Getting Over on Over Pours

29 Aug, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Getting Over on the Over Pours

Getting Over on the Over Pours

Patrons go to your bar to get away from their day-to-day life and be entertained in a number of ways:

  • Enjoying their favorite beverage
  • Chatting with friends and coworkers
  • Playing bar games

And if you’re lucky, you have one or more entertaining bartenders who do more than just pour drinks. They apply style and flair as they turn alcohol and mixers into works of drinkable art. This type of bartender is trained to:

  • Flip glasses behind the back
  • Flip bottles into the air
  • Nest bottles in mixing tins
  • Pour really high—which can also mean pour really long

And here we have the problem. The Long Pour. It’s fun for patrons to watch, and it keeps the crowds coming back for more. But it also costs you money. One long pour every night is nothing to worry about. But if certain bartenders pour long every time they perform crowd-pleasing stunts, then you’ve got a problem.

Eye in the Sky cameras can help resolve the problem to a certain degree, but there’s another way that’s much more effective—using scheduling software.

For example, let’s say that last Saturday night, your bar was packed with happy patrons—eating, drinking, hanging out with friends until you closed the doors at 2 a.m. You expected profits to be high because of the excellent volume of business. But when you figured out your pour costs, you found them to be unexpectedly high. The cost overrun was undoubtedly due to staff members’ long pours, but you had four bartenders on duty that night, so there’s no way to know who was doing what.

Here’s where scheduling software can help—by enabling you to look back at scheduling history. Simply enter the dates when you had high pour costs, map those dates to the employees who worked those nights, and see if any trends exist. If you find that John Doe is behind the bar every time you have high pour costs, then you know where the problem lies.

We know that running a bar is your expertise, and that using scheduling software might feel a bit out of your comfort zone. But when you choose What Time Do I Work online scheduling software, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to not only create weekly staff schedules, but also compare costs with workers on the floor, as well as control overtime hours.

We offer a comprehensive yet easy-to-use online scheduling solution that provides point-and-click simplicity. By storing all your employee’s names, emails, phone numbers, preferred shifts, and requested time off in one online location, we enable you to create a new schedule by simply moving time slots to the appropriate names on your schedule template. And if you happen to select a name for a time slot that the employee requested off, the software alerts you to the mistake immediately. To correct the error, you simply move the time slot to a different name. It’s just that easy to create a schedule—and it’s equally as easy to create a map of pour costs to on-floor bartenders.

To discover for yourself just how much time and money you can save by using our web scheduling software, you can test drive it for free. There’s no obligation, and no credit card is required to sign up.  For complete information on our web scheduling software, please visit