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Designing a Bar - The 7 Biggest Problems with Plans and Layouts

Do you feel that designing a bar is frustrating? 



Today we’ll address the 7 biggest problems with planning commercial bar plans and layouts, dimensions, equipment, finishes and costs.


DESIGNING A BAR – 7 BIGGEST PROBLEMS

Let's face it, planning a commercial bar is frustrating and time-consuming. To make things easier, let's talk about the most fundamental planning issues of bar design.

#1: Planning for Area and Capacity.BAR DESIGNERS L SHAPED BAR

What's the best shape for a bar and how many patrons are you intending to serve?
Here are a few examples:

1). 2-station shotgun bar

This bar design is becoming less popular. The bar shown in this example seats eight is nearly twenty four foot long and requires 260 square foot of floor space.

2). 2-station L-shaped bar

This bar is more compact and therefore more flexible to buildings with limited space this bar seat six is about 18 feet long and requires 180 square feet of floor space;

3). 3 - 4 station island bar

This is the most popular bar design, as it enables patrons to interact with people on all sides. This bar is approximately 485 sq.ft. and will accommodate 28 seats.

In terms of seating efficiency, the shotgun bar and L-shaped bar require the largest
area of at least 30 square feet per patron, while the island bar is the most efficient at only 17 square feet per patron.

Space allocation numbers for facilities planning here's a chart that summarizes all the above.

#2: How to Fit a Bar to a Given Space:BAR DESIGNERS EXAMPLE OF FITTING A BAR TO A SPACE

It can be challenging to fit a bar within the physical space with all proper clearances. Remember that empty space often appears larger than it really is and careful planning is required.


#3 How to Plan for Seating and Tables:BAR DESIGNERS 2 4 TOP TABLE SPACING

This is a further refinement of the previous point, which addresses all seating, including tables. Architectural standards need to be applied that take into account human dimension and interior spaces, including server aisles, ADA, customer activity zones, circulation zones and clear access zones between tables. Using these standards were generally put you in good shape with the occupant loads as stipulated by IBC for Assembly Group A-2.

#4 How to Design Bar Equipment for Ergonomic Efficiency:ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING OF UNIVERSAL BAR CLEARANCES w ADA

Bars are factories which make drinks, so what are the necessary provisions for maximizing ergonomic efficiency and owner profits, while reducing work comp claims?


#5 How to Design Bar Finishes:

Once the bar layout has been determined, there are a myriad of options for creating the finish. The following is a top 7 list of BAR DESIGNERS LIST OF BAR FINISHEScommercial bar finishing options:

1). Soffits
2). Ceiling treatments
3). Wall coverings
4). Architectural lighting
5). Bar Tops
6). Bar cladding
7). Foot rests.

Here's an expanded version of that list, with all the finishing options. Now here's a bar design with a combination of finishes, shapes, colors and textures. Bar owners need to invest in design in order to retain their customers.

# 6 How to Design a Draft Beer System:BAR DESIGNERS ELEVATION OF BAR WITH INVERTED DRAFT BEER TOWER

Nearly every commercial bar client we have wants to get in on selling craft beer, but the choices for equipment are numerous and this requires careful planning.

#7 How Much Do Bars Cost?

Every bar needs a myriad of equipment, such as dump sinks, hand sinks, 3-bin sinks, glass washers, drainboards, soda gun holders, ice bins, combination ice bins, speedrails, blender stations, POS stations, coolers, waste baskets, ice machines....the list goes on and on. Some companies, such 'Easy Ice' and 'Ecolab', help you alleviate the cost of capital outlay, by offering subscriptions.

Here's a copy of our '2018 Bar Equipment Price List' for your reference.2018 BAR EQUIPMENT PRICE LIST




TODAY’S TAKEAWAY:

Budget $500 per linear foot for bar equipment only and $2,000 per foot to construct an entire bar, including equipment and all finishes.


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RELATED POSTS:

HOW TO PLAN A BAR FOR AREA AND CAPACITY

http://cabaretdesigners.com/how-to-plan-bar-area-patron-capacity

HOW TO FIT A BAR TO A GIVE SPACE
http://cabaretdesigners.com/how-to-plan-clearances-for-bars

HOW TO PLAN FOR SEATING AND TABLES
http://cabaretdesigners.com/seating-guidelines-for-bars-and-restaurants

HOW TO DESIGN BAR EQUIPMENT FOR ERGONOMIC EFFICIENCY
http://cabaretdesigners.com/what-are-the-best-dimensions-for-commercial-bar-design

HOW TO DESIGN BAR FINISHES
http://cabaretdesigners.com/design-buzz/entry/commercial-bar-design-a-top-7-list-of-bar-finishing-ideas

HOW TO DESIGN A DRAFT BEER SYSTEM

http://cabaretdesigners.com/design-buzz/entry/bar-design-how-to-size-a-walk-in-cooler-for-a-draft-beer-system

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A BAR?

http://cabaretdesigners.com/how-much-does-it-really-cost-to-build-a-bar

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http://cabaretdesigners.com/standard-bar-layout-dimensions-for-diy

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http://cabaretdesigners.com/design-buzz/entry/bar-design-ideas-how-to-design-commercial-bars-for-ada

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DOWNLOADS FOR THIS POST:

2018 BAR EQUIPMENT PRICE LIST:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/m6h9dv54ndazdu4/2018%20BAR%20EQUIPMENT%20PRICE%20LIST.jpg?dl=0

BAR DESIGNERS’ LIST OF BAR FINISHES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/sq03nxlsz92q31q/BAR%20DESIGNERS%20LIST%20OF%20BAR%20FINISHES.jpg?dl=0

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POPULAR DOWNLOADS:

STANDARD BAR CLEARANCES w/ADA:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6pnjarjnonq0d7t/UNIVERSAL%20BAR%20CLEARANCES%20w_ADA.pdf?dl=0

ADA GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5rldodql5fjq4s/ADA%20GUIDE%20FOR%20SMALL%20BUSINESSES.pdf?dl=0

BAR AND RESTAURANT SEATING GUIDELINES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwni53dohpc4hbd/BAR%20AND%20RESTAURANT%20SEATING%20GUIDELINES.jpg?dl=0

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