If we ask you now: How many types of bars are there? Would you know how to tell us? Perhaps if you are an expert in the sector, you know much more than us, but the most common ones will come to you first.
Before we start… What is a bar?
Maybe you think a question that is not important, because today we all know what a bar is, but it is always good to start at the beginning.
A bar is a place where drinks are served and usually drunk standing next to the bar. When have you thought about a bar, this definition came to mind? Possibly not.
You may have thought of a place to have fun, to meet friends and where you can have a bit of a social life. The fact is that today’s bars have evolved throughout history to become what we know today as places of fun, social interaction and meeting.
You could say that bars have a social function, even talking about the existence of the culture of bars. That is why we will talk here about the different types of bars.
However, like all sectors, the different types of bars have been transformed, giving rise to something more sophisticated. In this way new business models of bar or bar concept have emerged. With new formulas, new dishes and giving great importance to the decoration and music of the local environment to achieve differentiation from the rest and attract their customers.
And now after seeing what a bar is, let’s find out how many types of bars there are.
How many types of bars are there? Types of bars and their characteristics
Next, we will take a tour of the different types of bars that exist, as well as the main characteristics that define them. We may leave out some of them, (there are so many) so if you miss any kind of bar let us know in the comments ;).
This concept of bar is of Anglo-Saxon origin, understood as a sophisticated place where wines are served in glasses. Nowadays, it is an ideal place for wine lovers, as they can find a great selection of wines from all corners of the planet.
It is more of a meeting point for wine lovers, where they can choose from a wide range of wines. Music is key in these bars, as it provides the ideal atmosphere to enjoy a good glass of wine while being surrounded by excellent company.
A traditional bar is a small but charming place where all kinds of people can go. From families to young and old people. They usually have a long bar and offer table service. They can serve breakfast, lunch or dinner. And, in many occasions, typical specialties of the land.
When we hear the word chiringuito, two words usually come to mind: sun and beach. And it is that the chiringuitos is where more usually it is gone in summer to enjoy a good meal to the rays of the sun. The chiringuito is one of the types of bar located near the beach, where cold drinks, ice cream and food are served while customers enjoy the sun and sea on the beach.
The bars with terrace are very demanded by the clients who prefer to take something outdoors, reason why it is very common, mainly in summer, that the bars put tables and chairs in the street. The waiters attend to customers from outside the premises, serving drinks and meals on the terrace. This way they can enjoy the open air and a relaxed atmosphere.
The pubs are more focused on nightlife, and music is one of the protagonists in them to liven up the atmosphere while the attendees have a drink in the evening.
It is a commercial establishment with a calm and relaxed atmosphere, where alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served, with all kinds of snacks, generally to be consumed above the bar.
It is a public place where drinks and food are served, being in most cases a place where you can hear music. It is characterized by a very cozy decor with wood finishes, dim lighting and the use of dark wood in furniture and wall coverings.
The breweries are some types of bars specialized in beers from all corners of the world and where snacks based on cold meats, sausages or cheese are served.
SWIMMING POOL BAR
These bar styles are typical of tropical tourism areas and are usually integrated within the hotel. The bar is characterized by being located inside the pool or nearby, so that customers can have a drink, cocktail or soft drink in the water.
LOBBY BAR OR HOTEL BAR
It is a bar located inside the lobby of a hotel and usually has a large room with armchairs and tables to sit. The atmosphere is cozy and pleasant to receive customers, whether they are staying at the hotel or are just passing through.
It is a type of bar specialized in serving breakfast and snacks mainly. They do not usually open at night. A coffee bar is a place with a pleasant atmosphere and soft music to be able to talk and relax, where drinks with alcohol and hot drinks like coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, etc, are served. They also offer sweets and cakes.
This concept of bar is of Anglo-Saxon origin, understood as a sophisticated place where wines are served in glasses. Nowadays, it is an ideal place for wine lovers, as they can find a great selection of wines from all corners of the planet. It is more of a meeting point for wine lovers, where they can choose from a wide range of wines.
These are types of bars specialized in cocktails, offering a wide variety of drinks and liquors with and without alcohol, both national and international.
They serve all kinds of combinations and owe their fame to the sophistication and exclusive way of preparing their cocktails, which must have the 3 fundamental characteristics: good color, good taste and good aroma.
In a bar restaurant, drinks and food are served. They usually have a dining room, leaving the bar area mainly to have an aperitif before they serve lunch or dinner. A lot of importance is given to the appearance of the tables and the lighting.
The uniqueness of these places is that they have karaoke so that customers can choose and sing songs from a wide repertoire of music while having a drink.
Theme bars are those with a specific theme, such as sport, film, music, the world of bullfighting, gastronomy…
The decoration and everything that surrounds a theme bar makes reference to tastes, hobbies, games or fashions, which transport the client to a different space.
It is one of the types of bars where music and aesthetics play an important role, as they aim to offer their customers a sensory experience through visual, auditory and chromatic perceptions.