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Edinburgh - August 19th 2018 - Luxurious apartment bar

Maddalena Sommo, Claridge’s Restaurant Bar Supervisor, shares five must-have features for a fully functional, yet aesthetically pleasing, bar and back bar.

Thoughtful Layout

Ensure an efficient layout of your bar to allow for easy movement of bartenders. It is important that bartending teams have enough space to move freely behind the bar, and adequate counter space for preparing serves. For guests, ample space on bar counters and comfortable bar stools are essential! Strategically place storage for supplies to maximise efficiency and ease, and clear pathways between the counter stools and bar tables for a clear pathways for customer flow. Sofas, chairs and bar tables must also be comfortable for guests, which will increase time spent, leading to maximised revenue. 

Music and Lighting

Both of these elements play a crucial role in shaping the atmosphere and overall experience for guests. Music can enhance mood, whether you want to create a a lively and energetic atmosphere or set a relaxed and intimate vibe for a more laid back evening. The choice of lighting and music can also reflect the venue, or brand’s identity. For example, a trendy cocktail bar might feature contemporary music and stylish lighting to convey a sophisticated vibe. 

Functional Equipment

Equip the bar with essential tools and equipment to support efficient operations. This includes items such as a freezer to store glasses and a quality ice maker, as well as a range of different glassware for serving an array of drinks. The most useful tool I have behind the bar is the thermomix, which is needed for almost all the preparation, such as syrups, honeycomb, fruit leather, cordials and more. 

Quality Materials and Finishes

Choose high-quality materials and finishes that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal, but also ensure durability and ease of maintenance. Incorporate ample storage solutions to keep supplies well organised and easily accessible. This includes shelving for liquor bottles, cabinet and drawers for storing bar tools and accessories and refrigerators for chilling beverages. 

Friendly Staff 

A great bar is nothing without great staff. Hospitable bartenders and front of house staff are essential to the functionality of a bar, as they provide excellent customer service, leading to increased guest satisfaction. When guests feel valued and well taken care of, they are more likely to return and recommend the bar to others, increasing sales and helping the bar to gain a positive reputation within the community.

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