Is opening a nightclub the right investment for you? Nightclub ownership can be an exciting adventure, but it comes with a lot of hard work and a hefty price tag. Estimates for the cost of opening a nightclub vary from a low of around $200,000 to $1,000,000 or more, depending on a number of factors. The location you choose will have a significant influence on the final figure – the majority of your expenses, from your liquor license to your décor and rent, will be far less costly if you choose to open your nightclub in a small college town rather than in a heavily populated city with a sophisticated clientele. To help you determine if your nightclub dream is an achievable reality, we provide a closer look at some nightclub start-up costs: Continue reading “Cost of Opening a Nightclub” »
Are you looking for an affordable way to boost profits at your nightclub? If your nightclub sales are not living up to your expectations, you may assume your music or decor is at fault. If so, you may be overlooking the real culprit: your point of sale system. Nightclubs need to offer efficient, personalized service even under the most crowded and hectic conditions. Unless your POS system is specifically designed for the nightclub environment, it could be letting you down. Replacing your ineffectual POS system with Pinnacle Hospitality Systems’ Dinerware POS Nightclub Solution will improve the quality and quantity of service your nightclub offers – and help you to achieve the higher profits you deserve! Continue reading “Dinerware POS Nightclub Solutions” »
One of the most important decisions nightclub owners face is deciding which point of sale system to use. A POS system that is not designed specifically for nightclubs can destroy a club’s chance of success in several ways: by slowing bartender service, creating checkout bottlenecks that reduce the amount of drinks served, and leaving nightclubs vulnerable to employee theft that can ruin profitability, to name just a few. Pinnacle Hospitality Systems’ POSitouch Nightclub POS ensures nightclub success by providing all the features nightclubs need to maximize their profits and minimize their exposure to losses. There are many factors that make Pinnacle’s POSitouch the best POS system for nightclub success, including: Continue reading “Best POS System for Nightclub” »
As a successful bar or nightclub owner, you oversee every aspect of your establishment and work hard to ensure it is a rousing success. But you may be overlooking one of the essential components of bringing in the big crowds: a fast, efficient bar / nightclub point of sale system. A POS system that is configured specifically to meet the needs of drinking establishments can improve the speed and accuracy of your service, and enhance virtually every facet of your business. Pinnacle Hospitality Systems offers two versatile point of sale systems that are customized for bars and nightclubs; read on to discover the many ways a customized solution can increase your bar’s profitability! Continue reading “Bar Nightclub POS System Reviews” »
Are you looking for point of sale software that can handle even the busiest times at your nightclub with ease? As a nightclub owner or manager, you are faced with a unique set of challenges. You need a POS system that is efficient enough to keep service swift and accurate during the weekend rush, versatile enough to handle happy hours and specials with ease, and full-featured enough to put you in complete control of every aspect of your business. Pinnacle Hospitality Systems rises to the challenge with two turnkey solutions specifically for nightclubs: Pinnacle’s POSitouch POS and Dinerware POS! The following nightclub POS system reviews will help you decide which Pinnacle POS is right for you: Continue reading “Nightclub POS System Reviews” »
Nightclubs come in many varieties, ranging from laid-back jazz joints to happening hotspots, and everything in between. No matter what type of nightclub you own, however, one essential business truth remains the same: in order to be successful, you need to deliver your drinks and menu items to customers quickly, efficiently, and in as great quantities as possible. You may have the hottest DJ, coolest vibe, and tastiest libations, but if your customers face long waits and mixed-up orders, your nightclub is not going to thrive. Pinnacle Hospitality Systems’ POSitouch and Dinerware POS software for nightclubs have the features you need to make your club a shining success! Continue reading “POS Software for Nightclubs” »
Owning a nightclub often is seen as a glamorous occupation, where club owners spend their lives at one long party, tuned into the music scene and hanging out with the hippest crowd as they socialize for a living. While there certainly are perquisites to club ownership, there is also an enormous amount of knowledge and hard work involved. Are you up to the challenge? Read on to discover some of the necessary steps to owning your own nightclub.
Step 1: Learn the Business Work at a nightclub in several different positions; ideally, spend some time as a manager. There are aspects of running a club that no patron can pick up from frequenting a club – regardless of how much time she spends in one! Pay attention to the specifics – handling vendors, instructing security, negotiating with talent (band or DJ), setting prices, etc.
Step 2: Choose your Theme/Decor Select the theme and décor of your nightclub. Do you want a techno club, with pulsing lights and an outrageous sound system? Is a retro club more what you had in mind, with a house band? Maybe you want to open an intimate jazz nightclub. Choose a name and design a décor that reflects your theme.
Step 3: Check the Demographics Your theme must match local demographics for your nightclub to succeed. Visit your local chamber of commerce and get a copy of the demographics for your area. If the majority of residents in your area are senior citizens, a techno club with guest DJs is not going to flourish! Consider population density and the age and socio-economic status of residents when evaluating a potential neighborhood. If your area cannot support your chosen theme, change either your theme or your locality.
Step 4: Write a Business Plan Outline your business strategy, analyze the local market conditions, work out what your startup costs will be and set your prices. Present your business plan to investors and lenders to obtain financing.
Step 5: Find the Ideal Location The right location can make or break your nightclub. Make certain that a nightclub would be welcome in the area, and that a liquor license is available. Find out how many nightclubs and bars are nearby. While there can be an advantage to opening a location in a well-known entertainment district, too much competition can make it impossible to build a large clientele.
Step 6: Plan a Perfect Layout Do you want an outdoor deck to give overheated dancers a place to cool down? Are you looking for room for an extensive dance floor with a DJ station or band stage, segregated VIP areas, and a dedicated karaoke space, or are you planning a smaller, more intimate venue? Be patient and keep looking until you find a location that fits your needs.
Step 7: Pay Your Dues Newcomers to the nightclub industry often overlook paying royalties. If there is any music played in your nightclub (can a nightclub exist without music?) you must pay a licensing fee. ASCAP and BMI are the two main companies involved; contact both before you open for business. There are some exemptions available for food service and drinking establishments, so check to see if your business is eligible.
Step 8: Lights, Music, Action! Lighting and sound systems are essential parts of a nightclub. Purchase an intelligent lighting system with a variety of lights – a full set of RGB flood lights, strobes, scanners, and even a few high end lasers (if they fit in your budget) that can be programmed to change for different songs/beats. Have a technician design your sound system to produce a balanced, blanketed sound for your club.
Step 9: Choose Pinnacle’s Nightclub Software The right point of sale system can help ensure your nightclub is success. Pinnacle Hospitality Systems’ POSitouch nightclub POS is specially designed with rolling minimum drinking age shown on screens and 55 menu items on one screen with check on display – the most available in the industry. Pinnacle’s nightclub software solutions speed service by consolidating like items to give bartenders a quick count of items on the check and offers left or right handed screens for quick bartenders’ access. Contact Pinnacle today at 800-771-7100 to find out the many ways that Pinnacle’s nightclub management software can help you find your own nightclub success!