A bar mat is a typical bar tool designed for holding wet glasses to prevent spilling while protecting the bar surface. By containing the liquid in itself during spills and keeping it from the bar or floor, bar mats also help cut down cleaning time.

Many restaurants and bars use bar mats to decorate their establishments and advertise their businesses by customizing them with printed company logos. Some even sell them to customers as merchandise. For drink enthusiasts who enjoy sipping their favorite liquor at the comforts of their home, these bar mats are perfect decors for home bars as well.

Types of Bar Mats

  • Rail Mats. Rails mats are placed on the bar’s edge so that bartenders can use them for mixing drinks. They are long and can hold an ample amount of liquid. They prevent overflow by dispersing the liquid across their surface.
  • Service Mats. Service mats, as the name suggests, are laid down on the service bar. Bartenders put the drinks they made on these mats for easy pick-up and quick serving. Typically, service mats are more spacious than rail mats to accommodate large drink orders and wine service.
  • Interlocking Bar Mats. Interlocking bar mats are the ones you can interconnect. They float above the bar, and unlike rail and service mats, they don’t collect spills. They are ideal for use as a drying rack where you can hang your bar tools and let them dry.

Different Bar Mat Materials

  • Rubber. Rubber bar mats recover quickly from deformation. They offer excellent resistance against high and low temperatures and can maintain good elasticity in specific temperature ranges. Although they are excellent electric insulators, they are not chemical-resistant.
  • Silicone. Silicone bar mats have a high absorption capacity. They are highly durable and can effectively protect your bar surface from burns and scratches. They are also more elastic than rubber bar mats and can resist baking and freezing. With its high viscosity, silicone provides natural anti-skid and shock-proof properties. 
  • PVC. PVC bar mats offer noise elimination, electrical insulation, and low water vapor or gas leakage. They have lower thermal stability and impact resistance, and become brittle after extended use and various temperature changes. Also, PVC production causes a higher environmental impact.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Bar Mat

  • Quality. Not all bar mats are created equal. That’s why you can find some that are a lot cheaper than others. To make sure that you are buying a high-quality bar mat, check the nibs. Firm nibs guarantee a stable platform for your glasses and allow spill-free service. You may also want to inspect the mat’s bottom and look for bubbles, stains, or charred portions. These are common signs of poor-quality bar mats.
  • Size/Dimension. When it comes to bar mats, there are no standard dimensions. Most manufacturers offer customization, so it is essential to know the size you are looking for before shopping.

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