STAFF at a modern wine bar have raised a glass in celebration after being crowned Doncaster’s safest party venue.
Bawtry’s Coco Ice bar scooped the prestigious Best Bar None accolade in this year’s Best Bar None awards for going that extra mile to promote a safe and responsible environment for customers and staff.
The Market Place-based bar was one of 300 licensees and guests who attended the glitzy occasion at Doncaster Racecourse on Monday.
The Dog Daisy in Mexborough won the Friendliest Atmosphere gong, sponsored by the Doncaster Free Press, with over 50 per cent of the votes, and the ‘Community Pub’ award.
John Walsh, owner of Coco Ice bar, said: “This award is a great honour for CoCo Ice and reflects the hard work put in by my staff over the last 12 months.
“I believe that well trained staff are the backbone of any business and this philosophy has paid off.
“Bawtry has a thriving night life, with visitors travelling from all over South Yorkshire and beyond and this award now makes us the jewel in Bawtry’s crown.”
Last year’s overall winners Manana Manana, in Lazarus Court, again won the ‘Best Bar’ award and event hosts the racecourse won the ‘2012 Best Leisure Venue’ award.
The Salutation, based in South Parade, was crowned the ‘Best Pub’.
The efforts of bouncers at Doncaster nightclub The Priory, based in Lazarus Court, were also rewarded with a ‘Best on Door’ award.
A charity auction on the night at the Town Moor venue managed to raise £2,500. That money is to be donated to The Aurora Centre, which has bases at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital, and offers alternative therapies to cancer patients.
Best Bar None was launched in 2006 to reduce violent crime and make pubs and clubs safer.
Ch Insp Ian Bint said that violent crime in Doncaster town centre had been reduced by over 50 per cent since the scheme began.
See next week’s Free Press for a picture special of the awards.