You’ve Got to Be In It to Win It!

We share everything you need to know about the upcoming Bar Magazine Awards 2025, with details on the nine award categories and words from last years’ winners!

After the success of the inaugural Bar Magazine Awards in January 2024, next year, the BMAs will be back, better than ever, celebrating even more extraordinary individuals in the industry. Taking place on the 20th January 2025 at the luxurious Leonardo Royal Tower Bridge, the BMAs 2025 will be a special night for the industry, offering well-deserved recognition to the individuals, teams and venues that go above and beyond to create exceptional experiences for guests.

With three brand new award categories for 2025, there’s even more reason to apply and get involved in the event of the year – and with just six months to go until the big night, time is ticking to get your applications and nominations in!

Best Venue Manager

An award that recognises an outstanding Venue Manger who steers their team and venue to success. The expert panel will be judging individuals on their exceptional leadership strategies, ideas and execution, which has led to business success within the past 12 months.

2024’s winner, Kostas Bardas, Bar & Beverage Manager at St James Bar, Sofitel, London, encourages other exceptional professionals to get involved and apply to this prestigious award category, “For those eyeing up the 2025 Bar Magazine Awards, seize this opportunity for genuine evaluation. Stay true to your passion, push boundaries and see challenges as steps toward growth. Embrace the awards and get involved for continuous learning and career advancement.”

Best Mixologist

Celebrating the crème de la crème of UK mixology, this award recognises an exceptional mixologist that embodies the true essence of hospitality. Our judging panel will consider mixologists based on their experience, creativity, innovation, experimentation and flair.

Winner of the 2024 Best Mixologist Award and Owner of Panda & Sons, Iain McPherson, mentions the reasons why he took the crown at this year’s awards, explaining, “I was very humbled to win. There were so many other incredible bartenders on that list. I think it came down to my innovation, and my transparency with our techniques, to enable other bartenders around the world to use them.”

He also shares words for other mixology extraordinaires applying for the BMA 2025 title, “Stay true to what you believe in. If you don’t put yourself out there, you can’t push your limits. Also, don’t be deterred if you don’t win at the first time of trying; keep going, keep getting better, and you will make it!”

Marketing Innovation

Behind all successful venues stand an imaginative marketing team. This award celebrates the creatives who have worked hard behind-the-scenes to build a recognisable brand in innovative ways, and have seen business success in the past 12 months through this.

The Alchemist’s marketing team took the crown this year, and speaking on their special win, Kieran Corbitt, Brand PR and Social Manager at The Alchemist, explains, “We were over the moon to win this award, especially as there were so many powerhouses nominated in all the categories. Bar Magazine is an incredible trade publication, which breaks industry news in fresh and engaging ways with sublime content. What better way to be part of the conversation than getting involved with the 2025 Bar Magazine Awards?”

Best Dining Concept

Our expert panel will judge venues that offer outstanding culinary delights to increase revenue. This award is all about celebrating culinary excellence and recognising the passion, thought and planning that Food and Beverage teams put into the gastronomic aspects of their venue.

2024 winners, Barge East, took the culinary crown at the inaugural awards, and speaking to Greg Swaby, the venue’s Marketing Director, he couldn’t be prouder, as he shares, “We are absolutely honoured and thrilled to have received the award at the BMAs 2024 and it’s incredibly rewarding to know that our hard work and dedication are recognised by the industry.

“The night was filled with positive energy, excellent networking opportunities, as well as seeing old friends, and an atmosphere of celebration,” he adds.

Best Venue Design

An award that celebrates a venue that makes the most of their space to entice customers and increase footfall. Judged on a venue’s exceptional design concept, the Best Design Award will consider wet-led establishments that offer guests an unparalleled experience through their interiors.

Winner of the 2024 Best Venue Design Award – The Zetter Clerkenwell’s General Manager, Altan Buyukgiray, promises the BMAs as a positive step for venues looking to grow their presence in the industry, stating, “If your design is an integral part of your identity, the Bar Magazine Awards is for you. Getting the award validates and gives peer recognition to the hard work that has gone into creating an authentic and genuine experience via thoughtful design, in a very competitive market.”

The Environment Award

This award is all about recognising what we can do as an industry to improve on our sustainability journey, and recognising the trailblazers who are making big contributions in this area, setting the bar as high as possible. The expert panel will be judging venues who put the environment at the top of their agenda, and excel in contributing towards a cleaner and greener future.

Francesco Betti, Bar Manager at Bow Bar, Hilton London Metropole – the winning venue of the 2024 award – encourages other planet-forward establishments to get involved next year, sharing, “It’s such a great opportunity to come together with other incredible venues and teams to share knowledge and get inspired by new exciting initiatives in the bar industry. Overall, it’s a fantastic event to celebrate hard work and dedication and to recognise our achievements.”

New Award Categories for 2025!

Unsung Hero

A new award category for 2025 which will champion an exceptional hospitality professional who goes above-and-beyond the call of duty to contribute to the overall success of a venue. Whether that be a Front of House team member, Sommelier, Maître d’, Barback, Receptionist or any other vital role that ensures the smooth-sailing of a venue, our judges will be considering individuals that have been nominated by their colleagues, who go the extra mile to provide guests with an unparalleled hospitality experience.

Best Hospitality Group

Another new award title for 2025, the award for Best Hospitality Group will celebrate the industry’s powerhouses; the venues with multiple sites to their name. Our expert panel will be judging outstanding hospitality groups who have achieved business success in the past 12 months across their various venue locations.

Lifetime Achievement Award

A special award title addition for the BMAs 2025, in which we will recognise and celebrate the contribution of an exceptional hospitality professional over the entirety of their career so far. The award will consider individuals who have made a huge impact on the hospitality industry with their extraordinary dedication and commitment.

What are you waiting for? Apply to the Bar Magazine Awards 2025 now for a chance to be recognised across the UK’s hospitality industry! Find out everything you need to know about the BMAs 2025 at www.barmagazineawards.co.uk.