Bar supplies

The Perfect Cocktail – Balancing Style and Substance When Opening a Bar

21 May, 2018

With Sydney and Melbourne being known for their thriving nightlife, it can often feel like an uphill battle just trying to avoid obscurity. This leads to many bars and nightclubs prioritising style over substance; focused on creating a stellar eye-catching aesthetic, rather than providing the best possible experience.

With that said, while the glitz and glamour may draw in crowds, it’s the service that is going to create recurring customers. At Funktion Hospitality, we have been providing Melbourne’s bars and venues with premium bar supplies for over a decade. Plus, with 2018 bringing our services to Sydney’s eclectic nightlife, we’ve had the chance to see even more of what Australia’s bars, nightclubs, and venues have to offer.

So, without further adieu, let’s get into finding the perfect blend of style and service in your bar!

Bar Supplies

When it comes to any kind of culinary experience, presentation is everything. You don’t want a meticulously crafted cocktail to be let down by less than stellar bar supplies. Besides, your supplies are going to be the primary way that your customers interact with your services. From straws to hand soap, you can never be entirely sure what will make or break the experience of a patron.

Play to Your Space

Quite often in life, our aspirations have to be weighed up against our restrictions. This is especially true when designing a bar experience, as there are a wide variety of factors to consider. For example, while you may have your sights set on a venue where droves of people can dance the night away, it’s going to be difficult to achieve if you don’t have the space to accommodate it. Similarly, if you’re going for a more intimate setting, a larger venue with too much open space can be problematic for the “vibe” you’re going for.

So, to avoid a mismatched theme, try to design your bar’s interiors with the layout already in mind. Just remember: your venue doesn’t have to be everything at once. If you have a bar catered toward dancing, people will come to you if they want to dance. The same can be said for venues that are designed around sports, cocktails, or anything else you can imagine. As long as you do one thing exceptionally well, you’ll be sure to find an audience.

Playing the Part

Imagine going to see a performance of Hamlet at Hamer Hall, only for the actors to walk on stage in flannel and jeans. While they may look fashionably stylish in and of themselves, it would do quite a number on your feeling of immersion.

Relating this idea back to opening a bar; if you’re going for a theme or specific style, make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep that illusion alive. The waiters and waitresses in 5-star luxury restaurants aren’t dressed in formal attire for their own enjoyment; it’s all a part of curating the patron’s experience.

With that said, this isn’t just in reference to the dress code of your employees. If you’re going for an aesthetic that exudes classic class and style, then make sure every decor choice falls in line with this decision. Not only will this help to keep the magic of your bar alive, it will also allow you to stand out more distinctly against your competition.


Are you looking to take your bar’s service to the next level? At Funktion Hospitality, we have been supplying premium bar supplies to Australian venues for over a decade. Explore our range online, and order now for next day delivery on all in-stock products!