Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped hundreds of bar and nightclub operators choose the right point of sale software so they can track stock levels and manage bar tabs.

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Epos Now

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 gen... Read more

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Toast POS

Toast POS is a flexible system built exclusively for restaurants and the food service industry. Offering tools like online ordering, delivery, takeout, mobile app ordering, contactless payments, and e-gift card purchasing, this so... Read more

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talech

Talech POS is a cloud-based retail, restaurant & bar and professional services solution that offers point-of-sale (POS), inventory and customer management, appointment scheduling and deep, real-time analytics. The solution stores ... Read more

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SpotOn Restaurant

SpotOn Restaurant is a cloud-based point-of-sale solution that enables businesses to streamline processes related to food ordering, tableside payments, customer retention and more. The online ordering functionality enables busines... Read more

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Bepoz

Bepoz is a cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution designed for restaurant, retail and admissions businesses of all sizes. The product caters to both single as well as multi-location retail. It offers stock control, cash control,... Read more

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Square Point of Sale

Square Point of Sale is a mobile POS system available for iOS and Android devices. Key capabilities of the Square POS system include online payment processing, sales reports, inventory tracking, digital receipts, Square marketing ... Read more

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Loyverse POS

Loyverse POS is a cloud-based, mobile point-of-sale solution aimed at small retail, restaurant and salon establishments. With this software, users can manage inventory, visualize sales analytics and manage customer relationships. ... Read more

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Lightspeed POS

Crafted specifically for the hospitality industry and perfect for cafes, restaurants, bars, and any other hospitality business imaginable. Lightspeed Kounta POS is the point of sale that is easy to use, simple to manage and powerf... Read more

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Harbortouch POS

Harbortouch is a restaurant POS system designed to help small and midsize businesses manage inventory, promotions and employees on a centralized dashboard. The platform enables administrators to gain insights into sales reports ac... Read more

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PointOS

PointOS is a point of sale (POS) solution that helps restaurants, bars and nightclubs streamline operations related to invoicing, menu management, inventory re-ordering and more on a centralized platform. The employee management t... Read more

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eHopper

eHopper is a cross-platform point-of-sale software designed for small size retail stores and available for Windows, Android, iOS and Poynt Smart terminals. In addition to the POS module, eHopper offers a suite of applications like... Read more

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Linga POS

Linga POS is a cloud-based point-of-sale solution that enables businesses to streamline operations related to dispatching, online ordering, customer loyalty programs and more. It lets users customize menu items, tickets and receip... Read more

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Square for Restaurants

Square for Restaurants is a cloud-based solution designed to help restaurants of all sizes manage menus, tables, orders, payments and other administrative operations via a unified portal. The platform enables organizations to desi... Read more

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Ordyx

ORDYX is a cloud-based point-of-sale solution designed for small, midsize and large bars and restaurants. Primary features include online ordering, loyalty programs, inventory tracking, time and attendance and delivery management.... Read more

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EasyAs

EasyAs is an on-premise software designed to help businesses in retail, health and beauty, hospitality and other industries manage administrative processes and streamline point-of-sale (POS) operations. Professionals can grant acc... Read more

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Rezku POS

Rezku POS by Guest Innovations is an all-inclusive point of sale (POS) system designed for bars/nightclubs and restaurants. The solution is available through on-premise terminals and cloud-based iPad tablets. Key features of ... Read more

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Nobly

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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Appetize

Appetize is a modern cloud-based Point of Sale, inventory and analytics platform transforming how enterprises manage and process guest transactions. Appetize is trusted by some of the largest and highest volume businesses in the w... Read more

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OVVI POS

Ovvi is an on-premise POS solution that can be used by restaurants, retail stores, grocery shops, non-profit organizations, convenience stores, liquor stores and more. The solution helps businesses to process order, track ingredie... Read more

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till

TILL is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) management solution designed for restaurants and food delivery businesses. Key features include catalog management, inventory management, staff management, reporting and analytics. Us... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: April 9, 2021

What are POS systems for bars?

Point-of-sale (POS) systems for bars are software platforms that make it easier for establishments to ring up custom orders, manage tabs, process payments, track inventory, run sales reports, and more. Acting as the digital hub of your business, POS systems can lighten the burden of running a bar while increasing security and transparency.

Screenshot of Shopkeep POS dashboard

Screenshot of Shopkeep POS dashboard

Here's what we'll cover:

Benefits of bar POS 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 POS 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).

What type of buyer are you?

Whether you’re a small neighborhood sports pub, metropolitan wine bar, or full service brewery and taproom with a 50-person staff, there’s a bar POS system for you.

Small bars. If you have a single location, you should be able to get everything you need from a standard bar POS system with basic features such as tab management and payment processing.

Midsize bars. If you operate an expanding business with several serving areas and a high volume of customers, you'll likely benefit from some additional and more advanced bar POS features such as reporting and analytics, a drink database, and inventory management.

Large bars. Operators of larger bars with multiple locations should choose from advanced bar POS options with enterprise level dashboards and analytics, online ordering, and multiple locations management.

Key considerations when buying 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.