Thursday, January 19, 2012

Best Bar None - making Calgary's nightlife safer and more enjoyable

Best Bar None, a nightlife safety initiative aimed at reducing alcohol-related violence in and around licensed venues, is coming to Calgary.

More than 300 pubs, clubs, bars and lounges are invited to take part in the Best Bar None program, making the city’s nightlife safer and more enjoyable.

“Safety is always top of mind for Albertans,” said Ron Liepert, Minister of Finance, also responsible for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. “I’m pleased so many partners are working together in innovative ways to keep our communities safe and vibrant.”

Best Bar None is a voluntary program, aiming to reduce alcohol-related harms by raising the operating standards of licensed premises as well as building positive relationships among the licensees, law enforcement, industry partners and community groups. The program uses a system of accreditation, assessment and awards to engage nightspots in responsible management and safe operations.

"We are hoping for a strong level of participation in this program to show we can work together to reduce alcohol-related issues." said Druh Farrell, Deputy Mayor with The City of Calgary.

Best Bar None partners include the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, The City of Calgary and the Calgary Police Service. The program is also supported by community agencies such as the Public Safety Taskforce and the Alberta Safer Bars Council.

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