Every Friday is Taco Friday, Saturday is Wing Night, Sunday is Ladies Night, Thursday is Burger Night, and on and on it goes. While regular bar nights are nothing to write home about, there is plenty that has unique themes that can keep people coming back for more. One of the hottest trends these days is creating a themed bar for your customers. Themed bars can have a variety of meanings—from creating an entire menu of drinks based around a movie or book to create a signature drink for every day of the week. No matter what kind of theme you choose, having a themed bar takes your guests’ experience to the next level.
Host a theme night at your bar, and you’ll have patrons lined up around the block. Think empty wine bottles, neckties, and paper plates, and you’ve got a theme night. There are plenty of others, too. From PMS to Christmas to wedding anniversaries, theme nights are a sure-fire way to bring more people to your party and keep your staff entertained.
Creating a theme night at your bar can be a great way to attract more customers and boost your bottom line, but not all theme nights are created equal. The 9 ideas below have been proven to generate buzz and increase traffic at your bar, so check them out:
- Hat Day – Tag your favorite popular hat brand on Facebook or Instagram and announce you’ll be wearing hats all day. Encourage customers to do the same.
- Hawaiian Day – Throw a tropical-themed party, complete with tropical music, tropical drinks, and tropical decorations.
- Zombie Day – Sell blood-red cocktails and zombie-themed shots.
- Pajama Day – Wear your pajamas all day.
- White Night – Dress in white.
- Underwear Day – Post a pic of your staff all wearing their tighty whities or maybe a few pantypics.
- Couples Night – A couple’s night is like a singles night but for those that are already romantically committed.
- Karaoke Night – Karaoke is always a winner. It is fun, interactive, and in my opinion, one of the best theme nights you can have.
- Sports Viewings – Themes for sports viewing parties that will ensure your bar is a hit.
Bar hopping is fun, but you want to make sure you leave with enough cash for the next round. And let’s face it, when you combine alcohol and gambling, it can be an expensive night. The good news is that you can save a lot of money by planning ahead and researching bars that have theme nights that cater to your drinking preferences. Themes are all the rage these days and can be used to great effect for promotions.
Theme nights that take your guests out of their comfort zones and mix things up are one of the most fun ways to attract new customers to a bar. For example, if a night calls for Mexican food, provide it, but with a twist. Change the menu so that the Mexican food consists of tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, and enchiladas, all made with beans. But instead of just serving these as regular tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas and enchiladas, make them into tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas and enchiladas with beans.
Setting a theme night at your bar can be a great way to draw in new patrons. It’s fun for customers, and it allows them to dress up in costume and show off their creative side. But having a themed event requires a little planning, and there are a few things you can do to ensure your theme night goes off without a hitch.