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Highland pubs including The Malt Room, Scotch and Rye, and Jimmy Badgers have been named amongst Scotland’s most loved bars

By Rachel Smart

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The Malt Room. Picture: Callum Mackay
The Malt Room. Picture: Callum Mackay

Inverness pubs including The Malt Room, Scotch and Rye, and Jimmy Badgers have been named amongst Scotland’s most loved bars, making the final cut in the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2022.

Now in its 27th year, The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards - dubbed the hospitality Oscars, celebrate Scotland’s licensed trade and shine a spotlight on all aspects of the hospitality industry, featuring standout pubs up and down the country in more than 24 categories.

These include Antos Dog Friendly Pub of The Year; Hi-Spirits Best Live Music Venue; The Busker Cocktail Bar of the Year and Kopparberg New Bar of the Year.

Over 75 leading finalists from across Scotland have been named amongst the Inverness candidates including Glasgow’s stylish Moskito, The Dome in Edinburgh and The Malt Room in Inverness.

The prestigious Benromach Whisky Bar of the Year sees Inverness’ first whisky bar, The Malt Room go up against The Albananch (Edinburgh), The Piper Whisky Bar (Glasgow) and Artisan (Wishaw). The intimate bar is a favourite with locals and tourists alike, and will be a strong representative for the city in the national awards.

Meanwhile, the city’s newest nightlife hotspot Jimmy Badgers is up for Kopparberg’s New Bar of the Year, taking on competition from The Albyn in Aberdeen, Giddy Goose in Perth and The Fox in Troon. The stylish bar serves up expertly crafted new and classic cocktails, relying on three expert resident mixologists.

Up for the distinguished Molson Coors Scottish Bar of the Year is Scotch & Rye, the city’s beloved bar and restaurant which transports guests to a 1920s Chicago style speakeasy.

The Queensgate venue prides itself on American inspired comfort food, vintage cocktails and craft beer and will take on competition from The Fort (Broughty Ferry), Jute Cafe Bar (Dundee) and Kelvingrove Cafe (Glasgow.

Scotland’s longest running licensed trade awards also look to celebrate rising stars in the industry, community led initiatives and give a much-needed boost to those championing the late-night economy.

Every finalist has been voted for by the public and people in the trade and will have been visited by mystery shoppers. Winners will be announced at a prestigious award ceremony on 30th August 2022 at The Doubletree Glasgow Central, in Glasgow.

Organiser, Susan Young said: “The votes are in and verified and the time is nearly here to celebrate the best of the best at The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2022.

“The licensed trade needs our support more than ever and Scottish hospitality has never been better.

"Congratulations to all the finalists - your recognition is very well deserved, and I can’t wait to see who takes home the trophies at this year’s awards."

The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2022 will announce all category winners at a glitzy award ceremony on August 30. Where guests will also be able to enjoy entertainment from Abba MANIA.

For more information, head to www.scottishbarandpubawards.com or to book a ticket for the event, email accounts@mediaworldltd.com

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