November 06, 2018

Bulletproof Bar Management: First step, fire your speed pourers

Bullet proof bar management: first step, fire your speed pourers!

We’ve all seen it before – that team member who lets the side down and refuses to pick up their game – they’ve been trained and nurtured but you can still rely on them to always run late, work in a sloppy and unhygienic way, and be nonchalant to boot.

When it’s your business and your profits at stake, there is only one way this can go down. And that’s with the decision to give the sloppy bartender that boot.

The question is then, if we use this method of decision-making for human resources, why are we not doing it with our other resources—the products we use behind the bar?

Pouring liquor and profit away with faulty pourers

Are any of your bar tools making your bar service sloppy, messy, slow or inaccurate? If you are using tools that lack quality, efficiency, consistency, speed, accuracy and profitability, then surely they’re not the right fit for your business.

Just the same as a bad hire, there is no place for bar tools that don’t do their job! And yet… we constantly see bars carrying on with tools that are letting them down over and over again.

Uberbartools Blog: A Maths Lesson from Behind the Bar

Let’s take speed pourers as a key example. We’ve talked about the Math linking profitabililty and pouring before:

"Each shift a bartender wastes one over-poured cocktail, averaging in price at approximately $13.00 AU or $10 US. That equates to a loss of $4,800 AU or $3,500 US per annum. If you are using leaky and inaccurate pourers, you are literally pouring away profit", according to stats from Diageo Bar Academy.

But the main issue many bars have is the high rate of speed pourer turnover. There are so many generic pourers out there that it can look as though they are all the same, so bars often buy them in bulk and run through them like they’re going out of fashion.

While the initial cost of a traditional speed pourer might seem like a steal, consider the hidden expenses associated with their short lifespan:

  • Cheap plastic can become brittle over time, making the pourer more prone to leaks and malfunctions.
  • Drops, bumps, and the pressure of daily use can lead to cracks and breaks, rendering the pourer unusable.
  • A broken or malfunctioning pourer needs to be replaced, leading to recurring costs.
  • Replacing broken pourers takes time, disrupting your bar's workflow and potentially slowing down service.

The switch from traditional pourers

If the pourers have to be replaced so regularly then surely it’s time to replace them altogether?

At Uberbartools™, we're on a mission to revolutionize the bar industry by creating sustainable and high-quality tools. We believe in minimizing waste, both in landfills and behind the bar. Our products are designed to long, eliminating the need for frequent replacements.

The ProFlow and BarFlow speed pourers by Uberbartools™ are designed to address the challenges of traditional pourers, offering a wealth of benefits for your bar:

Traditional vs Uberbartools Speed Pourers Comparison Chart

Good bar management isn't about drastic changes or complicated procedures. Sometimes, the most significant improvements lie in reevaluating the tools we take for granted. Traditional speed pourers, with their limitations and potential for leakage, can be a source of inefficiency and lost profits.

By embracing innovative solutions like the ProFlow and BarFlow speed pourer, you're taking a significant step towards a more streamlined, cost-effective, and ultimately, bullet-proof bar operation.