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Bar Equipment Prices: How Much Does it Really Cost to Build a Bar?

How much does bar equipment cost? What equipment is needed to build a bar? How much does it cost to build a bar? This post includes a price list of the equipment commonly specified in bar design 

 

This edition of the Design Buzz Bar Design series discusses bar equipment prices and how much it really costs to build a bar.

What Equipment Is Needed to Build a Bar?

The world of bar equipment can be overwhelming to the average person. If you’ve ever looked behind a bar and studied the equipment (I do this all the time!), you’ll notice that the possible configurations seem nearly limitless. Of course, there are many reasons for the equipment people select for their bars, and some of these reasons don’t make much sense -- which leads to bartender inefficiency and lost profits. However, even among experts, there is often more than one solution for a given bar design. At the core of the equipment decision-making process is the concept of ergonomic bar design (which I discuss in another Vlog post, referenced below).

Related Blog Posts: 

Ergonomic Bar Design for Maximum Bartender Efficiency and Profits

A PRICE LIST OF THE COMMONLY SPECIFIED EQUPMENT IN BAR DESIGN

For the sake of this discussion, I want to address the most common equipment used in commercial bar design, which is as follows and shown in the accompanying pictures (refer to the video above):

• Dump sinks, used for discarding residue from used drink glasses.
• Hand sinks, used for hand-washing.

NOTE: Some health departments require more than one hand sink.

• 3-bin sinks, most typically used for washing bar glassware.
• Glass washers, which consists of various types, used in lieu of 3-bin sinks.

NOTE: While some health departments require 3-bin sinks, there is an effective “work-around” where you can use a more highly-desired and efficient glass washer and still be in compliance, described in an earlier post, referenced below.

• Drainboards, which are used as a staging area for freshly-washed glasses.
• Soda guns, used for dispensing soda during drink preparation.
• Ice bins, which hold ice and generally include a cold plate for accommodating multiple soda lines for cold drink preparation.
• Speed rails, which are optional stainless steel racks used to hold mixers, well liquor and an owner’s top-selling premium liquor, and typically attached to the front of drainboards, ice bins and 3-bin sinks; for further discussion, please see the post referenced below.l
• Blender stations, where drinks are blended, such as frozen drinks.
• POS (point-of-sale) podiums, custom-designed for maximum bartender efficiency.
• Back bar coolers, used for storing beer and wine.
• Slide-top coolers, which can be placed under the bar or back bar.
• Hand sinks, for hand-washing.

NOTE: Health departments forbid hand-washing in 3-bin sinks. Also note that some health departments require more than one hand sink.

• Waste baskets, which are often under-estimated and every bar needs plenty of.
• Ice machines, which are typically stored back-of-the-house; ice bins are often sold as an accessory.

RELATED POSTS:
WHAT ARE SPEED RAILS AND WHY ARE THEY CRITICAL TO BAR PROFITS?
DO BARS REALLY NEED 3-BIN SINKS?

How Much Does Bar Equipment Cost?

Depending on sizes, features and make, there can be a great disparity in bar equipment pricing. The big names in stainless bar equipment are Glastender, Perlick, Krowne Metal and True Mfg. For underbar and backbar equipment, I am most familiar with Glastender pricing, as it’s the brand I like best. The following are the average retail prices for the most commonly specified equipment in commercial bar design:

SAMPLE BAR EQUIPMENT PRICING

Item

Description

Price Ea.

Cut Sheets

1.

12” x 19” dump sink, Glastender SWA-12

$ 600

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2.

12” x 19” hand sink, Glastender HSA-12

 600

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3.

3-bin sink, 84” x 19” w/2 drainboards, Glastender FSA-84-S

1,625

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4.

Glass washer (automatic), rack-mount, Glastender GT18

3,730

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5.

Glass washer (automatic), rotary, Moyer Diebel DF

6,200

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6.

Drainboard, 24” x 19”, Glastender DBA-24

400

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7.

Soda gun, 10-button, w/holder, 4" x 24, Glastender SHB-4

270

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8.

Ice bin combo cocktail station w/10-circuit cold plate, 36” x 19”, Glastender CBA-36R-CP10

1,800

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9.

Speed rail (single), 36”, Glastender SSR-36

100

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10.

Blender station w/drainboard, 12” x 24”, Glastender DBSA-24

380

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11.

POSstation, 24” x 24” x 36” custom-built, laminate

800

 CUSTOM

12.

Backbar cooler, 60” x 24”, stainless w/glass doors (shown above), Glastender BB60

2,600

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13.

Slide-top cooler, 48” x 24”, black clad, stainless interior, Glastender ST48-B

2,180

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14.

Waste basket,11” x 20” x 30”, Rubbermaid "Slim Jim" S-9971

45

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15.

Ice machine, 500# capacity, Hoshizaki IM-500SAA

3,640

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16.

Ice machine ice bin, Hoshizaki B-700SF

1,100

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To put all this into perspective, let's say you want to price a single station of underbar equipment. To accomplish this, you’ll need a dump sink, hand sink, 3-bin sink with speed rail, drainboard w/speed rail, soda gun, ice bin w/speed rail, blender station, and
POS station, which totals to about $6,075. You’ll have to add for draft beer and beer coolers if necessary. Draft beer systems is a subject unto istelf which requires much discussion and many decisions. I cover draft beer systems in a separate Vlog, listed below. The above price list is also available for download below.

Downloadable:

pdfBAR_EQUIPMENT_PRICE_LIST.pdf

Related Vlog:

How Much Do Draft Beer Systems Cost?


The Worst Thing That Can Hurt Your Bar Business: Failure to Comply With ADA Requirements

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, also known as ‘ADA,’ has found its way into bar design. Bars are now required to accommodate a space 36” in length for one patron to sit at every bar. There are effective ways to design a bar so it is in compliance, but they are beyond the scope of this discussion. The frightening thing going on recently are what is known as "Drive-By ADA Lawsuits," where bar owners everywhere are mercilessly thrown under the bus, irrespective of "Grandfather" status! I’ve written about the importance of ADA compliance. This is a must-read! 


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Drive-By ADA Lawsuits Against Nightclubs and Bars

 

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1.      What Professional Bar Design Services Do You Provide and How Much Do They Cost?

2.      How Can My Bar Be Designed for Maximum Efficiency and Profits?

3.      How Much Does Bar Equipment Cost?

4.      How Do You Design and Build a Commercial Bar?

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6.      What Are The Best Commercial Bar Tops?

7.      What Is The Best Furniture for Bars?

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