I'm considering an eventual goal of owning my own bar. Do any of you guys own your own bar and have some advice?
I'm considering a very low key bar in terms of expenses. I'd like to recreate the experience of Oktoberfest in Germany.
Obviously I won't be able to recreate the scale of the event. I'd like a similar fashion of serving people. Bench seats and big wooden tables so that it's easy for people to get together and talk. I'd like to only serve beer and at most some wines. I'd prefer not to. Food will all be simple foods that can be made in bulk such as chicken, sausage, breads, chili, etc.. It'd all be bar food, but perhaps with some little flair here and there to set it apart from bar food you'd get elsewhere.
Perhaps, if space permits, a small house band to get people singing such as at this tent during Oktoberfest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9bLr...eature=related
Hell, an actual bar wouldn't be completely necessary as the idea isn't for people to come to try exciting beers and food, but just enjoy a comfortable environment. Line the walls with flat screens and it can double as a sports bar. That doesn't mean the beer and food have to be bad, but I expect the bar to be successful for being a good time WITH good food and drink for good prices. It could be simple enough that the menu is verbal or painted on one of the walls.
What advice do you guys have? Are there different licenses for bars that will only serve beer and wine instead of hard alcohol as well? Anyone ever been to a bar like this in the states?