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LATEST NEWS (2nd July 2020)

Due to COVID we have reluctantly taken the decision to put this year’s 2020 scheme on hold and will restart / relaunch the scheme 2021.

In the meantime, accredited premises will still retain their BBN status and carry it over, whilst the scheme is on pause we have been working with the National BBN Board to develop and revitalised scheme, not just locally, but nationally.

Not only is this an opportune moment to take time to plan out the new scheme, we hope that a revitalised Best Bar None programme will help support areas as they reopen the night-time economy over the coming months.

Sheffield City Council is working closely with partners on the phased plan to support businesses, employees and visitors as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted further.

It is important that we all work together to create a safe and secure reopening of the hospitality sector.

The information on this link is aimed at supporting businesses in making the necessary preparations to bring back staff and welcome visitors.

It also includes details of national and local initiatives (led by Visit Britain and Marketing Sheffield at Sheffield City Council) to help businesses begin to stimulate demand.


Pictures from the recent BBN Awards – CLICK HERE

Sheffield BBN yet again named best in the country – CLICK HERE

Purple Flag success for Sheffield – CLICK HERE

Behind The Scenes of Sheffield’s Nightlife article (Sheffield Star) – CLICK HERE

Power of Partnership Working in the night time economy article (Sheffield Star) – CLICK HERE

Sheffield street pastors article (Sheffield Star) – CLICK HERE

The new Sheffield BBN newsletter – CLICK HERE

Ask Angela Campaign – details here

More national success for Sheffield – click here for details

Also an article in the Sheffield Star – click here.

The premises accredited for 2020/21 have now been updated! Click the “Accredited Premises 2020/21” link at the top to find out which premises in Sheffield now have prestigious Best Bar None accreditation!

Sheffield city centre safety work highlighted in national film – click here

Sheffield DACT lead on Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme, and for the 2020-21 period will enter its tenth year. BBN is a Home Office supported accreditation scheme recognising responsible licensing practice in line with the four core licensing objectives, and Sheffield currently has 40 premises accredited. At present the scheme is only open to premises operating within the city centre ring road, on Ecclesall Road and Sharrowvale Road.

The scheme culminates annually in an awards ceremony which celebrates the achievement of all of the premises as well as awarding runner up and winner status in each of the categories:

  • Best Pub (and runner up)
  • Best Bar/ Late Bar (and runner up)
  • Best Nightclub (and runner up)
  • Best Chain (and runner up)
  • Best Entertainment Venue (and runner up)
  • University Challenge
  • Best Newcomer
  • Student Safety Award
  • People’s Choice
  • Best Bar None Overall

There is also a Best Bar None app for Sheffield. It is the one stop app for all the information you need for a safe night out in the city. It allows you to find Sheffield’s best and safest entertainment venues for your night out via GPS and includes all best bar none accredited premises in the city. It also gives tips on your health and safety during a night out and travel information.

The app is available for Android and Apple devices, click on the correct link for your device to download.

The Best Bar None 2020/2021 Scheme held its annual awards dinner at the Sheffield City Hall on the 13th February, which was attended by over 240 guests. A total of 32 of the ‘best’ city centre bars, pubs, licensed restaurants and nightclubs were accredited with the prestigious Best Bar None status (many with distinction) and the 2020/21 winners were announced.

If you have any queries about Best Bar None please contact the DACT’s BBN Co-ordinator on [email protected] or call 0114 273 6851.