How much does it cost to open a bar?
Is it your dream to open your own bar? If so, you’re probably wondering, “just how much does it cost to open a bar?” While costs can vary quite a bit, the average cost to open a pub from the ground up is about $480,000—although costs can range from $110,000 on the low end to $850,000 on the high end. However, if you’re looking to take over an existing bar, it’s possible to get started for as low as $25,000 (with the right planning, of course).
Costs can vary with a number of factors, too. If you’re planning to open more of a specialty bar, such as a winebar, brewpub, or microbrewery, your costs may be lower (between $25,000 and $100,000), partly due to the fact that it’s cheaper and easier to obtain beer-and-wine permits than it is to get permits that include hard liquor.
If your aspirations are bigger than opening a neighborhood bar or pub, or a smaller, more intimate winebar, the cost to open a larger-sized venture, such as a nightclub, is substantially steeper. Opening a nightclub can run between $240,000 and $840,000, due to equipment, lighting, air conditioning, and other expenses—on top of alcohol permits.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. That’s why we created our bar startup costs spreadsheet and companion guide. While this guide focuses mostly on costs required to open a bar, you can easily make adjustments that would apply to opening a smaller or larger business.
Check out our free worksheet to break down everything it will take to get your bar started off on the right foot.