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7 Tips On Successfully Opening Your Dream Bar

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If you love mixology and being a bartender, you might dream of opening up your own bar at one point. Having one means starting your own business, which is a pretty big step.

Owning your dream bar is the perfect combination of entrepreneurship and the atmosphere of city life. It is a huge undertaking, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started!

1. Choose a Catchy Bar Name

Picking a good and attractive name is something you should consider when opening a business. Your bar’s name is quite important as your future potential customers will get to know you by this.

If you have any struggles coming up with a good name, you can go to This website will give you a list of suggested names based on some keywords you provide.

2. Decide on a Theme for Your Bar

Pub-style bar theme

Before you even start looking at the location of your bar, you should know what kind of theme and style would go along with the atmosphere. This will help decide whether or not people will enjoy coming to your place because it is themed on how they like it.

You can have a classic, or you could go with something more specific.

A bar that caters just to one type of drinker is what we call "classic style.” This means people can order everything they're used to having in other great bars. On the other side of things, though, if your patrons skew toward Cosmopolitans instead of regular drinks, maybe a niche-style bar would be better.

It all depends on your preference and whether you want your bar to be a place where people go for a beer or expensive cocktails. When expressing your unique creativity, get some inspiration from some of the best mixologists in the world here.

3. Find an Accessible Location

The location is one of the most important things when it comes to opening up a bar. You should be looking for a place with lots of foot traffic so your customers won’t have any problems reaching your establishment and will not need an excuse before they revisit you.

4. Think of an Awesome Atmosphere and Vibe

Creating a venue with a fantastic atmosphere is critical when planning your dream bar. You want people to remember your establishment’s vibe and choose its surroundings when they go for a night out. 

Depending on your bar's location, you may want an Al Fresco atmosphere or a closed bar that emphasizes lights as decoration. You should also pay a lot of attention to its décor.

5. Write a Business Plan and Get Started

When you’re ready to start your dream bar, there are a few things you need to consider. The first one is making sure everything lines up properly and then following through with a business plan.

It’s important to plan the structure of your business, finances, vision, and so on. It will help tremendously if you know what you want and the direction you are heading beforehand. Identifying all these things will increase the chances of your success immensely.

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6. Create a Successful Menu

Cocktail menu

Many people don't realize that it's just as important to have an excellent menu as it is to create an environment for your customers to feel comfortable and welcome.

People love good food and drinks. So in order to attract patrons, you need to provide them with a great cocktail selection and a delightful menu.

7. Consider Hiring Professionals

Suppose you are trying to open your own bar but don't have a lot of experience when it comes to employment. In that case, we recommend hiring an experienced general manager who can help run things behind the scenes while allowing you more time to focus on other aspects of your new business.

Don't forget to hire a creative bartender to help you develop new and exciting drinks for your customers. It's also essential to hire a savvy accountant who can handle the bookkeeping aspects of the business.

In addition, you need a good lawyer who can help with the legal aspects of running a bar and ensure that your establishment is operating within local laws and regulations. Lastly, don't forget about getting talented staff who can help run your business smoothly.


While opening your dream bar requires a lot of work and presents challenges, you can make it successful by following this article. 

If opening a new place is something that interests you, take the tips we provided into consideration before diving in head first. The road to success begins with research, planning, and execution!



  • I want to open a bar-and-grill restaurant next year, so I need to apply for a liquor license for my new business before I do. I found it helpful when you told us to properly plan the structure of our business and the direction we are heading beforehand to help increase the chances of our success immensely. I’ll be sure to do this and get my liquor license application approved as soon as possible.


    Elina Brooks

  • I agree with what you said about how important it is to have a business plan ready beforehand to plan the structure of your business, finances, vision, and so on. I’m planning to open my bar this summer, and I’m currently in the middle of acquiring the necessary permits needed to run operations. Hopefully, I’ll also be able to find tobacco license services.


    Anna Collins

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