Top Tips for Running the Show Behind the Bar

Bartender Serving drinksRunning a bar seems like a fairly straightforward and common operation. Open doors, serve drinks, count tips, close shop, right? However, once you realize that about 50 percent of bars fail within the first 3 years, the picture gets a little more complicated. How does an owner effectively operate a bar? What are the tricks of the trade? It starts with getting your act together behind the counter. We’ve assembled a short list of the most important tips to keep in mind when running your bar.

 

 

1. Sanitation First

Keeping your bar sanitary should be your first priority, and that’s why it’s first on the list. Making sure that your glasses are properly cleaned and dried may seem like a simple enough task, but if done incorrectly it can lead to complaints, loss of business, and/or legal trouble. The two key elements to keeping your glasses clean are the Hobart Dish Machine and the Eagle Drainboard Glassrack. The dish machine will clean all types of glasses in a matter of minutes, and the glassrack is the best way to make sure the glasses are properly sanitized, drained, and dried by the time they’re handed over to the next customer. Both units are well-designed to fit right under the bartop for easy access.

2. Don’t Limit Yourself – Offer a Large Variety

Too often bars will only offer 3 or 4 beers on tap, and then limit the varieties of hard liquor they keep regularly in stock. This mistake can kill a bar in the blink of an eye. However, with the right equipment, offering a wide range of alcoholic beverages is a simple task. Two key pieces of equipment to consider are Glastender under bar storage cabinets and Beverage-Air back bar refrigerators. A storage cabinet is a great place to keep the bottles you can’t fit on display, especially if they are less common types of alcohol you otherwise wouldn’t keep on hand. The back bar refrigerator is perfect for any bar that wants to stock a wide variety of beer. We recommend a model with a three-door display like the Beverage-Air Back Bar Storage BB72GSYF-1-B-PT, so that patrons can easily see what your bar has to offer.

3. Stay Organized – Liquor Here, Beer There

Not only will the bartender’s life be a lot easier when the bar is properly organized, the customers can be served in a much more efficient manner. When a bar is properly organized, bartenders can serve patrons must faster, making for happy customers and less-stressed barkeeps. How can you accomplish said organization? Using a liquor display is the classic way to present your liquor to patrons, and will help you keep all of the popular liquor in one place. We love the Glastender Under Bar LDA-30S for its multiple levels and freestanding design. Additionally, a deep well cooler is the perfect way to keep your most popular beers cold and in arms reach. You won’t have to keep going back to your back bar fridge; you can just reach down and grab a bottle. With custom compartments, a deep well cooler is also a great place to keep champagne or other large bottles.

If you’re looking for affordable storage solutions for your bar, let ShortOrder help! We offer a wide selection of bar equipment and a Low Price Guarantee. Plus, equipment from ShortOrder.com includes free commercial shipping. Shop our commercial kitchen equipment today!

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