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Edmonton businesses continue commitment for a safer night out

Celebrating the 14th year of the Best Bar None (BBN) Edmonton program, 75 local hospitality establishments gained accreditation for their continued efforts to demonstrate responsible liquor service and patron safety.

“Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis is proud to collaborate between industry and the Edmonton community to promote responsible liquor consumption. Whether you live in Edmonton or are just visiting, these accredited establishments are the places to visit that are continuously committed to customer service and safety.”

Kandice Machado, CEO


11 establishments won awards in the following categories:

  • Bar: Greta Bar
  • Campus Bar: The Nest - NAIT
  • Casino: Century Mile Racetrack and Casino
  • Greater Edmonton Area: Sherlock Holmes Pub – Sherwood Park
  • Hotel Bar: Graze Lounge – Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre
  • Large Pub: O’Byrne’s Irish Pub
  • Nightclub/ Live Music Venue: Shade Gentlemen’s Club
  • Pub: River City Revival House
  • Restaurant and Bar: The Bell in Scona
  • Restaurant and Bar Downtown: The Common
  • Restaurant and Bar – Separate Lounge: Smitty’s Lounge - Millwoods

“Best Bar None is a perfect example of how Edmonton Police Service works with partners to reduce crime in the community. For police, safety of the public is of the utmost concern and for these establishments to step up to the plate shows they are committed to ensuring patrons are having a pleasant time in a safe and clean environment. I applaud the Best Bar None establishments for not just meeting the expectations, but exceeding them.”

- Supt. Keith Johnson, Edmonton Police Service

Already operating in 180 accredited establishments in Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Banff, the BBN program aims to reduce alcohol-related harms 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 industry, enforcement agencies, governments and community.

Best Bar None Edmonton is a partnership between AGLC, the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services and Responsible Hospitality Industry Association with support from the Alberta Safer Bars Council. For more information on Best Bar None, visit