For thousands of years, ancient peoples have flocked to pubs and watering holes to get their regular fill of booze. Whether it was wine in Egypt, beer in Ireland or sake in Japan, the world’s earliest cultures have always found a special place in their heart for alcohol. It’s no different from modern times.
These days, we call watering holes bars and pubs and lounges, but throngs of alcohol drinkers still congregate in these places to get a sip of their favorite drink. Also, the rise of new technologies has allowed bar owners and bartenders streamlining their services and offering creative new concoctions in a quick, efficient way. They no longer use clay pots or stone mortars. Instead, every modern bar must invest in the following equipment.
1. Refrigeration Equipment
Bars require a lot of refrigeration units to keep their booze cool and fresh. Every bar typically has a standard reach-in refrigerator, which is versatile enough to store all kinds of food and drink items. You also need special refrigeration systems designed specifically for certain items, such as wine coolers and glass frosters.
2. Ice Maker
You will need commercial ice makers to produce full dice and half dice ice for cooling your drinks. Another machine is needed to make flake ice, which is essential for making blended drinks like margaritas and daiquiris. If your ice maker doesn’t have an ice bin, then you’ll need to invest in a few units to hold the ice created by the ice machine.
3. Beer Dispenser
A beer dispenser lets you serve draught beer straight from the keg itself. Many people prefer draught beer over bottled beer because it is richer, fuller, and more flavorful. However, the keg needs to be stored in a cool environment to maintain the quality of the beer. This is what the beer dispenser, sometimes called the kegerator, is for.
If you want to serve ice-blended drinks, you need a high-quality bar blender or two. These are specifically designed for blending drinks into silky smooth concoctions. Bar blenders are also equipped with enough power to crush flake ice that keeps your drinks cool and fresh.
Lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits make it into the ingredient list of many cocktails, which is why you need to have a good juicer that allows you to extract fresh citrus juice from these fruits. Stay away from canned juice as they have artificial flavors and preservatives that affect the taste of your drinks.
An underbar sink is a sink that can be installed right under the bar, making life much easier for the bartender. This low-profile sink lets you clean glasses and small utensils, prep garnishes for cutting, dump unused drinks, and wash your hands.
7. Dry Storage Cabinets
Some drinks are not meant to be stored in cold areas. Liquors, such as vodka, rum, and whiskey are best kept in dry areas at room temperature. This is what you need dry storage cabinets for. Dry storage cabinets can also be used to put your liquors on display. Some units have open fronts and LED lights to bring attention to the display.
8. Bar Supplies
Bartenders need numerous supplies to make drinks. Some of the most important ones include the following:
- Shaker – for thoroughly blending ingredients to make a drink
- Muddler – for crushing herbs, spices, and other ingredients in the drink to release the flavors
- Bar spoons – for measuring ingredients
- Strainer – for removing fruit pulp and ice from drinks
- Garnish centers – for organizing prepared garnishes
9. Bar Glasses
There are different types of bar glasses that are used for different drinks. Having an assortment of bar glasses isn’t just useful for presentation purposes. Certain glasses are so designed because they help preserve the flavor and quality of the drink. For example, a red wine glass has a wider bottom and a stem to hold it with. The bottom allows room for the wine to breathe while holding it by the stem keeps your hands from heating up the wine.
10. Glass Washer
Washing glasses by the hand can be a tedious and time-consuming job at a bar. It is best to invest in a glass washer that can take the job off your hands. A glass washer also takes up less time than manual washing so you have more time to prepare more drinks.
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