A Guide to Choosing Essential Bar Supplies
Stocking your bar involves more than simply choosing which liquors and alcohols to serve. In fact, it’s also more than choosing the equipment you’ll need. There are many supplies specifically designed for the bar area that can improve your customer service, help to vary your menu offerings, and increase workflow and efficiency in the bar area. Here are a few essentials that you should include in your bar area.
For Mixing and Serving Drinks...
Bar spoons are crafted with a smooth, comfortable coil and precise balance. Due to its length, these spoons are designed to reach the deepest parts of your bar glasses, allowing the bartender to mix and layer different drinks.
Muddlers are growing in popularity every year as traditional bartending techniques and classic drinks reemerge on the scene. The action of a muddler helps to release flavors and scents of ingredients for common cocktails with herb additives.
Many alcoholic beverages call for a mix of flavors that involve solid ingredients. Similarly, some drinks should be shaken with ice to chill the beverage but then separated from the ice before serving. Strainers separate liquid from solids for a perfect, smooth beverage.
Used in conjunction with a strainer, the mixing glass is where you combine ingredients for any given drink with ice. Then, pour the contents over the strainer and into a serving glass for the final result.
These insulated buckets are a great addition for your bar but can also be used for hotels and other establishments who wish to serve ice to guests without having to provide individual ice machines to every person.
Margaritas are notorious for their rimmed glass, and you can fill your glass rimmer with salts, sugars, or any other type of ingredient to match the drink you’re serving. The purpose can be either aesthetics or flavor - or both!
Keep the Bar Area Clean and Organized!
Your bar area will inevitably accumulate spills and drips from drinks as you pour them from your tower heads and into glasses. Drip trays help to catch the excess to keep your countertops cleaner for longer.
Speed rails are essential for storing bottles of liquor and are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and lengths as well as single- or double-tier models. Deciding on these details boils down to an analysis of your bar design and setup as well as an understanding of how many bottles of liquor you’ll need to store.
If you’ve ever tried to quickly pour a drink from a bottle, you’ve probably experienced the mess thereafter. Liquor pourers should be equipped on one of every liquor bottle for easy and accurate pouring. Measure pourers are a great way to get identical measurements on every pour by stopping the pour after a certain amount of liquid has been dispensed (1oz, 2oz, etc).
Pre-made bar mixes should also be equipped with a specialty pourer to reduce mess and improve pouring efficiency.
Many drinks served in a bar will need a garnish of some sorts. Whether it’s a lemon or lime slice or any other type of fresh garnish, you’ll want to keep those ingredients stored on-hand in food safe condiment boxes.
If you’re serving fresh slices of lemons and limes or other garnishes with your drinks, then you’ll want a small cutting board on-hand for your bartenders.
Serving bottled beverages requires some type of bottle opener. There are two types: wall and key types. Bartenders can each keep a key type opener in their pocket or on their persons, and wall type openers can easily be installed in different areas of the back-bar.
Keep your glasses up and off the dirty counters with racks installed behind the bar. These also help to reduce accidents, as the glasses are up and out of the way, freeing up workspace for your employees.
Inevitably, spills and drips will occur behind the bar, making for a slippery environment. Bar mats keep employees comfortable while improving workplace safety.
Blended drinks like daiquiris and margaritas require a blender, so make sure to invest in one that is durable and versatile and can handle peak traffic times.
Drink mixers can take some of the labor out of making mixed drinks behind the bar. They’re good for a variety of frozen drinks and can also be used for making blended non-alcoholic drinks like milkshakes as well!
Pre-made frozen drinks are a great way to prepare for large crowds so that you’re not making individual batches of each frozen beverage in a bar blender. Simply fill each cavity with a different frozen beverage and pour on demand.
In addition, check out our guide to bar equipment as well to ensure that your bar is stocked with all the necessary pieces of equipment for a productive and safe work environment.