How to Open a Sports Bar

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To open a sports bar, acquire the necessary alcohol licenses, find a great location, determine what the theme of the bar will be, and develop a menu of pub food. Open a sports bar that honors the local sports teams with advice from a nightclub manager in this free video on starting a business.

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So you want to open up a sports bar. I think the main thing when you're looking to open up a sports bar would have to be location. You'd have to get your proper licenses to sell beverages, like from the state or the city licenses. You've got to think of, like, a good theme, you know -- like, not just a sports bar. Like, you've got...like, themes are pretty important. You need to...for your staffing, like, if you want to have them in uniform, like, a referee's uniform or the area's favorite football team or basketball team or something or always constantly changing it up. A good idea's to have, like, cheerleader's-looking uniforms -- that's a good one. If you're planning on running a sports bar, a good idea would be to have, like, your basic pub grub food -- onion rings, poppers, chicken wings -- that's a...that's a huge one -- burgers, stuff like that. And since you are running a sports bar and people are there pretty much to enjoy the sports games, you want to contact your local cable companies and see what kinds of sports packages they offer. A good idea would be to get in contact with your local vendor, asking for a couple of ideas, get a couple of games in there, like a basketball hoop, a quarterback throw. So those are just the basic...like, basic ideas for opening up a sports bar.

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