For Licensees

Tell the world that your business is Best Bar None!

The inaugural year for Best Bar None Ontario in 2012/2013 was a pilot that encompassed the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto. In 2014 the BBN program expended to the Toronto downtown core and in the ByWard Market in Ottawa. Now the program is expending throughout the City of Windsor. All licensees in these areas are encouraged to participate in the program.

In Toronto almost 1500 establishments can participate in the program and in Ottawa’s ByWard Market over 100 establishments can participate, and now in Windsor, all licensees can participate in the program.

In the first pilot year, surveys revealed that:

  • 83% of patrons said they would be likely to attend a BBN establishment
  • 71% of patrons see a need for BBN
  • 100% were satisfied with the awards ceremony
  • 86% of accredited establishments were satisfied with the assessment process

(source: Malatest Program Evaluation and Market Research for TED)

Licensee benefits to participating in the program include:

  • To reduce alcohol related crime and disorder with a positive public image and potential for increased patronage and profits
  • Improved employee morale due to participation in this elite group of operators and providing an increased base for customer safety
  • Support, knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees and bar staff to help responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Process of becoming recognized by BBN includes meeting minimum standards and culminates with a high profile award night with category winners in Toronto, Windsor and Ottawa
  • Responsible owners are recognized and able to share best practices
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area
  • Increased opportunity for complimentary marketing that your establishment sits in a higher caliber of responsible management and service
  • Full access to cost saving programs provided by the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) – Link to additional Resources

You will receive a certificate and signage to indicate to prospective patrons that you are a “Best Bar None” accredited establishment and can use the Best Bar None logo on your marketing materials and have additional opportunities for free marketing opportunities.

You will also compete with other establishments for the top award in your business category: Best Club, Best Restaurant, Best Bar/Lounge, Best Hotel Lounge, Best Pub and Best Members’ Club.

We are still accepting applications for this year, submit your completed application form today! Following receipt of your application, an independent, third-party Best Bar None assessor will contact you to schedule a visit to your establishment to review and score your application and ensure you meet the essential criteria.

For more information on Best Bar None Ontario and how it can benefit your business, please read our FAQS.