Start a Bar or Nightclub 4

History and archaeology have shown that even before the first civilizations people had produced and consumed alcoholic beverages. Bars, nightclubs, taverns, saloons, inns, pubs — call them what you will — are as popular today as they have been down through the ages. If you’ve always dreamed of opening your own bar or brewpub this is the right time. We’ve collected a variety of resources on this page to help you research, plan, and start-up your nightclub!

Bar or Nightclub Business Plans

Looking for inspiration? Check out our Bar or Nightclub sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. These plans can be read fully online.

Bar and Tavern Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Foosball Hall is a new gaming hall and bar serving the community with a bar offering beer, food, beverages and plenty of foosball tables for casual play as well as tournaments.

Irish Pub Bar Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
McKnight’s Pub has been a successful Irish bar in the heart of downtown for one hundred years. McKnight’s objectives are to create its own microbrewery on-site and to offer superior kinds of beers than that of its new competitors.

Microbrew Bar Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
The Bottlecap is a specialty beer tavern located near the University campus. The Bottlecap will be serving the community a constantly rotating lineup of premium, unique microbrews for the discerning beer connoisseur.

Nightclub, Dance Classes Business Plan
(Full Plan Online)
The concept of E3 Playhouse is to provide an entertainment, education, and restaurant venue in downtown. The establishment will provide a live entertainment venue, a restaurant/bar, and classes in dance, music and the arts.

Singles Bar Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Colloquy Grog Shop is a unique local bar/coffee/tapas house that provides a friendly, effective place where singles can meet. Colloquy Grog Shop has a unique service called the structured conversation system allowing singles to meet each other through reflective conversation.

Sports Bar Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Take Five Sports Bar and Grill has established a successful presence in the food and beverage service industry with its flagship location. Take Five has the objective of opening four additional metro locations and one on the beach at a year-round resort destination.

Bar or Nightclub Marketing Plan

Colloquy Grog Shop’s marketing strategy will be based on communicating its value to the target market segment. Print advertising will feature prominently. Strategic partnerships will be sought among local athletic clubs and professional organizations. A grassroots referral campaign will distribute “friends” coupons through existing customers.

Start a business resource kit

Looking for more resources to help you start your bar or nightclub or tavern? This free online business planning toolkit includes a presentation by business planning guru Tim Berry, a set of business calculators, sample business plans and more. Launch the toolkit

 Additional Sample Business Plans

These additional bar and nightclub sample business plans are available in LivePlan.

Nightclub Resort Complex Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
The EbonySun entertainment resort will be one of the world’s largest night life entertainment facilities, located in the area. The owner has successfully opened and run 12 different nightclubs, casinos, and resorts. EbonySun will have 400,000 square feet to entertain people in a unique way by providing 10 unique themes of nightclub rooms, with a capacity to handle 10,000 to 17,000 people in any given night. The goal is to provide a unique nightlife experience for all adults area. The facility will include 4 restaurants with different themes, 10 themed nightclub rooms, 10 individual offices, training and conference rooms, and 2 VIP rooms.

Nightclub Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
The Spot is a new nightclub that will focus on attracting the students of State University, with a student population that exceeds 22,000 and growing by 15% each year. The nightclub will be located one block away from the main campus. The area already has three bars that have been thriving for the past 10 years. Each establishment has long lines waiting for entry each weekend. Recently, commercial space has become available next to the campus when two adjacent business relocated. The Spot will consolidate this space into a 5,000 square foot night club. The location is on the main street most often used by students.

Nightclub Saloon Business Plan

Executive summary (excerpt)
This Nightclub will be the premier, high-energy, themed dance and nightclub in town. Our goal is to remain a step ahead of our competition through an exemplary service provision. We expect our guests to have more fun during their leisure time. We will provide more video and electronic technology per square footage than anyone else in the region. A simple, yet unique, themed menu and atmosphere will create a sense of ‘belonging’ for locals and tourists alike. Our operating credo is: “happy enthusiastic employees create happy enthusiastic guests.”

Start a Bar or NightclubBar or Nightclub Start-up Kit

This informative business binder provides the essential knowledge you need to plan and start a bar or nightclub business. It covers such basics of the tavern business as location considerations, facility requirements, personnel needs, legal requirements, finance, marketing, operations, and more. Also included in this start-up kit is a copy of LivePlan software, the world’s best-selling business plan software.

Bar or Nightclub industry research

Get valuable financial intelligence and industry trends for bars, nightclubs, taverns, saloons and related businesses in an industry research report for “Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages), SIC Code 5813″. We provide detailed reports with five years of financials, business ratios, and more. Better yet, our bar and nightclub industry reports are available at the U.S. national, state, and even county level, so you can really understand the local competitive environment. Start your market research the easy way.

View an example of an industry report in PDF format

Select and purchase industry research reports for “Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages), SIC Code 5813″

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  • mike-dee

    these are great notes for a successful business venture. i will use this information for my nightclub i’m looking to open.

  • Chris

    It’s good that these resources are available, too many people will leap in with the idea that running a pub or a bar will be glamorous and without much idea of the realities involved. Not to be a killjoy, but you need to consider finding a good beer suppliers, whether you’re going to be able to deal with drunken customers and setting yourself apart from the competition etc etc. It’s by no means easy.

  • Patrick Hayden

    I would definitely like to learn more on this. Good information already it seems!

  • werner

    I would like to open a night club but first i want to know about all the legal requirements and licenses needed?help?