What's the secret for the best shape for a commercial bar?
In bar design, learn what is the best shape for a bar and why the island bar helps owners maximize profits.
In this post I’ll discuss how to build a better bar and by using real-life examples, demonstrate what is the best shape for a commercial bar.
BAR DESIGN – WHAT IS THE BEST SHAPE FOR A COMMERCIAL BAR?
There are numerous opinions about what is the best shape for a commercial bar. Some owners prefer a linear bar, maintaining that it enables an unobstructed view of the patrons and direct interaction between patron and bartender. L-shaped bars are also popular and have been in the American mainstream for many years. Others love curved bars, but standard underbar equipment isn’t easily adaptable for this purpose, and if the bar equipment plan has a few extra feet added here and there, this could severely impact bartender productivity and fatigue – and reduced owner’s profits – over the long haul. However, in commercial bar design, our goal is not only to maximize efficiency – but to also maximize the customer’s satisfaction and enjoyment. Let’s not forget that the bar should be the central focus of the front of the house and should therefore dominate the interior design. The large hotel operators are beginning to realize the merits of a beautiful, dominant and engaging bar. In CNBC’s “Hotel, Behind Closed Doors at Marriott,” which originally aired December 6, 2012 (and can be seen in its entirety on Hulu), it was disclosed that Marriott’s largest profit center – far and away – is food and beverage. Walk into any Marriott nowadays, and you’ll immediately notice a large, beautiful, front of the house bar.
To demonstrate my point, consider the following examples. A client was originally considering the L-shaped bar shown here. Their goal was to have a bar that could have a large presence for patrons entering the hotel’s lobby. Next, consider the island bar shown here. If you’re unable to see the difference in the merits of each, let me elaborate:
- The island bar enables a circular traffic pattern for customer interaction; the L-shaped bar doesn’t.
- The island bar enables at least four places for unique seating.
- The island bar promotes customer interaction for those who are seated at the bar; in an L-shaped bar, patrons are forced to look at the wall.
- From an efficiency perspective, this island bar features three bartender stations; none of the bartenders would have to walk more than three steps in any direction and to further enhance bartender efficiency, the POS stations and fastest-moving liquor are strategically placed along the front bar.
The best shape for a commercial bar is a well-designed island bar, which will make a powerful statement and will maximize owner profits and customer satisfaction!
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