Making the Most of Your Bar Design

Making the Most of Your Bar Design

When designing your bar or restaurant, it is important to remember that the mood of your establishment will go a long way to keep faithful patrons coming back. The goal is to create an inviting, attractive and comfortable space for bar customers.

Baldwin Architectural Group is an Atlanta restaurant architecture firm that has the experience and knowledge to create the fundamental elements necessary for designing a lucrative and engaging bar.

Bar Top and Table Top Surfaces

The bar top is the showpiece of your bar design and you fortunately have a vast array of choices. It’s important that the surface be durable enough to handle sprays, spills and shots. It’s best to avoid surfaces that stain easily. A few of the top bar top and table top surfaces are:

  • Laminates
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Solid Surface
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Stainless Steel
  • Wood
  • Epoxy Resin

Bar Top Heights

Tabletops are one of the most essential elements of a great bar design. The standard height for bar tops is approximately 42”, which is a comfortable height for most adults to lean on and stand against. You will be able to find several barstools at this height to match.

While a 42” high is an excellent place to sit a finished drink, it’s not the most comfortable working surface. As a result, you should install a regular kitchen counter height of 36” behind the bar for a cash register and prep work.


Many bars and restaurants incorporate unique themes. If you are near an airport or railway station, your bar theme could be based on traveling. If your bar is located in a college town, you may choose to display collegiate memorabilia. Whatever theme you choose, it’s important to be consistent and pay attention to the details. As a bar owner, you can use the opportunity to treat your customers and even educate them at the same time.

Optimal Lighting for Your Bar Design

Bar lighting comes in a wide array of shapes, sizes and styles. A few of the most popular styles are:

  • Indirect lighting, such as cove lighting, lightboxes, and backlit signage.
  • Recessed lighting, such as house lighting, decorative trims, and architectural lighting.
  • Track lighting is designed for a multitude of fixtures and optimum flexibility.
  • Surface-mounted lighting includes pendant lighting, ceiling lighting, and wall sconces.
  • Accent lighting, such as LED strip lighting, step lighting, and underbar lighting.
Use the lighting of your bar design to set the mood and communicate the theme of your bar.

Contact an Experienced Bar Design Architect

If you are ready to move forward with your bar design or restaurant layout, contact the bar and restaurant architects at Baldwin Architectural Group in Atlanta, GA.

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