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Get The Right Bar Supplies First Time

Jan 15, 2008
Supplying a bar with everything you need for a nights drinks service is a more complex affair than you would initially imagine. The styles of glassware you choose to supply your bar with can be as cheap and simple as you would like or expensive and contemporary to suit the individual style of establishment.

Once you have your glassware in place and your bar is well stocked with alcohol you may feel that you have everything covered but there are many more areas that you may have overlooked or not yet considered. Such as a bottle cooler for storing and displaying branded bottled beers sometimes also known as a back bar cooler a must have item for any self respecting bar. Also not forgetting an ice bucket for your bartenders to serve ice straight into the customer's drinks and of course an ice machine to supply the ice bucket with ice and maybe an ice crusher for cocktails.

Champagne/Wine ice buckets

Champagne or wine ice buckets are another item that no bar can do without, and as with everything else related to bar supply there are a lot of different products out there on the market ranging from cheap & cheerful to costly & stylish.

Wine buckets will need to be provided for keeping bottled white wine and or champagne chilled ready to serve at the customers table.

The wine bucket choices available on the market range from acrylic, aluminium or the more costly Stainless Steel, also there are double walled insulated options with the added benefit of keeping the wine at the correct temperature that bit longer.

Some champagne/wine ice buckets need to be filled with ice to keep the drink at the required temperature whereas others (usually the insulated type) simply need to have a chilled bottle placed inside them; the latter type requires no ice and simply acts as an insulated barrier against room temperatures. Also the way you choose to present the wine bucket to the customer means you will need to consider whether or not to purchase a wine bucket that fits into a stand so the drink is not on the table taking up valuable space and can be left at the side of the customers table this is a more costly option but adds a touch of class.

Wine Chillers

Wine chillers are a refrigerated display unit which allows you to keep a selection of your most popular white wines or champagnes chilled and ready to place inside your wine bucket. Small under counter style refrigerated wine chillers vary in style and cost and should be chosen in-line with your bars selection and consumption of wines.

Wine dispenser cabinets are becoming more popular with establishments that serve wine by the glass rather than by the bottle only. You can Increase profitable sales of wine by the glass by displaying the wine, ready to serve. With the option of counter or wall mounted units, the wine dispenser can be sited where it will be seen and hopefully prompt more sales of wine. The wine dispenser is normally a row of 2 - 4 sprit measure brackets enclosed in a refrigerated cabinet with a push lever mechanism on the outside of the unit itself and should ideally have an adjustable thermostat control.

Glass Frosters

Glass frosters are a refrigerated unit that allows you to serve particular specialized drinks to the customer in a frosted glass. The addition of a glass froster to any drinking establishment will certainly make you stand out from the competition and will draw customers back to your bar to enjoy the coldest beers in town.

Glass frosting units vary in size and very small units are available to purchase in either glass fronted or plain stainless steel finishes.
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Shaun Parker works in the catering industry and helps advise people looking for catering equipment, bar equipment and bar supplies.
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