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Top 7 List Of Commercial Bar Design Finishing Ideas

What are the top finishing ideas in commercial bar design? Here’s the list of the most common bar finishing options for restaurants nightclubs & sports bars.


 

 

HOW ARE COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGNS FINISHED?

From equipment specifications, space utilization and bartender efficiency, as covered in my previous Vlogs, referenced below, it IMAGE OF 4 STATION NIGHTCLUB BARdoesn’t take long to see that there’s a bit to know about bar design. The equipment we’ve discussed so far covers typical selections, but it’s just a sampling, because every bar and circumstance is different. Commercial bar design entails much more than mere fixture selection. Make no mistake: these only address the “factory”-portion of your bar.

The fundamental goal in bar design isn’t only about creating an efficient layout that maximizes production profits, but one that’s also appealing and makes patrons comfortable. Our mission is to make the patrons want to return and this is achieved by making them feel as if your bar is theirs. Have you ever noticed how patrons of a popular bar speak as if they own it? ‘This is where I always sit,’ or ‘I’ve been coming here longer than you’ is common banter among regular patrons of popular bars. One universal truth about successful bar design is that the word gets around quickly about a great, new stylish bar. People everywhere seem to gush about the beautiful new bar in town. How, then, do we get our bar from the fixture phase to the finished design?

HOW TO IMPLEMENT BAR DESIGN FINISHES

A complete finished bar design also includes the overall aesthetic design of the bar; in other words, ‘how do you want yourIMAGE OF RESTAURANT BAR finished bar to appear?’ To answer this question, all of the bar finishes need to be addressed – from ceiling-to-floor – which means that all of the related design elements and issues need to be resolved. To summarize the many bar finishing options, I’ve assembled the following list, starting from the top and working our way down:

TOP 7 LIST OF COMMERCIAL BAR FINISHING OPTIONS

The following is a downloadable list of the top seven commercial bar finishing options:

1. Soffits

2. Ceiling treatments

a. Standard gypsum acoustical ceilings
b. Architectural acoustical ceilings
c. Architectural metal ceilings

3. Wall coverings

a. Commercial vinyl wallpaper
b. Sculpted architectural wood panels
c. Architectural metal
d. Architectural glass

4. Architectural lighting types

a. Recessed can
b. Track
c. Pendant
d. LED strip

5. Bar tops

a. Wood
b. Granite / quartz / marble
c. Architectural metal
d. Architectural glass

6. Bar cladding

a. Acrylic
b. Raised wood paneling
c. Architectural metal
d. Architectural glass

7. Foot rests

a. Solid
b. Metal rail

The combination of finishes, shapes, colors and textures in your finished design needs to resonate with your patrons. ThePHOTO OF HAPPY PEOPLE AT A BAR number of finishing methods and associated cost can easily exceed the cost of bar equipment, so attention has to be spent on maximizing the bar’s finish within your budget. A functional and aesthetically-appealing bar design is the end-result of considerable planning and knowledge of finishing systems.

As I mentioned earlier, people love to claim ownership and want to return to a bar, restaurant and nightclub where they’re comfortable and feel good about themselves. The life cycle for design is 8-12 years for most commercial establishments and depending on competition, can be much shorter – especially for nightclubs. Owners who attempt to avoid remodeling on a cyclical basis will no doubt pay the consequences, especially as new competition begins to pull their customers.

DOWNLOADABLES:
pdfTOP_7_LIST_OF_COMMERCIAL_BAR_DESIGN_FINISHING_OPTIONS.pdf


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