The fifth annual Best Bar None (BBN) program in Grande Prairie highlights ongoing efforts of local hospitality establishments to demonstrate responsible liquor service and patron safety.
Fourteen venues following top service standards were accredited with BBN in 2018. From this group, four venues also won awards for continuing to raise the bar on customer service and patron safety:
Campus bar – Howlers
Lounge – Trumps
Casino – Great Northern Casino
Bar/Club - Madhatters
“AGLC is proud of Grande Prairie’s Best Bar None venues. Year after year, these establishments continue to raise the bar on customer service and safety. Whether you live in Grande Prairie or are just visiting, these venues are the places to visit for a great, enjoyable night out.”
Alain Maisonneuve, President & CEO, AGLC
As a new feature of the BBN program, the inaugural BBN Grande Prairie People’s Choice Awards were presented to the winning venues. Members of the public were able to vote for their favourite accredited establishment between September 4 -17. The winners are:
Best Bar – Madhatters
Best Food – Madhatters
Best Staff – Better than Fred’s
“Many late night industries in Grande Prairie participate in the Best Bar None program for improved safety not only for their business, but for their staff, and clients. Each year we are excited to have additional venues participation and see the improvements accredited venues have done from year to year. These establishments have raised the bar in late night industry standards.”
Kristi Lea Community Enhancement Facilitator, City of Grande Prairie
Already operating in more than 160 accredited establishments in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, the BBN program aims to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
encouraging businesses to adopt best practices related to customer safety and responsible service of alcohol;
giving businesses the tools to be better prepared for any violent incidents; and,
building positive relationships between the industry, enforcement agencies, governments and community.
The program is a partnership between AGLC, the City of Grande Prairie Crime Prevention, Enforcement Services, Fire Department and the RCMP.