The Ultimate Bar Equipment Checklist

Running a successful bar is no easy feat. It takes time, effort and substantial expenses to get it off the ground and running. Plus, there are the aesthetics to consider so the bar not only operates efficiently, but it looks the way you want. In the end, however, the return on investment can be well worth the venture.

Before you’re ready to open shop, you need to ensure everything is in order. To help, here is a handy bar equipment checklist detailing the essential tools and appliances needed to make your bar a success.

Bar Necessities

Freezers and refrigerators

First on this bar equipment checklist is basic cold storage and refrigeration. Serving all types of drinks means you need to have perishable fruits and garnishes on hand. These items cannot be left out or stored at room temperature due to health and safety guidelines.

As such, you need appropriately sized appliances to keep items fresh and appealing. Depending on the size of the establishment or extensiveness of your menu, you could solve this with a back bar cooler, but you’ll likely need a commercial-grade fridge and freezer in the back — especially if you plan to serve food as well as beverages.

Keg equipment

In addition to storing food, you’ll need adequate space for popular beers and other assorted brews in your bar refrigeration setup. There are several solutions to consider in terms of keg equipment.

From specialty beer dispensers to kegerators, there are so many possibilities to help ensure the beer you serve is properly stored and chilled. You’ll also need to outfit these with the right couplers, draft towers and taps for proper operation.

Wine and bottle coolers

A kegerator isn’t the only beverage storage container to consider. As you browse equipment, keep in mind the types of drinks you’ll be serving. Wine, champagne and beer are all best kept at specific temperature settings.

A modern wine cooler can make this process simpler with dual zone temperature controls for reds and whites. A horizontal bottle cooler is also recommended, as it provides easy access and helps create a more streamlined work area. 

Commercial ice makers

Ice is another crucial component of a fully operational bar. Investing in easy-to-maintain commercial grade ice makers could make all the difference. To help ensure your cocktails impress, consider opting for a model capable of changing the size and shape of the ice cubes it produces.

Doing so allows for maximum flexibility when mixing all types of cold beverages. It’s paying attention to the little details like this that keep customers coming back time and again.

Other essential items on a bar equipment checklist include:

  • Bar POS system
  • Bartending tools and accessories
  • Assorted glasses
  • Tongs and utensils
  • Knives and cutlery
  • Blenders
  • Mixers
  • Coffee brewing equipment
  • Microwave
  • Separate sinks
  • Dishwasher
  • Sani-buckets
  • Bar rags
  • Safety equipment
  • Floor mats
  • Smoker detectors
  • First-aid kit
  • Date labels
  • Food-grade chemical supplies
  • Napkins or linen

You Can Rely On the Quality Equipment At Iron Mountain Refrigeration

Here at Iron Mountain Refrigeration, we have high-quality refrigerators, freezers, kegerators and other bar essentials to fit your needs. Our models come in a variety of sizes and include a range of features — such as precise temperature control and adjustable shelving. You could find exactly what you’re looking for when browsing our wide selection of refrigeration equipment today.

If you would like to learn more about our bar and other commercial-grade equipment, please reach out to us any time. We look forward to answering your questions and helping get your bar primed for success!