As we head into a new season, many restauranteurs and bar owners might find themselves contemplating a fresh start or refurbishment for their premises, and what better way to breathe new life into your space than a stylish and efficient bar design? A well-designed bar not only enhances your brand aesthetics but can also help to improve workflow and boost revenue.
If you own a restaurant, bar, or pub, and are looking to inject some inspiration into its appearance or wish to have a full refurbishment, then you’re in the right place! As experts in bar design, we have created this blog with ideas and essential tips for a top-notch bar design that will keep your customers coming back for more.
Essentials of Effective Bar Design
Form Meets Function
First and foremost, your bar needs to be functional! So, before you delve into aesthetics and décor, you must consider your business’s daily operations. For example, how many bartenders will be working simultaneously? Is there enough room for them to move around each other? Are the most-used items within arm’s reach? Ensuring a streamlined workflow is vital to efficient and successful service. Typically, it is recommended to leave about 3ft of space behind your bar, to allow for storage, staff movement, and displays.
Durability is Key
Bars see a lot of action, from spilt drinks and water stains to the constant sliding of glasses. With these in mind, it is important to choose materials that not only look good but can withstand your daily operations. The most popular countertop types are granite, wood, and marble, with many more to select from! Additionally, all of your bar equipment must be able to withstand daily use, including ice machines, back bar refrigeration, dishwashers, and more, to ensure they last long-term and don’t require frequent repairs. Here at Acme, we only install state-of-the-art equipment that is not only A and A+ efficient but durable and high-performing too. With our understanding of ergonomics and bar design, you will be able to reap the benefits of a successful bar in no time.
Flexibility in Design
Seasonal changes, special events, or merely a change in your menu might require some adjustments in your bar set-up. If this is something that might affect your business, design your bar in such a way that modifications can be made with ease, whether it is the addition of new taps or rearranging seating areas.
Create a Focal Point
Whether it is a spectacular backlit display of premium drinks, decorative lighting, or a well-designed glassware display, having a focal point can help to draw customers in whilst giving your bar a wow factor.
Experiment with Lighting
The right lighting can truly transform the ambience of your bar, so it is important to have versatile lighting options. As an example, restaurants may benefit from intimate dim lighting, perfect for evenings, whilst pubs might require brighter lights for bustling lunchtimes.
Themes and Consistency
Whether you’re creating a rustic countryside pub, a sleek city bar, or an eclectic mix, you must ensure there’s a consistent theme. From stools to the coasters, each element should tell a part of your establishment’s story. Not only will this help solidify your brand, but will also leave a lasting impression on customers, remembering you for future outings.
If you have the budget, incorporating modern technology can enhance your customer’s experience (although not essential). Features such as integrated POS systems and app-based/online ordering can speed up service and keep customers satisfied.
Don’t Neglect Comfort
It’s all well and good having a bar that looks the part, but if your customers aren’t comfortable, they won’t stick around for long. Invest in comfortable seating, ensure there’s enough legroom at the bar, and maintain a pleasant indoor temperature by installing proper ventilation and air conditioning units. It is also wise to invest in your staff too – ensure countertops are a comfortable height, equipment is within reachable distance, and maybe install flooring or suitable mats that provide comfort underfoot.
Your Next Steps with Acme
We understand that redesigning or refurbishing your bar can seem overwhelming, but with a clear vision and the right team behind you, it can be a seamless and even enjoyable process.
At Acme, our experts are dedicated to turning your vision into reality. With a wealth of experience in the industry, advanced tools, and a knack for identifying and integrating the latest trends, we’re the ideal partner to help elevate your business.
If you’re looking for inspiration, guidance, or eager to get started on your bar design, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact Acme today on 01254 277 999 and let’s embark on this journey together!