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Last updated: December 16, 2014

Top 10 Most Recommended Bar Point of Sale (POS) Software Systems

 
Revel Systems Revel Systems, developed for iPads, is a comprehensive Point of Sale system for businesses of all size in an expansive array of industries. Features include Inventory Management, Retail Accounting and Customer Management.
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AccuPOS AccuPOS is available in both deployment models and works for a variety of industries, particularly counter- and full-service restaurants. It also integrates with QuickBooks and Sage accounting systems for increased efficiency.
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TouchBistro TouchBistro’s Point-of-Sale solution simplifies the management of customer tabs and transaction processing. And since it’s iPad-ready, this application operates on portable devices so bar staff isn’t tied to a register.
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Lightspeed Restaurant Lightspeed Restaurant is the newest offering in the Lightspeed product line. Tailored to meet the needs of full or quick service restaurants, it also features the same user-friendly design supported by their retail version.
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pcAmerica pcAmerica by Xtreme POS is a point-of-sale system for any size business. Users pay a one-time license fee to enjoy its numerous customizable applications, like retail accounting reports and inventory management.
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Gotmerchant.com Bar owners looking for a touchscreen-capable POS solution should take a look at Gotmerchant.com. This vendor offers a complete point-of-sale package: point of sale software, hardware, peripherals and credit card processing.
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Instore Instore Point of Sale operates on single or multiple iPads and is a good solution for small and mid-sized bar retailers needing an effective way to open tabs, accept payments, manage tips, split bills and more.
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Vivonet Point of Sale The Vivonet Point of Sale solution suits any high-paced brewpub or bar. Their cloud-based system offers an intuitive interface with features such as a host of real-time reports to help improve a retailer’s bottom line.
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NetSuite Multi-Channel Retail Management Suite For users that already have hardware or would like to access their software with just a web browser, NetSuite is a great choice for both chain bars and independent pubs. Very strong accounting and inventory management features.
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Toast POS A good fit for all types of restaurants, Toast POS provides a way to take orders through a Tablet-interface, including features that make it easy to split, merge, or void checks, as well as keep track of customer loyalty.
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Buyer's Guide

In this fast-paced industry, intuitive and easy-to-navigate point-of-sale (POS) user interfaces—along with strong inventory management features—are essential. Price scheduling is a must for bar owners, as hourly, daily and seasonal menus constantly affect drink prices and availability. To reduce the POS hardware footprint and improve accessibility and order speeds, many solutions are deployed on touchscreen systems. Some bars that offer food and seating options will often use restaurant point-of-sale (POS) software to better manage order tickets, food preparation and section seating.

General ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable are often central features in these applications. In addition, time and tip tracking are also often included to expedite end of day (EOD) pay-outs. Customer relationship management (CRM) features are becoming increasingly more popular as more bar owners are reaching out to patrons with SMS marketing, social media and email.

Common Features of Bar Point of Sale Software

These are the features that bar owners should look for when evaluating point of sale systems that meet their specific needs:

Recipe definition and customization These systems should allow users to customize drink orders, as well as look up drink components from definitions. Users can access a “hotlist” of popular drinks and then modify them on a per-item basis.
Order entry The important order entry aspects of these systems include tab transfers, repeat orders and check consolidation. Most features are commonly accessible from the main order-entry dashboard.
Price scheduling Multiple menus, specials, happy hours and other promotions need to be easily managed and customized within the system. Rotating prices should automatically change with the system’s internal clock.
Multi-user compatibility Since a single terminal is often shared by multiple bartenders, these systems should include integrated login features for users. Card readers, fingerprint scanners or just numerical keypads are some of the popular integrations.
Tip tracking and payroll Tips should be linked to user accounts to assist with both end-of-shift payouts and IRS recording purposes. These systems often integrate tip tracking with a time clock module to assist with payroll management.
Video and security system integration These solutions often integrate with video surveillance systems to reduce shrink (beverage “sweethearting”) and loss. In addition, it’s becoming increasingly common for systems to integrate directly with bars’ security systems.
Customer relationship management (CRM) While not a traditional module within these systems, vendors are now providing CRM functionality as many bars are using social media to promote events and specials, as well as connect with local patrons. Email marketing is one of the more common features.
Inventory management, ordering and receiving Bar POS systems will need reporting and management features to manage inventory that moves quickly and fluctuates regularly. Bars will often establish regular shipping schedules with suppliers, so these systems will need to be able to accept automatic shipment notices (ASNs).


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