Running A Bar Successfully

Running a bar can be quite a profitable endeavor, especially considering the fact that everyone loves to hangout on a Friday night with friends, letting out the stress of the week. However, this also means that there are many other franchises coming up, which increases competition. So what can you do to make sure that your bar remains a step ahead? Here are some tips.

Never be out of stock

There is nothing worse than running out of the favorite products of your most loyal customers. These customers come to your for a reason, and if they feel that they do not get from you what they want, then it is not long before they will start approaching another bar. So you need to take careful account of everything you have. The best way to do is to make a list of the most popular beverages, assess how fast they sell, and to supply the stocks accordingly.

Have the right equipment

Be it the shakers and the blenders to mix the beverages, or the rail track for faster delivery, a bar needs to have the correct equipment to run smoothly and efficiently. It is, therefore, very important that proper checks be maintained on the equipment on a daily basis, and immediate replacements be made at the earliest. You can also go a little further and install an electronic alcohol dispenser at your bar.


An electronic alcohol dispenser can make it very easy for your staff to cater to the customer’s needs with speed and efficacy.

Keep things interesting

One way to maintain the customers’ loyalty is to keep things interesting at the bar. This can keep them coming again and again, as they always expect something new. This can be your own signature drink – a unique mix you do not get anywhere else. Or you can even make things interesting with a set of dancers and performances. Yet another way to keep customers coming is through introducing Happy Hours. People love happy hours, and they end up spending more than they initially planned for. Besides, this is a good way to ensure that business do not run low during the ‘non-peak’ hours. However, also keep in mind that you should not overdo things as well. Sometimes, too much stuff can make it ‘bothersome’ for customers, who come to the bar to have some peaceful time.

Improved customer service

We have heard many customers complaining about rude and lethargic bar tenders that do not rise up to their job expectation fully. This can be extremely detrimental to your business. People do not like waiting a long time for their drinks, and above all, they don’t like bartenders who are rude. So it is always a good idea to install more bartenders on a busy night, and to give them proper training prior to recruitment. Also make sure you keep your staff happy through benefits and encouragement.