11th May 2016: The Red Lion bar in Castle Street has scooped the top BID prize in this year’s Best Bar None Luton awards.
The Luton hotel bar was crowned Luton BID Outstanding 2016 venue, a category sponsored by Luton Business Improvement District (BID).
Fourteen bars and clubs in total were recognised on the night – awarded bronze, silver and gold awards by this national scheme which is designed to promote responsible trading and reduce alcohol related crime.
Fergus McLardy, Luton BID Manager, said: “A huge congratulations to all the winners, excellent venues which offer families and friends an enticing reason to visit Luton town centre by night.
“Luton BID is proud to celebrate and support these town centre best bars and clubs and to have been this year’s key sponsor of Best Bar None, a national awards scheme designed to promote good practice, raise standards and nurture a safe town centre.”
Meet the Best Bar None Gold winners:
EDGE: This Park Street night club, which had a refit in 2011, now hosts many different DJs and crosses all genres of music.
LOUNGE: The University of Bedfordshire’s Students Union bar is for students who want to have fun or simply meet and hang out with friends.
SUB 2: This student bar, home to a Wednesday Students Union club night, also holds events for the local area.
EXCHANGE: This King Street pub includes a dance floor in the evening and plays the best in new music every Friday and Saturday night. It is also open all day Monday to Saturday.
THE FOUR HORSESHOES: This Park Street pub, one of the town centre’s few independently owned pubs, is home to a pool table and function room and prides itself on playing an active part in the local community.
RED LION: This Castle Street bar is based inside the Red Lion Hotel and is a popular meeting place for town centre visitors.
FLAME: At the heart of Luton’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community since 2002, Flame can be found on Wellington Street. Recent refurbishment is set to continue this year with plans for an upstairs refit and new bar area.
THE CROWN: This vibrant town centre pub is located in George Street.
Silver award winners on the night were the Icon Hotel, Whitehouse and Yates.
The bronze winners were Grosvenor Casinos, UKCCA and The Castle.
The JNB People’s Choice Award, a category voted for by members of the public, was awarded to Flame.
For more information on Luton BID and its various events and initiatives throughout the town centre, please visit the BID website www.lutontowncentre.org or contact a member of the BID team by calling 01582 510657 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.