The eighth annual Best Bar None Awards sponsored by the Town Centre and Coastal BIDs, took place at the O2 Academy on Wednesday night with Halo becoming the first venue to win the award on consecutive years, an amazing achievement.
Also winning their categories were the Winchester Pub for Live Music and Arts, Yates’s for the Pubs category, in the Bar and Club section Bar So & 1812 who also won the Best Customer Service Awards, and The Grove Tavern for Community Venue.
A new award sponsored by RATP Yellow Buses to recognise the Best Door Team was presented to Walkabout by the Customer Services Manager Gareth Edwards.
This year the Daily Echo Editors Award was presented to Sound Circus.
The event was hosted by Jon Shipp the Night Time Economy Co-ordinator, who welcomed the Mayor of Bournemouth for the keynote speech, and also Mick McDonnell from National Best Bar None and Lisa Tucker, Chair of the Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID).
Lisa said: The BID is here to unite members in providing a better experience for our customers, and that is why we sponsor the Best Bar None event, to support the night time economy in its drive for continual improvement and to provide our customers with a simply great night out.
Before the Awards started the Afric’ Art drummers involved the audience with a participative drum event, together with a circus styled act of vibrant colours and activity to get the mood going.
Independent Venue The Lost Garden
Bar or Club Walkabout
Community Venue Sound Circus
Live Music and Arts Venue O2 Academy
All Accredited Venues:
Moon in the Square
Bar So & 1812
For Your Eyes Only
Parkstone and Heatherlands
Sir Percy Florence Shelley
The Lost Garden
The Grove Tavern
The Old Fire Station