In the bar business—especially if you have a dive bar or a hole-in-wall Tiki bar—we have a Romantic liking of old-fashioned bar cash registers and other aspects of the traditional bar. After all, many of us got into this business to avoid sitting in front of computers.
The computer age has caught up to us, however, and we can no longer afford to avoid it any more. Everything from DJ software to nightclub lighting is now run on software. Especially if you have a larger bar or nightclub, you should really consider getting a bar or nightclub POS system. Here are some of the advantages of this kind of system…
One of the major costs that goes into to starting a bar LINK or nightclub comes from the upfront bar equipment costs. Not only are there large upfront costs to buying coolers, ice machines, coffee makers and dishwashers, but there are additional costs for insurance plans, maintenance and costs for replacement when they break down.
If you are looking for a good way of bringing people in on a slow night or to maximize your sales on a moderate night, one of the best ways to do this is through the use promotional bar games. Bar game promotions keep the atmosphere fun and help spread the word about your bar. There are a number of bar games that you can use to help bring people in. Depending on the kind of bar that you have, you can vary bar game promotions accordingly.
Here is an incomplete list to just whet your appetite and get your imagination going.
Price is, of course, the number one consideration when it comes to your suppliers. You must do all you can to keep cost down, especially when you are first starting a bar or nightclub. But this is not and should not be the only consideration. There is usually a reason why one supplier offers bar supplies at so much lower than the usual rates.
Negotiating a bar lease is one of the key steps in the process of owning your bar and will have consequences that will ripple throughout your ownership of your bar or nightclub affecting everything from bar design and build-outs to how much money you will have to start your career in the bar business. If you don’t secure a favorable bar or nightclub lease, not only will you be paying much more than you should, but you may also get stuck paying it for a prolonged period of time. In fact, one of the reasons why so many first time bar and nightclub owners fail the first time LINK they venture into the business is because they mismanage this stage of the process.
Although bar signs are not the kind of thing that is likely to make or break your bar or nightclub, bar signs do serve a number of purposes in a bar and can not only help you build your bar’s overall image, but also can help with promotions and even with efficiency.
The fact that it adds to your brand image—the general look and feel of your bar—will doubtless come as no surprise to you. But help with promotions and increase efficiency?
Before you start to think that I have taken one too many swigs from the Budweiser tap, let me explain.
The days when you can forego a cash register and just use pen, paper and calculator to keep track of your sales are long gone. That method pretty much has gone out with the 8-track. The inefficiency and opportunities for fraud, theft and just outright error with that old-fashioned kind of system are just too […]
Even before you begin haggling over the lease, you need to do your homework so that you can have a clear sense of the value of the location. This is important because it will determine how far you are willing to go in leasing the bar or nightclub location. One of the big mistakes that first time bar owners make is jumping into what looks like the “perfect location” without doing the proper research.
Back bar design ideas are vital to the efficiency of your bar whether you own a small hole-in-the-wall style dive or a large dance club. Making effective use of your back bar space is vital to properly managing your establishment, increasing your worker’s productivity and maximizing the earning potential of your business. Having a well-organized back bar not only minimizes waste, but also opens up new options for you as a business owner.
Here is a list of the top ways that you can improve the efficiency of your back bar:
Beyond the simple placement of your point-of-sale, there are also a number of steps you can take to improve efficiency with your bar cash register. For example, just like a cashier register at most restaurants, most registers these days—even if they are not fully optimized with the full gamut of cutting edge options of a top-level PoS system—will have memory functions that allow you to program certain keys for certain high frequency items—so that you only need one touch to ring them up.
If you are a basic bar that sells a few different kinds of beer, having that easy to use method will save you and your employees quite a bit of time in the long run.