Ultimate Bar Equipment Checklist

December 6, 2021

Looking to open your own bar, or perhaps you are looking to install a bar in your own home? You are probably pretty excited, and ready to start serving those beers! You need to wait a moment though — you can’t have a successful bar without the right equipment, no matter where your bar is.

Making the ultimate successful bar is all about preparation, and that begins with getting the right equipment such as the best mini kegerator systems for your countertop. Without the equipment, you can say goodbye to amazing beers since you will not be able to actually serve them. Of course, we are not all born with an innate knowledge of the right bar equipment to use. Thankfully, we know a thing or two about the kinds of things that you may need for your bar. Read on to find out more! 

Bottle Opener

Every good bar needs a good bottle opener. If you are going to be opening a public bar then people are going to be wanting some bottled drinks every once in a while. How are you supposed to open those bottles without a good quality bottle opener? That is right — you cannot. Unless you want to use your teeth, of course, and that can have disastrous consequences and can also be rather unhygienic. If you want to make life easier for yourself and avoid getting frustrated when it is busy and you can’t find your tiny bottle opener, it is a good idea to instead opt for a bottle opener that you can mount on the wall. They are easy to find and you can use them pretty quickly too.

Bar Mats

Do you want to be wiping down your counters every five minutes when the beer makes a mess? No? Well, you can mostly avoid this issue by getting some bar mats for your bar. With these, you can keep any spills at bay and ensure that wet glassware does not get onto your bar and make stains. You should get some rubber mats that are also a good source of drainage for any drinks that are overflowing. When you are done with them all you need to do is pick them up and put them in the sink. Simple! 

Service mats are a good thing to get too. They are essentially the same thing as bar mats, and they keep your bar clean. It certainly saves you quite a bit of work to have some bar and service mats in your bar.


You will want to make sure that you are serving drinks in the correct amounts, meaning a jigger is important. Without something to help you to measure things like shots, you run the risk of beverages tasting weird and potentially losing money from over pouring if your bar is a commercial one that will be open to the public. Make sure that you are getting jiggers in a range of sizes to ensure that you get it right. 

Cocktail Shakers

If you want to make jaw dropping cocktails, then you absolutely must have a cocktail shaker. A shaker will allow you to make the perfect beverage without hassle. All you need to do is put all of the ingredients inside of the shaker, and then shake, shake, shake like Taylor Swift in the Shake it Off music video. All you need to do then is pour the beverage into the glass and serve it to the customer. You can also get some versions that have strangers built in which are handy for separating ice and any other ingredients.

Ice Bucket

No, it is not just good for the ice bucket challenge that was circulating the internet a couple of years ago. A bucket of ice is an important thing to have in your bar, since customers will want ice added to their drinks. You can even use them as wine coolers if you want to serve some chilled wine, making them very versatile. 

Glass Washer

A glass washer may cost you a bit of money, but it is a good idea to get one anyway. When your bar is busy, the last thing you will want to do is wait around for glasses to come out of your dishwasher. A glass washer will allow you to clean your glasses quickly and efficiently, perfect for keeping up with the high demand of busy bar hours. They are simple to install too, so you will not need to worry about cursing at an instruction manual, because you are not sure how to set it up properly. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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