ECHO readers are being asked to vote for their top Wearside nightspot.
As part of the city’s annual Best Bar None Awards, readers are getting the chance to nominate their favourite pub, club or bar to be in with the chance of being crowned winner in the Great Local Night Out category.
Judges are looking for venues that help shape their community, are friendly and relaxed and offer a safe and secure night out.
Previous winners of the award have also included social clubs.
Coun Tom Foster, chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, said: “Readers of the Echo, this is your chance to put forward a great local venue in your area that really provides a safe environment and a great friendly atmosphere.
“This may be somewhere you have visited for a long time, where staff are friendly and customers are able to enjoy a relaxing day or evening without the threat of alcohol-related crime and disorder.”
This year’s Best Bar None Awards were officially launched last month when Wearside nightspots were invited to enter into a series of categories.
The scheme, which is run by Safer Sunderland Partnership, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, gives pubs, clubs and bars the chance to showcase their venue.
It also aims to promote a safe nightlife and encourages bars to share their commitment to stamping out booze-fuelled bad behaviour and violence.
Coun Foster added: “The Best Bar None scheme enables us to showcase what a great city we are in the North East and further a field and puts Sunderland on the map as a safe destination to visit time and time again.
“Please take part in the Great Local Night Out public vote and play a part in helping us to award the great pubs doing their bit to make our city even safer.”
How to vote
WEARSIDERS have until November 1 to cast their vote.
This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting SEC BAR followed by a space and then your favourite bar, pub or club’s name and location to 61500.
Texts cost 25p plus standard network rates. This will be charged to your mobile phone bill. Lines close at midnight November 1.
Entries received after the closing date will not be counted but may still be charged.