Top List of Commercial Bar Design Finishing Ideas

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What is the top list of commercial bar design finishing ideas?

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Here’s the list of the most common bar finishing ideas for hotelsrestaurants & sports bars.

HOW ARE COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGNS FINISHED?

From equipment specifications, space utilization and bartender efficiency, as covered in a previous post, it doesn’t take long to see that there’s a bit to know about bar design. The equipment we’ve discussed to date addresses typical selections. Every bar and circumstance requires tailored design solutions. Commercial bar design is far beyond mere fixture selection. Make no mistake: these only address the “factory”-portion of your bar.

Architectural drawing of hotel bar design
FIGURE 1. ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING OF HOTEL BAR

The fundamental goal in bar design isn’t only about creating an efficient layout that maximizes production profits. It’s one that creates appeal and makes patrons comfortable. Our mission is to make the patrons want to return and this is achieved by making them feel as if your bar is theirs. Have you ever noticed how patrons of a popular bar speak as if they own it? One universal truth about successful bar design is that the word gets around quickly about a great, new stylish bar. People everywhere seem to gush about the beautiful new bar in town. How do we get our bar from the fixture phase to the finished design?

HOW TO IMPLEMENT BAR FINISHES

A completed bar design includes the aesthetic design. In other words, ‘how do you want your finished bar to appear?’ To answer this question, all of the bar finishes need to be addressed – from ceiling-to-floor – which means that all of the related design elements and issues need to be resolved.

Photo of hotel bar with numerous features and finishes
FIGURE 2. PHOTO OF HOTEL BAR WITH NUMEROUS FEATURES AND FINISHES

TOP 7 LIST OF COMMERCIAL BAR FINISHING OPTIONS

Here’s a list of the top seven commercial bar finishing options:

Photo of  hotel bar with architectural soffits
Photo of hotel bar with multiple soffits
  1. Soffits



  2. Ceiling treatments
Photo of wrapped acoustical ceiling panels
Burlap-covered acoustical ceiling panels
  • Standard gypsum acoustical ceilings
  • Architectural acoustical ceilings
  • Metal ceilings


Photo of Sculpted Wood Panel by Interlam Design
Sculpted wood wall panels for bar design
  1. Wall coverings
  • Commercial vinyl wallpaper
  • Sculpted architectural wood panels
  • Architectural metal
  • Commercial glass



  1. Lighting types
Photo of bar design with LED lighting
A variety of LED lighting was used in this bar design
  • Recessed can
  • Track
  • Pendant
  • LED strip







  1. Bar tops
Photo of copper bar top with Chicago wood edge
Copper bar top with Chicago wood edge
  • Wood
  • Granite / quartz / marble
  • Copper
  • Stainless steel



Photo of bar with corrugated metal cladding
Bar with corrugated metal cladding
  1. Bar cladding
  • Acrylic
  • Raised wood paneling
  • Corrugated metal
  • Laminates


IMAGE OF BRASS FOOT RAIL
THE BRASS FOOT RAIL IS ONE OF MANY FINISH OPTIONS
  1. Foot rails
  • Solid
  • Metal rail

EFFECTIVE BAR DESIGN INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF FACTORS

The combination of finishes, shapes, colors and textures in your finished design needs to resonate with your patrons. The number of finishing methods and associated cost can easily exceed the cost of bar equipment, so attention has to be spent on maximizing the bar’s finish within your budget. A functional and aesthetically-appealing bar design is the end-result of considerable planning and knowledge of finishing systems.

Photo of happy bar customers sharing a drink

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REMODEL MY BAR?

As I mentioned, people love to claim ownership and want to return to a bar or restaurant and where they’re comfortable and feel good about themselves. The life cycle for design is 8-12 years for most commercial establishments. In the highly competitive nightclub business this can be much shorter. Owners who avoid remodeling on a cyclical basis will feel the consequences as new competitors begin to attract their customers.

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