Interior Designing Tips for Pubs

Written by Super User

Owning a Pub or commercial bar is as tricky as thrilling it sounds. The idea of designing a commercial bar is an exciting prospect. For the majority of customers who enter your pub what matters the most is the ambiance. At such a stage along with exciting interior designs, it is important to also have technically right. Understand, pub works in the night and in darkness, hence, you cannot afford to take a risk by going wrong. For all of the thrill, you imagine in your own mind, your bar may fall short of your future guests’ expectations if it is not designed to their liking. With the help of this guidebook, you can easily create a bar which is loved by people.



Before you design the blueprint of the bar, it is imperative to think of the look and feel of your bar. You need to think about the kind of ambiance you want to create in your business such as dark or bright. The ambiance should match the theme of the place, of course. 

Soft lighting put people at ease immediately after walking into the bar as they come from work on weekends, it can be a great idea! Keep them engaged with music, DJ, stand-up comedy or live music that complements the theme of the business. With the right lighting scheme and music playlists, you can create a psychological and social experience for which your customers will keep coming back.

Kitchen Location

When we talk about the bar and restaurant design industry, we need to imagine the fundamental circulation of a business. Envision your bar’s layout by focusing the flow of traffic of customers and waiters in every area and most importantly in the kitchen.

To take up an example: For bar and grill restaurant, the kitchen should be strategically located close to the bar and dining areas. This will help your staff for quick movements and serve guests with hot food. Even inside the kitchen, it is important to have everything placed in an orderly fashion such as raw materials, cooking and enough space for waiters to quickly pick the order and move.

Space Allocation

It is important for you to sit and finalize the design based on how much space with which you have to work. Your restaurant interior designers should measure the entire available area for the bar, kitchen, dining, etc and then create blueprints considering the space occupied by the minutest things. Keep in mind the bar stools, accessories like the foot rails, bar rails, etc.

When you are set with your theme and blueprints, you are all set to buy furniture for all allotted space. While purchasing furniture and fixtures, these blueprints will act as a guideline for a theme, color, pattern, and sizes. You can also refer our articles about the artwork, wall colors, and other accents that you want to utilize in the bar.

Service and Safety

Since the overall ambiance in the bar is usually dark, it is important to keep safety as a priority. At the same time, it is easy for your staff to serve. While you would love to add more tables and stools for more occupancy and business, you would not appreciate your staff tripping over footstools as they try to bring food to customers. You want the bar to be spacious in size so that the staff can swiftly move. Consider portioning off a section at the end of the bar for a wait staff stall. Ideally, however, you want the bar to be a place that is inviting for the customers to gather while being practical for your staff to manage. 

Ergonomic Bar Measurement Guidelines

To have a more specific brief for bar height, bar top, and other ergonomic standards will ensure comfort for all. You can ask your bar interior designer to work based on these measurements guidelines. These are research-based on appropriate measurements for optimum bar design. These are some of the bar industry standards:

• Appropriate height of the bar is 42”-45” while the Bartop is about 24”-30” wide.

• The inside edge of the bar top should overhang the bar die – the enclosure that hides soda, beer, electrical and plumbing lines in the unit – by 11”.

• The highest reachable shelf of the bar back should be 69”-72” high. Stocking shelves can be higher which are meant only for storing bar items. These are definitely for daily serving activities.

• 2-tiered shelf back bar liquor displays should be 9”-10” wide and each step should be 4”-5” high.

• The suggested distance between the edge of the bar and the adjacent wall should be between 76”-90”.

• Drink rails should be 10”-12” deep. These rails should be set at the same height as the bar top.

• Allow 18”-24” for patrons sitting at the bar (referenced from the outside edge of the bar top).

• Bar patrons should have an aisle space behind them of at least 30” for ease of movement.

• Allow for 18” standing room in front of a drink rail and 24” if bar stools are used.

The Bar Entrance

In a market full of pubs and restaurants, it is your restaurant business which must stand out. Don’t get caught up with planning how the bar will look from inside only, entrance and welcoming of the guests is equally important to the business. The entrance gives the first impression of your bar to the public. Keep the entrance engaging and comfortable for customers. During rush hours on weekends, you must have comfy seating for people who are waiting for a table, hanging artwork or lighting in the area, and by including plants, statues, or other artwork near the door.


With all the drinking and food fulfilling the guests, it is important to keep a space for the restroom which is near and easy to find. Restaurant interior designer must design the restroom in a spacious way which has big mirrors for women. Also, as the traffic in the washroom is steady as people like to fix their hair, makeup, etc, keep the area a little spacious. You obviously do not want them to be too close to the bar or dining area. Still, you need them to be close enough for guests to find on their own. One of the interesting ways to point towards restrooms is to have lighted signs. You can hang artwork, decorate the wall with interesting quotes, use lighting over the mirrors and facilities. Also, you can have music piped into the area to keep customers engaged in your pub.

These design tips will be your guidebook for a pub ambiance and experience that you and your customer desire. They go a long way in establishing the comfort and appeal level you envision for your future business.

You can also check our other blogs for restaurant interior designs.

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