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…
Pub Management Tips Good pub management is the key to creating a successful drinking establishment. This isn’t just about the big decisions in your bar but about all the little decisions and actions you take every day to make sure your bar operates successfully. All the little decisions are the key to how to run […]
Bar Security Even though we often we think of clubs as being the epicenter of security problems, bar security is equally important. So you might think of this article as the other half of the Night Club Securityarticle from last year. Just as with nightclub security, much of bar security involves hiring bouncers and making […]
The mother of all bar problems is bad hiring practices. Of all bar management problems the inability to hire properly heads the list because it leads to all sorts of other problems. Bad hiring inevitably results firing an employee and needing to get yet another poor hire.
The most common reason for bar management problems in regard to staff is improper hiring practices. Many owners simply do not want to go through the work of the hiring process and so settle for the first candidate that walks in the door rather than going through the process of searching for the right employee for his or her establishment.
The best candidates for pub managers are often those workers who have worked at your establishment in some other capacity for a fairly long time, since these are the workers who already know how your establishment works and the ones who you are most likely to trust with the handover of the pub responsibilities.
Even if the new manager is a bartender who has been with you since the beginning and handles the bartender training, however, you will want to make sure that you take her through a full pub management training process. Learning a new role can be difficult even for a mainstay of your organization.
When you first open up a bar, cleaning is probably one of the farthest things from your mind. With all the other concerns with decorations, financing and hiring, bar cleaning supplies and scheduling were probably not even remotely on your radar.
Bar cleaning, however, is one of the most important bar duties not only because of the unannounced visits by the health inspector, but also because poor bar cleaning can drive away customers and lead to tensions between staff. Customers rightly view poor bar cleaning as a sign of deeper management problems.
For many of us in the bar business, bar bookkeeping is perhaps the most difficult part of the daily maintenance of our facilities. When we dreamed of opening a bar, few of us pictured sitting with a calculator balancing the books at 2:30 AM, tired and smelling of spilled beer and sweat. Yet bar bookkeeping is a fundamental skill necessary for the success of your bar business and at the core of effective bar management.
A bar that is not engaged in promoting itself is a bar waiting to die. I am not exaggerating. Even a low-key neighborhood bar with lots of walk-in customers cannot rest assured that it will not lose its customer base to the next new thing that might decide to open up down the street and aggressively promote to its customer base. For this reason, bar owners always need to be looking to keep things fresh and keep new blood coming in the door.
The bar business is a BUSINESS. That means that you have to have a mind for numbers. You have to be able to calculate profits, figure out the rate at which you are going through your stock, keep track of salaries and pay suppliers and determine the most effective ways of pricing drinks and structuring promotions. Not being aware of these kinds of financial issues involved in the bars business leads to a poorly run bar and the increased chance that your dreams will get flushed away when the bills come due. Business acumen is a must for success in the bar business.
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.