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Bar Opening Checklist Template

A bar opening checklist can be used by staff and duty managers as a guide to following the correct procedures before opening a bar. This easy-to-follow checklist helps ensure that no important bar opening task is forgotten by staff.
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Bar Opening 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

Name and Signature of Duty Manager

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