ByWard Market establishments honoured for responsible liquor sales

The second annual Best Bar None Awards were handed out Thursday at Empire Restaurant, recognizing ByWard Market establishments with the highest standards for the responsible sales and service of alcohol.

 

Best Bar None Ontario is an industry-led international accreditation and awards program that rewards excellence among responsible liquor sales licensees.

 

The BBN is led by the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association. Its president and CEO, Tony Elenis, said all the winners have set high standards to reduce the risk of alcohol-related issues.

“By developing positive relationships with neighbours, patrons, the city, law enforcement and industry partners, the winners are helping make the community safer and the experience for patrons more enjoyable,” Mr. Elenis said in a statement.

Judges consisted of members of BBN, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

“Everyone has a responsibility to keep our roads safe,” MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie said in a statement. “That’s why MADD Canada is pleased to work with Best Bar None and industry partners to recognize these establishments for their successful track record of building patron and community safety into their businesses.”

Awards were handed out in six categories:

Best Bar/Lounge: Real Sports Bar & Grill

Best Restaurant: Fatboys Southern Smokehouse

Best Club: Kavali

Best Pub: Pub 101

Best Hotel: Courtyard Marriott

People’s Choice: The Liquor Store Party Bar/Green Room