A Comprehensive Introduction to Bar Equipment

Thinking of opening a bar? Discover the essential equipment needed to set up a bar and ensure its success. This comprehensive guide will outline the equipment necessary to open a bar that serves drinks and snacks, as well as the additional equipment required for a bar and restaurant. Read on to learn more about the equipment you need to open a bar and make it a thriving business.

Below is a list of the required equipment to open a bar, with links to suppliers of this equipment within South Africa.

Equipment for a Bar Serving Drinks and Snacks

  1. Bar Counter and Back Bar: Create a welcoming atmosphere with a well-designed bar counter and back bar setup. Bar Counters can be made by any local manufacturer, carpenter, metal worker, or even yourself depending on the material and design you are going for, ensure that the material is robust and is not damaged by liquids easily.
  2. Beverage Dispensing Systems: Serve your drinks efficiently with high-quality beverage dispensing systems, including beer taps, soda guns, and wine dispensers. The only place to shop for high-quality beverage dispensers is US! visit our page (TAPS & TOWERS)
  3. Line Coolers: Incorporating in-line coolers into your bar equipment offers numerous advantages. These coolers, installed directly in the beer lines, help maintain the perfect serving temperature, ensuring optimal taste and quality. They also help to minimize wastage and increase the efficiency of beer service. Head to our page (LINE COOLER) to find high-quality line coolers from trusted brands.
  4. Glassware and Barware: Stock up on a variety of glassware and essential barware to accommodate different types of drinks and ensure smooth operations. You can find glassware at  https://www.corecatering.co.za/product-category/core-catering-products/tableware/glassware/
  5. Refrigeration Equipment: Keep your beverages fresh and cold with commercial-grade refrigeration equipment, such as reach-in coolers and undercounter refrigerators. We supply high-quality refrigeration that we service with the highest degree of attention to detail, find our refrigeration here (REFRIGERATION EQUIPMENT)
  6. Ice Machines: Ensure an ample supply of ice for your customers by investing in a reliable ice machine capable of meeting your bar’s demands. You can find our trusted ice-machines here (https://dispense.co.za/refrigeration-equipment/?wpf=refrigeration_equipment&wpf_cols=4&wpf_page=1&wpf_category=ice-makers) these units are tried and tested to last the harsh African climate.
  7. Point of Sale (POS) System: Streamline your operations with a modern POS system designed specifically for bars, allowing you to manage sales, inventory, and transactions efficiently. Yoco.com is a great system used nationwide.
  8. Bar Stools and Tables: Provide comfortable seating options with stylish bar stools and tables that complement your bar’s overall aesthetic. mrphome.com is a great option for affordable Stools and Tables.
  9. Barware Cleaning Equipment: Maintain cleanliness and hygiene by equipping your bar with dishwashers, glass washers, and cleaning supplies designed explicitly for barware. We will service and sanitise your beer lines, and cleaning products for your bar you can purchase at any convenience store. Check out our Sputnik Glass washer here (https://dispense.co.za/shop/sputnik-glass-washer/)
  10. Audio and Visual Equipment: Enhance the ambiance of your bar with a sound system and strategically placed televisions for entertainment. prosound.co.za can be used to fully equip your bar with a quality sound system.
  11. Safety Equipment: Prioritize safety by equipping your bar with fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and safety signage. deltahealth.co.za can be used to supply all your business PPE.
The services that Specialised Dispense systems offers to bars and restaurants in South Africa.

Specialised Dispense Systems Offering

Equipment for a Bar and Restaurant

In addition to the equipment listed above, if you plan to open a bar and restaurant, consider the following additional items:

  1. Commercial Kitchen Equipment: Equip your restaurant with essential kitchen equipment, such as ovens, stovetops, grills, fryers, and food processors. You can view our catering equipment here (www.dispense.co.za/catering-equipment.co.za)
  2. Cooking Utensils and Cutlery: Stock up on a variety of pots, pans, chef’s knives, and utensils to handle the demands of a busy kitchen. http://corecatering.co.za can be used to purchase cutlery.
  3. Food Storage Equipment: Maintain the freshness and quality of ingredients with walk-in refrigerators, freezers, and dry storage shelving. http://corecatering.co.za can be used to purchase storage equipment.
  4. Dining Furniture: Create a comfortable and inviting dining space with appropriate dining tables, chairs, and booths that align with your restaurant’s theme. http://tabletopsfurniture.co.za can be used to purchase dining furniture.
  5. Table Setting and Serving Supplies: Ensure a memorable dining experience with high-quality table settings, including plates, glasses, silverware, napkins, and tablecloths. http://corecatering.co.za can be used to purchase serving equipment.
  6. Exhaust Systems: Install exhaust hoods and ventilation systems to maintain proper airflow and eliminate cooking odors from your restaurant kitchen. Our extraction fans are high-quality and highly efficient.
  7. Food Safety Equipment: Adhere to food safety standards with essential equipment like food thermometers, sanitizing stations, and proper storage containers. http://3m.co.za can be used to purchase food safety equipment.
Beer tap installed by specialised dispense systems in johannesburg.

Beer Tap installed by SDS.


Equipping your bar with the necessary equipment is crucial for success. By following this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well-prepared to open a bar that serves drinks and snacks or expand to include a bar and restaurant. Set yourself up for triumph by ensuring you have the right tools and resources at your disposal. Start your bar journey with confidence, and may your establishment thrive!