Opening a bar can be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made if operated the right way. There is nothing like experiencing a packed Friday or Saturday night with excited customers who are enjoying themselves. Many factors go into maintaining a successful bar. You’ve got to be ahead of the curve and provide your customer base with a variety of drink they will enjoy. You have to determine what kind of bar you will be. Will you cater towards the older, established crowd or will you try and draw in a younger group of patrons? One of the most important parts of running a successful bar is often overlooked. The way in which you lay out your bar will have much to do with the flow of your bartenders, which subsequently affects productivity and efficiency. Customer satisfaction is number one in operating a bar and a lot of it comes from what happens before they take the first sip of their drink.
Our manufacturer for the month of November is Krowne, a leader in the bar equipment industry today. Krowne has been manufacturing bar coolers, workstations, ice bins, faucets and more since 1948. Serv-U works with Krowne to help customers determine the right layout for their bar. Before consulting one of our Bar Equipment Specialists, keep these questions in mind.
What kind of beverages is my bar going to serve?
Not only will this decision go a long way in determining what kind of crowd your bar is going to attract, but it will also help you figure out what equipment you’re going to need. If you plan on being the craft beer bar in town, you’re going to need a wide selection of brews on tap and in bottles. You will need a number of bottle coolers to accommodate your selection. Bottle coolers come in many different sizes and materials and can hold beer, liquor, champagne or wine. Chances are no matter what your customers drink they will most likely want it served cold. Bottle coolers can take up a lot of space. It is important to know where the bottle cooler will work best for your bartenders before installing it.
How many people am I going to have behind the bar?
If your bar is fortunate enough to be busy on a regular basis, you will need a number of employees behind the bar to meet the demand of your patronage. While having many bartenders and barbacks can help efficiency, having them trip over one another won’t. Determine what each member of your staff will do while behind the bar to ensure smooth workflow and teamwork. It is okay for your employees to cross paths behind the bar from time to time, but the constant rushing of one side of the bar to the other for employees can become troublesome. The number of employees behind the bar will vary on certain nights, but no matter what, make sure your team is ready to accommodate their customers efficiently. It all starts with proper bar layout.
Roger Forman, president of Krowne, has a word of advice for people looking to open a bar or restructure their current bar layout. “Take the time to properly design the bar equipment behind a bar,” he said. “The bar design is extremely important because it can substantially improve the efficiency of a bar, which has a direct impact on profitability. You can buy the right pieces, but put them in the wrong places.” Though laying out your bar is a crucial part in the success of your establishment, Forman said it can be done easily. “Bar layouts are very different from the past and it is very common to replace an existing bar to improve efficiency.”
Contact one of our Bar Equipment specialists today at 1-800-797-3788 with your questions about bar layout. Please provide us with the shape and dimensions of your bar space and the number of people behind the bar you will typically have working. We will use this information, as well as some other specific details to work with Krowne and determine the best way to lay out your bar. You will receive an AutoCAD layout and equipment quotation free of charge within three business days.