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Calgary's Winning BBN establishments announced

The best of Calgary's bars, pubs, lounges and clubs were announced at Calgary's 5th Annual Accreditation and Awards Event on June 15, 2016 at the Telus Spark.

In all, a record 62 licensed premises in a record 10 different categories were congratulated by the BBN Steering Committee and partners. This marks an 82% increase in accredited venues from just two years ago.

As well, the Top Three achievers in each category were also recognized for their commitment to patron and staff safety, harm reduction and responsible liquor service.

Congratulations to the winners - and all the accredited bars!

Best Small Pub (NEW CATEGORY)

WINNER: Barley Mill Neighbourhood Pub
2nd PLACE: St. James Corner Restaurant and Irish Pub
3rd PLACE: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Crowfoot)

Best Pub

WINNER: Bottlescrew Bill's Pub
2nd PLACE: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Downtown)
3rd PLACE: Jamesons Irish Pub (17 Avenue)

Best Large Pub

WINNER: Hudsons Canadian Tap House (Shawnessy)
2nd PLACE: Rose and Crown Pub and Restaurant
3rd PLACE: Bank and Baron Pub

Best Bar/Lounge

WINNER: Loco Lou's Grill and Bar
2nd PLACE: The Palomino Smokehouse
3rd PLACE: Melrose Café and Bar at Cowboys Casino

Best Hotel Bar (NEW CATEGORY)

WINNER: Jetz Bar and Lounge - Best Western Port O'Call Hotel
2nd PLACE: The Other Side Sports Bar - Hotel Blackfoot
3rd PLACE: Peanuts Public House - Carriage House Inn

Best Restaurant and Bar (NEW CATEGORY)

WINNER: Buzzards Restaurant and Bar
2nd PLACE: Julio's Barrio Kensington
3rd PLACE: Wurst Restaurant and Bar

Best Club

WINNER: Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall

Best Casino

WINNER: Cash Casino
2nd PLACE: Cowboys Casino
3rd PLACE: Century Casino

Best Campus Bar

WINNER: The Gateway Restaurant and Bar - SAIT
2nd PLACE: The Last Defence Lounge - University of Calgary
3rd PLACE: The Den & Black Lounge - University of Calgary

View full list of award winners and accredited venues.

June 20, 2016