Best Bar None Awards: A Guide to the Edinburgh Nominees

Best Bar None Awards: A Guide to the Edinburgh Nominees

The Best Bar None Awards isn’t just any award scheme. Supported by the Home Office and leading players within the drinks industry, receiving a Best Bar None Award confirms a watering hole’s status as a leading pub, bar or club.

The number of clubs, pubs and bars has halved in the past decade, which is why it has become so important to celebrate the best nightlife haunts in the UK. In light of the recently revealed nominations of the Best Bar None Awards Scotland we thought we’d shine the spotlight on the nominees doing the industry proud a little closer to home.

Check out our rundown of Edinburgh’s Best Bar None Awards Nominees for 2017 and why they’re worth a visit…

The Cav

If you’re a fan of Trainspotting and its most recent incarnation, then you’ll certainly recognise the Cav. A nominee in Best Bar None’s Nightclub category, the Cav’s recent cameo in T2 Trainspotting may have helped to advertise the venue as a leading nightclub in the city. The Cav, however, has a long history that shouldn’t be overlooked when considering its status. Founded almost 60 years ago, Cav has hosted some of the biggest names in music, including Pink Floyd, The Jam, Ramones, and Adam & The Ants to name a few.

Nowadays Cav is still a leading venue, the largest in Edinburgh, and has an enviable reputation for drinking, eating and late night dancing. In addition to hosting private parties – Cav is a popular choice for Christmas, birthday, hen and stag parties as well as cocktail masterclasses – the venue also hosts several events each month, including a bevy of popular club nights.


The Corn Exchange

A nominee in the Specialist Entertainment Venue category, the Corn Exchange is certainly a contender for the title and plays host to many of the best parties in the city. As a family run business, the Corn Exchange has certainly climbed high in the hospitality sector and is the first choice for a variety of corporate and private events alongside the long list of public events and festivals that it plays host to each year. The Corn Exchange will host a number of festivals, exhibitions and concerts this year, including Edinburgh Yarn Festival, B2TB My Generation, The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace, the 7th Annual Scottish Tattoo Convention, the Edinburgh Darts Classic and the Scottish Vegan Festival.

The Corn Exchange already holds several accolades and has been voted Scotland’s best large venue two years in a row. Catering for a capacity of between 30 and 3,000, Corn Exchange has all the facilities you could hope for and delivers events with a difference from its seven separate entertaining spaces.


Murrayfield Hotel

It’s not just bars, clubs and pubs that are celebrated in the Best Bar None Awards, the Hotel Bar category is full of inspirational venues, including Edinburgh’s very own Murrayfield Hotel. Located in Edinburgh’s West End, the venue is ideally situated for visitors and residents alike – based just minutes away from popular attractions such as Edinburgh Zoo and the Murrayfield BT Stadium. The site of numerous functions and events, Murrayfield House is also home to The Bothy, a restaurant at the centre of this year’s Hotel Bar nominations.

Offering an ‘experience for everyone’, the stylishly decorated Bothy not only serves the most lovingly prepared, traditional Scottish dishes, but is a great place to enjoy your favourite tipple whilst enjoying comfortable and relaxed surroundings. Staff always offer a warm welcome, which we imagine is one of the reasons why Murrayfield’s hotel bar was nominated.


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