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3 Things That You Shouldn't Put Up with When You Run a Bar

Running a bar can be a whole lot of fun, and it can be lucrative too. However, serving alcohol can be risky business, and you have to worry about fees and fines, liability issues, and more. This means that you can't put up with just anything in your establishment, no matter how much you want to strive for a laid-back and fun atmosphere. These are a few things that you should not put up with in your bar setting.

1. Underage Drinking

Sure, it's true that lots of teenagers and young adults drink alcohol even if they aren't legally old enough to do so. However, this is not something that you should turn the other cheek on in your establishment. The fines and fees for underage drinking can be quite hefty, and you also have to worry about being responsible for a teen or young adult drinking and driving or otherwise getting into trouble or getting hurt after drinking in your bar. Make sure that you and your employees are working hard to check identification and monitor for underage drinking in your bar.

2. Violence

Different people handle their alcohol in different ways. When you have a bar full of patrons who are all drinking and having a good time, you are bound to find yourself dealing with different personalities at some point. Some people can become quite violent when they are drinking or when they are just playing around a lot of other patrons, but this violence can escalate from a bar fight to something much more serious. The last thing that you probably want is for someone to get hurt at your bar or for your establishment to get a reputation for being dangerous, so it's important to have ample security staff on hand and to handle fights and other violence swiftly.

3. Drinking and Driving

You might not be able to control what your patrons do when they leave your establishment, but it's still important to do what you can to prevent your customers from hitting the road after having too many drinks. Encourage bartenders to engage with customers to find out about their plans for getting home and to control how much alcohol they serve to patrons who are driving. Also, don't be afraid to call a cab to come and pick up a customer who has had too much to drink in order to safely and legally drive home.

For additional reading, talk to your local liquor-license provider.