A CLASS Bar Award represents the ultimate accolade for bartenders and bars. Our awards recognise the impeccable standards for hospitality and innovation across the UK. Our rigorous judging process is designed to uncover the top talent working in the industry today.
Our award categories recognise the bars and bartenders that set the standard for hospitality and innovation across the UK. A CLASS Bar Award represents the ultimate accolade for bartenders and bars. Our rigorous judging process is designed to uncover the top talent working in the industry today.
Bars and bartenders are invited to submit their entries free of charge, to be judged by an esteemed panel of renowned industry judges.
To enter, simply read through the entry criteria below and submit a written submission of up to 500 words explaining why you should win and addressing some of the points outlined.
ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENTED TO 22ND NOVEMBER 2023
- Click on each category below to view the criteria for each category
- Entries require a 500 word submission outlining why you should win
- Eligibility period: 16th November 2022 to 15th November 2023
- Entries close: 22nd November 2023
Bar Employer of the Year
Keeping loyal personable, customer-focussed staff behind your bar maybe difficult for some, though for some bar owners, their approach to investing and developing their staff leads to a strong, focused and motivated work force.
Emerging Bartender of the Year
This award recognises new talent in the bartending industry to an individual who has brought a fresh perspective to their job performance with new and innovative ideas, knowledge and understanding of craft cocktail practices and techniques.
Bartenders must have launched their career in the past three years.
Sustainable Practices Award
There is a lot of waste in the bar industry, which not only costs establishments money, but is also damaging to the environment. We are in search for a bar that is actively enforcing sustainability practices and standing out from the competition as a result.
The winner will showcase examples of how these practices have contributed to saving costs, reducing waste, saving energy and attracting new customers.
- Results exposure on the CLASS magazine website www.classbarmag.com
- Exclusive results coverage in CLASS Awards issue, published July 2024
- Trophy presentation at the CLASS Bar Awards ceremony in front of 600 of your industry peers.
- Free high resolution artwork of award logo is available to all finalists and winners.
Bar Manager of the Year
Bar Managers play a crucial role in setting standards, implementing innovative strategies, creative ideas and setting the best examples of superior customer service skills.
Our winner will have showcased fine Leadership skills, their initiatives to achieve results, how they improved
performance, motivate their team and ultimately better the customers’ drinking experience.
Front of House Star of the Year
This award acknowledges talent on the other side of the bar. Hosts, maitre d’s, waiters and waitresses are at the front of the customer’s experience.
We are in search of a star who consistently demonstrates high service standards and has a true understanding of hospitality.
Social Media Presence of the Year
This award celebrates a UK bar that has demonstrated the most effective use of social media as part of their marketing strategy.
We are in search for the bar that has implemented creative and engaging ways to promote their business through social media platforms which has had a positive impact on increasing their customer base.