What Should Your Pour Cost Percentage Be?

What Should Your Pour Cost Percentage Be?

I hear the same thing from owners and managers everywhere I go: “My pour cost percentage is fine. Why would I need your system?” Simple, sir (or madam)…because you are blind to what is going on behind your bar. First of all, most owners have no idea if their pour cost percentage is fine or not because they don’t know what’s causing it to go up and down. Many feel that if they are at 22%, then they are doing just fine, but in reality they have no idea. Second of all, I find that many owners don’t want to know what’s going on behind their bar. It’s absolutely insane to me that you wouldn’t want to know what’s going on in your business, but I see it time and time again. POUR COST % VARIES GREATLY ON MANY FACTORS, INCLUDING: What you price your drinks at Bartender theft The accuracy of the inventory count The amount of happy hour or discount specials you sell Which...
Read More
10 Awesome Novelty Drink Ideas For Your Bar

10 Awesome Novelty Drink Ideas For Your Bar

If you haven't read WHY you should find a novelty drink for your bar, go back and read 7 REASONS YOU SHOULD CREATE A NOVELTY DRINK FOR YOUR BAR. If you don't need any more convincing and are ready for some ideas so you can get started creating buzz at your bar, let me share with you the best 10 novelty drinks I have had that I couldn't stop thinking or talking about with other people. 1. The Big Ass Mule. I have to put this at #1 because it's the one we chose for our bar. Not to mention Moscow Mules popularity has spread faster than the zombie population on The Walking Dead. The way we do it is to fill the 96 oz. cup with ice, add 4 oz. of lime juice and empty a 12.68 oz. bottle of Tito's into the giant mug. Then top with ginger beer. One of our biggest sellers, especially on the weekends.   2. THE OUTRAGEOUS BLOODY...
Read More
7 Reasons You Should Create a Novelty Drink For Your Bar

7 Reasons You Should Create a Novelty Drink For Your Bar

For those of you new to the subject of novelty bar drinks, they are the equivalent of a cat chasing after and swatting at a piece of yarn you dangle in front of it. Stupid cat. I own one myself (not by choice) She sits there with that superior-to-the-rest-of-us attitude, yet the moment there's movement, she just can't help herself. She tries to pretend she doesn't care, but like an addict with a line of cocaine sitting on the table, she eventually can't stand it anymore and pounces on it. It's quite entertaining to watch, and in the same way my cat is attracted to it's precious yarn, people are enthralled and fascinated by novelty drinks. First off, let's define what "Novelty" actually means. Novelty is defined as: The quality of being new, unique or unusual A small or original toy or ornament Novelty drinks fit both of these definitions. They are both unique and a sort of toy for your guests to drink from. If...
Read More
How Much do Bartenders Make?

How Much do Bartenders Make?

Or more accurately, this article should be titled "How Much do Bartenders REALLY Make" because a wide chasm exists between what they claim and what they actually make, which makes this a common and intriguing question, and one I get a lot. A bartender's income is not like traditional jobs that have a salary or wages. Tips turn everything topsy turvy. And the answer to this question is going to vary based on where you live (i.e. Bismarck, ND vs. Las Vegas, NV). I have actually already answered this question in yesterday's blog post, Highest Paying Jobs Without a Degree: Where do Bartenders Rank? So you can click on the link and read that blog post, or I will simply repeat all the relevant details from that article here of how much bartenders REALLY make in this industry. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And if YOU want to make this same type of money and become one of those rockstar bartenders you always see when you...
Read More