In this video, I’ll discuss the standard dimension and interior space requirements for bar and facility layout design. Coming Up! Hey, Rick Uzubell again from Bar Designers,
where I share my ideas and tips on bar design, draft beer system design and product reviews. Later in this video, I'll give you 'Today's Takeaway.' If you're new here, please consider subscribing
and check-out the show notes and links in the 'YouTube Description' below. Now let's jump into the show! Considering building a bar and not sure if
you have enough space? At times it can be challenging at the onset
to know if a facility can indeed meet all of one's design criteria. The new addition to this building, which earmarked
1,000 square feet for the prospective bar, appears large enough to accommodate nearly any bar. However, the Owner also wanted a drink rail
– with seating on three sides of the room.
The space for the prospective bar was beginning
to appear marginal, because island bars require a significant amount of aisle space. As I mentioned in an earlier video about bar
planning, the first goal is to draw a preliminary cross section of the proposed bar. My sketch for 'Standard Universal Bar Clearances'
– shown here – will enable one to make a preliminary validation of nearly any bar concept. At the core of bar design layout, we need
to make space accommodations for all patrons and staff and each respective allotment must
include a factor for comfort, and can be summarized as follows: 1).
The backbar requires from 24” – 29”. 2). The backbar aisle needs to be between 31” – 37”. 3). The underbar equipment requires 24”. 4). The bar top should be between 24” – 30” deep and needs to overhang the inside face of the bar die by 11”. 5). The customer activity zone for
those seated at the bar is 24”. 6). The activity zone for servers
and ADA needs to be 36”. 7). The activity zone for customers seated in front of a drink rail should be 24”. 8). Drink rails should be 10” – 12”, but
at least 14” for dining. Whenever proving a bar concept, I usually plan to the smallest acceptable backbar aisle clearances. As you’ll see in the preliminary section view, I’m only allotting 31” bartender aisles for this bar, but in spite of that, the clearances all worked – barely! The building code requires that egress must
be maintained at all building exits. Here's our final bar plan, with all clearances maintained. Island backbars need to be at least 26” deep, as this correlates to the shallowest of pass-thru coolers. See you next time!.