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    BAR TRAINING MANUALSBAR TRAINING MANUALS
    In order to get consistent results from your staff, it's essential to have your employees all pulling in the same direction using the same standards and operating knowledge. Don't leave this critical area up to chance. Use our professionally designed Bar Training Manuals to provide clear directions to your staff on exactly what is expected in their position and the exact policies, procedures, and methods needed to be successful . . . more>>

    Bar Cleaning SchedulesBar Cleaning Schedules
    Keeping your bar clean is of the utmost importance. A high degree of cleanliness & hygiene is required to both satisfy health department inspections & to keep customers coming back. Use the following cleaning schedules to manage who cleans specific areas & items, when, what, and how it is to be cleaned . . . more>>

    Bar Opening and Closing ChecklistsBar Opening and Closing Checklists
    Use the opening and closing checklists to give your staff specific instructions on what needs to be done during opening and closing so that your operation is run in a consistent and efficient manner. Our opening and closing checklists are complete and ready to use immediately. You can also use it as a template and customize it as you see fit for your bar's operations . . . more>>

    Beverage Markup and Gross Profit Table
    Beverage Markup and Gross Profit Table Knowing what your markup and gross profit is on every beverage you sell is essential in determining what your selling price should be. Use this extensive table to quickly determine how profitable a selling price will be based on your input cost . . . more>>
    TRUE COST RECIPE SPREADSHEET
    TRUE COST RECIPE SPREADSHEET Knowing how much menu items really cost is essential in pricing them profitably. Without knowing your true item costs, you're guessing at what items are profitable. Use the True Cost Recipe Spreadsheet to calculate recipe cost including yield percentages to uncover the real costs of your menu items . . . more>>
    Yahoo Local Results Now Powered by Yelp
    Yahoo Local Results Now Powered by Yelp Yahoo and Yelp have now partnered where Yelp customer reviews will now be found in Yahoo local search results and Yahoo Maps when users search on their smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Learn what you need to do to make sure your bar is found . . . more>>
    Bar Employee Reprimand Form Templates
    Bar Employee Reprimand Form Templates When an employee does something or fails to do something according to your bar's stated policies, it is necessary to bring this unacceptable behavior to his or her attention. Use the Bar Employee Reprimand Form Templates to document the occurrence and make the employee aware of the issue so that they do not repeat it again . . . more>>
    Music Licensing for Bars and Restaurants: What You Need to Know
    Music Licensing for Bars and Restaurants: What You Need to Know If you play recorded or live music in your bar, you need to be fully aware of all music licensing requirements. The price of not knowing and complying when required opens your business to legal clams by music rights holders such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC that could be very costly if your are sued . . . more>>
    Bar Manager Hour by Hour Checklist
    Bar Manager Hour by Hour Checklist If your manager is overwhelmed by tasks or doesn't know where to start, nothing productive gets done. Instead of letting events get out of hand, set some guidelines to help determine the day's tasks. Use the Bar Manager Hour by Hour Checklist to cover the specific tasks the manager needs do to throughout the day so that your bar runs the way you want . . . more>>
    Bar Marketing Strategy: How to Use Local Events in Your City to Fill Your Bar
    Bar Marketing Strategy: How to Use Local Events in Your City to Fill Your Bar Every city has several annual local events that your bar can piggy back on to make your bar the place to be before, during, or after the event. Learn how to create a tie in to the event and get the word out so that you can create several more huge profit days each year . . . more>>
    Mixology Contest Promotion: A Fun Way to Drive Sales and Create Excitement
    Mixology Contest Promotion: A Fun Way to Drive Sales and Create Excitement Bring excitement and increased beverage sales to your bar by running a mixology contest among your customers. Not only do customers love it but when this contest is run drink sales spike immediately. Get the details of this promotion here . . . more>>
    Bar Cash Management: Essential Daily Cash Procedures for Your Bar
    Bar Cash Management: Essential Daily Cash Procedures for Your Bar Are you taking care of the daily cash coming into your business? If you're not then you have a serious issue that need attention. Follow these essential daily cash procedures to control your money and prevent a cash loss from happening . . . more>>
    Text Messaging Advertising: Why Every Bar Should Be Using Text Messaging to Cost Effectively Drive Customer Traffic
    Text Messaging Advertising: Why Every Bar Should Be Using Text Messaging to Cost Effectively Drive Customer Traffic If you're not using text messaging to attract customers, you're missing out on one of the most effective ways to fill your bar. Learn how text messaging has one the highest response rates (and lowest cost) of any advertising medium and how you can implement a text messaging program for your bar . . . more>>
    How to Quickly Create and Roll Out a Food Allergy Plan For Your Bar
    How to Quickly Create and Roll Out a Food Allergy Plan For Your Bar With 12 million Americans affected by food allergies, chances are some of these people are already your customers. If you don't have food allergy plan in place, you're at risk for liability issues relating to allergy incidents. Use our food allergy guide to create a viable plan for your bar on how your staff should handle customers with food allergies . . . more>>
    Bar Yearly Advertising Plan
    Bar Yearly Advertising Plan Putting together a yearly advertising plan for your bar is vital in allocating your advertising spend. With the amount that you spend on advertising, you can't afford to "wing it". Use the Bar Yearly Advertising Plan spreadsheet to help you calculate and plan out your bar's yearly advertising expenditures . . . more>>
    Bartender Sidework Completion Checklist
    Bartender Sidework Completion Checklist During the course of every bartender shift your bartenders need to clean, stock, and prepare the bar for customers and for upcoming shifts. Having a written checklist keeps your bartenders focused on exactly what needs to be done and will make their day easier and your operation run more efficiently. Use the Bartender Sidework Completion Checklist to ensure what needs to be done gets completed . . . more>>
    Bar Revenue Management: Proven Ways to Increase Your Sales 3% to 5%
    Bar Revenue Management: Proven Ways to Increase Your Sales 3% to 5% Most bars do not operate at peak efficiency during their busiest times. This results in additional sales and profits being lost each day due to the failure to follow a few key revenue management strategies. Learn several specific revenue enhancing steps successful bars are using to increase sales from 3% to 5% and that cost almost nothing to roll out . . . more>>
    Monthly Bar Maintenance Checklist
    Monthly Bar Maintenance Checklist Performing regular maintenance on your bar's facility and equipment will help ensure that things are working properly and efficiently as well as provide a safe environment for your employees and guests. The Monthly Bar Maintenance Checklist will help you know what to check at your bar and how frequently you need to check it . . . more>>
    Bar Pre-Shift Meeting Topics
    Bar Pre-Shift Meeting Topics Pre-shift meetings give your managers/supervisors the opportunity to discuss with your staff numerous relevant topics to improve your operation, customer service, and profitability. Use the Bar Pre-Shift Meeting Topics to have a variety of topics to choose from that will keep your staff from getting bored with what's discussed and keep your meetings fresh . . . more>>
    How to Get Your Best Customers to Refer Your Bar: It's Like Having Them Working in Your Marketing Department
    How to Get Your Best Customers to Refer Your Bar: It's Like Having Them Working in Your Marketing Department Getting your existing regular customer base to refer their friends to your bar is one of the best low cost ways to grow your customer traffic. If you don't have a structured referral program in place, you're leaving easy money on the table. Learn the exact steps to take in order to set up a structured customer referral program and benefit from this easy to reach source of new customers . . . more>>
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