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Bartender Training

Bitters Add a Dash of Flair to Your Cocktails (A Guide)

Long before Tylenol, twenty-five dollar copays, and debates on whether masks actually work (they do), people turned to alcohol as a one-stop solution for their ailments...

Restaurant Trends

Exciting Cocktail Trends for 2021

Can you believe it’s going to be 2021 in less than two months? I can’t believe it either. It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2020, excited for a year that was..

Bartender Training

The History of the Mule Cocktail

Mules (also known as bucks) are cocktails made with ginger beer or ginger ale, citrus juice, and any kind of spirit. Easy to make and easy to sip, these are some of the most..

Bartender Training

Essential Cocktail Equipment For Bartenders

Whether you're a novice bartender, or a seasoned pro looking for a quick refresher, this cocktail equipment guide is helpful for anyone that makes drinks behind the bar. 

 

A..

Restaurant Management

How to Increase Delivery and To-Go Check Averages

Did you suggest a drink while they wait? Have they seen a dessert menu? What about that cabernet we're trying to sell? 

 

Managers are always looking for clever ways to raise..

Restaurant Management, Bar Inventory

8 Most Important Data Points to Track Behind the Bar

Being a bar manager requires a lot more math and brain power than you may think.

 

"This isn't what I signed up for!" you might be shouting over a pile of spreadsheets and..

Restaurant Management, Bar Inventory

8 Most Important Data Points to Track Behind the Bar

Being a bar manager requires a lot more math and brain power than you may think.

 

"This isn't what I signed up for!" you might be shouting over a pile of spreadsheets and..

Bar Inventory

How to Reduce Your Bar Inventory Levels

Keeping your inventory levels low without compromising on service is a tricky balance. How do you make sure you don't run out of product, while also keeping inventory levels..

Bar Inventory

Inventory Usage Rate is the Formula for a Successful Bar

Imagine that your bar's liquor inventory is perfectly managed:Your shelves are clear of overstocked liquor bottles that you don't need. You never run out of menu items..

Bar Inventory

5 Tips for Bar Managers to Manage Inventory [With Video]

If you're a new bar manager, you might be feeling overwhelmed with all the new responsibilities, so we're going to highlight 5 tips to focus on behind the bar to make things a..

Bar Inventory

Common Bar Inventory Mistakes

"I'm sorry we are out of that."  There is nothing worse than going to a bar and they are out of what you wanted.  Do you constantly find yourself out of products or wonder why..

Bar Inventory

Using the Reporting Tools in Backbar to Manage Bar Inventory

Inventory can be one of the most costly things when it comes to running a bar or restaurant so analyzing your data to gain insights is one of the many benefits to using a ..

Restaurant Management

How to Increase Delivery and To-Go Check Averages

Did you suggest a drink while they wait? Have they seen a dessert menu? What about that cabernet we're trying to sell? 

 

Managers are always looking for clever ways to raise..

Restaurant Management, Bar Inventory

8 Most Important Data Points to Track Behind the Bar

Being a bar manager requires a lot more math and brain power than you may think.

 

"This isn't what I signed up for!" you might be shouting over a pile of spreadsheets and..

Restaurant Management

The Importance of Sustainable To-Go Packaging for Restaurants

The financial fallout from coronavirus has been steep and swift—but have we been levying the same concern with the environmental impact it has had as well? 

 

With restaurants..

Restaurant Management

How to Cater to 5 Different Types of Customers This Fall

It's September; put down your margaritas. It's time to slip into a wool cardigan, drink a boozy coffee, and make our way to the nearest pumpkin patch. 

Restaurant Management

7 Companies Offering Freebies for Restaurants and Bars Amid COVID-19

We've already given bars and restaurants some advice on how to cut costs; but there are plenty of companies out there that are being quite generous with their time and money to..

Restaurant Management

7 Ways To Update Your Restaurant Marketing Strategy During Coronavirus

Before coronavirus hit, the most anxiety-inducing aspect of going out was beating the happy hour crowds for a drink. Now, there are a lot of variables diners have to consider..

Bartender Training

Bitters Add a Dash of Flair to Your Cocktails (A Guide)

Long before Tylenol, twenty-five dollar copays, and debates on whether masks actually work (they do), people turned to alcohol as a one-stop solution for their ailments...

Bartender Training

The History of the Mule Cocktail

Mules (also known as bucks) are cocktails made with ginger beer or ginger ale, citrus juice, and any kind of spirit. Easy to make and easy to sip, these are some of the most..

Bartender Training

Essential Cocktail Equipment For Bartenders

Whether you're a novice bartender, or a seasoned pro looking for a quick refresher, this cocktail equipment guide is helpful for anyone that makes drinks behind the bar. 

 

A..

Bartender Training

Resume Tips for Bartenders and Servers

Bartender Training

The Most Important Bar Tools for Bartenders

Like any craft, bartending requires certain tools to do the job right. There are plenty of cool gadgets and delicate tools like smoke infusers or garnish tweezers that a..

Bartender Training

How to Make Simple Syrup for Cocktails

 

Wine Knowledge

How to Sell More Wine With Your To-Go Orders

The service industry has successfully pivoted to delivery and take out in an effort drum up steady business—but aside from promoting your snacks and bites, it's time to include..

Wine Knowledge

Wine and Drink Trends You'll See in Fall 2020

We've already discussed some drink predictions for 2020, but consumer needs have shifted dramatically in the last few months. As the fall season approaches, we're seeing the..

Wine Knowledge

Exciting Wine Trends For 2020

2020 is coming. It's a year that doesn't quite sound real. 2020 sounds more like an abstract year used in sci-fi shows or books to indicate a distant future when society relies..

Bartender Training, Wine Knowledge

7 Tips for Training Waitstaff on Wine and Beverages

We talk to dozens of restaurants every day and they often tell us one of their top challenges is training their wait staff.  And training staff on the wine list and beverage..

Wine Knowledge

3 Perfect Wine Pairings for Sushi

Who hasn't had sushi? Well, maybe a few of you. But the Japanese food has become extremely popular in the U.S. as American palates open up to foods that aren't ketchup. Sushi..

Wine Knowledge

How to Become a Sommelier

One of the fastest growing careers in restaurants and hospitality is the sommelier track. In the past few years the growth has been explosive in the United States. In 2017, the..

Liquor Cost

Understanding Inventory Variance in Your Bar (and How to Fix It)

Maybe the first time you learned about shrinkage was from that episode of Seinfeld, but today we're going to be talking about a different kind of shrinkage. 

 

Liquor Cost

Factors That Impact Liquor Costs

Do your liquor costs keep creeping up and you don't know where the additional costs are coming from?  Chances are they are right under your nose and you can actually take..

Liquor Cost

How to Price Draft and Bottled Beer

"Come on in!  The price (can be) right!"  Customers don't want to come to your bar thinking they're playing The Price Is Right when it comes to your beer prices. 

Liquor Cost

What is the average liquor cost for bars and restaurants? [With Video]

Who knew running a successful bar and restaurant would require so much math?

Liquor Cost

Average Restaurant Costs: Liquor, Food, and Labor

There are many costs that go into running a restaurant and while some are not controllable, others are, and taking advantage of lowering those costs will lead to a successful..

Liquor Cost

Why Setting Purchasing Budgets Are Vital to Your Restaurant

Does the thought of sitting down and creating a purchasing budget stress you out to the point that you find literally anything else to do?  Or worse, take your best guess on..

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