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History of Bar Operations

 coming from Vulgar Latin *barra rod", of obscure, perhaps of pre-Latin

origin. The word "barre" also relates to the word barrier.
 Alcohol/bars have been a part of human civilization as far back as
ancient Babylon, with records of high priced watered down beer like
beverages served in alehouses. Originally alcohol, specifically wine,
was primarily used as a medicinal agent.
 We can trace the traditional concepts of bars back to ancient Greece
and Rome. Throughout cities and the countryside, taverns began
serving alcoholic beverages with food to travelers. As time passed and
more people gathered there, these taverns began to expand their
businesses to include gaming as well as other entertainment. However,
with the fall of the Roman Empire, the number of these taverns began
to decrease and only offer food, lodging and stables for travelers.

Types of Bar

o Live Music Joints - These are not the fanciest bars around, but they do
serve alcohol and have live music to boot. They are usually extremely
crowded and can even smell a little funny, mainly because of the
number of people found there on any given night. If you’re over the
age of 30, you might find these places incredibly annoying, especially
because the music is so loud that you can’t hear anyone speak, even
if they are yelling at you.
o Nostalgia Bar - These are bars that are, quite literally, old. They usually
have yellowed newspaper articles and old black-and-white photos on
the walls, and they never seem to know how to make any drink except
basic beers and wines. You can’t get fancy with them because they
are very basic in design and overall feel, and if you want a drink that
was popular decades ago, they are certain to be able to make you
o Plastic Bar - Put simply, these are very basic bars that some people
describe as places that are missing a soul. They are often called yuppie
bars or fern bars, and if there is a frozen daiquiri machine in the
establishment, it can be called a plastic bar. They are not unique or
even authentic, and instead they are very basic in what they offer;
however, they do have booze – and plenty of it.
o Specialty Bar - Specialty bars usually center around a certain drink,
such as a martini bar, or even something else that is unique, such as
cigar bars. The latter are extremely popular because with all of the
cities and towns outlawing smoking in various public places, they are
the one place you can go and enjoy a nice cigar along with a glass of
brandy or scotch.
o Sports Bar – Sports bars aren’t just for men anymore, but if you’re a
female, you have to accept the male species for what he is because
he will demonstrate his testosterone-laden self in one of these places
every time. Made for watching sports, drinking beer, and little else,
sports bars usually have large television screens showing several
football or baseball games, and when it comes to the playoffs,
regardless of the sport, they are extra crowded.
o The College Bar - In these days of having to turn 21 years old before
you drink, you may not get to visit these types of bars until you’re a
junior or even later, but when you do, you’ll notice they really do cater
to the college crowd. Lots of decorations in your school colors, games
and activities to enjoy while you’re waiting for your drinks to arrive, fun
foods to eat, live bands to enjoy, and of course, plenty of alcohol.
You’ll notice a lot of frat boys and sorority girls in there a lot of the time,
and, if you’re lucky, a member of the football team or cheerleading
squad will be there, too.
o The “Full of Itself” Bar - These bars are very similar to the vertically
challenged bars in that they are there to cater to a unique category of
people. If the bar you visit calls bartending “mixology” and charges $15
or $20 for a drink, it can be listed under this category. The only negative
thing about these bars is that they are often overpriced, have cocky
and arrogant staff, have no comfortable chairs to sit in, and the music
is often way too loud.
o The High Concept Bar - Usually found only in bigger cities such as Los
Angeles and New York City, high concept bars often have a special
draw that includes something very unique. These bars are great for
business because they are often frequented by tourists who have
plenty of money to spend, and if you want an expensive thrill or feel
like taking advantage of the newest trends in nightlife novelties, they
are the place to be.
o Vertically Challenged Bar - this doesn’t only mean the shape and size
of the bar, but there are also underground bars that are frequented by
a certain type of clientele. Bikers, fur-wearers, dwarfs, leather
enthusiasts, and even people obsessed with 80s icons go to these types
of bars, and they are usually found in dank basements six feet under.
o There are even bars which specialize in playing a certain recording
artist’s songs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but the people who
visit these bars never seem to get tired of the songs. These bars are
sometimes difficult to find, and, in fact, many times only the locals
know about them.

Parts of Bar

Front Bar

 A footrest runs the length of the counter on the customer side from the
floor of about 9-12 inches.
 into the appropriate glass arranged in the glass rail (drip rail) which is
recessed for about 3 inches at the bartenders side.
 The width of the bar is 16-18 inches with the surface of water proof and
alcohol proof material and should be easy to clean.
 The front bar is supported on a vertical structure called “bar die” which
separated the customers from bartenders’ work area.
 If sit-down bar is designed, it will have high stools, tail enough to
convert the bar to table and each stool will have the space allocation
of 2-feet length of bar.
 It is the meeting point for the customers and the bartenders where the
customer order for their drinks and are served by the bartenders.
 The stools should be very comfortable with proper height with rungs far
footrest or the footrest of the front bar should be within the reach.

Back Bar

It is located at the back of the front counter leaving sufficient space for
the bartenders to do their work the back bar consists of display rack set
over the storage cabinet.
The bar holds the bartenders to, all kind of all kind of liquor bottles and
sparkling assorted glassware in an attractive manner which enhances
the appearance of the bar.
The base of the bar may accommodate special equipment, such as
bottle cooler, glass froster, espresso machine, non-alcoholic beverage
dispenser, cash register, etc.
The design of the back bar must be functional and at the same time
very pleasant to look at from the top to the bottom as it is the center of
attraction in any bar and is in constant view of the customers.
The mirror adds depth to the room, helps observe the customers
discretely, and the customers to view others in the room.

Under Bar

 Clean glasses should be grouped according to the type and stored in

the glass shelves near the station, on the back bar or in the overhead
racks, and the prepared glasses for the drinks should be kept ready in
the glass rail or near the ice box.
 Each station will have its own supply of fast moving liquor, mixes, ice,
glasses, blender, sink, garnishes, etc.
 Call brands are the brands requested by guest by name;, For example,
Blue Sapphire Gin, Johnnie Walker, Red Label, etc.
Bar Organizational Chart, Roles and Responsibilities

Bar Manager
Bar Manager
Head Bartender Head Hostess
Bar Manager

Assist. Head Bartender Bar Waiter

Cocktail Lounge

Bar manager supervises head bartender and head hostess (bar captain).
Head bartender and his assistant supervise the bartender who is in charge of
preparing drinks which ordered by guests. Head Bartender and bartenders
are responsible for the quality of the drinks ordered by guests. Hotel hostess
(bar captain) supervise the waiter who is responsible for serving guests. Those
who are under the supervision of head hostess is responsible for creating a
pleasant atmosphere for guests. Bar manager must be able to establish good
teamwork between head bartender and head hostess. Cocktail lounge
attendant is for VIP guests.
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