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The Communal Firepit Style

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A new style is sweeping the outdoor cooking and furniture worlds. The “communal grill” is a massive and really fun party piece for anyone who can afford it. Most of these follow the fire pit style when they are being designed so they are often sold under that label. This particular style of cooking has a rich history that we are celebrating today. Aside from that it’s also really fun to use and cool. So if you have the money then you may want to look into one of these.

While it has all these good points it is not for those without the money to supply it. Allowing multiple people to grill at once costs more fuel and has a higher initial cost than many other pieces. So you need to have quite a bit of money saved up in order to buy a piece like this. If you do not have it then you may want to go with a smaller setup before going into this.

Fire Pit Tables in this style are nothing new in certain parts of the world. The original idea for things like this came from some cooking practices in Japan and China. Having people tend to the food over the fire in turns was something that many of them had to do in some much older times. However today we can create one where everyone can cook their own food for fun, instead of out of necessity.

So who is this best for? Reasonable adults, with the keyword being reasonable. No one wants to bump into someone lese while grilling or even burn themselves. Having this around kids is a big mistake because it’s just asking for one of them to get burned when they fumble something. So it has a very specific audience, those who can handle a fire without injuring anyone. That may not sound specific at first but it really is.

The larger models come with a two-story setting where you can grill different items at different levels. This also requires people who can handle flaming outdoor furniture with care. However for those with the maturity and manual coordination to work with this it really can create an atmosphere which cannot be matched in any other setting. There is just something about eating food which you cooked and it being grilled to the exact level which you were looking for.

You also need an area to eat in when everything is done. That’s why the most expensive models also comes with a wooden eating area for people to enjoy right after they are done. However ones like this are around three thousand dollars. Whew. For those without that sheer amount of spending money you may want to look at something a little cheaper.

For those with it this can also be an incredible status symbol. If you are looking to make an impression on a boss or useful friend then take a crack at this incredible piece of outdoor furniture. At the very least it should burn a memory into their minds.

The Lodge and Rolle Bolle

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen“The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen” is a big mouthful for most people. But that’s what makes them so interesting. They’re going big and really drawing the attention of everyone in the surrounding area as well. Going big is the name of the game here, just like the Sasquatch they are named after. So what are they doing to set everything apart? More, because sometimes more really is more and we’ll explain why that is for you today.

Thirty televisions, arcade games, billiards and darts dot the entire area. A massive dining area can fit 500 customers in so that everyone can eat their fill. Drinks and dishes are large as well for a crowd that wants to eat more rather than less. Professional chefs insure that each dish is delicious as well. It’s an amazing setup for everyone who visits.

Aside from having an amazing cooking staff they also have a court for playing “Rolle Bolle” and other games. While certainly not normal for any bar we are seeing many different bars like this add in some unconventional sections.

Going big also applies to style. A fireplace graces the exterior in addition to the interesting playing areas. Frills are something that restaurants and bars have always needed. However the ante continues to rise on these since architects and builders are so efficient on the upper end. You really can create whatever setting you dreamed of and actually afford it in the long run. It is an amazing age for any designer.

Along with the unusual offerings they also have the contemporary outdoor furniture you would expect from a modern lodge. But it has more of a sports-bar feel than you would expect from an area with so many impressive installations. Despite this there is no upper-class, elitist atmosphere which other restaurants use to great effect.

When dealing with customers who want to kick back and relax with big drinks having an air of elitism is a mistake. As we always say you need to plan for your guests or even the best design choices won’t work for you. Be sure to play to your audience at all times.

Part of what allowed them to create such an amazing setting was that they already had a framework laid out from the original owners. The Sail Inn was the original building and it was maintained well over many years. However the owners moved on leaving an absolutely amazing setup for those who wanted to buy it. If you are looking to save money on all of this then you should look into buying an unused building as well.

At the same time they still had a large amount of renovation to do when they got there. The costs came to less than rebuilding everything from scratch but still a large amount. When you have to do this as well you should realize that it’s an investment. Without creating an area where you can amaze customers you will never be able to stay in business. Their reconstruction


How the Roof at South Park Impresses NY Customers

The Roof at South ParkThe Roof at South Park doesn’t sound like very much. There are a great many rooftop bars all over the world. So how do you stand out when the bar type you own has become passé in the modern age? By taking the style up way above the competition and keeping that same dazzle in the overall scene. Comfort and care are taken to the extreme in order to make sure everyone has a great time at the bar or enjoying a bit of food as well.

A spectacular view is just one of many frills and thrills that they offer there. All of this takes place in a small area which helps the experience feel more personal. We don’t discuss this very often but having a very small or large area for your bar can be a drawing point in either direction. It does really matter which way you go but you should take it to extremes.

Outdoor Bar Stools have an ultramodern touch, as does everything else. Shelters hang over the outdoor sections of the roof where people will be enjoying themselves. You may want to stray from this though as so many bars are now using it that it could become passé.

Having a set manager for every single aspect of the bar was important as well. They of course wanted one architect and lead designer but they went further. They have what they call a “Beverage Director” and the normal head chef. Splitting everything up into manageable jobs with expert leaders is another small factor that separates a great establishment from the best ones in the entire world. Safety is of course also managed expertly here as well.

Bartenders are a part of the outdoor bar experience as well. Their mixing is expertly done and puts on a bit more spectacle on the area. If you have employees skilled enough to put on a show in your own establishment this can really add value to the overall experience. It draws in tourists and increases tips as well. It’s all really great for adding that little extra bit of polish to your own outdoor bar. Look into training for some workers if you can.

Additional polish also applies to every other aspect of the business as well. Even their website is a work of art as well. It smacks of effort which can be a double-edged sword. It’s best to make things look effortless but better to look like you are trying to hard rather than having a dingy product. It’s a tough balance to find both in bar furniture design and management.

All of this costs a very large amount of money for the patrons. Small drinks are around $3 because it’s such a ritzy area with a great view. While this doesn’t work for everyone it’s a great thing for the owners as they can continue to upgrade the venue. When you reach the top in every area you will need to raise prices at some point. It’s just how things work. We hope that you can do the same someday with your own bar.


Looking at the Charm of Alta Linea

Alta Linea Outdoor ImageAlta Linea is known for being one of the most amazing and casual outdoor bars in America. We want to take a look at what they have done correctly and what we can learn from all of this as well. It all centers on creating a new sort of look that draws people in. This is what you need to do if you want to become one of the greatest bars in your country. Getting all of that together can be confusing at first glance though.

Serving stations are fully decorated and equipped to a modern, professional standard. This shows that even if you want comfort for guests you want the same amount of professionalism from each of your workers. They also need to be equipped with the best items they can possibly use as well. Parallel styles, sometimes even having a different look from inside to outside, is one of the key factors in improving your setting every year.

Here the drinks are served a bit before dinner, or perhaps at lunch, in the traditional Italian style. Timing the delivery of your dishes can actually be quite important. Be sure that you time your dishes in a manner that your patrons will enjoy. This can actually help them appreciate the decoration you’ve done more because their minds are at ease. Intricate aspects like this are something all of the best business owners master.

Taking things a little less seriously is important here as well. Whites, light browns and other airy colors are complimented by dishes which go down easy. It’s important to relax and not take things so seriously in design as with serving. Drinks have a similar tone with fruity hints in many of these concoctions. Everything works towards a coherent whole and theme which really amazes each patron when they come in.

Patio Furniture has a modern but understated look. Wood and nice finishes are a big part of the arrangement as well. People want to feel comfortable at an outdoor bar and that is the look they were going for. Cushions cover many different sections of the seating area, helping people lounge back and relax.

Polish and maintenance are other huge parts of this establishment. A large staff keeps everything in great shape even when people may get a bit rowdy. However they don’t have the sort of patrons who would go around breaking anything so that’s an added advantage for them. At the very least you should always have enough staff to make sure everything is clean.

Reservations are also useful for those who want to get in and enjoy themselves as well. When you are seeing this much demand you may have some trouble getting in. It’s only natural when this happens and you actually want it to as a business owner as well. Despite what some people will tell you there is a level of healthy elitism that is necessary if you really want everyone in your city to take notice of your outdoor bar.









Australian Authorities Promote Outdoor Bars

Australian Outdoor BarAustralia is a place of incredible natural beauty. For those who actually know quite a bit about the area you would also know it’s a place of natural discomfort and danger as well. With such vastly opposing forces the design climate there is unique. Recently the government of the area is taking an active hand in promoting local business. Bars are always a popular spot to relax there and it’s not confusing that they would want to push them quite a bit further.

The government authority which has control over this is known as “Access Canberra”. What is so strange about these benefits is that they deal with approvals of new bars. Each of these approvals will be related to the sanitation and drink serving processes of the bar. While that doesn’t sound great it does probably mean that the process of becoming a certified bar will be cut down by a huge amount. This is good news for those in the area who want to promote everything further.

It’s easy to understand why this is happening; previously in modern Australia they had many strict laws on serving alcohol legally. While that didn’t always stop people from serving it illegally it could be very annoying to get approval for a full, legal bar. Now they want to reverse that and see many more approved bars pop up to keep serving everyone for many years to come.

Fire Pit Tables aren’t as popular in Australia as in many places but they do fit in with a few areas. With the absolutely sweltering temperatures there this just makes sense. Adding on new, small additions to draw in more business is also important for the growth of business here. It’s very easy to not take things like this into account but it matters for outdoor furniture designers there.

Australian legislators want the area to become a much larger area for tourism. Therefore they are building up many areas where guests can safely enjoy themselves. So this is a good time if you are an artist or designer in that area. It’s also really great if you expect to start your own business as well. It’s a growth time for the country.

During this time they will also likely be cutting down on illegal businesses as well. Australia has a sketchy track record with people breaking the law, to say the least. This will be the most difficult part of the update to manage. Since it’s hard to track how many people are serving alcohol illegally it’s going to be very tough to enforce all of this as well.

For those in the country just do your best to take advantage of this new growth and these new laws. Maybe you could have a standout bar. If everything goes well it could be an amazing era for the entire country. Do your part to contribute to the art and growth there and you could be a big part of history as well. We hope everything goes well for them in their future efforts.

How Marijuana Could Impact Future Bar Design Choices

Cannabis BarThe title of this article is not quite what you think, although some designers were certainly inspired by the drug in a different way. No, we’re talking about the fact that some states on considering allowing people to smoke a very different sort of item. In some United States cities bar owners may have to completely redesign some of their settings. While this won’t apply to everyone we’re talking about the specific area and how things may expand over the years.

Marijuana is a drug being hotly debated. Less harmful in many ways than tobacco it has some mind-altering qualities that many people enjoy. In areas where the drug is now legal the government is reaping in a huge amount of cash from it. Both people living in these cities and also smaller businesses benefit from all of this. Therefore it has become a fairly huge deal there and may spread throughout the western world.

Of course this only applies to areas like Denver where it might be served in local bars. If this isn’t a factor for you then you shouldn’t worry about it yet. It’s best to be prepared though because other trends could come into your area. We could also sometime see an era where practically everything is legal in some bars. The world has a tendency to change like that, and the bar business is the same.

What really changes the situation from traditional smoking is that there isn’t much of a stigma. Sure, inhaling any sort of smoke is not great for you but people don’t hate it like they do traditional cigarettes. As such legalization is gaining some serious traction in many states. There are those who disapprove of any smoking but they are perhaps in an overall minority. This is perhaps due to the fact that it has not been linked with a lot of cancer due to tar and nicotine.

Allowing such a change in your area can dictate your future item choices as well. Some of you may actually decide to pick a wood blend which will pick up the scent over the years. It’s an interesting option and you would only use it for those who love the smell. There is some charm to all of this but you need to make sure that your clients want something like this. A miscalculation here could be really dangerous.

The biggest changes come in the fact that the smoke, even sweetly-smelling blends can change the atmosphere after soaking into the items. Outdoor Furniture should be selected with this in mind. If possible you should make sure test everything beforehand with a few customers.

In the grand scheme of these your furniture selection needs to change with any sort of change in your serving patterns. Even serving a few new drinks means that you need to change some of your furniture designs. The tastes of your customers change with the years so you shouldn’t be afraid to change as well, even if it means making a leap.


Looking at the JetBlue Lounge

JetBlue Rooftop AreaNew York’s JFK International Airport has a big new addition which is turning heads all over the world. JetBlue has opened an incredibly large bar across 4,046 feet on the roof of the area. It’s an amazing monument to how far design has come in the modern day. Many believe it’ll be one of the most impressive outdoor bars for many years to come. How do you create a modern-day masterpiece like this? There are certainly a few rules you can follow as well.

Due to the redesign the airport received international acclaim for so many changes. Perhaps the most important of which is that this is basically a giant park where you can enjoy a light drink or even walk your dog. Greenery is around the entire area which leads to a relaxing atmosphere and also lets people bring their family there. Even pets can enjoy the area due to a massive area for them to run around in or take a calm walk.

Organic design mixed in with cities is a huge part of many metro bar settings. This is perhaps the best example of it in the United States though. The great thing about picking your outdoor furniture with nature in mind is that it helps the atmosphere in a more literal sense. Fresh oxygen and removal of CO2 are wonderful byproducts of having greenery around. It’s how some of the busiest cities in the world keep the air from becoming massively polluted. It’s simple, beautiful and it works.

All of this is also combined with the latest food and drink styles as well. Being on the cutting edge in every way possible is how all the top businesses do it. It also does not hurt that this allows you to charge more, which you would obviously want to do if you are striving to rise to the top of the industry.

Acquiring all the money to do this is the hard part of course. For those without the funds you can still add an item or two in order to improve the setting. A renovation, even if it doesn’t cost a million or so dollars, can refresh your setting. It can also be more affordable than you might expect in the modern day.

Outdoor Furniture here is constantly clean and ultramodern. As always maintenance is a key part of keeping that same beautiful setting up. Unless you can keep that same high level of care up you can’t make it to the top. This is a lesson which we see repeated time and time again. We’ve even see some people overreach with their ideas in this area.

The final rule is that when it comes to bars, bigger is often better. The various stores and places to get a drink are only a part of the overall setup but sales will no doubt rise due to it. If you can combine your efforts with other nearby businesses then you can create a massive and absolutely amazing setting where you all work together.

Balconies and Bar Furniture

Bar Balcony ExampleThe balcony is a key part of the design culture in practically every culture. It’s not surprising that it would still be a big part of furniture design today. There are unlimited ways to set up your own balcony for your bar but some are obviously better than others. Finding your own personal style with this sort of setup can be difficult so we’ll give you a few ideas. In many ways it’s the same process as decorating the rest of your bar so it deserves all the thought and attention you can give it.

Outdoor rooms in a balcony setting have the huge plus of giving your customers a view. This charming part of any elevated setting is something that most people will pay extra for. Therefore it’s easy to understand why this is so popular today. Some of the hippest clubs in the world are all part of a balcony setting where people pay incredible amounts of money just to get in the door and see the amazing sights of a big city. It’s true from New York to London.

Outdoor Furniture does not have to change much when put on a balcony. It should be able to stand up to the normal light rain and other environmental changes you probably already prepared for. Other than that it should mostly fit in with whatever else you have outdoors and indoors. As always creating a coherent theme is quite useful for insuring that a certain atmosphere is created at all times. This basic rule is still essential today.

Depending on your setting you might actually want to make the balcony a VIP room setting. It could even have a special enclosure with glass you can’t see through from the outside. This is of course only for the most posh establishments in the world. For those who can afford it we would suggest doing something like this because it would also protect your outdoor furniture from harsh weather as well, which has some obvious advantages.

Before getting too in-depth with this you should also check to make sure that your balcony is structurally sound. All this hard work might be for nothing if it is not. So check on that and find out for yourself whether it all works. Concrete can be a big help in this area as well.

Rising sales have led to many designers taking note of the popular bar balcony trend. So it’s important to pay attention to this trend if you have any sort of elevated area at your bar. Otherwise you are missing out on some incredible charm that you could have easily and without a whole ton of work on your part as well.

Safety is also always a concern so your guard rails are also a big part of your outdoor furniture. Whether you have a solid block or simple railings you can decorate these with practically anything you want from candle holders to frescoes. They are in many ways a canvas which an artist can use to paint an incredible picture, literally or figuratively.



Thieves Target Bar Furniture

Bar Stool Bolting ExampleTheft is always a concern when you run any sort of bar. Protecting yourself from thieves is a very important part of saving money. Depending on where you live this is a larger or smaller concern but is never something that you should just ignore. It can mean the difference between making a profit in a year and going out of business. We’ll discuss how some thieves do it and what you can do to protect yourself as well.

It’s not hard to figure out why thieves would target some restaurants. Most establishments do not stay open all night and police presence is limited at night. Therefore many of these places are great targets for enterprising thieves who want to make a tidy sum off. It’s also not terribly hard to move these items without a lot of questions being asked. People sell every single type of furniture all day every day.

Thieves can sweep in much more quickly than you might imagine. Jobs like this are usually planned for months in advance so that they can grab it and get out quickly. Police are likely to check any truck that looks suspicious if it’s out on the road late at night. It’s impractical for anyone to take your items during the day for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which being your patrons will probably be sitting on the items they want to take during business hours.

Multiple businesses are often hit in the same night so it can be a warning sign for you if someone else has had their items stolen. Thieves like to target similar outdoor furniture which they know they can easily take and get away with. While that may be small consolation for some it’s easy to protect yourself with some preparation and that’s your hint right there.

For those who want full security your restaurant outdoor furniture should actually be bolted down. This can be somewhat expensive and should only be used for the most impressive cast-iron or other items. However it does give you the added security and comfort of knowing that most thieves will not bother with removing items like these. It’s just too much trouble and they will go for easier targets in the nearby area.

You can of course always move to a safer area if you believe your business is at risk. This is the path that many people decide to go with and it leads to huge numbers of establishments simply packing up and moving on. This can have a terrible effect on the surrounding area but it is sometimes necessary.

It’s also important for normal homeowners to keep this in mind as well. It doesn’t happen often but it can, especially if you have valuable items there.

The good news is that major thefts like this are thankfully rare. You won’t see them happen regularly but they do come up here and there. As always it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your extremely valuable outdoor furniture. Vigilance is, as always, the best way to do this and can really help you stay safe no matter how difficult things are.

The Charm of a “Hidden” Bar

Hidden Bar ExampleEveryone has seen some small video or article on a “hidden” bar. But how do you go about creating this sort of thing and what can it do for your business? The idea is surprisingly accessible for many owners in bars. Many factors came together for this and all of them are great for the future of the industry.

In the United States and parts of Europe the “hidden” idea came from very different times. In Europe it was from a war atmosphere that required many of these be set underground to protect from bombing runs or even to hide in areas where these were outlawed. In the United States prohibition created a similar climate and the speakeasy style carried over into the modern day, becoming a charming novelty from a somewhat dangerous time for bar owners.

Just existing as a bar like this will usually bring you a lot of attention in the media. Free publicity always matters for those who really want to push themselves up to the very top in any city they are in. You may not even need to do anything in order to get this additional promotion in some circumstances so it’s really an incredible addition if you manage to drum up word of mouth.

Creating a hidden setting like this is not simple, as you might expect, since you have to deal with a large number of different factors from zoning to liquor licenses. Unless politicians in your area are tolerant to this sort of thing you may end up having a very difficult time with all of this. Be sure to find out what connections you will have to make in order to keep everything running smoothly once you start picking out furniture and other small items.

Usually outdoor patio furniture for these bars is very different but is a big part of the charm. In most situations it’s a phone booth or other strange part of the exterior. However in some cases it could even be a full, separate restaurant on the outside. Every now and then it’ll be a part of the main restaurant or bar that is flipped or moved around in order to accommodate new clientele during certain hours of the day. No matter which format you go with you cannot go wrong.

As for accessibility contractors are used to doing things like this in the modern day. They probably have some way of how to build it for you due to their massive success. Therefore just shop around a bit and find out if there are any in your area who are ready to handle the project. You may be pleasantly surprised. If you’re just going with a small hidden door it can be surprisingly affordable as well.

Choosing furniture for this should fit with whatever theme you have, although many bar owners obviously go with a speakeasy. There is no wrong way to do this but make sure that each of your patrons feels like they can only experience your setting right there.