Popular city centre bar, The Old House, has been named as Sheffield’s Best Bar None for safety, beating off competition from city centre pubs, bars and nightclubs.

The Devonshire Street bar received the award at last week’s annual Best Bar None event which was held at Sheffield City Hall, and was attended by the great and the good from the licensed trade.

More than £450 was raised for Sheffield’s Street Pastors at the black tie event.

This comes less than a month after the city won two national awards for its bar safety scheme, which has since been shortlisted for a night time economy award by The Association of Town and City Management.

Katy Street, General Manager at The Old House said “We’re overjoyed to have walked away with both the best bar award as well as the best overall winner award.
“We care a great deal about our customers and their safety and are proud to be part of Sheffield’s Best Bar None scheme. Our thanks go to everyone involved in making it a success. We’ll see you at the bar!”

Forty nightclubs, bars and pubs in the city centre and along Ecclesall Road are signed up to Sheffield’s Best Bar None. The scheme is in its seventh year and is run by the council’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member of public health and equality at Sheffield City Council, said: “Congratulations to The Old House for winning this year’s Best Bar None. They’re a great example of what our bars, pubs and clubs are doing to look after their customers and keep our night time economy thriving.”

Tricia Watts from Sheffield’s Street Pastors added: “Sheffield’s a great place to go out and we want to help people enjoy themselves. We here’s to care, listen and help anyone on a night out, especially vulnerable people. It’s wonderful to get support from the council, the police and the venues that we work with.”

Five ways Sheffield’s best bar none scheme makes your city safer:
• Responsible drink offers
• Good security in and around premises
• Specialist drug training for venues
• Fundraising to support charities which work with the night time economy and support the homeless
• Pubs, clubs and bars working together with the council and police – so issues can be sorted out quickly.

Other winners from the night were:
Overall winner: The Old House on Devonshire Street
Pub winner: Henry’s Café bar on Cambridge Street
Pub runner up: The Benjamin Huntsman, Wetherspoons on Cambridge Street
Nightclub winner: Plug on Matilda Street
Nightclub runner ups: Popworld on Carver Street and The Leadmill on Leadmill Road
Bar/Late bar winner: The Old House on Devonshire Street
Bar/Late bar runner up: Forum Café Bar on Devonshire Street
Chain winner: The Cavendish (Stonegate Pubs) on West Street
Chain runner ups: Stonegate Pubs and Popworld
University Challenge award: Sheffield University
Most improved venue: Revolution on Fitzwilliam Street
Student safety award: Popworld presented by South Yorkshire Police
Student safety award/runner up: Revolution on Fitzwilliam Street
Contribution to night-time economy: Players Bar on West Street
People’s choice: The VIPER Rooms on Carver Street

For more information visit http://sheffielddact.org.uk/drugs-alcohol/priorities-and-campaigns/best-bar-none/