Running a Bar For Dummies

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Running a Bar For Dummies

by Heather Dismore, Ray Foley

Wiley | May 5, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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Get insider details on how to operate a successful bar

Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows established and future bar owners how to establish and maintain a successful business. Using clear, concise language, this For Dummies guide contains all the information you need to start your bar off on the right foot. From grand opening to last call, you''ll discover the insider tricks that keep the business end running smoothly and the customers happily engaged. With updated information on marketing and social media, the book walks you step by step through the entire process, revealing the nitty-gritty details most new bar owners only discover after starting.

The bar business continues to grow; however, securing running capital and having knowledge about the business are cited as the two biggest reasons new bars fail. Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition shines a light on these issues to help bar owners prepare properly. The book helps you find your way through the maze of licensing and permits, developing a business plan, and preparing for your grand opening, plus offers clear, no-nonsense guidance on dealing with tough customers. Every step of the way, Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a reference you can count on.

  • Understand the bar business and important legal issues
  • Stock the necessities, including equipment and inventory
  • Promote your business using marketing and social media
  • Manage expenses and control cash flow

When run correctly, a bar can be an extremely profitable business, but the key to success is knowing exactly what you''re getting into. By recognizing common problems and teach you how to adapt quickly to changing conditions, Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides the information you need to develop those skills, and get your bar started.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 9.25 × 7.4 × 0.65 in

Published: May 5, 2014

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118880722

ISBN - 13: 9781118880722

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Running a Bar For Dummies

by Heather Dismore, Ray Foley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 9.25 × 7.4 × 0.65 in

Published: May 5, 2014

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118880722

ISBN - 13: 9781118880722

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Cheers! Getting Started in the Bar Industry 5

Chapter 1: Bar Business Basics 7

Chapter 2: Understanding What It Takes to Own and Operate a Bar 15

Chapter 3: Minding the Money and the Law 29

Chapter 4: Deciding What Type of Bar to Have 49

Part II: Gearing Up to Open the Doors 59

Chapter 5: Putting Your Business Plan Together 61

Chapter 6: Selecting Your Bar's Site, Décor, and Name 77

Chapter 7: Stocking Up on Smallwares and Equipment 103

Chapter 8: Setting Up Your Bar's Inventory 123

Chapter 9: Planning and Creating Your Menus 143

Part III: Employees, Customers, and Products: Managing the "Right Stuff" 163

Chapter 10: Hiring, Training, and Keeping Your Employees 165

Chapter 11: Rule #1: Practicing Good Customer Service 189

Chapter 12: Boning Up on Bar Beverages 205

Chapter 13: Getting Ready for Your Grand Opening, Step by Step 223

Part IV: Managing Your Inventory, Revenue, and Future 237

Chapter 14: Controlling Expenses and Operating Efficiently 239

Chapter 15: Keeping Your Bar's Bottom Line from Hitting Bottom 261

Chapter 16: Building and Keeping Your Bar Crowd 275

Part V: The Part of Tens 301

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Run a Safe Bar 303

Chapter 18: Ten Myths about Running a Bar 307

Chapter 19: Ten Bar Owner Sins Not to Commit, Ever 311

Appendix: Useful Websites for Ever y Bar Owner 315

Index 323

From the Publisher

Get insider details on how to operate a successful bar

Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows established and future bar owners how to establish and maintain a successful business. Using clear, concise language, this For Dummies guide contains all the information you need to start your bar off on the right foot. From grand opening to last call, you''ll discover the insider tricks that keep the business end running smoothly and the customers happily engaged. With updated information on marketing and social media, the book walks you step by step through the entire process, revealing the nitty-gritty details most new bar owners only discover after starting.

The bar business continues to grow; however, securing running capital and having knowledge about the business are cited as the two biggest reasons new bars fail. Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition shines a light on these issues to help bar owners prepare properly. The book helps you find your way through the maze of licensing and permits, developing a business plan, and preparing for your grand opening, plus offers clear, no-nonsense guidance on dealing with tough customers. Every step of the way, Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a reference you can count on.

  • Understand the bar business and important legal issues
  • Stock the necessities, including equipment and inventory
  • Promote your business using marketing and social media
  • Manage expenses and control cash flow

When run correctly, a bar can be an extremely profitable business, but the key to success is knowing exactly what you''re getting into. By recognizing common problems and teach you how to adapt quickly to changing conditions, Running a Bar For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides the information you need to develop those skills, and get your bar started.

From the Jacket

Learn to:

  • Write a business plan, obtain a liquor license, and make a profit
  • Stock your bar like a pro with great selections
  • Plan top-notch drink and food menus
  • Hire and train a winning staff

The easy way to break into the bar business

If you want to BYOB (be your own boss) and fulfill your dream of running your own bar, this hands-on, friendly guide has everything you need to get started. You'll discover how to obtain a liquor license, manage inventory, plan drink and food menus, meet financial and legal requirements, attract customers, make a profit, and more!

  • Raise a glass - get a crash course on the bar business, including tips for getting started, creating your concept, picking your name, and deciding whether you have what it takes to liven your town's nightlife
  • Setting up - find the best location for your business, make it into your own, and stock your bar, from equipment to appliances, bourbon to beer, and everything in between
  • Please your patrons - discover tips to find, train, manage, and retain employees who will keep customers happy-and your bar stools full-every night of the week
  • Money matters - get trusted guidance on how to buy products the right way to effectively manage your inventory and cash flow, and find out which numbers to watch in the bar business

Open the book and find:

  • How to put your business plan together
  • Tips on planning and creating your menus
  • The scoop on keeping your bar's bottom line from hitting bottom
  • Advice on how to bring in new customers while still keeping your regulars
  • Ways to build goodwill in the community and reap the rewards in your business
  • How to avoid common problems that plague many a bar owner

About the Author

Ray Foley, a former Marine with more than 30 years of bartending and restaurant experience, is the founder and publisher of BARTENDER magazine. Heather Dismore is a veteran of both the restaurant and publishing industries. Her published works include Running a Restaurant For Dummies.

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