News Release

Best Bar None Edmonton celebrates the very best in Edmonton’s nightlife

Sixty-seven Edmonton bars, clubs, pubs and lounges received Best Bar None accreditation for their commitment to high service and safety standards.

Venues that demonstrated outstanding commitment to make their nightspot a safer environment were recognized at the 6th annual Best Bar None Edmonton Awards on November 26 at the Coast Edmonton Hotel.

This year’s winners include:

  • Bar/Lounge: OTR Kitchen+ Bar Hotel Bar: The Lion’s Head Pub – Radisson Edmonton South
  • Restaurant and Bar: Teddy’s Palace
  • Pub: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Whyte Avenue)
  • Large Pub: O’Byrne’s Irish
  • Pub Club: The Ranch Roadhouse
  • Campus: The Nest
  • Taphouse Grill Casino: River Cree Resort and Casino

A new category, Event Venue, was introduced successfully this year with several locations earning accreditation.

In 2016, all venues in this category will compete for an award.

“Congratulations to all the winners and accredited venues who continue to make a positive difference to Edmonton’s nightlife,” said Bill Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC). “AGLC is proud to work with the industry and our partners in growing Best Bar None to show patrons our joint commitment to safety and responsible customer service.”

"These establishments honoured here have shown their commitment to best business practices and care for their patrons,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “I’d like to thank all of the award winners and nominees. You are helping keep Edmonton safe and strengthening our local economy.”

“The value of Best Bar None lies in the fact that those bars that meet stringent standards have demonstrated that they are responsibly managed, and that they are committed to ensuring their patrons can socialize in a clean, safe, well-managed establishment,“ said Brian Simpson, Deputy Chief, Edmonton Police Service.

Best Bar None is an accreditation and awards program for liquor-licensed venues that aims to reduce alcohol-related problems by:

  • encouraging nightspots to adopt best practices related to customer safety and responsible levels of alcohol
  • giving nightspots the tools to be better prepared for any violent incidents
  • building positive relationships between the industry, enforcement, agencies, government and community.

Edmontonians can determine if a venue is Best Bar None accredited by a plaque and door signage on display within the premises informing patrons and area residents of their participation in the program.

Best Bar None is a partnership between the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service with support from the Alberta Safer Bars Council. 

See the Best Bar None website for a full list of accredited venues in your city.