How’s your back bar situation? Have you included the area as part of the guest experience, delivering the wow factor and making you money? Or is it an afterthought? Your back bar is going to have a lot of eyes on it, so take care to make it attractive. Not only is it a place to show off your bottles, it can be a conversation piece in and of itself. Whether you choose a simple, elegant, ornate, eclectic, imposing, or awe-inspiring design (or a combination of any of those), your back bar should be a reflection of your concept and a revenue generator.
If you’re still using rope or string lights to light your back bar area, consider the modern alternative. LED lights last longer, continue to drop in price, and consume very little energy. They also tend to be safer than more traditional lighting options as they don’t generate much heat. Multicolor LED systems are capable of creating different moods depending on the color selected at any given time, paired with the music playing inside your venue. Simple-to-use controllers make it possible for you to adjust the mood of your bar in an instant.
One effective way of making a space feel larger is the use of mirrors. Long mirrors, for example, can make a wall look, well, longer. And multiple mirrors placed side-by-side can give the appearance of windows. Either way, mirrors create the illusion of space, even in the most intimate of settings. Grouping several smaller mirrors together can communicate an eclectic vibe while also making your bar look larger. And let’s not overlook the social aspect of mirrors. Placing mirrors on your back bar gives your guests the opportunity to check out who else is seated or standing around the bar, either surreptitiously or overtly.
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