WHAT IS THE BEST BAR SHAPE FOR A COMMERCIAL BAR?

What is the best shape for a bar

What’s the best shape for a commercial bar?

In bar design, learn what is the best bar shape for a commercial 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.


WHAT IS THE BEST BAR SHAPE FOR A COMMERCIAL BAR?

 

There are numerous opinions about what is the best bar 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.
    • If the bar equipment plan isn’t efficient, this will impact bartender productivity and owner’s profits.
    • A well-designed plan will enable a curved bar to be as efficient as any other.
L shaped bar design
PHOTO OF L-SHAPED RESTAURANT BAR

COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGN IS ABOUT THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

However, in commercial bar design, our goal is also to 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.


THE BEST BAR SHAPE YIELDS THE HIGHEST EFFICIENCY

In your quest for the best bar shape for your establishment, consider the examples of some of our clients. A client was originally considering the L-shaped bar, similar to the one shown in the above photo. 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 below. Allow me to elaborate on the differences between the L-shaped bar and the curved bar:

  1. The island bar enables a circular traffic pattern for customer interaction; the L-shaped bar doesn’t.
  2. Island bars feature at least four places for unique seating. Curved island bars offer an infinite variety.
  3. Interaction is critical to the user experience:
    1. The island bar promotes customer interaction;
    2. L-shaped bars force patrons to look at the wall.
  4. From an efficiency perspective:
    1. The island bar shown below features three bartender stations. None of the bartenders would have to walk more than three steps in any direction.
    2. Efficiency is further enhanced by placing the POS stations and the fastest-moving liquor along the front bar.
The elliptical island bar delivers maximum customer interaction and bartender efficiency
THE ELLIPTICAL ISLAND BAR IS A POPULAR DESIGN FOR HOTEL BARS

WHAT IS THE MOST-REQUESTED BAR DESIGN?

The best bar shape for a commercial bar is a well-designed free-standing island bar, which will make a powerful statement and maximize owner profits and customer satisfaction. The island bar is the most commonly-requested bar among our clients.

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RICK UZUBELL

International Bar Designer