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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

Inspection

Opening

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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