Whether your operation focuses on craft beer or expertly crafted cocktails, having the right bar supplies on hand can make all the difference in the service you're able to provide to customers. Customers remember good drinks and great service, and these supplies can help you provide both. From ice makers and kegerators to cocktail glasses and shakers, you can find all of the bar equipment and supplies you need here.
Common Questions About Bar Supplies
Which commercial ice maker is best for a bar?
There are two main factors to consider when choosing an ice maker for a bar. First is how much ice you need. A cocktail bar generally needs about three pounds per person, but a bar that does more business in beer may not need that much. The second factor is what kind of ice you need. If you'll be making blended frozen cocktails, crescent, half-cube, or nugget ice is often preferred due to ease of blending. However, for chilling high-end cocktails, you might prefer large gourmet cubes, which melt slower and will not dilute the drink as quickly.
What size kegerator do I need?
The kegerator, also called a draft beer system or direct draw beer system, is one of the most common pieces of bar equipment. The size needed is dictated by how different beers are on tap and how many beers are sold between keg deliveries. Kegerators can have one to four taps and, in most cases, each tap will be connected to a different keg. That means the number of taps you have will determine the number of types of beer you can serve. In some cases, there may be more cabinet spaces than taps, so you can store an extra keg of your most popular beer.
Is glass or plastic drinkware better for a bar?
Glass drinkware is often associated with quality in customers' minds, but in some cases plastic is better. If your bar is on a patio, by a pool, on a rooftop, or in a venue that experiences an excessive amount of broken glasses, you may want to consider changing to plastic bar supplies. Some types of plastic, such as Tritan, have glass-like appearances while maintaining the durability of plastic.