Like any other food service business, a commercial bar has bar supply start up costs that can multiply exponentially if you're not careful. The trick is to control your spending by knowing what you need to open for business. A reliable stainless steel wine cooler that stores the right amount of bottles for your volume of business is a necessity. A solid wood wine cooler with hand carved doors is not.
With so many restaurant and bar supplies distributors advertising online, it's easy to get acquainted with the pricing and costs of bar supplies. While you can splurge a little on lower priced smallwares, you can't afford to go crazy on heftier priced items, like freezers and ice machines. Get quotes from several suppliers before finalizing any sale:
1. Compare prices on furniture from wholesale bar supplies companies.
2. Get estimates on heavy duty commercial bar equipment.
3. Find the lowest prices on smallwares from bar equipment suppliers.
Contact wholesale bar supplies companies to find great prices on bar tables and bar setsTo save money, opt for bar tables and stools made of stainless steel. If your budget permits, you can splurge on pricier stools made of bronze or wrought iron.
Check prices on the most expensive bar appliances and commercial bar equipmentThere's nothing cheap about any commercial foodservice appliances and the equipment used in bars is no exception. You'll be spending the largest chunk of your startup capital on buying ice machines, sinks, refrigerators and freezers.
Splurge on less expensive commercial bar supplies, like smallwaresTrendy shot glasses, fancy stirrers for drinks and multi-colored straws are relatively inexpensive bar supplies that customers enjoy. Shop around to find a bar supply wholesaler that offers discounts on bulk purchases.
- Ask any bar equipment manufacturer or distributor about purchasing used bar equipment as a way to cut start up costs.