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How to Become a Rockstar Bar Manager in 2018

With the start of the brand new year just behind us, it's not too late to think about resolutions on how you want to improve and be a better manager in 2018. While there is never a bad time to set new goals, the beginning of the year provides the perfect time to reflect and gather yourself after surviving a busy holiday season. If you aren't sure where to start, here are some smart resolutions that will help you become a rockstar bar manager in 2018:

In Bar Management, Restaurant Operations

Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer Partners with Sculpture Hospitality

Jon Taffer, Executive Producer and host of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" and renowned hospitality expert, announced a partnership with Sculpture Hospitality, the global leader in inventory control and the iconic Bevinco brand. Taffer has officially endorsed the company's full suite of inventory services; Bevinco, Bevinco Mobile, Bevchek and Measuring Cup, offered through their dedicated network of individual owners/operators. Taffer will work closely with Sculpture Hospitality to continue to enhance the suite products to better serve the market. Margins in the industry are shrinking so maximizing food/liquor profits are key to success and this collaboration will enable Sculpture to integrate impactful cost saving strategies, based on Taffer's years of experience.

In Company News

Best of 2017: Top Blog Posts from the Year

To help you kick off 2018, we’ve gathered up our 5 most popular (and useful) blog posts over the past year. Read on to get up to speed on essential industry insights that will help guide your restaurant or bar for the New Year!

In Company News

Can Champagne Drinks be Profitable for Your Bar?

Most bars and restaurants have a list of surefire winners when it comes to cocktails that are popular and provide an ideal gross profit margin. Part of achieving this balance comes down to knowing your audience and being able to market the right drinks to the right people. One particular challenge for bartenders, especially around the holidays when champagne is often used as a celebratory drink, is creating champagne drinks that still drive profit. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to create delicious beverages with a champagne-base that are just as profitable as any other liquor.

Dessert Drinks and Cocktails for the Holidays

After a big meal that includes all your favorite holiday foods, there is nothing better than the perfect dessert cocktail to wash it all down. The same pumpkin, cinnamon and peppermint flavors that help make the holidays memorable, are also great in a variety of warm, creamy and rich dessert drinks. Add the right splash of liquor, and you have a relaxing beverage to sip on with friends and family.

In Stocking a Bar, Food & Drink

Can Trivia Night Work at Your Bar?

If you are looking for creative ways to attract customers to your bar on slow nights, trivia can be a great option, but it might not be the right choice for every bar. You need to consider any potential limitations of your space, your goals for implementing a themed night and the wants of your clientele when considering whether trivia night is a viable option. As a bar owner or manager, you don't want to end up alienating your regulars or running a sub-par trivia night that ends up being a flop, so before you take the plunge, here are some factors to consider that will help set you up for success.

In Restaurant Marketing

Cocktails That Celebrate the Flavors of Fall

The first sign of Fall has arrived: pumpkin spice flavor products have hit the shelves. However, as you well know, Fall flavors are about a lot more than artificial pumpkin flavorings. They present the opportunity to make some truly tasty cocktails that bring out the best of the season. From Fall fruits like apples, pears, and cranberries, to spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, there are plenty of great flavor combinations to work with behind the bar. 

In Trends & Benchmarking, Food & Drink

Most Profitable Vodka Cocktails You Need to be Serving

Even if you aren't the kind of vodka fan who drinks it straight, vodka makes a great base for some classic drinks. For bar and restaurant managers looking to make a profit, vodka cocktails can come with a low pour cost and can be used to drive revenue. Finding the right balance between tasty drinks that people will want to order and that will also drive profits is easier than you think. Keep reading to learn more about which profitable vodka cocktails you should be serving.

In Trends & Benchmarking, Food & Drink

What Staff Uniforms Say About Your Bar or Restaurant Brand

Branding is a subtle art form. It is the accumulation of carefully orchestrated details that work together to create a specific message. While you might have paid careful attention to lighting, music and place settings in your restaurant, you may have also given staff uniforms short shrift. The appearance of your team is an integral part of making a great first impression and creating a specific experience for your bar and restaurant patrons. The right uniform can reinforce your brand and send a clear message about exactly the type of establishment you want to be.

In Restaurant Marketing, motivating staff

Training Your Staff to Upsell & Drive Up Check Average

August is notoriously a slow month in the restaurant business. People are on vacation and spending more time grilling out in their own backyards. While there are ways to try and increase traffic to your restaurant, you can also adopt the strategy of working to get the most out of the customers who do stop by. Training your staff to upsell items is an easy way to drive up the check average and increase sales during slow periods. With a little training, your team can become experts salespeople, which will also translate into bigger tips for them.

In Bar Management, Staff Training, Controlling Costs, Restaurant Operations

Cool Tequila Cocktails to Beat the Heat This Summer

Tequila may be one of the most underestimated and underutilized spirits sitting on your bar's shelves. The average customer will probably assume that there are basically two things you can do with tequila: drink it as a shot or use it in a margarita. Little do they know that tequila is a versatile and refreshing liquor that is perfect for summer drinks. Whether you are slinging drinks behind a bar or serving guests at your own summer backyard barbecue, here are some cool tequila cocktails that will showcase this underappreciated spirit and help beat the heat.

In Trends & Benchmarking, Food & Drink

How to Drive Incremental Traffic During the Slow Season

Unless your restaurant is located in a busy summer vacation destination, July and August can be notoriously slow months. People are busy traveling and enjoying the weather with backyard barbecues instead of eating out at their local restaurants. While you might not be able to drastically increase traffic to your restaurant, there are some steps you can take to bring in more patrons during this slow season.

In Bar Management, Restaurant Operations