On Tap

Before you order your keg cooler, nail down your draft beer offerings. One or two taps take significantly less cooler space than specialty bars that feature a dozen or more microbrews.


Whether you need one bottle cooler or four depends on your overall storage plan. If you have a walk-in cooler, you can store fewer products up front, but run the risk of losing time and making your bartenders unhappy with frequent trips to the back.

Whether you’re serving up bottles or cans also affects cooler space, so measure your typical inventory before buying a cooler that won’t accommodate your products.

Your ice machines should be conveniently located near the mixed drink area, which means two might be in order if you have a long bar.

Other Considerations

Here is a quick list to get started. As always, remember to check your local health code specifications before purchasing any restaurant equipment.

Opening a Bar - Supply and Equipment Checklist
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Chef Al's Bar Equipment Buyers Guide for first time opening a bar.
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