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.
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.