If you are thinking about starting your very own bar business, there are a lot of different things to consider. To take some pressure off, we’ve come up with the most essential appliances you’ll need to get started.
1. A till
Making sure you have a till sounds very obvious, but ensuring you chose the right till for your business is important. You might opt for a till that has fingerprint technology instead of a password or card swipe option. This will ensure your money is as safe as possible as only staff with recognised fingerprints will have access to it. You could also choose a till that has advanced control settings meaning that you, the owner or manager, can have total control over the till while other staff members can just access the parts that are relevant to them.
2. A glass washer
It is essential to invest in a washer specifically designed for use with your glasses. This will protect your glasses as they are in a machine specifically designed for them and will save your staff time as they won’t have to wash by hand. You can have two trays on the go, one in the washer and the other collecting the next round to be washed, again saving time. A glass washer can accommodate any types of glasses and typically only takes a few minutes to complete. It is important you understand the best way to care for your glasses and investing in a glass washer is a great place to start.
3. An ice machine
Every bar needs a constant supply of ice throughout the year for a whole range of drinks. After all, a gin & tonic simply wouldn’t be the same without the ice! The ice machine can be kept in a back room, perhaps with drinks that are not on display, and the ice can be bought in when required. This will save you space on the bar and will make the ice more accessible as you won’t have to open the machine every time but take the cubes from a bucket on the bar.
Refrigeration for your drinks is an absolute essential, but what fridges do you need? You might choose to have one fridge in a separate back room to store extra stock while using a commercial fridge for display in the bar. Take a look at our range of commercial fridges which allow you to showcase all your drinks and provide easy access for your bar staff. Make sure to rotate the stock in this fridge when you bring new drinks from the back room, or you could end up with long forgotten about out of data drinks at the back!
5. A TV
Depending on the type of bar you are opening, you might be considering a TV. This is essential if you are opening a sports bar and want to show matches. Be aware that you if you are showing live television you must have a valid TV licence, which differs from the regular TV licence bought for a residential property.
We hope our top five appliance recommendations have set you on your way to opening your bar. We wish you the best of luck!