How to Start a Wine Bar

Starting a wine bar is no joke. There are so many things that you need to attend to so that you can ensure success. With a business plan in place, you can go about the matters with ease.

You don’t have to be an expert with wines but having adequate knowledge about them can put you at an advantage.

There are several excellent business opportunities for those who appreciate wine. More and more people are now drinking wine instead of drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages. Before you finalize your plans in starting a wine bar, you will need to check the local laws, regulations, and restrictions to ensure that all aspects of the business will flow smoothly. Wine bars are different from other bars because it boasts of various wine bottles that patrons enjoy a lot.

To ensure the success of your wine bar, you must have adequate knowledge and solid education on wines. Your customers will definitely ask lots of questions regarding wines and you should be able to provide the right answers. If you can identify weak points, you can always enroll at wine education courses that are designed for people who want to put up wine bars and restaurants. By checking the local laws, you will know the requirements for securing liquor license. This kind of license is not only expensive but also harder to acquire. You will need to find the appropriate angle and niche. You must be able to prove to your target market that your wine bar is different from the rest in your area.

This type of business can offer you freedom, friendship, and fun. You will be in charge of your business and at the same time, you can maintain a creative and exciting career. As the business owner, it’s up to you to decide on the wine bar’s name, decorations, and special promotions. You will be dealing with upscale clientele so you need to be knowledgeable. Don’t forget to create a business plan first because this will serve as your guide or road map to achieving your goals. You also have three options when starting a wine bar – start your own wine bar, buy franchise, or purchase an existing wine bar.

Other concerns will include aspects on financing, securing the needed licenses, forming a company or sole proprietorship, securing business insurance, tax info on wines, the size of the bar, the design, supplies and equipment, stocking and wholesaling, POS systems, and other related info. Having an effective system in place can put you at a great advantage. What wines are you planning to serve? How are you going to handle pricing? How will you accept payments? You need to answer these questions. Then you also need to hire bar employees, promote or advertise the wine bar, plan special events, etc. These are the things that you need to attend to when starting a wine bar.


  • l. kavali said on April 27, 2010
    what are the laws regarding opening a wine bar on the gold coast thanks
  • Travis said on June 2, 2010
    how do i open a wine bar in New York City, NY. 10014
  • Donna said on September 28, 2010
    I need to know the laws of opening a wine bar in concord nc and harrisburg nc
  • Steve said on October 26, 2010
    The best place to start is with the local office of your states Alcoholic Beverage Control. I'm in CA and there are several regional offices. The cost of a beer and wine license is not as expensive as a liquor license and is easier to acquire. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the application process, and usually you have to post a notice in the window of your location for 30-45 days before they will issue you the license.
  • praveen pillai said on May 6, 2011
    hello sir, i am interested to start a wine parlor in Trivandrum district, in kerala state, India, pls send me necessary legal formalities and procedures to be done,my phone no: 09744718353
  • Duje Khandelwal said on March 20, 2013
    sir, what are the basic and essential formalities to open wine bar in raipur chhattisgarh in india?
  • Souvik Dutta said on June 5, 2013
    Baruipur, Kolkata- 700 144. State- West Bengal. Country- India. Please inform me how can I plased a application for Wine Bar Cum Restaurant at this location
  • kishore said on April 19, 2014
    chickballapur, karnataka india,pls tell the rules to open a bar here
  • Tanyece Stephens said on August 7, 2016
    Good Day, Can u please tell me the laws a d rules for opening a wine bar in kansas and missouri


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