This is an excerpt of an interview that I did with Imbibe Magazine on winning Cocktail Bar of the Year with Polite Provisions. Since the interview was for industry folk instead of just home consumers, we were able to get deeper into the workings of running a great bar.
I hope you find something in there that helps you with your own bar.
"One of the most important aspects of launching a good bar is creating a family of employees where everyone is on the same page. Because of that, I put a significant amount of attention on the hiring, recruitment and retaining process. I wanted to make sure that everyone behind our bar subscribed to a common cocktail philosophy. I was less focused on pulling big-name “bar stars” and more interested in getting people who were passionate about hospitality." - Erick Castro