When looking for information on how to open a bar, the advice is as many as the bureaucratic confusion. But there are some basic rules to follow if you want to start a business in the catering world. Having these key points clear will allow you to embark on a smooth launching process. Discover our definitive guide to open a bar.


Before acting, ask yourself some questions and give yourself some answers. Many businesses are already born with important flaws because evaluation errors have been made during the study and analysis phase. For this reason, the first thing to do to start a business is to ask three questions:

1)What will the shop offer new?

How to open a bar that differs from the competition? It is essential to study the strengths on which you want to aim to promote the local and the originality that distinguishes it.

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2)Are the funds enough to leave?

Opening a place means investing. And it is basic to deal with different items of expenditure including: rent, furniture, instrumentation, suppliers and staff.

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3)What is the location of the room?

A variant on which the overhead costs and the success of the bar also depend. At best, the place must be in a central position, close to places already frequented.

4)What is the target?

A question that is often not included in the guides on how to open a bar, despite being one of the main items in the chapter. Thinking about the public you want to offer your own offer allows you to have a complete picture not only of the menu, but also of the same position in which to open the room. If the formula is designed for students, position yourself near schools, universities and libraries. If on the contrary you want to focus on workers, identify areas near industrial centers.

2) How to open a bar and not go crazy in the bureaucratic process

A restaurant is in every sense a business, and as such the law obliges to regulate its business position with VAT. Rely on an accountant experienced in the catering sector to let you guide the bureaucratic process and decide which type of company is right for you. The form of company chosen will then be registered with the competent Business Register.

The restaurant itself must be up to standard. The building must have the appropriate permits and requirements, most of which are of municipal or regional legislation. When you have set up a company and a local, you can proceed with the bureaucracy. It is usually an aspect that scares a lot, but over the years the process has fortunately simplified. The documents necessary to open a bar are:

municipal form for the commencement of communication
(which includes data of the owner, company, opening hours, usability, ASL compliance)
authorization to display the banner
authorization of the Revenue Agency for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages
payment form SIAE rights for the dissemination of music and images
fire certification request to the Fire Brigade
(for rooms of 450 square meters or more)
After the bureaucratic run between modules, requests and acceptances it is time to attend courses that are compulsory by law. We are obviously talking about the SAB, HACCP and Occupational Safety certifications. These courses must be followed by all the employees who work in the premises.

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3) Business Plan: teach to love him

In the period that precedes the opening of the room you will have to learn how to roll out the first business plan. This tool, sometimes underestimated due to its apparent difficulty, allows you to have an overview of costs and gains over a period of time.

Drawing up a market analysis plan, studying investments and profits, helps to evaluate the best route to take for your premises. The business plan allows you to prepare for any difficult periods, unexpected surprises with the security of having a clear view of the whole.

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The indications on how to open a bar are many, and all necessary for a guaranteed success. It is a challenging path in every aspect, and for this Techfood has studied a solution that can lighten the load to those who want to open an activity.

Pic Nic is the turnkey corner shop. You will not have to worry about contact with suppliers because it is already started by Techfood itself. In addition, the machines in the corner do not need a suction hood, reducing the permits to be requested from the municipal administration. Find out more about the Pic Nic formula.