Preston’s top pub, nightclub and restaurant have been unveiled at the first-ever awards ceremony to celebrate the stars of the city’s night-time economy.
The Black Horse in Friargate picked up the Pub of the Year prize at the inaugural Alive After Five Awards ceremony at the Frog and Bucket comedy club, organised by the Preston Business Improvement District (BID).
The Club of the Year award went to Squires, with the Frog and Bucket collecting Entertainment Venue of the Year prize and Tinos winning the title of Restaurant of the Year.
There was an Outstanding Achievement Award for club owner Andy Mac for opening the city’s MACs bar on Friargate, and Ships and Giggles on Fylde Road, as well as operating the YBD discount scheme.
BID’s Mark Whittle said the awards had received more than 120 applicants with almost 7,000 votes being cast to select the winner.
He said: “The Alive After Five Awards is all about celebrating those people who help make a night out in Preston an enjoyable one for all.
“The winners of this year’s awards have been named the best of the best by the most important people, the people of Preston who go out and make our night-time economy what it is.’’
The prizes were handed out by Mayor Veronica Afrin at the ceremony at the Frog and Bucket, attended by nearly 200 members of the city’s night-time economy.
John Gillmore, presenter of the afternoon show on BBC Radio Lancashire, hosted the awards with entertainment provide by local recording artists Garden.
The awards night is the latest initiative launched by the group following the success of its PrestFest event in May, which saw nearly 80 venues take part, and will return to the city again in January 2014.