Best Bar None launched in the Grassmarket

Best Bar None, a scheme designed to help promote high standards in bars and licensed venues, was launched today (Monday 1 July) in the Grassmarket area of the city.

The initiative, which is coordinated by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Licensing Standards, has already been successfully introduced in Leith and is run by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre. It rewards venues with Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation, depending on their commitment to safety, responsible drinking and customer care.

Speaking at the launch, the Convener of the Edinburgh Licensing Board, Councillor Eric Milligan, said: “Bars and other licensed venues form a vital part of Edinburgh’s economy and are enjoyed by millions of locals and visitors from around the world, especially during the festivals.

“The Best Bar None scheme is a great way to reward responsible licence holders and has been very successful as a pilot project in the Leith Walk area of the city. It helps to cement new positive and constructive relationships between licensed premises, the licensing authority, the police and the local community and I look forward to building on this success in the Grassmarket area.”

In the run up to the Edinburgh Festival, the capital’s busiest season, 16 bars and clubs have already signed up to the programme and it is hoped that more will follow. The scheme is supported by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken and Tennent’s and has the backing of the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

Mandy Haeburn-Little, director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, said: “The Grassmarket has one of the busiest night time economies in Scotland. The Best Bar None scheme will help premises improve their offering and standards, ensuring the city creates an even safer and more enjoyable environment for those wishing to enjoy the best in Edinburgh hospitality.”

Pictured from left to right: Mandy Haeburn Little, director Scottish Business Resilience Centre; Olivia Callaghan, assistant manager Finnigans Wake; Councillor Eric Milligan; and superintendent operations, Police Scotland (photo by Liz Milligan)

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