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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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Restaurant Trends

To-Go Cocktail Trends: How the Industry Is Getting Creative

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,..

Restaurant Management

Restaurant Accounting Guide: How to Manage Your Finances Like a Pro

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?

Restaurant Management

How to Become a Restaurant Manager (and Other Things You Should Know)

We won't sugarcoat it for you. Being a restaurant manager is like having 8 jobs in one.

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. 

 

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..

Restaurant Trends

The Best Beer and Food Pairings for Your Menu

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..

Bartender Training

Resume Tips for Bartenders and Servers

Restaurant Management

Successfully Hiring and Training Restaurant Staff

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..

Restaurant Management

How to Manage Your Restaurant With a Smaller Staff

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..

Restaurant Management

6 Tips for Improving Patio Service

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. 

Restaurant Management

Safety Guidelines for Reopening Your Restaurant Amid COVID-19

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..

Restaurant Management

Reduce Your Restaurant Costs With These Tips

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.

Restaurant Trends

How Bottled Cocktails Will Help Your Bar Get Through 2020

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..

Restaurant Management

How Restaurants Can Use QR Codes to Replace Paper Menus

Covid-19 has battered the restaurant  industry and its employees, leaving restaurant operators scrambling to find innovative ways to survive. A grim forecast from Open Table..

Restaurant Management

Backbar Offers 6 Months of No Fees to Help Restaurants & Bars Reopen

New features to help restaurants and bars be more profitable and no fees for six months on any Backbar subscription plan.

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..

Restaurant Management

How Restaurants Can Market Delivery and Pick-Up Service during Covid-19 Quarantine

These are trying times for restaurants. With so much uncertainty surrounding the length of quarantine, shelter-in-place orders, and locally mandated business closures,..

Restaurant Management

How Bars and Restaurants Can Recover Financially After COVID-19 Crisis

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.

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..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

The largest wine spill in over 20 years spilled 96,000 gallons of wine and the famous Spotted Pig restaurant has shut its doors. 

Restaurant Management

How to Create Restaurant Maintenance Procedures

Equipment will breakdown in a restaurant; it is a nearly unavoidable fact. However, implementing maintenance procedures will improve communication between staff members and..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Wine tariffs continues to affect millions and a French restaurant loses its long-held Michelin Star plus more!  

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Grubhub looks to partner up, Starbucks opens community-based stores and influential English beer styles. 

 

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..

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. 

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..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

McDonald's looks to change the "party culture" brought by old management and wine tariffs to increase prices 100%.

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Up and coming wine regions gain momentum and Uber and Postmates file suit against new "unconstitutional" California law. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

With 2019 coming to a close, we look back at some of the developments that will lay the ground for 2020.

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

As we get closer to 2020 we look back at the top stories in restaurants, wine and dining trends. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser:Restaurant News

As we wrap up 2019 we take a look at the Eater Awards of the year in some of the hottest cities in the U.S.

Restaurant Management

Biggest Operating Costs for Restaurants

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. ..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Senate proposes legislation for shutdowns, and an underrated wine country outsells French wine in the U.S.

 

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..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

McDonald's faces violence from customers, tips to increase holidays sales, and a romaine recall hits again. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Burger King beef with Impossible Whopper and third-party delivery apps charge more to cover taxes.

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Starbucks theme park in Chicago, Grubhub mischarges restaurants and McDonalds lets go of CEO for relationship. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

50% sales growth, new beer styles, third-party delivery apps ruin profit margins and more. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Kincade Fire update, ghost kitchens, food trend predictions, and plant-based food dishes. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Unnecessary costs to your restaurant, menu hacks to increase profits, and drink trends for your menu.  

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Create a craft beer club, improved P.O.S. systems, and Gen Z shapes the future of the restaurant industry. 

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Third-party delivery vs self delivery, increasing labor prices means higher menu prices plus more.

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?

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Google for restaurants, technology to improve operations and restaurants go tip-free. 

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..

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..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Restaurants increase CBD use in ingredients and Department of Labor declares new overtime pay rules. 

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..

Restaurant Management

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Crate & Barrel creates a restaurant, more chicken sandwich wars, and using technology to hire staff. 

Liquor Cost

The Most Important Liquor Cost Formulas

One of the most important elements of running a successful bar is to control and maintain a low liquor cost. 

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

The Chaser: Restaurant News

Delivery prices increase, Wendy's competes with a breakfast menu, and Millennials are drinking more, why?    

Bar Inventory

Managing Liquor Inventory With Backbar Bar Inventory App

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..

Bar Inventory

Vendor Purchasing Through Backbar Bar Inventory App

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..

Bartender Training

How to Make Simple Syrup for Cocktails

 

Restaurant Management

What is the Average Bar Manager Salary?

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..

Bartender Training

10 Essential Cocktails For Modern Bartenders

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..

Restaurant Management

What is Target Market Analysis for Restaurants?

Here's a quick question: What is the most important part of the restaurant business?

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..

Restaurant Management

10 Resume Tips for Restaurant Managers

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..

Bar Inventory

How to Measure and Improve Your Bar Inventory Performance

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..

Bartender Training

Bartender Opening and Closing Checklist

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..

Bar Inventory

Inventory Accounting 101 for Restaurants and Bars

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..

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..

Bar Inventory

Bar Inventory Apps, Spreadsheets and Scales: Alternative Ways to Take Inventory

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..

Restaurant Management

Web Design for Restaurants: A Complete Checklist

Restaurant Management

9 Ways Background Music Can Influence Your Restaurant's Customers

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..

Bar Inventory

5 Tips for your Bar Inventory Checklist

 

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..

Bartender Training

6 Important Bartender Interview Questions

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..

Restaurant Management

Do You Ask These Critical Interview Questions for Managers?

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

Restaurant Management

The Top Reasons Restaurant Managers Quit & How to Prevent It

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..

Restaurant Management

8 Effective Coaching and Training Resources for Restaurant Managers

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..

Restaurant Management

Too Few Cooks: Where to Hire Cooks and Kitchen Staff

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..

Restaurant Management

How To: Tips to Making Your Restaurant More Environmentally Friendly

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..

Wine Knowledge

Top Wine Trends of 2019

With 2019 in full effect lets take a look at some of the biggest wine trends that are going to take the industry by storm. From the continuous love for Rosé to the rise in the..

Restaurant Management

Hard Truths of Managing a Restaurant

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..

Restaurant Management

Fun Training Ideas for Restaurant Staff

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..

Wine Knowledge

The Basics: Wine and Food Pairing Guide

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..

Restaurant Management

How to Increase Business During the Restaurant Slow Months

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..

Restaurant Management

How to Launch Your New Restaurant Menu

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..

Bartender Training

Basic Beer Knowledge For Bar Staff

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..

Restaurant Management

Tips to Improve Bar and Waitstaff Training in Your Restaurant

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..

Bar Inventory

How to Set Pars For Bar Inventory

Par levels are a phrase you'll hear often when working at a bar or restaurant. But it's more than an industry term. Knowing how to calculate par levels for bar inventory is an..

Liquor Cost

See Exactly Where to Price Wine by the Glass

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..

Liquor Cost

How to Set Cocktail Prices for Your Bar

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..

Wine Knowledge

Wine 101: Basic Wine Knowledge for Server Training

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..

Liquor Cost

Are Drink Prices Right For Your Restaurant or Bar

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..

Bar Inventory

How to Create a Liquor Inventory Spreadsheet

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..

Liquor Cost

How to Calculate Liquor Cost Formulas [With Video]

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..

Bartender Training

Bar Lingo That Good Bartenders Should Know

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..

Wine Knowledge

How to Taste Wine

What wine pairs well with fish? What is the difference between a red and white wine glass? What does a dry wine mean? These are common wine questions that a server may be asked..

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