WOWs 2024: O Bar, Reflex and The Brasshouse scoop two trophies each at awards

Hundreds of staff from bars, clubs, pubs, theatres and other entertainment venues on Westside enjoyed a sparkling night out at the Wonders of Westside (WOWs) 2024 awards last night.

Just one of the teams who picked up awards last night.

Top pub The Brasshouse, favourite venue O Bar and popular club Reflex all scooped two trophies each at the black-tie awards ceremony held at the ICC on Sunday 28 January.

They were just a few of more than 30 winners announced during the WOWs 2024 evening that was compered by Heart FM DJ Ed James and Rochelle Anthony, runner up in last year’s series of BBC’s The Apprentice.

Hosts: Ed James and Rochelle Anthony.

And all guests were treated to an energetic performance on stage by Wannabe, a Spice Girls tribute band. You can watch our mini video of the evening here:

O Bar won trophies for Best Bar Team and The Best Door Team, The Brasshouse took home Best Pub and Best Pub Manager awards, and Reflex scooped Best Club Team and Best Bar Manager.

But one of the most-loved WOWs stars of the evening was the police dog who joined PC Wayne Truemann on stage to pick up the Westside’s Best Police Officer award.

PC Wayne Trueman picks up his award with the help of his trusted dog.

The full list of WOWs 2024 winners is here:

  • Westside’s Most Luxurious Restaurant – Qavali
  • Best Fine Dining – Pushkar Cocktail Bar & Dining
  • Best Hotel – Hyatt Regency
  • Best Hotel Manager – Jessica Kelly, Hilton Garden Inn
  • Best Promo Team Leader – Rosanna Meyer, Vodbull
  • Liveliest Night Out – The Grosvenor Casino
  • Best Club Manager – Karl Ryan, Pryzm
  • Best Hotel Team – The Park Regis
  • Best Bar Team – O Bar
  • Best Newcomer – Boom Battle Bar
  • Best Arts and Entertainment Manager – Becky Humphries, head of PR and communications at the NEC Group
  • Best Arts and Entertainment Venue – The Rep Theatre
  • Best Promo Team – Get Loose  
  • Best Casual Restaurant – Barajee
  • Best Family Night Out – The Odeon Luxe, Broadway Plaza
  • Best Bar Manager – Craig Wiper, Reflex
  • Best Front of House – Siamais
  • Best Concert Venue – Utilita Arena
  • Best Voluntary Contribution to Birmingham – Sharon Baker, Array4hogs
  • Outstanding Contribution to Westside – Tahir Parvaz, Canal & River Trust
  • Best Themed Club – Popworld
  • Best Pub Manager – Chris Mason, The Brasshouse
  • The Best Door Team – O Bar
  • Best Beer Garden – The Canal House
  • Best Bar Team – Be At One
  • Best International Cuisine – The Coconut Tree
  • Best Wellbeing Facilities – Nuffield Health
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Nighttime Economy – Chris Beetham
  • Westside’s Best Police Officer – Wayne Trueman
  • Best Online Presence – Core Marketing, for Brindleyplace
  • Best Club Team – Reflex   
  • Best Bar – Heidi’s Bier Bar
  • Best Pub – The Brasshouse
  • The Best Club – Rosies
Westside BID’s Mike Olley fires his cannon to shower winners with glitter

Luisa Huggins, the media and communications manager at Westside BID who was one of the masterminds behind WOWs 2024, said: “What a night, what fun and how proud we are of all our winners!

“Ed and Rochelle who were brilliants hosts and everyone seemed to have a fabulous time. Staff across Westside at all sorts of venues have worked so hard over the last year and they all fully deserve this recognition.”

The Dyson Media table donned retro press hats for the evening. Pictured from left: Graham Young, Mike Hobson, Gary Young, Steve Dyson and Ruth Dyson. Picture by Paula Young.

All pictures and video (unless marked) by Graham Young.

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