Winning night for city venues

GLASGOW venues scored high in this years Scottish Entertainment Awards to take home a host of top prizes.

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The winners of a total of 20 categories, covering ­everything from Scotland's Best Bar to Scotland's Best Late-Night Venue, were ­announced at an awards ­dinner and variety show in Glasgow.

Local winners included Cail Bruich in Great Western Road, which scooped Scotland's Best Restaurant.

Maggie Mays in Trongate was crowned Scotland's best live music venue and INTU at Braehead was awarded Scotland's Best Family Day Out.

La Lanterna in Hope Street won Scotland's Best Italian Restaurant and the Casino at The Corinthian was crowned Best Late Night Venue.

Celino's in Alexandra ­Parade impressed judges to win Scotland's Best Deli/Bistro and Nakodar Grill in Annfield Place is Scotland's Best Indian Restaurant.

Winning Scotland's Best Family Dining Restaurant was La Fiorentina in Paisley Road West and the top spot in the People Choice Award went to Chaophraya in Nelson Mandela Place.

The Herald and the Evening Times were the media partners of the awards.

The Herald and Times group sponsored the Most Romantic Hotel award, which went to Carberry Tower in Musselburgh and was presented by Graeme Smith, assistant editor of The Herald.

Warren Paul, the organiser of the entertainment awards, said: "This was the third year of the awards and it was the first year we have extended an invitation to the public to attend. We were delighted with their response."

Most of the awards were presented during a 'trade only' dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The focus then shifted to the nearby Clyde Auditorium, where the last of the awards were presented by such stars as Michelle ­McManus and comedian Des McLean.

The variety show was hosted by Des Clarke and the entertainment was provided by headliner, comedian Lee Nelson, X Factor runner-up Nicholas McDonald and Richard & Adam, from Britain's Got Talent.

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