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How to open a bar

  • October 22, 2020

    For entrepreneurs seeking to enter the bar/restaurant business, sports-themed bars are popular choices because a sports bar has a ready-made customer base; sports fans love to congregate in drinking establishments with friends and watch their favorite teams on TV. Major sports leagues’ seasons overlap and together extend all year long, making it possible for a bar to be popular throughout the year.


    Limited Menu of Tasty Food

    People go to a sports bar to watch games with their friends and socialize. The food is a secondary consideration, but it must be of high quality and taste good in order to encourage repeat business. Create a menu of traditional American fare such as cheeseburgers, chili, French fries and pizza. Focus on making a few dishes really well. Serving too many different kinds of food can raise overall food costs and cut into profit margins.


    Liquor License

    A bar owner must obtain a liquor license from the municipality in which the bar is located. This is one of the significant costs of opening the bar. There are qualifying criteria as well as quotas; not everyone is approved. The application process can be lengthy, and often involves a public hearing and approval by the town council. Laws vary by state, as do the license costs. A full-service alcohol sales license fee can be $10,000 or more.


    Top Quality Video and Audio System

    The entertainment system for a sports bar usually includes a number of larger screen TVs, with satellite dishes for reception. Customers expect the latest in video technology. This equipment is an additional cost related exclusively to a sports bar. The room design must have a seating arrangement that makes it easy for patrons to see more than one game.


    Making the Bar More Fun

    Sports bars may have other activities besides television viewing. Pool tables and video games are often featured. Promotional giveaways of merchandise, such as clothing licensed by the major sports leagues, or even items autographed by popular ballplayers, are ways to create excitement and customer interest.



    As with any bar/restaurant venture, the prospective sports bar owner must weigh the advantages of a prime location with great visibility versus operating in a location with a much lower rental cost. Choosing the less visible site means that you have to be highly skilled at cost-effective marketing strategies in order to interest potential customers in your bar.

  • October 22, 2020

    The sports bar is one of the most popular destinations for the restaurant business. However, it has its costs this year. Many small bars were forced to close as high rents and low numbers of visitors put an end to their survival during the quarantine. It would be more important for us to use the sports bar franchise strategy. This gives you an advantage in reducing your brand adoption costs. No need to come up with a new menu and look for new suppliers. These are good bonuses to start even during the second wave of coronavirus. People come to sports bars one way or another because almost everyone loves beer and fried chicken)