Category Archives: Operations

The 3 Things Every Bar Needs at its Core to Thrive

Running a bar or nightclub isn’t easy. There are a lot of areas that need to work together to ensure your success. Yet, our industry still operates in silos, using different systems for different sections – oftentimes leading to missed data and opportunities. Meanwhile, online industries like Amazon have gotten so savvy they’re able to send recommendations based on past habits and send reminders based on timing. As a result, this is the level of service your guests have come to expect.


That’s why in today’s digitally-driven environment, it’s no longer sufficient to make assumptions on how your venue is performing and who your guests are. It’s also no longer sufficient to just focus on the data from one area of your business. This may have worked in years past, but it’s an outdated practice that cold cost you your venue.

So while we understand there are many things you need to run your venue, the following three are the core of what you need to be successful in 2019 and beyond.

ID Scanning

You already ID and verify each person that walks through your door. Take this a step further with license scanning technology that not only scans and verifies each person, but also collects data on each person to build your guest database. This is the best way to know exactly who came into your venue each and every night, complete with your gender breakdown, where your customers are coming from, your age breakdown, and which customers are repeat vs first-time customers. You also have access to your digital 86 list as well as a city-wide ban list to keep your venue safe. This tool acts as your guide in better decision making for a process that was already mandatory. And with a solution like Vēmos, all of this is combined with your CRM system and analytics section to truly have that understanding of your whole business.

POS Integration

Speaking of uncovering your true performance, having your point of sale integrated into your operations system is an extremely powerful move. Now, not only do you have the ability to track your VIP table spend automatically, but you also gain insight on your entire bar. “But I can already do that,” you say? Sort of. The reality is POS systems are not in the business of providing their customers with great analytics; they focus on providing a great user experience for your bartenders during the night. Integrating your POS system takes that data and provides you with true analytics that allow you to better understand how your entire venue did rather just a segment. It can also tie to your CRM system to give insight on personalized spending. Now, you’re able to know who contributed to your $15,000 bar sales — was it one person who spent $15k? Did everyone who walked in make a purchase? This information matter so you’re able to replicate that night with a similar set of guests.

CRM System

All of this comes back to individualized data. After all, the new name of the game is experience, and personalized experience at that. You can’t provide your guests with personalized experiences if you don’t know who they are. Sure, you may know your top regulars who always come in. And while they’re important, the other hundreds of guests are equally as important to your business. The only way to capture this information is to have all your data tied back to your CRM system. This is what allows you to know each of your customers on a personal level — from how often hey come, to how much they spend, to their specific preferences. You can then use this data to filter your guests into like-minded groups to send targeted messages specifically to them. Now you’re able to provide a complete circle of personalized service both online and in-person.

These three tools are the core of what accelerates your capabilities. Having technology a part of your venue is no longer just about a reservation management system. It’s about a comprehensive appraoch that provides insight into your venue as a whole. With a combination of ID Scanning, POS integration, and a CRM system at your core, you now have the capabilities of providing that personalized service previously only available to the likes of Amazon. Safeguard your venue, target sharper, spend smarter, and create an unbelievable experience for every person walking through your door.

ID Scanner: 3 Ways it Helps Your Bar

Checking IDs is commonly considered a necessary evil of serving alcohol. It’s not sexy. It’s not exciting. It’s a nuisance. But this nuisance is actually a huge asset to your nightclub, especially with the right technology. It’s no longer a matter of crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s. Using advanced technology to check IDs is the new way to protect your club while driving profit.

The Legal Aspect

More than 250 ID changes are made annually in the United States alone, and the creation of fraudulent IDs will continue to advance. This is a deadly combination. It’s neither smart nor fair to leave the burden of identifying outdated or fraudulent IDs with your doormen. Once a minor is approved and served, litigation may be right around the corner.

While legal repercussions vary by state and circumstances, the license holder found in violation of alcohol furnishing laws can receive anything from a fine to a suspension to a revocation of the liquor license. This liability begins with the first drink. It doesn’t matter whether or not a minor exhibits signs of intoxication, if there’s alcohol in the blood system, then your nightclub is liable. And should your license get revoked, you’ll have to wait at least six months before you can apply for another, which will likely be more difficult and costly due to the revocation on your record.

Maintain a Secure Environment

Not only can electronic ID scanning systems deter minors from entering your club, but they can also mitigate risks associated with unlawful incidents. Advanced ID scanning systems have the functionality to:

  • Keep track of people who might become too intoxicated, start fights or commit other crimes
  • Identify involved parties, including staff, when an incident occurs
  • Provide past incident information to help make more educated decisions on who does and doesn’t get into your club

Maintaining a secure environment minimizes costs associated with insurance, repairs, fines, and enforcement. What’s more is it provides an enjoyable atmosphere for your patrons, which translates to a more profitable establishment.

Improve Customer Relationships

Better data means better business, and better business starts with great customer service. The more you know about your customers, the better you can communicate with them and develop lasting relationships. Electronic ID scanners allow you to collect information in the blink of an eye, such as customer demographics, frequency of visits, male to female ratio, and customer contact information. This information leads to better communication, management and, ultimately, profit.


​Whitney Larson is the president at Vēmos. Contact her at whitney.larson@vemos.io.

4 Tips to Maximize VIP Bottle Service

Bottle service is a crucial component of many top nightclubs’ business. It transforms standard clubs into elite, highly desirable clubs. It’s a way to attract high-status patrons and, above all else, make revenue faster than ever before.

But just because you offer bottle service doesn’t mean you’re doing it well. Here are 4 tips to improve your bottle service offering and maximize your club’s results.

1. Know where and how VIP guests are being booked

It’s common for nightclubs to get inundated with reservation requests from promoters, staff, agents, and guests themselves. The more organized you are with tracking reservations, the better your entire VIP service will be. Have a central location where all reservations are documented to make sure nothing gets lost in the process. Give your bouncers access to these VIPs so they are never stopped at the door or have to wait in line.

2. Know your clients and give them a customized experience

VIP guests don’t want to be treated like a number. They should be greeted at the door, walked to their table, offered their personal top-purchased liquors, and attended to by their favorite server Having a customer relationship management system in place helps track this information to give seamless VIP service from all staff members.

3. Manage inventory accordingly

It’s hard to predict the type and amount of liquors to purchase, but you can’t afford to run out of a top client’s favorite bottle before he even arrives. Take time to analyze history and trends of the bottles that are being purchased in your club, especially by your regular guests. Having a system like this in place not only helps you to better plan, but it also strengthens customer experience.

4. Interact and engage clients on a personal level

Promoting your nightclub in general and promoting your VIP tables won’t be the exact same. It’s no longer about summoning the masses for VIP. These clients demand a personal touch. Send personalized emails, texts and phone calls to past clients and keep them up-to-date with what’s happening at your club. While doing so, make sure you’re giving them information that’s specifically relevant to their interests and habits. A client won’t be impressed if you inform them of a new tequila brand if they’re solely vodka drinkers.


Amplify your ambiance. Make your clients feel exclusive by offering comfortable seating, elegant tables, and sexy mobile tablets. These factors will not only get your clients to stay longer (and order more), but will make you the state-of-the-art club.


​Whitney Larson is the president at Vēmos. Contact her at whitney.larson@vemos.io.

3 Tips to Create an Connected Nightclub

Interconnectivity is one of the hardest and most difficult areas for venues, from both a personnel and technology standpoint. Nights get busy, staff becomes overwhelmed and the implemented technology systems work independently of each other. And when nothing is communicated between the necessary personnel or technology, operations, customer service and revenue suffer.

Here are 3 tips to use interconnectivity to your advantage.

1. Technology as efficiency tools

The list of technology available is impressive. There are point of sale systems, reservation management software, employee scheduling programs and customer relationship management systems. But unless these technologies are programmed to connect to each other, the data and processes will ultimately be useless. Why bother with 4 different technologies if it’s going to add 4 different processes to you club? Technology should not be complicated. In fact, it should be used as a tool to save time and money while enhancing customer experience.

Look for technology solutions that improve efficiency across the board. These solutions should interact to correlate information from multiple sources and uncover key statistics about your business. When you have multiple areas of your club, or even multiple clubs for that matter, you need a solution that combines everything into one central spot to save and possibly even increase your time and money.

2. Information sharing

Many clubs suffer from a lack of information sharing. Everyone should be looped in at some level on important club-related information, such as expectations, guidelines, new processes, and new technologies. Even collected club data can help staff understand what is and isn’t working and how to improve. Giving staff access (even if it’s limited access) to a technology solution that combines information in one spot is an efficient way to get everyone on the same page.

3. Inter-staff communication

Your customers interact with multiple members of your staff on any given night. That’s why it’s crucial for each staff member to be adequately trained to handle any type of customer, including VIP customers, and work with one another to give the impression that your club is well run. Your VIP customer will likely encounter your door host, waitresses, bottle service host, security personnel, bus boys and any other support staff during the night. Customer experience is elevated when each one of these staff members knows the customer and is trained to serve him/her. When VIP customers are stopped at the door due to lack of communication or aren’t treated with VIP status from staff, they’re unlikely to return. Technology that houses information about customers, reservations and analytics, and is available to appropriate staff, aids in this communication and experience.


Parag Shah is the director of Vēmos. Contact him at parag.shah@vemos.io.

Serving a Minor: Who’s at Risk and What’s at Stake?

Serving a minor is a costly mistake — one that can shut down your business entirely. After spending months of time and thousands of dollars to obtain your liquor license, why risk it all at the hands of busy stressed staff? Without the right tools and processes in place, this is exactly what you’re doing every night, even with the best of intentions.

Who is legally responsible?

It is illegal to knowingly serve alcohol to a minor, and anyone who does can be held responsible for any injuries or damages that result from the minor’s impaired state. But it’s not always black and white in pinpointing the exact person who is responsible. There are several factors that go into determining the exact person, which is oftentimes the reason why separate penalties are given to the person who holds the liquor license (the owner of a bar) and the person who makes the sale (the bartender who serves a minor). Depending on the severity of the situation and state laws, the penalties can range from a fine, to jail time, to a temporary suspension of the liquor license, to the liquor license being completely revoked.

What if someone else checked the ID?

The seller is the one liable for serving the minor. As a bartender or server, you are responsible for checking the ID of your customers even if another person has previously checked it. That’s why it’s particularly important for a validating process to be instilled within venues that have a person checking IDs prior to going to the bar.

What if a minor uses a fake?

When a minor is served, you need to show that you did the steps to the best of your ability to not purposefully serve that person. That means in most cases, you’re only liable for selling to a minor if you didn’t ask for identification or if you looked but didn’t use your best abilities to detect the minor. If the guest presents a realistic ID that says he or she is of drinking age, no charges will be filed against the establishment. However, if it’s obvious that the ID is fake or if that ID clearly does not belong to the person presenting it, then the establishment and the person who served that minor becomes liable.

What if it’s a planned sting?

When authorities are checking to make sure you’re compliant, they legally cannot do so by using a fake ID or purposefully deceiving you. They’re typically checking to make sure you’re properly asking for identification. Most sting fails are a result of not asking for identification, or asking for identification but incorrectly calculating someone’s age based on their date of birth. When these human errors happen, you’ll fail the sting and both the server and the establishment will be presented with the ramifications.

How to mitigate the risks?

Between human errors, miscommunication, inattention to detail, and simply not checking an ID, there’s a myriad of factors that can put you at risk for being liable in serving a minor. The first place to start is having a policy in place that requires your staff to check IDs of anyone who enters your venue. The second step is to go further by equipping your staff with an ID scanning system.


Having an ID scanning system essentially acts as an insurance policy that guarantees you’ll be covered when a minor is accidentally served. The system will reduce the chances of honest human errors, such as incorrectly calculating someone’s age based on the date of birth. It’ll confirm all IDs are reviewed in the case of planned stings. It’ll act as your paper trail to prove you didn’t purposefully serve a guest who presented a realistic fake ID. And it can act as your digital 86 list or even your digital loyalty program. It’s one of the most cost effective and worthwhile investments you can make to protect yourself from losing the license you worked so hard to obtain while growing the business you worked tirelessly to build.