Time Gentlemen Please! (And Ladies, Too!) Time, In Fact, to Vote For Your Favourite Local Bar

Voting is now open for the People's Choice prize in this year's Best Bar None Awards.
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Best Bar None is designed to improve the safety of the night time economy. This year's event is open to all licensed premises in Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

Last year, Central Bedfordshire's Community Safety Partnership piloted the Best Bar None scheme in Dunstable – and it proved such a success that it has returned for 2015 in Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

What's more, this year there is a People's Choice prize. So, as well as the assessors picking their overall winner, residents can nominate their favourite venue.

There are currently six venues on the shortlist: Go Houghton, in Houghton Regis, and Club Cookies, Creasey Park Community Centre, lifestyles@dunstable leisure centre, the First & Last and the Bird in Hand, in Dunstable.

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Residents may be surprised to see a football centre and a leisure centre rubbing shoulders with bars and pubs on the shortlist. However, the competition was open to all licensed premises in Houghton Regis and Dunstable.
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The six shortlisted venues have already impressed our assessors and we now want you to have you say about which is your favourite."

Best Bar None aims to make towns and cities great places to go for a night out by making pubs and clubs even more welcoming places for visitors.

By improving safety for customers and staff through reducing binge drinking and alcohol-related crime and disorder, and encouraging licensees to work with enforcement agencies, the scheme aims to boost improve the night-time economy for everyone.

So, Best Bar None is win-win for everyone: customers get a better night out, towns and cities become more vibrant places as people want to go there and that has economic benefits for pubs and clubs there.

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