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Best Bar None

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The Southampton Best Bar None awards scheme is organised jointly by Hampshire Constabulary and Southampton City Council, supported by Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands and the Southern Daily Echo.

The scheme is also supported by the Southampton Safe City Partnership and the national Best Bar None scheme.

History of Best Bar None in Southampton

Southampton's first Best Bar None awards in 2006 had 53 premises accredited, 2007 saw 93 premises accredited and in 2008 100 premises were accredited.

The 2006 scheme, which was limited to premises in the city centre and Bevois Valley, had three categories:

  • Best pub
  • Best bar
  • Best club

In 2007 the scheme was extended throughout the city and two new categories were added:

  • Best local pub
  • Daily Echo readers’ award

The 2008 scheme had the following categories:

  • Best bar
  • Best pub
  • Best community pub
  • Best club

Details of the winning premises and those accredited are available in the related documents links below.

On each occasion that the Best Bar Awards scheme is run, it is announced at a formal launch and in the local media. In addition, management of appropriate licensed premises are contacted and encouraged to take part.

2011 Southampton Best Bar None

The 2011 Southampton Best Bar None awards scheme was launched on Thursday 6th January 2011 at the Orange Rooms, Vernon Walk, Southampton and the awards ceremony was held at the Novotel Hotel on Monday 27th June 2011. The results are available from the related documents links below.

Licensed premises were subject to a wide-ranging assessment, including the four statutory licensing objectives:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

In addition, premises are also assessed on a number of ancillary issues including their staff training on a range of practical issues, their knowledge of their licence conditions and responsibilities under it and their involvement in community matters.

Applications from licensed premises were assessed by officers from Hampshire Constabulary's Licensing Unit and Southampton City Council's Licensing Team.

The applications and assessments were then judged by an independent panel which includes representatives from Hampshire Constabulary, the City Council, Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, and the Southern Daily Echo. The judging panel determine the winners in each category and the overall Best Bar None award.

Please contact the Police Licensing Unit or the City Council Licensing Team for more information on the awards and other licensing issues, including the Southampton Red Card scheme.

2013 Southampton Best Bar None

It is anticipated that Best Bar None will take place in Southampton during 2013 - details will be published here when they are available.

Contact details for Southampton Best Bar None Awards

Hampshire Constabulary Licensing Unit

Telephone: 023 8067 4768
Switchboard: 0845 045 4545
Fax: 023 8067 4789

Southampton City Council Licensing Team

Telephone: 023 8083 3002 (option 4)
Fax: 023 8083 4061

Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
PDF document Best Bar - 2006 27 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Best Bar - 2007 27 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Best Bar - 2008 29 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Best Bar - 2011 29 KB 0secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

Contact information

  • 023 8083 3002 (option 4)
  • Licensing Team, Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership, PO Box 1767, Southampton SO18 9LA