Hey, Rick Uzubell again from Cabaret Design Group, answering the question, “How Much Does Bar Equipment Really Cost?” How much does bar equipment cost? What equipment is needed to build a bar? This post includes a price list of the equipment commonly specified in bar design. What equipment is needed to build a commercial bar? The world of bar equipment can be overwhelming to the average person. If you’ve ever looked behind a bar and studied the equipment, and I do this all the time, you’ll notice that the possible configurations seems nearly limitless. Of course, there are many reasons for the equipment people select for their bars, and some of these reasons don’t make much sense — which leads to bartender inefficiency and lost profits. However, even among experts, there is often more than one solution for a given bar (design). At the core of the equipment decision-making process is the concept of ergonomic bar design, which I discuss in another Vlog post, referenced below. Depending on sizes, features and make, there can be a great disparity in bar equipment pricing. The big names in stainless bar equipment are Glastender, Perlick, Crown Metal and True Manufacturing. For underbar and backbar equipment, I’m most familiar with Glastender pricing, as it’s the brand I like best. The following are the average retail prices for the most commonly specified equipment in commercial bar design. Dump sinks are used for discarding residue from used drink glasses, as shown here, with this Glastender Model SWA-12, with an average price of $600.00 Hand sinks, used for hand washing, as shown here with this Glastender Model HSA-12, at an average price of $600.00 Note that some health departments require more than one hand sink. 3-bin sinks, most typically used for washing bar glassware, as shown here with this Glastender Model FSA-84-S, at an average price of $1,625.00 Glass washers, which consists of various types and models, are used in lieu of 3-bin sinks, as shown here with this Glastender Model GT 18, a rack-type washer, at an average price of $3,730.00 A very popular high-production glass washer would be the Moyer Diebel Model DF, shown here at an average price of $6,200.00 Note that while some health departments require 3-bin sinks, there is an effective “work-around,” where you can use a more highly-desired and efficient glass washer and still be in compliance, as described in an earlier post, referenced below. Drainboards, which are used as a staging area for freshly-washed glasses, as shown here with this Glastender Model DBA-24, at an average price of $400.00. Please note, this does not include the optional speed rail, shown here. Soda guns, which are attached to the cold plate of your ice bin and use for dispensing soda during drink preparation, as shown with this Glastender Model SHB-4 at an average price of $270.00 Please note that some distributors of syrups in certain areas of the (U.S.) country will actually install and provide all this equipment free-of-charge. Ice bins, which hold ice and generally include a cold plate for accommodating multiple soda lines for cold drink preparation, as shown with this Glastender Model CBA-36R-CP-10, at an average retail price of $1,800.00 Speed rails, which are optional stainless steel racks used to hold mixers, well liquor, and an owner’s top-selling premium liquor and typically attached to the front of drainboards, ice bins and 3-bin sinks. For further discussion, please see the post referenced below. Shown here is the Glastender single speed rail, Model SSR-36, at an average retail price of $100.00. Blender stations, where drinks are blended, such as frozen drinks. Shown here is the Glastender Model DBSA-24, with optional drainboard, at an average retail price of $380.00. POS podiums, custom designed for maximum bartender efficiency are custom designed per order and the average retail price is $800.00. Backbar coolers, used for storing beer and wine, such as this Glastender Model BB60, shown here with stainless finish and glass doors at an average retail price of $2,600.00 Slide-top coolers, which can be placed under the front bar or back bar, such as this Glastender Model ST48-B, at an average retail price of $2,180.00. Waste baskets, which are often underestimated and every bar needs plenty of, the industry standard is the “Slim Jim” by Rubbermaid, Model S9971, at an average retail price of $45.00. Ice machines, which are typically stored back-of-the-house; ice bins are often sold as an accessory. Shown here is the Hoshizaki Model IM-500 SAA, a 500-pound ice machine, at an average retail price of $3,640.00, and the Hoshizaki Model B-700SF ice bin, at an average retail price of $1,100.00. To put all this into perspective, say you want to price a single station of underbar equipment. To accomplish this, you’ll need a dump sink, a waste basket, a 3-bin sink with drainboards, a soda gun, an ice bin with cold plate, a blender station and a POS station, which totals to $6,075.00. You’ll have to add for draft beer and coolers, if necessary. Draft beer systems is a subject unto itself, and which requires much discussion and many decisions. I cover draft beer systems in a separate Vlog, listed below. Here you see the price list of all the items that I discussed earlier, with their individual prices, and this list is downloadable as a PDF and just follow the link at the end of the Vlog.