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This past year has been a trying one for the wine industry. In California, wine makers were again besieged and burnt by a terrible wildfire season in California. And of course,..
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...
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..
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..
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.
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..
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..
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..
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?
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..
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.
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..
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..
When you order a drink at a bar, you probably have a pretty good idea of what glassware it's going to be served in.
We're used to seeing our martinis in delicate stemware,..
You might have it all going for you—a great staff, an acclaimed food and beverage menu, and an instagram worthy atmosphere. But have you checked the books lately?
We won't sugarcoat it for you. Being a restaurant manager is like having 8 jobs in one.
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.
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..
Everyone remembers the first time they had a beer (well, you might remember, depending on how much you had).
Whether it was in a basement at a college party, or on the back..
Bar and restaurant managers typically work 50-60 hour work weeks. Managers are sleep deprived, stretched impossibly thin, and they're lucky if they have enough time to enjoy a..
The hiring process is a dreaded one for bar and restaurant owners. The hospitality industry experiences more turnover than any other industry, and a rotating crop of employees..
Given the strict capacity limitations during COVID-19, it's not feasible to reopen your restaurant or bar with a full staff.
Whether some of your employees choose not to..
While patio season is looking a little different this year, that doesn't mean you can't pull out all the stops for your guests.
As if running a restaurant weren't stressful enough, we now have to keep in mind the additional safety and sanitation guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Following these..
When restaurants and bars reopen their doors, business will not resume as usual. The landscape has fundamentally changed, so the way we run our businesses has to change as well.
Batched cocktails are nothing new, but with the given circumstances of COVID-19, their convenience and ingenuity are integral to the survival of restaurants.With to-go..
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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..
These are trying times for restaurants. With so much uncertainty surrounding the length of quarantine, shelter-in-place orders, and locally mandated business closures,..
For bars and restaurants to survive they need to focus on cashflow. Here are 10 important recommendations and non-intuitive tips to survive and then thrive.
Equipment will breakdown in a restaurant; it is a nearly unavoidable fact. However, implementing maintenance procedures will improve communication between staff members and..
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..
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..
Broken refrigerator, money out. Rent and utilities, money out. Spending money on marketing to get people in the door, money out, although hoping for a lot of money in. ..
Who knew running a successful bar and restaurant would require so much math?
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..
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..
One of the most important elements of running a successful bar is to control and maintain a low liquor cost.
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 ..
At Backbar we know that taking liquor inventory can be a headache, so we created a free bar inventory app to help reduce time spent on bar inventory by up to 66%. We took the..
At Backbar we know purchasing liquor from your vendors takes time and various communication platforms. So we made your purchase order process seamless by putting it all in..
The life of a bar manager is filled with long shifts and heavy workloads. A traditional 40-hour work week would feel like a vacation for many. If you're considering a bar or..
Since the mid-2000s, life has changed for bartenders. The cocktail revival kicked off in the mid aughts wasn't a fad, but a longtail trend that has changed how and what..
Here's a quick question: What is the most important part of the restaurant business?
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..
If you're a restaurant manager looking for bigger opportunities, or a non-management level restaurant employee looking to take the next step in your career, then you can't..
I recently wrote about Bar Inventory Accounting and while that post and many others in our Backbar Academy discuss best practices for doing inventory efficiently and..
Running a successful bar relies on a team of people that must all be in sync and aware of their duties and responsibilities. One of the best ways to hack success behind the bar..
For most restaurant and bar owners and managers, the enjoyable part of the job revolves around delighting customers in the front of house. There are not many hospitality..
Doing regular inventory of your bar is critical to running a successful beverage operation. And there are many ways to take bar inventory. Whether you record counts into Excel..
People don’t go to restaurants just for the food. They go for the experience of having a relaxing time while having their favorite meal. And everything matters when it comes to..
Taking bar inventory can be time consuming and frustrating. It’s a lot of work to count hundreds of bottles, move boxes, punch numbers into spreadsheets and then analyze the..
We know that normally, business owners have enough questions of their own and aren’t looking to add any more to their collection, but these five questions could prove to be a..
Losing a restaurant manager can be really devastating. It can upend employee relationships, diminish a positive work culture, derail finances, and it's flat out really expensive
In 2016, the restaurant industry saw a turnover rate of 72.9% for restaurant employees. This marked a nearly 7% increase in turnover rate from 2014. This is a big problem for..
Some managers have intangible qualities that make them effective leaders and impactful mentors. If you're lucky, you've had the opportunity to work under the guidance of a..
The explosive growth of restaurants has increased the cooking opportunities for cooks and chefs and this has left many kitchens understaffed. A growing frustration with the..
Every year Earth Day is a time when everyone makes the extra effort to volunteer and be more environmentally friendly. Now its time to expand our efforts and make it apart of..
The allure of the restaurant industry is easy to understand. The money can be good and comes fast. The obligation is often minimal. And the job is built around encouraging..
What makes a good restaurant staff? Is it that they smile? Can double-stir cocktails? Sure, hospitality and talent are big factors for that. But a good restaurant staff is a..
The world of wine can be intimidating. From full bodied red wines to crisp dry white wines. The options are truly endless! However, when it comes to pairing wine with food..
Whether its the freezing winter, the holiday season, or healthy new year's resolutions, a slow business season is expected every year. But, there is still hope! No one can..
Does your restaurant's menu change seasonally? It should. And not just your food menu. Your wine, beer, and cocktail lists should all rotate throughout the year. Even if you..
A consistent flow of new beers, breweries, and bars are feeding the beer loving public each day. If you're at a bar and ask for a beer list, chances are there will be a brew..
A restaurant is only as good its staff. The bartender, servers, and help staff are the heart and soul of a restaurant. They have the most direct relationship with guests and..
Ah, the sacred wine by the glass list... In many restaurants the glass list is responsible for up to 75% of all wine sales. With gross margins on glass pours often exceeding..
Everywhere we look, it seems like a new, high-level cocktail program is being offered at bars both new and old. More restaurants and bars are adding inventive cocktails to..
Once, during a busy Friday night a bar in Chicago, a recently hired server returned a glass of White Zinfandel to the bartender. The wine, a blush pink color, wavered in the..
Pricing drinks can be a tricky part of the bar business, but it doesn’t have to be. Pricing your drinks properly ensures that you are able to sustain your bar long-term, and it..
Taking liquor inventory at your bar or restaurant can be a pain. But the best way to minimize the pain is to create a liquor inventory spreadsheet that is organized and allows..
A well run bar should have an alcohol cost between 18-20% of sales. It's the golden range for bar managers and beverage directors. And, like baseball players striving to have a..
If you hang out in bars long enough, you'll eventually start to hear all sorts of unusual and interesting phrases being thrown around. Each bar will have its own unique..
Replace spreadsheets with a flexible platform that connects each step of inventory management. From taking counts to costing drinks, Backbar helps you strengthen your bar program.