BAR DESIGN-HOW TO DESIGN A LARGE BAR AND ISLAND BACK BAR

How do you design a large bar? In this article we’ll discuss the basic principles of commercial bar design and draft beer equipment and system design. Stardust Bowl, an 84-lane bowling alley in the Chicago suburb of Addison, asked us to redesign the bar in their “Club 300” lounge and they really wanted to focus on highlighting their popular and profitable draft beer. Stardust…

HOW TO DESIGN BARS FOR SMALL ROOMS

How do you design a bar for a small room? In this article we’ll discuss the design tips and the minimum equipment for building a bar for a small room.  Do you have a small room for which you want to implement a bar? Where does one begin to understand the working space requirements and the type of bar equipment for a space-challenged…

3 Compartment Sinks vs Glass Washers – What’s Really Needed?

Do bars need 3-bin sinks? Today we’ll discuss the benefits of underbar automatic glass washers and a little-known trick for eliminating your bar’s 3-bin sink.

BAR DESIGN: HOW TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM BAR PROFITS THROUGH DESIGN

I often wonder how people believe that restaurants, bars and nightclubs make money on food.

HOW TO DESIGN AND BUILD A COMMERCIAL BAR – TOP 5 IDEAS

How do you design and build a commercial bar? We’ll discuss basic bar construction, such as footrest design, bar tops and supports, dimensions and other tips. SOME TIPS ON COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGN When designing and building commercial bars, the bar base is the most critical element to the overall design and construction of the bar, as it is the foundation. Just as with any structure, if the foundation is weak the overall integrity of the…

BAR DESIGN: TOP 5 DESIGN IDEAS FOR PPG SOLARCOOL GLASS IN NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS

Architectural glass is one of my favorite finishes in nightclub and bar design. I covered many of the common applications of tempered laminated glass in an earlier post (refer below). The glass I’ll be covering in this post is the tinted, reflective variety, produced by  PPG Industries (@PPGIndustries), as commonly seen as curtain walls of commercial buildings, such as that shown in the…

Laminate Surfaces for Hotel, Restaurant and Bar Design

If your hotel, restaurant or bar design project is on a budget and in need of a creative solution, consider using laminate surfaces. With the emergence of vinyl digital printing, thermoplastics and architectural metal, nowadays we have access to an array of great, creative products and can meet nearly every budget. When many people think of…

TOP 5 DESIGN IDEAS FOR SOFFITS IN BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS

I can hardly imagine anyone who doesn’t understand what a soffit is – at least the most common applications: a soffit is the “box” that sits between the top one’s kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, or the one that closes the area below one’s roof eaves. A soffit is technically the underside of any construction element, such as the area under a flight of stairs.

BAR DESIGN IDEAS: GENOTEK FLOOR TILE TRIM FOR NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS

Successful nightclub and bar design is punctuated by thoughtful detail, and I am always searching for new product ideas – nothing is beyond consideration. I admit that I have an obsessive interest in architectural trim of all kinds because, in the end, it’s the little things that make a huge difference. Just as with well-chosen…

BAR DESIGN IDEAS: CHICAGO METALLIC STAMPED METAL CEILINGS FOR BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS

I admit it, I’m a sucker for writing about my favorite products. And for good reason. Nightclub and bar owners need to know about all the great stuff that’s out there. I want them to understand value – not only in terms of price but also from the eyes of one who researches and specifies…