How to Open a Mobile Bar
If you love creative beverages and bartending, and if you fancy traveling around the country for different events, it might be a good idea if you become a bar owner. You can bring along a few family members or friends and open up a mobile bar. Read on to get ideas o how you can open up a mobile bar.
You must practice making all of the classic cocktails. It might mean that you will end up trying a lot of cocktail at the weekend, but am sure you won’t mind having a few tipples in the name of science.
It is important that you work on your technique and beverage design to make the drinks look great while being served, and also be sure to play around with non alcoholic cocktails for those who don’t drink.
To be allowed to sell alcohol to people on the road, you will need to obtain a permit of some kind from the relevant authority. You can contact the alcoholic beverage commission to apply for permission to sell your drinks. You will also need to take a training course in drinks and bar tending.
Once you have attained the alcohol license, you need to be licensed to sell. You must obtain a license from your state which allows you to run a mobile business. You need to have a company name, identification number, and tax permit.
Come with a Business Strategy
Once you have got all the legal stuff out of the way, you need to start looking into where you want to market, the type of drinks on your specials menu, and how much you will charge for each drink. Make sure that you come up with a list of all the cocktails you can make and find inspiration from other similar companies when setting your prices. Ensure that you arrange for events that you will attend and be sure to buy in enough of alcohol for a day’s work.
Make a decision on how you wish to be paid. The the easiest way would be to take cash into a till at events.
But today many people prefer to carry around a card with them so it would be best if you have a card machine or reader to scan cards and take payments instead.
The fact that you are now an operating business, you will be carrying around your money, business assets including employees, equipment, and drinks. So as to ensure your safety in the road and that you are protected against damages or loss, you need a business insurance. This will cost you a few hundred dollars each year, but in the long run, it will save you thousands of dollars if anything ever happens.
The best way to get noticed and make sure that you are the pick of the draw for events is to find event planners and make friends with them. You can give them details of the services you offer and give a sample they can try and be open and friendly.