Top 5 Success Tips for Managing A Bar

Date Published 8th October 2015

bar-furniture-setupManaging a bar can be tough, exhausting and time consuming. With all the competition around and without spending an absolute fortune, it is hard to set your bar apart from the pack and make it a real attraction. But by following these 5 simple tips you can set yourself on the right path to success.

Design and Layout

When designing or renovating your bar, it is very important to take into consideration the overall theme and layout you are trying to achieve. If not, your design could easily become muddled, resulting in a cluttered and unappealing mix. Investing in suitable bar furniture that matches and is in line with your chosen theme, will help set the overall tone of your establishment and help set it apart.

BartenderStaff Training

The level of hospitality and knowledge your staff possess will have a lasting effect on any potential customers. This is the one of the key areas that affects whether a customer will return to your bar. Whether your employees have zero working experience or have tons, it is very important to train your staff in the particular methods that you wish your place to be run. It is tempting to allow new staff members to hit the ground running, but it can lead to serious mistakes – find a balance instead and don’t just expect them to know what they’re doing with instruction.

Keep your Equipment up to Date

When running a successful bar, it is integral you don’t get lazy and comfortable with what you have. By doing this you may slip behind the competition and lose valuable custom. Keep one step ahead by always striving to be better. This means keeping all your equipment such as fridges, glasses, bar furniture etc. up to date and not letting them become worn and dilapidated. This is especially true of front of house equipment, which is in the public eye.

barstoolsKeep it Clean

No matter what, your bar should always look clean and presentable. To improve this, you can set up a daily routine that can set out guidelines to the general cleanliness of your business. This can include hourly checks of the toilets to make sure they are up to scratch, polishing of glasses and cutlery after they have been washed, and regular wipe downs of the countertop.

Establish a Good Working Relationship with your Suppliers

If your bar is the body, your suppliers are the blood. Without them your business won’t survive for very long, so it is integral that you establish a good working relationship with them. With them comes the possibility of striking drink deals and specials, potentially increasing profit. Another added bonus is that they can also supply you with branded merchandise like coasters and napkins, so you don’t have to shell out money to buy them – again, this adds to your bottom line.

In a nutshell, running a successful bar can be challenging. It is important to have a clear idea of what you want your bar to look like and achieve and to ensure your staff are all properly trained to the standard you want to set out. Following these five easily achievable tips will help make your business become a success and stay there.

Nextrend Furniture is a hospitality furniture specialist in Australia, helping people transform their venues into a practical and creative environment.