Torontonians may have been noticing a new decal in the window’s of bars around the city’s downtown core in recent months. The stickers, emblazoned with the BBN moniker, identify establishments going above and beyond to prevent drunk driving.
The holidays are a time of joy and cheer, and some of Toronto’s top bars and restaurants are coming together to make sure it stays that way.
Sadly though, statistics show that during the holiday season, more impaired drivers are on the roads, and every year more lives are claimed in tragic, preventable accidents. Often these accidents can be traced back to an establishment – that’s why the industry has decided to ramp up their efforts through a program called Best Bar None.
Best Bar None (or “BBN”) is providing accreditation and awards programs to alcohol-serving establishments that go above and beyond to ensure both responsible serving and drinking. Torontonians may have been noticing a new decal in the window’s of bars around the city’s downtown core in recent months. The stickers, emblazoned with the BBN moniker, identify establishments that have opted in and met the requirements.
So far, over 50 Toronto bars, restaurants and hotels have opted in to the voluntary program, including some of my favourite spots like Wvurst, Bier Market on King West, Kit Kat Bar & Grill, the Windsor Arms and many others.
About BBN Ontario
Best Bar None is an industry-led international accreditation and awards program for liquor licensees, run by the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA). The Best Bar None Ontario pilot program is expanding in its second year in the Toronto downtown core and in the ByWard Market in Ottawa. All licensees in these areas are encouraged to participate.
The program is supported by oversight committees in Toronto & Ottawa from a cross section of interests within the alcohol/hospitality/health industries and includes ORHMA, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Toronto & Ottawa Police Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the LCBO, local resident’s groups, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), establishments/chains and the City of Toronto/Ottawa.