oh yeah, and CARD EVERYONE, dont just use your best judgement, card anyone who doesnt look 40+ !! for reealz.
Trishntek wrote:Our bar is just a 4X8 sheet of 1/2" plywood with 2X4 around the sides and 4' 2X4 legs. You want it high enough that you aren't bending over all the time. The 4' width provides plenty of space for your standard supplies, a few simple games(truth or dare cards, dice, etc.) and provides arms length from anyone trying to steal your shit,,,, yes it does happen.
alright my possibly ill conceived outline has been laid out please don't shred it too badly and if ya go through the trouble of shredding it at least offer a bit of constructive feedback
sambojones wrote:is serving canned beer a good idea or should be just stick to cheap liquor/mixers?
There is nothing wrong with also serving beer, but it seems like you should only do it if you enjoy the idea, not because you're worried about the reaction of people who don't adore the evening's special. There are other bars out there they can patronize. A lot of Burners will have beer that they serve/gift informally, so specializing in a particular drink seems easier and more distinctive for you as a bar, and maybe simpler, too.
If you did only cosmopolitans, or only mai tais (or martinis, or mint juleps, or vodka gimlets, etc, etc) but mixed a really good one--how cool is that? Or if you had just one kind of alcohol (like only vodka . . . or only rum) and 2-3 ways to prepare it, it seems like it would simplify things, and you could really concentrate.
There are bars out there that are famous for their Bloody Marys, for example. They don't necessarily feel the need to do it all.
Dr. Pyro wrote:So keep vigilant and be a gentleman: pour the ladies' drinks first.
remi wrote:Dr. Pyro wrote:So keep vigilant and be a gentleman: pour the ladies' drinks first.
Spoken like a true gentleman and a scholar.
Eric wrote:remi wrote:Dr. Pyro wrote:So keep vigilant and be a gentleman: pour the ladies' drinks first.
Spoken like a true gentleman and a scholar.
Spoken like a professional with an RV right behind the bar...
Lord Of Ruin wrote:I echo all the stuff said here, but one tip that's often overlooked.
You don't need a huge variety of stuff to serve. Keep that for yourself. Pick a signature drink or three, prep those and offer them. Variety and "you call it drinks" are for larger bars. For instance, if you think you're going to be open for a block during the day, something cold and citrus-y is awesome.
Figure out methods to mix your signature drinks in Igloos. Buy 3 or 4 of them so you can rotate one out for washing, etc. It's SOOO much easier to just ice the igloo and keep it out of the sun some way than to give ice in each person's glass. Serve drink sizes much smaller than you would in the real world....about double the size of a large shot is perfect. You can always give them more of your ice cold goodness. If you like you can use insulated pitchers that you fill from the igloos,etc to make tending easier.
Have a trash plan.
Assess your progress (trash, cost, mixers) nightly and if you have to close or change hours, list it asap on your signage. Don't be embarrassed to invite people to gift you things you need if you're running low because you've been popular. You can make it fun (first person to bring us 3 bags of ice gets a commemmorative drink named after them).
Weight it for later int he week. Fewer hours at the beginning of the week...check your progress...then add hours as you have a feel for how much you're blowing through. Make friends with any bars in the area and let them know what you're doing. Sometimes it can be coordinated so that you're not both serving at once, but are complimentary (oh no...we're not open. But you know what? Joe down about 5 camps has this little 80's speakeasy thing and is serving this citrus coolers during the day. Tell him Monkey Mike sent you....)
HandJamMasterC wrote:I've had a blast doing our wine and champagne bar for the last 2 years. Really looking forward to this year too. I made a bolt together bar that's easy to transport
+10000 will doDr. Pyro wrote: So keep vigilant and be a gentleman: pour the ladies' drinks first.
Trishntek wrote:One other thing we have found works well for seating is 2X10's 8' long on 5 gallon buckets. They make great benches and are easily transported and arranged as needed. We have fresh water(for washing only) in the buckets which eventually become grey water containers as the week progresses. Anything people can sit on in the shade is much appreciated during the day.
Easy wrote:Friend of Inspiratum, are you interested in heading your bar at a larger camp? Some foothill Burners and BurnTown defectors are building a theme camp and plan on having a small bar like you've described.
p.s. Going to FurrBall?
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