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Popworld Wins Best Bar None Award 2019

Published on: 9 Jun, 2019
Updated on: 9 Jun, 2019

Popworld, the party themed bar on Bridge Street, has won the overall Guildford Best Bar None award and the Best Late night Venue award in a presentation at the Electric Theatre on Wednesday, June 5.

Established in the town in 2014, Popworld caters for parties, hen nights and birthdays and “pumping out pop classics and party anthems with some of the best drink deals in town,” says the Popworld website.

The Popworld team being presented with the awards by Mick McDonnell, Best Bar None National Co-ordinator and Peter Lambert, the town safety and venue liaison manager.

A customer told The Guildford Dragon NEWS that the bar was always well staffed. She said: “It’s a great place for dancing the night away.”

The winning team received a £500 prize voucher for a team night out provided by the pub company, Ei Publican Partnerships.

Alex Greenhalgh, general manager at Popworld, said: “We’re really happy to have won both the Best Late Night Venue and the Best Bar None overall award as it shows that all the hard work from the whole team at Popworld Guildford has really paid off.

“These awards mean a lot to the town and to Guildford as a whole. They’ve definitely made all of the operators here up their game.”

Popworld Wins Best Bar None Award 2019.

With a record 34 Guildford venues putting themselves forward for this year’s awards, the winners of the various categories were:

Best Pub Independent: Anchor and Horseshoes
Best Pub National: the Britannia
Best Bar Independent: The Boileroom
Best Bar National: The Long Bar
Best Late Night Venue Independent: Rubix
Best Late Night Venue National: Popworld
Best Restaurant Independent: Positano
Best Restaurant National: TGI Fridays

Now in its sixth year, the award was organised by Experience Guildford, the team supporting Guildford’s Business Improvement District, in partnership with Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Fire & Rescue and Guildford Pubwatch.

The national co-ordinator of the Best Bar None scheme, Mick McDonnell, helped to present the awards in Guildford. He said: “Seeing so many venues in the theatre this evening not only goes to demonstrate how important the venues take these awards, but also the value that they bring to Guildford as a town by ensuring a safe and vibrant night time economy for all customers to enjoy.”

Peter Lambert, town safety and venue liaison manager at Experience Guildford said: “I’d like to thank both all the venues for getting involved this year and all the partners who support us in delivering this scheme.”

Cllr David Goodwin, lead councillor for licensing, parking, refuse and recycling at Guildford Borough Council, said: “The evening and night-time economy are thriving in Guildford, making a significant contribution of £307.5 million to the borough’s total local economy of £5 billion per year.

“Making sure our town centre bars and restaurants are safe, vibrant places to visit in the evening is a fundamental part of being awarded the acclaimed Purple Flag, which like Blue Flag for beaches, is a mark you can trust. Guildford is the only town in Surrey to hold the award for the past five years and one of only 70 in the UK.”

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