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Owning a restaurant bar seems to be the ideal business for those who enjoy laughing, entertaining and celebrating with their friends. However, like any other business one should bear in mind that there is indeed an amount of work and responsibilities behind a festive bar scene. Bars are the main places where people enjoy socializing and are willing to spend. As such, a bar business can be lucrative if properly planned and managed.

Below are different factors and tips to consider before jumping in the bar business.

1. First, with the help of a business broker find the area where you wish to open a bar. A business broker is basically a real estate agent who deals solely with businesses.

When choosing a location, consider the following points:

Demographics

If you are seeking to attract university students, you should open a bar close to a campus. If you’d rather have higher-class customers, set up your bar in an affluent area of the city.

The style

Your bar will either be formal, elegant or casual. The style will determine the type of customers you wish to attract.

Parking and accessibility

A restaurant bar having regular customers is likely to have it’s own parking space. On the other hand, if your bar’s clientele consists of a majority of tourists and travelers, you won’t need to provide parking space as tourists rely on cabs to move around and are less likely to be regular customers. 

Restrictions

Find out if you are allowed to open a bar in any specific area.

The costs

After adding up the cost of rent, utilities and the profits you forecast, you should be able to figure out if your restaurant bar will yield advantageous returns.

2. Contact a lawyer who specializes in restaurants and bars. The latter will guide you across all the required licenses and legal procedures a bar business entails.

3. Get to register your bar’s trademark and logo to protect yourself against infringement suits. Besides, it adds value to your business and highlights your rights over the brand.

4. When designing your bar, opt for an atmosphere based on your desired clientele. Select furniture which matches with the size and design of the bar. For example, you can install an island-shaped bar on a sandy floor for a Caribbean inspired design. Make sure the design is complementary with the bar’s atmosphere. For instance, if you open an Irish Pub and play techno music, customers will notice the dissonance and are unlikely to come back. Hire an interior designer for better job.

5. Be a savvy owner with inventory and accounting. It is essential to keep track of the cost of sales. Proper inventory will help you set the right prices, find out and compare among the most profitable drinks.

6. Marketing rules the world of bars and restaurants. No matter how much you invest in launching your bar business, do not expect customers galore for a start. A proper marketing strategy will attract and retain customers. If you do not wish to resort to paid advertising, find ways to encourage people into your bar through word of mouth. Use social media and get people to share promos with their friends.

7. Whoever heads to a bar expects savory snacks with tangy sauces to accompany their drinks. Serve bar food that pairs with the beverages. Someone ordering a beer will enjoy it with burgers and fries. Similarly, cocktails are great with goat cheese and nachos, while wine complements red meat and pasta.

8. Behind a successful bar lies a professional crew. A bartender conveys the first image people will have of your bar. The latter is hence expected to be skilled with the cocktails and pleasant with the customers. The barback’s role is as equally important as the bartender as his duty consists of ensuring the smooth running of the bar, i.e., He/She always makes sure the bar is always replenished, cleaned and also relays information to and from the kitchen, security and the bar.

9. Invest in a retail POS (Point of Sale) system before opening your bar. This digital system is customizable, will speed up the workflows behind the bar and acts as a safeguard against potential thefts from employees.

The main POS features one should look for are as follows:

Portable

A handheld point of sale allows your customers to pay and even tip quickly from anywhere in the bar. How practical!

Time-based price setting

A POS sets the price for a happy hour automatically so that you don’t have to set it every day at the same time.

Reduce retail theft

Retail theft will reflect on your inventory. A POS system allows you to compare various inventory reports when looking for any discrepancies. Employees behind those thefts can be easily traced.

Now that you are familiar with the core principles which make up a bar, you can go ahead with your business. If you already own a restaurant bar, feel free to comment below!

Have you ever heard of restaurants that just marvel you when you step in? Well if not, then here are some creatively beautiful restaurants that will amaze you both appetizingly and visually. So hold onto your thoughts and get creative about these amazing restaurants from around the world!

  • Dinner in the Sky, 27 Countries – Found in 27 countries, Dinner in the Sky is the newest trend for experiencing gourmet food at a high level literally. If you are afraid of heights, then just forget about it! Originated from Belgium, this dining experience is just as amazing as bungee jumping. You are strapped onto your seat while floating 160 feet in the air. This is just an experience that you know you need it!
  • Modern Toilet, Taipei City, Taiwan Province, China – A unique bathroom-themed restaurant chain, this restaurant has several branches throughout Asia. This three-story restaurant is based on items from a bathroom, from plungers to shower-heads and feces shaped lights, the dishes are served on plastic miniature toilet bowls and drink in miniature urinals. This restaurant is an amazing one and it is loved by every customer as the food is delicious and the toilet design makes it special sensation.
  • The Bubble Room, Captiva Island, Florida – Decorated with toys from the 1930s and 1940s, this small room food court grew into a multi-themed 3-story bubbly restaurant. The staff is called ‘bubble scouts’ and wears a unique hat. You are welcome with music from the 1900s to 1980s. Do try the Socra cheese, bubble bread, and over-sized desserts.
  • O.Noir, Toronto, Canada – Opened in Toronto in 2009 and Montreal in 2006, the only “Dine in the Dark” restaurants O.Noir is an experience that should not be missed at any cost. This restaurant has brought an extraordinary culinary adventure to its guests. O.Noir stimulates the senses by inviting guests to experience food, drinks, and conversation as never before. The restaurant’s staff consist entirely of visually-impaired people. This restaurant has become a favorite spot for young people and couples.
  • De Kas, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Imagine a restaurant that focuses on vegetables and let you dine in a greenhouse! Well, experience De Kas in Amsterdam is the perfect place for a special occasion. Be awed by the surroundings that are lovely coupled with delicious food. At De Kas, vegetables are the stars of the plate and all are served in various ways – roasted, grilled, pureed, raw, and fried. Along with vegetables, seasonal and local fish, meats, and cheeses are also served. Do try the local wine from Limburg!
  • Prison Restaurant, Devil Island, China – Located in China, this restaurant is designed similar to a real prison. Enjoy the great realism that includes a large steel structure at its entrance as a prison. The waiters are dressed as inmates with black and white striped uniforms and the security personnel is dressed as guards. Even the food is served on typical prison trays. Originally created to scare and avoid people into leading a life of crime, you are sure to go the same ordain that a prisoner has to go through, which means you get photographed, fingerprinted, and optionally handcuffed. Do all that and enjoy the appetizing food as per customer reviews on various platforms!
  • Bird’s Nest Restaurant, Thailand – Located in Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, this restaurant has become one of the main attractions. Imagine yourself in a tree pod or nest 16 feet above the ground, you can enjoy your party while having the unique opportunity to admire the spectacular view. Your food is delivered food and drinks by waiters on the zip line. A visit is a must in this marvelous place.
  • Robot Restaurant, China – Imagine a dystopian world, where robots take over everything! Well, start by experiencing it in China’s Robot Restaurant, this restaurant has robotic servers, hosts, and even cooks who ensure that every guest is taken care of. The robots range in height from 4.3 to 5.25fts and can display more than 10 facial expressions and say basic welcoming lines to diners. Watch the robot cooks to make this visit a memorable one!
  • Disaster Café, Spain – We never hope you experience this kind of thing in real life but for this one we do! Disaster Café is a restaurant that offers an artificial earth-shattering experience for its guests. Imagine going through a 7.8 magnitude earthquake while having your meal! This restaurant is perfect for people who seek a thrill. Be prepared as the restaurant uses no warning signs when the earthquake will strike!
  • Cannibalistic Sushi, Tokyo Japan – Fully committed to the cannibalistic theme, the waitresses are dressed like nurses wheel out your sushi in the shape of a body on a gurney. Use the scalpel to cut the abdomen to expose the delicious sushi from within. The body will bleed in real as you cut and the intestines and organs are totally edible.

So which one is the most questionable one? Let us know in the comment section!

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