New phone app is best bar none for finding a good pub [Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)]
(Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) GLASGOW'S best pubs and clubs will soon be found at your fingertips.
A free mobile phone app will help people find the city's award- winning pubs and clubs at the touch of a button.
Software developed by Glasgow Community & Safety Services (GCSS) will allow residents and visitors to use their smart phones to find almost 100 venues honoured for their safety records.
The app will also be available to other Android phone users soon.
It will be launched at a ceremony in Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel on Thursday to honour the winners of the 2012 Best Bar None awards.
iPhone users will be able to instantly download the app by scanning what is known as a Quick Response Code displayed in hotels, venues and tourist information offices.
They will then be able to find award-winning pubs, clubs and casinos within a quarter mile radius of their location. Users will also be able to view a description and photos of each venue, as well as getting directions.
The Best Bar None awards recognise licensees who take steps to prevent problems such as binge drinking and anti- social behaviour. Venues that sign up to the scheme are inspected by Strathclyde Police's Licensing Teams.
They are judged on criteria such as prevention of crime and disorder, securing public safety, prevention of public nuisance, promotion of public health and protection of children from harm.
The awards are led by GCSS and were launched in the city in 2005, when 35 venues received awards.
This year there were almost 100 entries, and the scheme has since been copied by other Scottish towns and cities.
About 250 guests will attend the presentation in the Grand Central Hotel, where speakers will include Phil Walker, managing director of Glasgow Community & Safety Services, Superintendent Niven Rennie of Strathclyde Police, and Bailie Philip Braat.
Mr Walker said: "This new app will prove useful whether you are a tourist or you live in the city and want to find new places to socialise. It is quick and easy to use and encourages users to rate the venues. Best of all, it is free."
The new Best Bar None website (www.bbnglasgow.com) will go live tomorrow and will carry the Quick Response Code for users to scan into their phones.
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