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One tool to design food and drink menus for restaurants

Last updated December 06, 2021 · By Dylan Blake

If you run a bar or restaurant, you’ve had your menu making frustrations.

You spend a bunch of time updating your food menu to include a slate of new menu items. You tinker with design, formatting, and the rest of it, and then, after hours, days, or maybe weeks, you print it off.

You’re finally done updating your menus.

Unless you run a rotational beverage program.

If you do, you’re updating and tinkering every time you kick a keg or get a new wine in. You head to Google, find the beer or wine’s description, then copy and paste it into your menu, where you have to edit or tinker with it. Finally, you print it out, only to do that process all over again the next time a new beer or wine comes in.

It feels like you spend a ton of time updating your menus, which is especially painful because you already don’t have enough time to do the million other things on your to-do list.

It doesn’t have to be that way! Read on to learn how to save time by using BeerMenus to create your food and drink menus in one place.

How to create a beer menu template for your new bar or restaurant

Last updated December 06, 2021 · By Dylan Blake

Most of the hard work is done. You've got zoning approval and you’ve got your liquor license. Your taps are installed, and your keg cooler works.

It's finally all happening, and you can exhale.

Until you realize you still need to get your beer menu ready.

You search on Google to try and find an online template that you can start with. You find one you like and, since it feels like things are going well, you start adding your beers.

Right then—at that precise moment—your heart sinks.

You realize you have to track down descriptions for all your beers yourself. That takes a lot of time. And you don't just have to do it once—you have to do it every single time a keg kicks.

Making your beer menu doesn't have to be a major pain in the butt! Read on to learn how to use BeerMenus to create and update your beer menu in just a few clicks, beer descriptions automatically included.

Create a bar menu template with one click beer and wine descriptions

Last updated December 06, 2021 · By Dylan Blake

It's Friday night and your bar's been busy all evening long. So far you've kicked 3 kegs and you know a 4th could blow any second.

It's been a solid sales night, especially for the bar. And you've worked hard, so you really feel like you can hang your hat on the day.

But nestling right up next to your "job well done" satisfaction is another, worse feeling: dread. You're feeling it because you have to update your bar menu tonight.

If you make your bar menu manually with a tool like Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator, that means you've got a lot of work to do:

You have to track down beer information for the 3 (or maybe 4) new beers. That means you run a bunch of Google searches then sift through the results to find good descriptions. When you find it, you copy it and then paste it into your menu document. You fix the formatting that got screwed up, and then, finally, you push print and can go home. Exhale.

But you know that exhale doesn't last long; you've already had to update the bar menu 3 times this week.

Here's the good news—updating your bar menu doesn't have to take that long. Read on to learn how to update your bar menu template—complete with drink descriptions—in just a couple clicks.

How to find the right menu template for my restaurant or bar

Last updated December 06, 2021 · By Dylan Blake

You’ve done the hard work: you’ve created a list of awesome menu items and can’t wait to get them in front of your customers. But there’s one big step left: you have to choose or create your menu template.

So you start looking for a tool that can help you create your menus. First step: you run some searches on Google.

The results are overwhelming: there are dozens of sites out there (and probably more) that claim to be “the best,” or “the most customizable,” or “the easiest” way for you to make your menu. They offer 1,000, 6,000, 10,000, or more menu templates.

But you don’t want or need 6,000 menu templates—you need the one that’s right for your bar. And all the claims of “best” and “easiest?” That stuff’s even worse because it’s an advertisement: of course these companies will say their own menus are the best.

So how on earth can you actually find the right menu template for your bar or restaurant?

We wrote this article to cut through the noise and help small business owners actually answer that question. Read on to learn how to choose the right menu template for your bar or restaurant.

Create a print beer menu with one click

Last updated December 06, 2021 · By Dylan Blake

You know the scene well. A keg kicks and your heart drops: you have to update your beer menu.

What comes next goes something like this: you go to the office computer and head to Google to find the new beer's description. You search and search, finally find a description you like, then copy and paste it into your menu document. You're done...except now the formatting is screwed up. You fiddle with it until it's finally ready. You push print and take a deep breath.

You're done.

Until you have to do the exact same thing the next day.

It doesn't have to be that way! Read on to learn how to create a professional, customized beer menu template that you can update and print with just one click.

Create a digital beer menu with one click

Last updated December 06, 2021 · By Dylan Blake

(Note: if you're looking for touchless QR code menus that customers can scan and peruse on their phones, click here to learn more.)

Digital beer menus are attention-grabbing and easy for customers to read. This makes life easier for your bartenders and makes the entire ordering process more efficient, which drives a significant increase in beverage sales.

But questions abound: how do I even create a digital beer menu? How can I actually get it onto a TV? And how can I avoid going through a whole updating rigmarole every time I kick a keg?

TV Menus from BeerMenus make it extremely easy.

Create a QR code restaurant menu with one click

Last updated December 03, 2021 · By Nicki Cherry

So here we all are. Reopening. In a new, hopefully sometime soon, post-pandemic world.

You’ve reopened your bar or restaurant soon and it feels like until then you'll be playing one long, drawn out game of whack-a-mole.

Of the million things members of the restaurant industry have to figure out, from inconsistent government rules to getting back on track with your distributors, there’s one big thing hanging over your head: your menu.

How in the world are you going to do it? How can you provide a contactless menu experience that gives customers an up-to-date, customized menu when you've only ever provided physical menus? How can you provide a menu with descriptions for your ever changing beer list? And how can you do it without spending hours on the computer each week?

Here’s a secret: you can do it in real-time, with just one click. Read on to learn how to create and maintain an awesome digital menu—and the QR code that sends customers to it—with just one click.

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