Sunday, December 30, 2012

Five Tips to Increase Profits on New Year's Eve

Want to increase your bar or tavern's profits on New Year's Eve? Follow these five fantastic tips and watch your profits soar.

Five Don'ts for Profits on New Year's Eve

1)  Don't Over Serve any of your customers

2)  Don't Encourage "Multiple Shot" consumption

3) Don't Allow Rowdy or Rude Behavior

4)  Don't Permit anyone to use "F" word

5)  Don't Forget ... enjoy the night - its a New Year's Party  

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Beer Trivia - Beer Coolers

The portable ice chest {beer cooler} was invented by Richard C. Laramy of Joliet, Illinois on February 24, 1951.

The Coleman Company popularized the concept of a portable beer cooler in the United States with its initial offering of a galvanized cooler in 1954. Three years later the Coleman Company developed a process to make plastic lined coolers and jugs

Friday, December 21, 2012

7 Steps to Increase your Bar Profits in 2013

As the New Year hovers in the distance I thought I’d share some tips you might want to consider in 2013 to increase your bar profits. Each tip would be an excellent New Year’s resolution to adopt and work on next year.

Why these seven tips?  Because when you skip all the bull these are the only seven functions that directly contribute to your bars profits. Every profitable local bar,neighborhood tavern, VFW post or American Legion post knows these seven tips and monitors them closely.

To increase your profits in 2013 review the functions I have listed- understand these seven functions and apply these seven functions.  

Evaluate your current bar operation - if you are honest you will clearly see how these seven functions already impact your bottom line. Some are postively affecting your profits while others are negatively affecting them.

Below are the only seven bar functions I know of that generate revenues and make your bar operation money on a consistent basis.  These seven functions are provided as a courtesy by Eba G:

       Bartenders    Hire only good bartenders – get rid of

                              any mediocre ones

       Appearance   Make sure your bar has an appearance    

                               that attracts customers or members

       Atmosphere   Create an atmosphere that 
                                your sales

       Food               Offer only great bar food – you don’t have

                               to offer a large selection but whatever you
                               offer needs to be great – adequate and
                               average food just wont’ do

       Events            Routinely schedule fun events at your

                               bar – get people to come on in

      Advertise        Make sure you are advertising your bar.

                               A Yellow Page ad is not advertising

      Bar $ense       Cultivate a high level of bar $ense. Know

                               your bar, know you clients and know your
                               products; know them inside and out better
                               than anyone else in town. 

Remember don't assume at damn thing. Should you want detailed explanations on any of the above functions no problem.  Just send an email to or post your address in the  comment section and I will personally send you additional information on that function you need clarified.

Remember Eba G. is here to help you increase your profits.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 Rules Bar and Tavern Owners Should Remember

1.  Money won't buy your customers happiness but selling top shelf liquor generates more profits

2.  Learn to forgive those customers who makes a scene in your bar - but remember those bastards

3.  If you help a customer when they are in trouble they will remember you when they are in trouble again

4.  Remember many of your customers are alive today only because it is illegal to shoot them   

5.  Alcohol will not solve the problems of your customers but neither will milk or fruit juice

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bar Owner Quiz

When you travel through rural communities you sometimes see:  Bar & Grills and Supper Clubs.

What's the difference between the two?

Generally you won't see the cook in a Supper Club.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Wonderful Exercise Workout for Bar Owners and Bar Staff Personnel

We all know it is important to exercise; however it you are a bar owner, bar manager or bartender or if you are part of a bar wait staff it is extremely critical you maintain good physical health. 

To help you establish an effective workout program I would like to share the daily workout regiment I currently use.  It is simple yet I promise you will see results quickly.

Before you begin your shift at the bar find a quiet area with a comfortable surface to stand.  Make sure you have plenty of room on each side.  Now pick up a 5-lb potato bag in each hand and extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

Don't be disappointed if you can't hold them very long the first few times, that's to be expected.  Just keep repeating this exercise each day before your shift begins.  You will soon find that you will be able to hold the 5-lb potato bags a little bit longer each day.

You goal is to eventually hold the 5lb potato bags for a full 60 seconds.  When you can hold the bags for one minute put them down and just relax.  After a couple of weeks using this method you will be able to move up to 10-lb pound potato bags. 

Then in no time you will be able to move up to 50-lb potato bags and then eventually you should be able to move up to 100-lb potato bags in each hand (this is currently the level I am at).

After you feel comfortable holding the 100-lb potato bags for a least a minute go back to the 5-lb potato bags but this time put a small potato in each bag begin the process all over again.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Great Bar Quiz


What's the difference between a bar/tavern and a nightclub/lounge?


About $1.50 a drink

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cocktails and Taxes - a must read for every bar and tavern owner as well as all wait staff personnel.

Not long ago ten boys graduated from High School; all 10 went to work at the local mill. As luck or faith would have it the boys qualified for different jobs. Their jobs ranged from Custodian to Sales, to Marketing and Machinists. All earned different wages.  

The years at the mill flew bye yet their friendship remained strong. When they turned 21 they began to meet on Thursday nights at a local bar after work. They’d talk about the old HS days, discuss how their families were doing and sip on several drinks. When the night ended their bar tab was typically $100.

Since there was such a difference in their pay they wanted to come up with a plan to pay their tab that was fair. The first four men (the lowest paid) were asked to pay nothing. The fifth man put in a $1.00 while the sixth man chipped in $3. The seventh laid down $7 and the eighth tossed in $12. The ninth kicked in $18 and the tenth man (the highest paid) coughed up the remaining $59.

For over two years, every Thursday, the men paid their bar tab with this arrangement and all seemed okay with it. Then one week the bar owner threw them a curve. He came to their table and said: “You boys are wonderful customers – from now on I’m going to reduce the cost of your bar tab by $20; so when you guys come in on Thursday night’s from now on you will only have to pay $80 instead of the regular $100.00.

Delighted with the owners kind offer the buddies agreed to still pay their bar tab on a sliding scale. The six payers now had to decide how to divide up the $20 reduction? They thought they would divide the $20 equally by the six payers a $3.33 savings per man. However when they went to subtract the $3.33 from each of their shares, the fifth and sixth both received money and that just didn’t seem right.

Seeing the dilemma he caused, the bar owner walked over and suggested they reduce their shares using the principles the Federal government applies to income taxes. The men listened and watched as the bar owner calculated what each man’s fair share should be using the US tax tables.

According to the owners calculations the fifth man, like the first four, would now pay nothing (a 100% savings). The sixth man would now only pay $2 instead of $3 (a 33% saving). The seventh man would now only pay $5 instead of $7 (a 28% saving) and the eighth man would now kick in $9 instead of $12 (a 25% saving). 

The ninth man would be asked to contribute $14 instead of $18 (a 22% saving) and the tenth man under the new system would only be responsible for $49 instead of $59 (a 16% saving). Proud of his solution the bar owner smiled as he believed the ten men were now off than before. 

After the men settled their tab they left the bar. However once outside they began to compare their savings. “Damn, I only got one dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man!” he then pointed to the tenth man and said” but he got a $10 savings!” 

“That’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I too only save a dollar and it isn’t fair he gets a benefit ten times more than me!” “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I on get $2? I guess it’s true what they say the wealthiest always get all the breaks!”
Just then the first four men yelled out in unison, “Why are you guys complaining? Look at us; we didn’t get any savings from the $20.00. This system really sucks; we get nothing and he gets $10 - we are the ones being exploited!” The nine men were now so worked up that they surrounded the tenth man and beat him severely and left him in the street as they walked home.

The following Thursday night tenth man did not show up; however the other nine men still met, talked about HS their families, had fun and drank without him. Towards the end of the night the bar owner came over with their $80.00 bar tab. Quickly, the men realized they did not have enough money between the nine of them to cover even half the bill.

And that, boys and girls is the problem we face when someone wants to fix our tax system and reduce our taxes. Invariably the individuals who have the most are going to be the ones to get the greatest benefit from any reduction.

But remember - and this is very important - If we decide to tax the wealthy extra just for being wealthy they might decide not to show up on Thursday nights at the local tavern. In fact, they might start going overseas to atmosphere they find more friendlier.

If you enjoyed this story will you let me know?

If you did not enjoy this story please also let me know.


Eba G. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Seven Reasons Bars Lose Money - # 1 Bartenders


Eba here with my first post.  To make this post special I am posting a wonderful checklist for bar owners. Its a checklist developed by a colleague of mine Gabe Gabrielsen that he included in a series of articles he wrote explaining WHY BARS LOSE MONEY. 

Mr. Gabrielsen by profession works with local governments across the country to increase their economic development opportunities.  Many of his ideas you will agree apply to those of us in the bar and tavern industries.  After you read his checklist post a comment below or contact me directly at  { I included an excerpt from Mr Gabrielsen's article on Bartenders on a separate page to this blog which I think you will find tremendous value.}

   BAR OWNER BARTENDER CHECKLIST                                
     Warning this checklist may significantly increase your bar profits. 

To use the checklist just answer “Yes” or “No” to the nine questions listed below. Some Yeses increase your bar revenues other Yeses severely limit your profits. 
Do your bartenders

Welcome strangers when they walk in the door?

Engage first-time visitors in “lite conversation”?

Spend time “evenly” with all patrons at the bar?

Every YES means more profits

Do you allow -

Bartenders to report for work wearing T-shirts advertising other businesses or places they have been?

Male bartenders to show up for work unshaven and not wearing a belt?

Female bartenders to wear tank tops and plunging V-neck blouses and sweaters that expose excessive cleavage?

Your bartenders to consume alcohol while on duty?

Every YES means you are losing money

Do your bartenders -

Allow customers to frequently drop the “F” word in their conversations?

Engage in controversial discussions such as politics and religion?

Each YES costs you significant profits and leads to the loss of customers

Remember = Profitable bars have great bartenders.

Sincerely - Gabe Gabrielsen