Restaurant Equipment & Supply

Bartender Equipment Buying Guide

Mar 5, 2013 7:53:25 AM

Professional bartenders take pride in their craft, and as such require a professional bar supply that will withstand the rigors of a busy commercial bar environment. Below is a guide to some of the most important bar supply items you need to stock your professional bar.

Bar trays
The bar tray is essential to the servers in your bar. Serv-U offers a variety of bar trays in assorted shapes and sizes. An 11” or 14” bar tray is ideal for serving beverages or light snacks. A bar tray in a 16” size, or larger, would be ideal for serving food entrée orders.

Liquor Pours
The two most common types of liquor pours are measured liquor pours and free-flow liquor pours. When used correctly, measured liquor pours can help to reduce waste and increase your bar profits by up to 30%. Measured liquor pours are designed to pour a specific ounce portion of alcohol with each tip of the bottle. Free-flow pours function just as their name implies, they allow the alcohol to pour freely from the bottle.

A bar blender is ideal for making margaritas, daiquiris, smoothies, and other popular frozen drinks. Serv-U offers a variety of high-powered and high-performance commercial-grade bar blenders. The professional bar blenders available from Serv-U are designed to quickly and easily frappe, as well as withstand the demands of a busy professional bar.

Cocktail Shaker
There are two basic types of cocktail shakers used by most bartenders.

3-Piece cocktail shakers feature a metal shaker with a tight-fitting top covering a strainer which fits onto a bar tin. 3-Piece cocktail shakers are available in many stylish designs and sizes. The Boston shaker serves a dual purpose because it is comprised of a mixing glass and a larger, flat-bottomed bar tin. The glass can be used alone for stirring drinks over ice and the two pieces are used together for shaking ingredients with the tin fitting over the glass.

Bottle Openers & Corkscrews
Bottle openers
and corkscrews are a basic necessity for any bar. Most professional bartenders and servers seldom find themselves without these items close at hand or even within the pockets of their apron. Long neck bottle openers come in various styles and even colors. A dual-purpose can punch/bottle opener is another tool for back bar service. Serv-U also sells waiter’s corkscrews, winged corkscrews and a professional-style wine opener.

A pairing knife is essential to any bartender. Good quality knives are needed to cut garnishes such as lemons, limes and oranges. Serv-U also sells garnishing tools such as peelers and zesters. A good quality polycarbonate cutting board is another useful tool for the back of the bar.  

Condiment Storage
Condiment storage containers
and condiment caddies are another essential item to keep behind your bar. Prepared drink garnishes can be stored safely and kept within easy reach for drink preparation.

Cocktail Accessories
There are many, many tools available to make drink making so much easier. Depending on your drink menu and the level of service your bar provides, you may find barware such as muddlers, glass rimmers and citrus squeezers helpful. Some tools such as strainers, jiggers, condiment tongs, ice scoops and bar spoons are thought of as back-bar essentials.

Having the proper glassware on hand will allow you to effectively serve and display your product to your guests. Every bar needs to ensure that they have the proper amount of glassware to accommodate their guests, as well as their drink menu. Serv-U offers a multitude of bar glassware and well as plastic and disposable drinkware.

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