How to Open a Mobile Beer Delivery Bar

by Joseph DeBenedetti; Updated September 26, 2017
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Opening a mobile beer delivery bar can be both fun and profitable because you can make money selling your beer at corporate functions, social affairs, wedding receptions and other events. However, there are important steps to take to get the business up and running smoothly. Some of these steps are similar to the ones for opening a regular bar, but there are specific actions required to make a mobile bar a success.

Obtain an Alcohol Permit

One of your first steps is to either apply for a new state permit to sell alcohol or buy an existing permit from another proprietor. Both options require filing an application with the state that includes meeting qualification criteria, including age, residency and moral character requirements. Most states have different types of alcohol permits, making it important to apply for the right one. Also, keep in mind that state permits are not the same thing as licenses granted by local governments for running a bar. Researching state and local regulations regarding the sale of alcohol is critical before opening a mobile beer delivery bar.

Purchase Transportation

Mobile beer delivery bars come in all shapes and sizes, giving proprietors the option of starting with a small bar on rollers or setting up larger bars in trailer-sized vehicles. Bars are available through commercial equipment distributors and businesses that specialize in bar and restaurant equipment. Prices start as low as a couple hundred dollars but can rise much higher, depending on the model. If you opt for a small bar on rollers, you will have to purchase a transport trailer if you do not have a truck or van to move the bar with. For proprietors planning to do a lot of business, there are bars completely housed in trailers that can be moved from one venue to another.

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Establish Vendor Contracts

A number of alcohol distribution services are available in states throughout the U.S., making it easy to find a vendor to acquire beer from. However, many of these vendors only sell in bulk and require that retailers purchase a minimum amount, such as a couple hundred dollars worth of beer, to consummate a supplier agreement. You can also try to establish agreements with microbreweries or craft your own beer to sell. If you do not have the capacity to store alcohol in a commercial refrigerator, then it will be difficult to open a mobile beer delivery bar.

Establish Relationships with Venue Owners

Mobile beer delivery bars are meant to be moved from one location to another, requiring retailers to have relationships with multiple venue owners. Establishing relationships with proprietors is a function of networking, which often requires scheduling meetings to discuss service agreements. Whether you are pitching a hotel that hosts corporate Christmas parties or a convention center that puts on trade shows, you can increase your chances of landing the job by citing your ability to make events more entertaining and profitable. Marketing your services is one of the toughest steps in opening a mobile beer delivery bar. However, being able to sell the beer delivery service is a critical skill for getting the business going. Often, service agreements are documented in a contract between the retailer and venue owner, which can require the services of a lawyer.

About the Author

Joseph DeBenedetti is a financial writer with corporate accounting and quality assurance experience. He writes extensively online with an emphasis on current trends in finance. As a Quality Assurance Analyst, he honed his technical writing skills creating standard operating instructions for a consumer finance organization.

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