Introducing vending profits to your already existing stream of revenue is vitally important. Many operators leave money on the table when operating a night club. Why, I really don’t know. Maybe they are a know it all, don’t want to be bothered with smaller amounts of cash, or are just plain stupid. Take your pick. […]
The dilemma that many people face, on two opposite sides of the coin, are buying in and getting out. Why would anyone do either you may ask yourself? Let’s talk about the problem with each situation. For some odd reason, most people trying to get into this industry have this notion that they know it […]
Most problems with bar design come from a basic lack of understanding about what a bartender needs in order to be efficient. The key to a good bar design is reducing the amount of space the bartender needs to perform her duties. If you can keep the bartenders at their stations, you will increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. So how do you create the ideal bar design?
When planning your back bar design, you should be sure to spend some time making a list of all the bar equipment and bar products necessary for your establishment. This list should not only assess what you may already have in the bar well but what you know you still need. Eventually this list will become like an inventory of all the equipment that you have—the kind of list you would want should your place burn down in a fire. So here is a little bit of help. Here is a list of the essential back bar equipment and bar products you will probably need in order to get your bar up and going.
If you go online and do a search on “Bar Set,” you will find many of the items listed here bunched into a neat package in prices ranging from $15 to $180. These are good if you want to stock your home bar for weekend parties, but they are not really professional sets—regardless of how they advertise themselves. Most are simply not sturdy enough to handle the amount abuse they will take in a professional setting. In addition, as those of you have done any bartending can attest to, some types of tools work better in one type of bar than in another, so being able to individually chose the components of your barware can make all the difference.
Just like you need to refill the soap dispenser and the toilet paper in the bathrooms, you will also need to replenish the straws and other countertop disposables for your bar. This will be a recurring fee, so you will need to budget it and keep track of it. But straws and other counter top disposables are not just an aesthetic frill, they are also tools that can help in mixing drinks and organizing them. Luckily, these straws and stir sticks are cheap.
Before all other questions, the question of space must always be answered first. What do you have the space for and what does the size of your bar disallow. Typically you will want to have at least two coolers—a larger cooler for your storage area and a reach-in bottle cooler at your bar. The larger cooler can store all the kinds of things that you don’t need during a particular service period while the bar cooler should have enough to cover your average night.
Although the space requirements usually make having multiple kegerator kegs going at the same time difficult, there is one benefit to having kegs individually refrigerated: a more accurate temperature control for serving. Since different kinds of beer have different parameters both for storage and for serving, the individualized kegerator offers you the opportunity to serve beer of very different qualities from dark Belgian beers that require 55 degrees for serving temperature to well-chilled Australian lagers that require 45 degree serving temperatures. With individual kegerators you don’t have to limit your selection to beers within the same temperature palate, nor compromise the integrity of your service to accommodate different beers.
The test tube shot glass is one of the new promotional tools bars and nightclubs are using to help create buzz at their establishments. Test tubes may seem like a strange vehicle for alcoholic beverages—after all, most of us associate the test tube with the science lab or the doctor’s office. However, the whole test tube gimmick may have some legs and might just be the solution to how to present that next cool mixed drink you want to introduce into the line-up.
Programmed Music played in your place is of vital importance. It’s who and what you are. And with choices today like AME Programmed Music, your life just got a whole lot easier. That being said, many bar owners especially, always have an issue with their staff playing music that they don’t want played. Let’s face […]