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Epos Now logo
 
Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More
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Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More
 
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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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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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Breadcrumb is an iPad-based Point of Sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items, and split checks while... Read More
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Breadcrumb is an iPad-based Point of Sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items, and split checks while... Read More
 
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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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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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Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More
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Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More

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COMCASH Retail ERP logo
 
Comcash is a good fit for multi-channel retailers, including restaurants and bars, with a need for inventory and product management. This system also offers a point of sale function and employee time tracking.
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Comcash is a good fit for multi-channel retailers, including restaurants and bars, with a need for inventory and product management. This system also offers a point of sale function and employee time tracking.
 
Lavu iPad POS logo
 
Restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and nightclubs can benefit from the sleek interface and robust tools offered by Lavu's iPad-based Point of Sale. It offers users free 24/7 support and upgrades without a contract.
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Restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and nightclubs can benefit from the sleek interface and robust tools offered by Lavu's iPad-based Point of Sale. It offers users free 24/7 support and upgrades without a contract.
 
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
 
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The newest POS offering from Lightspeed, aptly named Lightspeed Restaurant, delivers the same interface found in their flagship product for retail stores. Since it’s cloud-based, management can create schedules and track labor,... Read More
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The newest POS offering from Lightspeed, aptly named Lightspeed Restaurant, delivers the same interface found in their flagship product for retail stores. Since it’s cloud-based, management can create schedules and track labor,... Read More
 
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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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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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ORDYX Standard from ORDYX POS is a cloud-based solution designed for bars and restaurants. The program allows users to stay connected to their business from anywhere around the world and includes the flexibility to use their own existing... Read More
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ORDYX Standard from ORDYX POS is a cloud-based solution designed for bars and restaurants. The program allows users to stay connected to their business from anywhere around the world and includes the flexibility to use their own existing... Read More
 
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Rezku POS by Guest Innovations is an all-inclusive POS system designed for bars/nightclubs and restaurants. The restaurant reservation and table management software is available through on premise terminals and cloud-based iPad tablets. Key... Read More
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Rezku POS by Guest Innovations is an all-inclusive POS system designed for bars/nightclubs and restaurants. The restaurant reservation and table management software is available through on premise terminals and cloud-based iPad tablets. Key... Read More
 
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EHopper is a mobile point of sale solution for any sized business. In addition to the POS module, EHopper offers a suite of applications like order management, inventory management, and customer management. Order types are preset or... Read More
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EHopper is a mobile point of sale solution for any sized business. In addition to the POS module, EHopper offers a suite of applications like order management, inventory management, and customer management. Order types are preset or... Read More
 
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Clover is an integrated point-of-sale system with custom hardware designed for several types of retailers. The program is available in both web-based and server-based deployment versions and offers a mobile POS option in addition to... Read More
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Clover is an integrated point-of-sale system with custom hardware designed for several types of retailers. The program is available in both web-based and server-based deployment versions and offers a mobile POS option in addition to... Read More
 
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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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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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Maitre'D POS logo
 
Maitre’D POS is a customizable application for retailers needing a solution that operates on almost any platform to keep tight controls on inventory and transactions. Scheduling feature conveniently automates happy hour pricing.
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Maitre’D POS is a customizable application for retailers needing a solution that operates on almost any platform to keep tight controls on inventory and transactions. Scheduling feature conveniently automates happy hour pricing.
 
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
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SAP Anywhere integrates sales, marketing, e-commerce, and inventory activities into one complete front-office system. With SAP Anywhere users can manage and track inventory, manage orders, manage the procurement process, and more.... Read More
 
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Talech Register is a retail solution that offers point of sale, inventory and customer management, and analytics. All data is stored in the cloud, and can be accessed from a computer or iPad in real time. The iPad point of sale allows... Read More
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Talech Register is a retail solution that offers point of sale, inventory and customer management, and analytics. All data is stored in the cloud, and can be accessed from a computer or iPad in real time. The iPad point of sale allows... Read More
 
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BarTab is an on-premise point of sales solution designed specifically for bars and pubs and is suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include cloud-based till records and stock tracking with full customization of features... Read More
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BarTab is an on-premise point of sales solution designed specifically for bars and pubs and is suitable for small to midsize businesses. Key features include cloud-based till records and stock tracking with full customization of features... Read More
 
Nobly POS logo
 
 Nobly POS is supported in over 20 countries including the US, UK, and Canada. Merchants use Nobly POS to manage inventory and staff, gather business insights using more than 30 reports, set up loyalty schemes, and take credit card... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: July 15, 2017


In this fast-paced industry, intuitive and easy-to-navigate point-of-sale (POS) user interfaces—along with robust inventory management features—are essential. Price scheduling is a must for bar owners, as hourly, daily and seasonal menus regularly 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 (POS) software to manage ticket orders, food preparation and section seating more efficiently than before.

Screenshot of Shopkeep POS dashboard

Screenshot of Shopkeep POS dashboard

General ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable are often the 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 reach out patrons with SMS marketing, social media and email.

Expected Benefits of Bar Point of Sale Systems

The ideal bar POS system helps keep a check on the food inventory, finances and sales. The system also simplifies their bookkeeping requirements.

Quick and easy sales tracking: As bars and restaurants handle a large volume of credit cards and cash every day, the ideal system should help them track all sales up to the very last penny. The solution also tracks menu items that are selling the most along with the unpopular ones. Therefore, it allows owners to modify their menus based on the demand.

Smooth processing of credit card transactions: Almost all bar POS systems offer easy handling of credit and debit card processing. It enables the management to get rid of peripherals and additional systems. Therefore, it results in customers and bar owners accepting credit and debit card transactions as a secure and easy proposition.

Fast and easy preparation of financial statements: The solution offers all the required financial figures, such as profit and loss statements, at the required time, thus, saving a significant amount of manual effort.

Improved security: The solution offers increased security to bar owners because servers are fully accountable for all sales and they cannot change customer checks without entering the correct password. This step also eliminates the chances of employee theft as well as inappropriate discounts for family and friends.

Check on employees: The bar POS software also keeps an eye on the employees by acting as a time tracker and preparing the establishment’s payroll. The solution maintains a record of the sign-in and sign-out times of employees, which facilitates the creation of accurate payroll.

Enhanced inventory tracking: The software also allows bar and restaurant owners to keep an eye on the usage of food and the complete stock. It enables users to identify different usage patterns so that they can eliminate instances of food shortage and over-ordering, and thus, allow better planning of food purchasing.

Offsite control: An advanced bar POS software also enables managers and owners to log in the system through a web connection. It allows users to remotely monitor sales and employee patterns to identify any problems and anticipate future issues.

Efficient utilization of human resources: Setting up a bar POS software also relieves the staff from tedious and time-consuming tasks such as double-checking discrepancies in sales figures and manually reconciling the cash register.

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).

Key Considerations for Bar POS Systems

Here are a few other things to keep in mind when you evaluate a bar POS system:

Flexibility options: As technology changes very fast, you need to select a POS system that provides regular upgrades and has an open API. This will enable it to be integrated with various new technologies and third-party apps in the future.

Employee and sales tracking: The bar POS system should allow the tracking of working hours, salaries and other employee metrics. It must also enable setting work schedules and forecasting sales to predict staffing needs better.

Effective inventory tools: The software should also provide inventory management tools for accurate inventory calculation and reduction of storage costs.

Reporting and analytics: The solution should be able to provide customer and sales insights using accurate charts and numbers.

Reliable support: The solution should also provide complementary expert training and round-the-clock support. It should also have a track record of proven customer satisfaction.

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