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Restaurant Bar Equipment Checklist

Everything You Need to Open a Restaurant Bar


Restaurant Bar Equipment Checklist

Improve restaurant sales with a well stocked bar.

Basic Liquors
Here is list of the basic liquor most restaurant bars carry. Liquors come in three varieties:
    • Well (cheap)
    • Call (Moderate)
    • Top Shelf (expensive)

Here are the most common hard liquors that you will find in nearly every restaurant bar:

    • Vodka
    • Gin
    • Tequila
    • Whiskey
    • Scotch
    • Bourbon
    • Rum

Coolers & Refrigeration
Look for refrigerators and coolers that have the Energy Star efficiency seal. These models use up to 45% less energy than other models, saving you money on your utilities bill.

    • Reach in cooler
    • Wine Cooler
    • Keg storage
    • Beer taps
    • Glycol system

A lot of smaller equipment for the bar can be purchased used with little to no worries.

    POS System
    • Bar stools
    • TV System
    • Music System
    • Ice bin
    • Ice Scoop (never leave scoop in the bin)
    • Liquor well
    • Blenders
    • Frozen drink machine
    • Soda gun
    • Cocktail shakers and strainers
    • Speed bottles
    • Pour tops
    • Garnish bins
    • Glass racks
    • Corkscrews
    • Bottle opener
    • Paring knives
    • Cutting boards
    • Glass mats
    • Ice buckets- marked for “Ice Only”
    • Washing racks
    • Hand sink
    • Soap/ sanitizer dispenser
    • Paper towel dispenser
    • Sanitizer buckets
    • Cleaning rags
    • Rubber floor mats

Ask your beverage sales rep about free glasses. Many distributors give away beer glasses and other bar supplies as promotional gifts.

    • Wine glasses
    • Jiggers
    • Shot glasses
    • Pilsner glasses
    • Pint glasses
    • Champagne glasses
    • Martini glasses
    • Brandy snifters
    • Highball glasses

If you plan to serve food at the bar you also need menus, silverware settings, condiments, and plates.

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