8 ways pubs and bars can be more accessible for people with disabilities

It’s the end of Dry January and perhaps you’re contemplating a well-deserved trip to the pub. However a lot of venues in the UK don’t accommodate for people who have disabilities. It can be tough to implement changes when you don’t know where to start, but there are simple and effective things that any venue can do to make their environment friendlier for everyone.

Our beer collaboration with Gipsy Hill - coaster saying 'Hops Not Hate'
Our beer collaboration with Gipsy Hill

Last year, we collaborated with South London brewers Gipsy Hill to create some guidelines to help venues become more accessible and inviting for people with disabilities.

There are other steps you can take, such as making sure your accessible loo is available and ready to use, not filled with stock or junk, and equipped with things like an emergency cord and grab rails.

Visit Britain has also released information about how pubs and venues can be made more accessible, which has more tips such as:

'The National Autistic Society’s' Autism Friendly tick
‘The National Autistic Society’s’ Autism                                 Friendly tick

The National Autistic Society has also released a lot of information about how to make venues more accessible for people with autism.

If you are wondering if a venue is going to be comfortable for you to visit, there are some companies that verify their accessibility. The National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award recognises businesses and venues that are committed to improving autistic people’s access to their sites and services. Look out for their tick which shows that the venue or business has committed to making sure they can give the same warm welcome to everyone.