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    • 1 posts
    December 8, 2007 2:44 AM EST

    Chris,
     I just finished reading your forum posts on you site.
     www.excellentbars.com

     You have really written a lot of detailed information about your current project.

    Great resource,

    Thanks

    Rich

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    August 3, 2008 8:11 PM EDT
    im probaly the least qualified to tell you about business or nightclubs since im only 18 and dont even have an associates
     
    but
    any kind of business, you are going to need alot of foresight, planning, and information.
    always think things 5 steps ahead.
    and advertising, get some really good promoters. Better yet, do it with some of your friends. Club promoter is just as fun as being in the vip except you can choose which sexy ladies to invite to your club. try getting on tv. there are alot of people who are looking for something to do at night. modern club, im guessing start up is 200,000-400,000. up to 1-2 million if its a high class nightclub like on the vegas strip
     
    and i realllllly really suggest moving to a big city suburb preferrably one with a college nearby. If you really want to get dirty, go to the college and crash every party you can find. and if your nightclub is near the college and all the partys are getting crashed, good chance you will get more customers. but, this is just an idea i got 10 seconds ago. lol. might work, might not. preferably do it behind the scenes so the kids dont know its you whos doing it. if they find out, you just shot yourself in the foot big time
     
    bottom line advice from me is focus on having a comfortable club (like that other guy said if you attract the women, they will attract the men), very good marketing, at least 1 investor, im not sure how many you really would need, and a good location

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    November 5, 2007 6:09 AM EST
    That sounds like a great resource for people who are looking to get into that industry. I will have to check that out.

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    October 10, 2007 9:54 AM EDT

    Cellar

       My Name is Chris and I have been opening, building and operating Bars and Nightclubs for over 10 years, I have a new Web-site that has lots of free info for you to help you start you bar, I also have a "New Location Rating System" to help you qualify your venue...

    Cheers Chris

    www.excellentbars.com

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    Chris Lenahan releases “The Little Black Bar Book. A Comprehensive Guide to Starting,Opening, Owning and Operating Your Own Bar or Nightclub.”

    Please feel free to visit my new web-site`s free forum for lots of great information

    Cheers
    Chris

    www.excellentbars.com

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    November 2, 2007 7:02 PM EDT

    Take a look at one of my Bar Business Plans

    http://blog.excellentbars.com/forum/f/Information/Bar_Busine ss_Plan

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    Chris Lenahan releases “The Little Black Bar Book. A Comprehensive Guide to Starting,Opening, Owning and Operating Your Own Bar or Nightclub.”

    Please feel free to visit my new web-site`s free forum for lots of great information

    Cheers
    Chris

    www.excellentbars.com

    • 47 posts
    September 3, 2006 5:37 PM EDT

    I`m in the business too, over 25 yrs now.  Years ago when I bartended at a club in Belltown in Seattle, the owner gave me some excellent advice thats still stuck with me all these years, that I feel you may want to consider...

    He said in order to have a successful club, you have to focus on making it very comfortable for the ladies.  Forget about the men...  If the ladies like your club, the guys will come anyway...  That worked like magic for him.

    Take it from me, back in those days, he had the BEST club in Belltown with lines down the block in the rain with tons of cute girls waiting to get in, and of course, the guys were there too.

    BTW, it was called Casa U Betcha, on 1st ave, back in the 80`s.  Its gone now.  He sold it and moved on.

    Something to think about...  Hope it helps. 

    jerik

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    September 3, 2006 5:39 PM EDT

    One last thing I forgot to mention, I`m working on a business plan for the acquisition of 6 F&B businesses across 3 states.  Whats your major? 

    jerik

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    August 19, 2006 8:45 PM EDT

    If you go to bplans.com there is a business plan for a nightclub. And try bar & nightclub magazine. Hope that will help.

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    August 20, 2006 7:49 PM EDT

    Cellar door,
    Bar/Night Clubs are very hard to own and manage. As a DJ for 18 years, I contemplated many times to open a Night Club / PUB... and the liability for them are very high, so lots of banks turn away from these types of businesses.
    Some of the problems why they are too risky are because of drunk people that don`t know how to act their age.
    When I was deep into the Night Club life, I had my share of DJing at Clubs such as Palladium, Limelight, Club USA, Twilo, Sound Factory, Shelter, NASA, and my favorite..Zanzibar... The are all clubs based in NYC/ NJ tri-state area.. Here is some scoop of how you can start your own club with little money down or how to fund it to on your own...
    What you need to do is:
    1. Find a place that already has all the equipment and is willing to rent it to you or lease it to you.
    2. Find promoters and high profile DJ`s
    3.Start throwing your own gigs always keeping the same name of the gig...
    4.  hire Security.. most clubs will have their own security..

    Need more advise or Djs.. Fly me out and I will turn tear the roof off for you.. I own 10 thousand records and 4 thousand Mp3`s. And DJ software to play MP3s... So keep in touch..

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    August 21, 2006 6:32 PM EDT
    We own a bar on a lake that boasts the most beer sold within a 70 mile radius. It`s a tough business to be in. If you aren`t willing to be on premise during all the busy hours, don`t even think about starting one, you`ll be robbed blind. I highly recommend the shot counters that are hooked up to a computer. At the end of the night you can compare amount poured to the amount of cash in the register.

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    • 1 posts
    August 12, 2008 12:06 AM EDT
    Starting a bar/nightclub is good idea. I would have to agree. Such as magazines or associations. I have been very interested in the brewing industry. Present youth very trendy they like parties nightclubs.
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    August 8, 2008 9:42 AM EDT
    Here is a blog post I wrote, I hope it helps.
    http://kalinmoon.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/nightclub-success/
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    August 19, 2006 1:54 PM EDT
    I am looking for as much advice as possible concerning starting,
    owning, and maintaining a bar/nightclub. Although I am a business major
    at Northern Illinois University and currently work in a bar, I
    understand that I am extremely green in this area. So, with your help,
    I am compiling as much information as I can so when the time does come
    I will be ready. Feel free to post any information, no matter how
    minute, you deem worthy of note. Thank you for your time and your
    consideration.

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    October 10, 2007 2:08 PM EDT

    My self I love going to bars that are more modern, there is one local one I go to called  the CODA , wow the amount revenue its generating . Good news is that is only open Thursday to Sunday. From 6 Pm till 3 Am.  I would say that type of business is a cash cowl. I love it

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    August 20, 2006 7:11 PM EDT
    I would have to agree. Try to find as many worthy publications as you can. Such as magazines or associations. I have been very interested in the brewing industry. I joined the Brewers Association. It comes with numerous perks, such as industry publications, statistics, and a wealth of contacts and information regarding events. Plus they have a forum/newsletter that gets sent daily with information regarding the industry, and input from industry professionals.

    Business plan templates are good to review, however, try to do some research on your own. Like textbooks, they can`t teach you everything, or in this case, a generic business plan is just that. Each and every plan will be unique, just like every entrepreneurial adventure. The business plan is going to be an extension of you and your idea. Bankable Business Plans by Edward Rogoff is an excellent book on business plans. Had to read it for a startup class I took in college.

    Hopefully this helps. It will surely be a journey.


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    March 1, 2008 6:27 PM EST

    TO ALL:

    Pandora`s Box!  My name is Robert Casillas and I am a contributing writer and Educator for Nightclub & Bar Magazine and many other nightlife related publications. I Have seminars at the National Hospitality Week in Las Vegas, where Nightclub & bar Host their annual convention and tradeshow expo.
       I teach every part of the business and have a book in the works. I am the founder and President of my company MONSOON GROUP LAS VEGAS. We consult clubs and bars all over the US and abroad. We will take any venue from concept to success. I am NOT soliciting you. I do have much FREE information and guides as I have presented this past week at the National conference. ANYONE in this business or interested in the business can contact me at my e-mail: robcasaz@hotmail.com
     
    Thank you all
    and Cheers!
     
    ROBERT CASILLAS
    Contributing Writer/Educator
    Nightclub & Bar Magazine
                         &
    President
    Monsoon Group Las Vegas
     
     

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    Monsoon Group Las Vegas

    • 1 posts
    November 15, 2006 2:54 PM EST
    tell me how.......
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    December 9, 2007 10:36 AM EST
    I am looking for as much advice as possible concerning starting, owning, and maintaining a bar/nightclub. Although I am a business major at Northern Illinois University and currently work in a bar, I understand that I am extremely green in this area. So, with your help, I am compiling as much information as I can so when the time does come I will be ready. Feel free to post any information, no matter how minute, you deem worthy of note. Thank you for your time and your consideration.


    Im in the restaurant biz, and I can tell you that you`ll need a lot of of cash to start with. Next, you`ll need to get a LOT of permits. Don`t forget, in Illinois starting Jan 1, indoor smoking is no longer allowed. I would think carefully before opening a bar at this point in time...

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    • 1 posts
    June 30, 2007 6:12 PM EDT
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    May 8, 2012 1:26 AM EDT

     

    This is very good who is searching for night clubs and bars.Thanks for share this valuable information.

    Night Club

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    March 27, 2014 1:35 PM EDT

    You may want to consider doing some heavy promotions and also offer special perks to bar patrons that spend more money. When I started offering bottle service, I did a lot of research and found that simply attaching bottle sparklers to your premium liqours before you birng them to the table can increase sales by over 20%. I only saw an increase of between 7% and 10%, but I am also able to charge a little more for the bottles without anyone complaining. Anyways, good luck and I hope you find the pathe to higher profits!