Post # 1
My reception venue is a barn and my bartenders are (experienced) friends of my sisters.
The barn comes equipped with one of those big white freezer, one sink, one fridge and nothing else. I literally must rent a bar and supply everything.
My question is for others who did a DIY bar. How did you keep ICE/Drinks cold? Obviously there isn’t going to be enough room in this set-up to keep everything on ice.
There is a door beside the bar that I was considering keeping ice in coolers outside of it with beer and stuff inside and then when the one inside is empty, just having the bartenders swap it.
any suggestions would be super!!
Post # 3
I think coolers are your best bet! Call in all your favors to get people to lend them to you.
I’d suggest keeping the bar menu more simple, just the basics instead of every type of beer and liquor out there. That will help a lot with logistics and having enough space, plus not having to buy some of everything. You probably are already doing that too.
Are you allowed to have people serve themselves? You could have signature drinks in big drink pitchers (the ones with the spouts) labeled with what they are.
Be sure to check on dram shop insurance too, assuming the barn doesn’t provide that.
Post # 4
@NAvery: I’m not sure if people can serve themselves the alcoholic beverages. It’s pretty strict in Ontario with the liquor and serving laws in a public venue.I think there is an exception with wine because I can put it out on the tables…hmm
Yea we were going to have pretty much every kind of liquor but not various types of it. Just a couple types of beers and wine. Was also thinking of having bride and groom singature cocktails as well as basic mix.
It’s tough trying to wrap your head around everything when it’s DIY. My caterer is driving in 25 min away and the barn isn’t equipped with any kitchen either :S (praying the food isnt cold!!)