Bar and Liquor Inventory App From Bar Patrol

Bar and Liquor Inventory App From Bar Patrol

Inventory sucks.  No argument there. And a good inventory system will definitely make it easier so you can run your business more efficiently and profitable, but the problem is that bar and liquor inventory software is sprouting up all over the place, overrunning our industry like a legion of ants converging on a sticky counter top. So where do you begin trying to find the right bar and liquor inventory software for your bar and restaurant? Since Bar Patrol was founded in 2011, we have seen a couple dozen or so inventory apps/systems emerge during that time and scramble to tell the bar industry how amazing they are, even though the people behind the curtain aren’t necessarily “bar industry legit”. Turns out many of them are just a bunch of Silicon Valley tech geeks jumping on the good idea wagon. And so how do you choose one that’s right for you? As an owner or manager, implementing new procedures for you and your...
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Bar Inventory in 15 Minutes, My Ass!

Bar Inventory in 15 Minutes, My Ass!

I have a standing challenge to any bar inventory software company who claims their app and software can count inventory in 15 minutes: Come do inventory for one of my clients and if you can do it in 15 minutes, I will give you $50,000. I’m not kidding. And not with 6 people using 6 devices. Anyone can do that. It still adds up to 90 minutes of labor and bars aren’t going to have 6 people taking inventory for them. Why the challenge? Because companies like these are the result of modern-day inflated marketing tactics and an over-exaggeration of the girth they’re carrying under the hood, which always leads to a very unsatisfying experience for the user. This leads me to believe they are compensating for something. The fact is, inventory software makes counting MUCH faster, it’s true. 50 – 70% faster, which is Awesome with a capital “A”. But 6 hours to 15 minutes? That’s your claim? Bring it on. I’d love to see that. Can...
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10 Greatest TV and Movie Bartenders of All Time

10 Greatest TV and Movie Bartenders of All Time

Someone emailed me the other day and asked me who I thought the greatest Hollywood bartender of all time was, and seeing as I have chosen to unearth and report all things bar-related in the industry (and perhaps occasionally outside the industry), I decided to do better than simply name the single greatest silver screen bartender, and rank, categorize and index the greatest ten.   What I found disappointed the shit out of me.  Of the ten listed, only two of them show any evidence of ever getting laid.  These are bartenders, for Christ’s sake!   Even so, after 18 hours of deliberation and shaking my head in disgust, here is my list for greatest television and movie bartenders of all time.  At the end, I would love to hear your opinions, but please don’t tell me that Jackie Gleason or the guy from A Wonderful Life belong on this list or I will have to bang my head on my keyboard for the next six hours.  Those characters only had sex...
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Why is Bar Inventory SO Important? 3 Hard Truths You Need to Look at

Why is Bar Inventory SO Important? 3 Hard Truths You Need to Look at

I know you really don’t want to open up and read this article, because if you find out just HOW important your bar inventory is, it means you won’t be able to ignore it anymore. And yes, you’ve been ignoring it. That lazy count you do once per month on your clipboard is having the same impact as those shoes you buy that are supposed to shape your butt. Problem is, everyone thinks that their business is failing for a variety of reasons, and while that is sort of true, there is really only one real reason, and it’s because they choose to ignore the issues that need to most attention. Neglecting to monitor your inventory will have the same result as leaving your dog in the car with the windows rolled up in July. Yes, I’m aware that is a very graphic metaphor, and despite the angry PETA emails I will receive, I need this to sink in. Did you know at 7-Eleven...
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