WOODLANDS pub Dram! scooped the prestigious people’s choice award at the annual Glasgow Best Bar None awards last Friday.

A host of west end bars also picked up gold awards, which are given only to venues with the highest standards of customer safety and care.

Dram! was the big winner at the ceremony, held at Grand Central Hotel, picking up 3,000 public votes.

Erin McGeough, the bar’s deputy general manager, said: “I was extremely surprised we won the people’s choice award but absolutely delighted, especially as it’s the first year that we’ve put ourselves forward.

“I think the reason we got so many votes is due to the work we do with the local community, particularly students since we sponsor around 30 different clubs and societies at Glasgow University.

“We work in close partnership with many bars in this area, which I think has come on leaps and bounds as a place to eat and drink as shown by the number that won awards.”

The Old School House, QMU and Glasgow University Union were among the west end venues that picked up overall golds.

Hillhead’s Café Source Too was one of only two restaurants to pick up a gold prize.

Conor McGeady, assistant manager, said: “It’s a great award to win because it takes a lot of work to get to that level.

“The awards flag up a lot of stuff that we didn’t previously think about, even things like how we’d respond to a terrorist threat.

“It sounds extreme but implementing some of these policies and procedures are necessary to win.”

A record number of 67 gold awards were handed out at this year’s event, the twelth since Best Bar None was first developed.

The overall winners of the awards will now compete in the national awards held in March.

Campbell Bern, Best Bar None’s Glasgow coordinator, said: “The initiative is designed to improve licensing standards and develop best practice within licensed premises.

“We work closely with Police Scotland’s licensing section, Glasgow City Council’s licensing department and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.”

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