corporate Strategy and Social Responsibility and the Chair of the BBN Steering Committee. "We look forward to having more venues show their commitment to safer operations."

This year, the program will recognize licensed establishments in five different categories:
  • Pubs
  • Large pubs (245+)
  • Bars / Lounges
  • Hotel / Restaurant Lounges
  • Clubs
To receive accreditation, applicants have to meet the specific standards related to safe operations and responsible management, including:
  • Responsible liquor service
  • Staff training
  • Compliance to regulations
  • Community engagement

In addition to accreditation, all establishments going above and beyond in the efforts to improve their business operations will be considered for an award.

Applications for the 2012 accreditation are being accepted till August 19.

June 20, 2011
2012 Best Bar None applications available soon!

Applications for Best Bar None accreditation and award consideration, and 2012 program materials, will be available online June 20, 2011.

Focus on Safety Attracts Customers
An evaluation of the BBN pilot in Edmonton showed 80% of patrons rank the issue of safety as an important factor when choosing a location for a night out.

June 10, 2011
Celebrating the Best Bar None.

Fun had by all at the inaugural BBN accreditation and awards event

The atmosphere was festive the evening of Tuesday, November 16th, as owners, managers and staff of 38 of Edmonton's top clubs, pubs, bars and lounges gathered in the TransAlta Arts Barns in Edmonton's Old Strathcona area to celebrate and receive their BBN accreditation and award plaques.

Visit our Accredited Venues page to view this years award winners.

View photos of the event.

November 17, 2010
Best Bar None recognizes licensed venues for safety, service.
Edmonton... Licensed establishments in Edmonton are being recognized for higher safety and customer service standards by the Best Bar None (BBN) program. This week 38 pubs, clubs, bars and lounges received accreditation through this voluntary program.
November 5, 2010
New program to create a safe night out at bars, pubs and clubs
Edmonton... Setting high standards for bars to reduce alcohol-related crime and help Edmonton residents enjoy a safe evening out is the goal of a new program being launched in Edmonton.
June 21, 2010