Which venue is Best Bar None?

Chief Inspector Sean McKenna and Coun Tom Foster help to launch the Best Bar None awards 2011 with Tom Terratt of Trading Standards, Leanne Davis from Safer Sunderland Partnership, past winner Elaine Griffiths of Varsity, and Chief Insp Richard Jackson.
Chief Inspector Sean McKenna and Coun Tom Foster help to launch the Best Bar None awards 2011 with Tom Terratt of Trading Standards, Leanne Davis from Safer Sunderland Partnership, past winner Elaine Griffiths of Varsity, and Chief Insp Richard Jackson.
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ECHO readers are being invited to help their top Wearside nightspot scoop the title of best night out.

As part of Sunderland’s annual Best Bar None Awards, readers are being given the chance to cast their vote on a shortlist of pubs, clubs and nightspots across the city.

The venue with the most votes will be crowned the winner in the awards’ Great Local Night Out category.

The list of 20 venues tick all of the judges’ boxes by either providing a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, offering a safe night out or helping shape the community they serve.

Councillor Tom Foster, chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, said: “Readers of the Echo, this is your chance to vote for a venue that really provides a safe environment and a great friendly atmosphere.

“It may have been 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 launched in August 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 vote and play a part in helping us award the great pubs doing their bit to make our city even safer.”

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The contenders (deadline for votes is January 4): Lambton Worm, city centre; William Jameson, city centre; Infusion, city centre; Revolution, city centre; Cooper Rose, city centre; Roker Hotel, Roker; Stadium of Light; Varsity, city centre; North Shore, Monkwearmouth; Blakeneys, Doxford Park; Colonel Prior, Doxford Park; Last Orders, Red House; Bird Inn, Washington; Sir William De Wessyngton, Washington; Ryhope Cricket Club, Ryhope; Sandcastle, Ryhope; Holymere, Ryhope; Hastings Hill, Grindon; Wild Boar, Houghton; Passion, city centre

Vote by emailing marissa.carruthers@northeast-press.co.uk.