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Bar Checklist Template

This bar checklist template can be used to monitor bar operations, and ensure that all tasks are completed as planned. If you find any issues during your inspections, you'll have a better chance of resolving them quickly and efficiently. A bar opening and closing checklist template can serve bar managers and staff for preparing all necessary operational steps.

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Bar Checklist Template



Unlock beer & wine coolers & taps
Place floor mats behind bar
Place liners in trash cans and position appropriately
Stock & ice down bottle beer & wine
Cut lemon wheels, wedges and twists, lime wedges, orange wheels and celery
Make garnish skewers
Make sweet & sour, juices, bloody mary mix, pina mix and other mixers
Setup margarita rim salter at each service well
Assemble, fill & start frozen drink machine
Stock straws, cocktail napkins, stir-straws, coasters, skewers, etc. at each service well
Stock rocks glasses, highballs, pilsners, wine glasses, snifters, coffee mugs
Setup blenders & mixers at each service well
Stock bar utensils & supplies (strainer, shaker, jigger, ice scoop, ice cream scoop, wine opener, bottle opener, stirrer, bar mats, pour spouts, etc.)
Ice down and stock garnish caddy with cocktail onions, olives, cut lemons, limes and oranges, twists, and cherries at each service well
Fill ice bins at each service well
Check liquor, beer and wine backups for each service well and back bar
Stock silverware (rollups)
Stock plateware & linen napkins
Stock bar and food menus
Fill bar sink with soap water, rinse and sanitizer
Have back-up beverage canisters and CO2 tanks ready to replace empties
Turn on music, bar TV, etc.
Turn on neon lights and signs
Check if plates and glasses are clean
Check if tables, bathrooms, and bar floor is clean
Get and count opening bar bank
Get new comp & waste log

During Operations

Staff following standard operating procedures when welcoming customers
Kitchen staff following standard operating procedures for cleanliness and safety
Customers are being served food and drink in a timely manner
Staff cleaning spills in a timely manner when they occur
Staff wiping and sanitizing tables before seating new customers
Trash bags being taken out when they're 3/4s full
Bar is being wiped regularly by the bartender
Altercations and incidents of violence involving customers/staff members


Clean beer cooler
Pour Clorox in floor drains
Polish brass railing
Polish brass and chrome beer taps
Polish espresso machine
Wipe down displayed liquor bottles
Clean bar mirrors
Rotate beer & wine coolers
Clean cash register, credit card terminal, telephone
Clean back bar
Rotate, soak & sanitize pour spouts
Lock beer & wine coolers & taps
Take floor mats to back dock
Empty trash cans
Burn all ice bins
Cover & store all bar fruit (discard as required)
Cover & store all mixers and juices sweet & sour, juices, bloody mary mix, pina mix and other mixers
Clean margarita rim salters
Empty frozen drink machine; refrigerate leftover and clean machine
Re-stock rocks glasses, highballs, pilsners, wine glasses, snifters, coffee mugs
Clean all blenders & mixers
Clean all bar utensils & supplies
Re-stock beer cooler
Re-stock liquor empties
Wipe down service well liquor bottles
Clean & soak soda gun nozzles
Wipe down bar top
Wipe down & put up bar stools
Empty & clean bar sink
Sweep & clean bar floor
Turn off music, bar TV, etc.
Turn off neon lights and signs
Count bar bank
Complete comp & waste log


Name & Signature of Manager
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Efficient bar operation with a bar checklist template

You can't afford to miss any steps when it comes to the success of your business. That's why we created this bar opening and closing checklist template. It will help you keep track of everything that needs to be done so that your bar runs smoothly. From checking inventory and ordering supplies, to planning party promotions and training new bartenders, this checklist will cover all the bases. Plus, it's broken down into easy-to-follow sections, making it easy for anyone to use, and can be customized to your needs and concerns.

Making sure that your bar is stocked and running smoothly is a crucial aspect of running a successful establishment. With the help of this bar management checklist, you can ensure that all tasks are completed as planned. Whether you're opening or closing, it is important to keep track of all necessary steps in the operation of your business.

Lumiform’s digital bar checklist template provides detailed instructions and explanations regarding each step so that everything is clear as day. You can customize the details to your concerns and allocate tasks accordingly.

In addition, a bar checklist template helps you comply with operating standards and regulatory requirements, thereby avoiding fines and regulatory closures. By evaluating a bar management checklist, you can also streamline operations and processes while your guests enjoy consistent or better service.

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