Menu Categories for Bar Food
Part of the Running a Bar For Dummies Cheat Sheet
If you want to run a successful bar, you must create the right menu to complement the beverages. Even if you already have your menu planned, consider the food categories in the following list. After your bar opens, you can keep an eye on what your patrons expect and think about adding items that may benefit your business:
Appetizers: An appetizer is a dish that’s served before the main meal in a restaurant. In bars, sometimes the only menu is an appetizer menu.
Full-blown menu: Many bars have larger menus these days. Your menu may start with the pub grub idea, and later expand further to include items such as salads, entrees (like ribs, steaks, and pasta), desserts, and even kids’ menus.
Happy hour: Some bars choose to only serve food during happy hour, a period of time designed to draw in a crowd with special pricing and promotions.
Pub grub: Pub grub is the affectionate term for typical bar food like wings, onion rings, cheese sticks, burgers, and so on.
Tapas: Tapas are snacks or small plates in the Spanish tradition. They don’t have to be Spanish food, just small portions of great dishes.