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How do you plan a commercial bar design?



Today I’ll discuss the equipment, layouts and systems checklists to plan a successful commercial bar design project.


BAR DESIGN – HOW TO PLAN A COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGN

Some people are intrigued when they see bars such as the ones shown in these photos – bars like these are what sparked thePHOTO OF INTIMATE LUXURY BAR fire that originally inspired my interest in commercial bar design. While these finished bars are distinctive, what really goes into their overall design? There’s a lot more to the story of the equipment, layouts and systems that truly define a complete bar design. Today we’re going to review all components necessary to plan a commercial bar design:

  1. Section view – this should be the first task of every bar design. Whether you choose a modular bar die or 2” x 4” construction, it’s important to have a preliminary idea of the finishing method so a plan view of the bar can begin to emerge.
  2. ADA station – according to Federal law, wherever food or drink are served and the counter (or bar) is more than 34” above the floor, a lowered serving counter must be installed (see our earlier video, referenced below).
  3. Bar equipment plan – this is the core of every bar design. Bars are designed from the inside-out, so the underbar equipment is the next milestone we must cross.
  4. Bar equipment schedule – valuable to everybody involved in any bar project, especially for anybody quoting the equipment.
  5. Backbar design – the complexity and overall impact of a bar’s finish design is often rooted in the backbar.
  6. Bar top plan – a necessary plan for ordering bar tops and drink rails and helpful for checking clearances.
  7. Bar base plan – essential for the construction of the bar and its overall placement.
  8. Soffit and lighting plan – which add further character and intimacy to commercial bar design. As with the backbar, soffit design is limited only by one’s imagination.
  9. Draft beer towers – these play a pivotal role in the success of nearly every commercial bar. The type of draft tower selected and its location are critical, especially in multi-station bars.
  10. Foot railings – solid or tubular?
  11. Interior elevation views – necessary to develop plumbing locations for mechanical engineering.
  12. Front elevation views – these define the details of the bar’s exterior finish.
  13. Soda system – referred to as “Bag-In-The-Box” or B-I-B, this system is ultimately responsible for dispensing soda for drink production. These systems operate on CO2 and can be located virtually anywhere in a facility; however, for those who are space-challenged – which even includes hotels and casinos, sometimes B-I-B systems need to be built into the bar area.

TODAY’S TAKEAWAY:
The first step in all of my bar design projects is to draw the entire bar in section, including all adjacent walls, in order to ensure proper clearances for patrons and staff.


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POPULAR DOWNLOADS:

STANDARD BAR CLEARANCES w/ADA:
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ADA GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/a5rldodql5fjq4s/ADA%20GUIDE%20FOR%20SMALL%20BUSINESSES.pdf?dl=0

BAR AND RESTAURANT SEATING GUIDELINES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwni53dohpc4hbd/BAR%20AND%20RESTAURANT%20SEATING%20GUIDELINES.jpg?dl=0

 

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