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The difference between a good bar design and a design failure hinges on more than just about knowing how to pull pints. Circulation spaces, seating areas, eating, mixing, meeting… all these aspects create different reasons for customers to want to come to a bar. If someone can’t get a drink quickly, order food, or simply move around to find their mates… they won’t come back. And that’s before you’ve even considered lighting, mood and music.
So what are the key elements included within a good bar setup?
In addition to the obvious beer pumps, shelves for bottles and glasses etc., it’s important to also include:
A dump sink
Space for bins
An ice machine
A garnish station
Space for snacks and nibbles
An area for measures and spare optics
A dry towel store
Glass washing machines
Benefits of using a specialist in hospitality furniture to design your bar
Let’s not beat around the bush; how you use the space you have will make a difference to your bottom line. So, working with an experienced hospitality furniture designer is worth it.
Factors a professional will consider on your behalf are:
How to reduce the time bar staff spend making a drink
How to facilitate bar staff talking with guests whilst still getting the next round of drinks
How to enable bar staff to keep the surfaces clean
But there are other, more subtle, aspects that will also make a significant difference to how successful a bar design is for a venue. For example:
Having chilled water on tap saves having to add ice to a drink that’s not chargeable
Having a mirror behind the bar enables staff to see what’s happening even when their back is turned
Having under-counter lighting makes it easier for bar staff to find what they’re looking for
Having no nasty little nooks means it’s all easy to keep clean
Think moving hands, not moving feet
Arranging your bar so that as much as possible is within easy reach is a godsend on a busy night. By making things easier for your staff, you’ll be enabling them to fill that till on your behalf. Part of this is obviously about reducing the length of time customers have to wait to be served. But focusing on work and process flow actually provides you with another huge additional benefit. Judge it right, and you might not need quite so many staff, full stop. And that means fewer people are required to serve more customers. How great a combination is that?!
Does CamHam design stylish bars to suit a budget?
You bet we do! We love working on projects to design and build bars for restaurants, hotels and pubs. These assignments are amongst our favourites. We are very aware that most hospitality revolves around food, beverages, comfort and good service. A customer wants to feel welcome but not intruded upon. And the right atmosphere will enable them to relax and get the most out of their visit. Our knowledge and experience will enable us to ensure your hospitality furniture, bar layout, and use of space achieves what you want it to.
If that sounds good to you, then please do get in touch. We’d be delighted to discuss your project further with you.