The great thing about liquor sales is that the cost of goods sold is only about 20%. It’s one of the highest profit margin products you can sell. It’s also an easy sell, so it’s no wonder you’d like to increase liquor sales for your business.
Add a Bar In the Waiting Area
For restaurants, one of the best ways to lift alcohol sales is just to add a bar in the waiting area. It makes waiting for a table an
experience to get the night started rather than an annoyance.
Drinking a beer or cocktail can really take the edge off your customers on a busy night. And by engaging your customer it can decrease abandonment during long waits.
Promote Happy Hour/Game Day Specials
It’s not just happy hour, it’s a party! Themed happy hour specials give guests a reason to come back multiple times a week. Gotta get my $2 domestics on Monday and my bottomless margaritas on Thursday!
Happy hour events can be facilitated easily in the GmeSide app with automated pricing periods that run in the background so servers and bartenders don’t have to memorize the prices.
After Hours Drinks
If the restaurant closes at 9 or 10 and you’ve got a full bar, keep it open late. Attract after hours regulars who transition from diners to drinkers.
By adding additional after hours specials it’s like happy hour number two! Offer a limited after hours menu with bar friendly munchies.
Upsell Top Shelf Liquor
Use the gentle nudge of an up-sell to bump up liquor sales. Train your staff to offer premium liquors by default. This allows the patron to be the one to say if they want a well drink.
If a guest orders without specifying the brand, offer a choice. For example, “I’d like a gin and tonic”. The server’s reply should be “Would you like it with Tanqueray or with Bombay Sapphire?” Most people will pick from the options given.
Add More Seats At The Bar
This is a logistical approach to the problem. A bigger bar means more people sitting at the bar. How many times have you decided not to order because the bar was too crowded?
By allowing more space, additional patrons can squeeze in and place their orders. It’s also easier to order more drinks when you’re at the bar rather than having to wait for the wait staff to take your order.
Add Outdoor Seating
Some people prefer to have their drinks in the open air. This may be due to the social aspects, the fresh air or their smoking habit. The fact is that many people want to smoke cigarettes and imbibe.
By accommodating the social habits of tobacco smokers with an outdoor seating area you can make them comfortable. And keep the drinks coming.
Sell Local Craft Beers
The craft beer industry is exploding and that’s great news for you. Food and beer pairings can be recommended to diners.
The fact that it’s locally made can add additional interest. The “go local” trend is also growing. Local breweries can be negotiated with directly for price breaks, while the perception of “local craft beer” can command a premium when sold to patrons.
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