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In the Bar Business, it’s the Little Things that Count


When it comes to running a bar, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to success. Some bars fail in spite of a great concept and location, and some survive against all odds. But most successful bar owners will tell you that they got where they are through a combination of timing and luck, and by spending their time focusing on the parts of the business that were actually within their control.

Our team at Don’s Supply has been central Arkansas’ leading bar supply wholesaler since 1969. But our services don’t stop at bar equipment supply: we also offer great advice at no additional charge! We know that anyone can sell you bar supplies, but are they prepared to also be your partner? Any time that you have questions, we’re a phone call or mouse click away! We also have a few easy and inexpensive suggestions on ways to improve your guests’ experience, and turn them into repeat customers:

There’s no such thing as too clean! – Even if you’re running the seediest dive bar in town, you still have to run a spotlessly clean establishment! There should be a routine cleaning schedule for every shift, and deep cleaning as often as necessary. Every employee should take pride in cleanliness in the bar and kitchen, and no one’s ever too important or too busy to grab a rag or a mop!

Consistency is key-You worked hard to develop your cocktails, and it’s important that every one of them is mixed the same way, every time. Your signature cocktails are a big part of your brand, and they need to be poured right!

Breathe new life into classic drinks-Every bartender needs to know how to make standard cocktails, and as a bar owner, you need to make sure that they have all the ingredients that they’ll need in stock at all times. But when it comes to your cocktail menu, you should always be innovating! Change a spirit, change a garnish, use a different juice, and see what works! Many of the most popular cocktails in the world have been discovered by accident, and you should never be afraid to experiment!

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