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Weekly Drink Specials

Pub or Restaurant Event Planning Tips

Managers and owners should realize that planning weekly specials for food and weekly drink specials as well are something bar and restaurant owners can do to keep things interesting and increase earnings. While people like their old favorites, new and enticing is something many people are looking for as well. Having fresh ideas and specials can keep your attendance up as people will come back time and again to see what's new.

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It's a great idea to have a neon sandwich board outside as well which lets people passing by know what's going on and what they might be missing. Put specials on the tables in the form of advertising in your menu or by putting freestanding advertising on each table as part of the place setting. This way, when people visit on one day, you can entice them to return on another day later that week.

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Here are a few ideas that you can try to keep people coming and have something to list on your specials board. This is a sample weekly specials and just gives you some ideas about things that can help you get people in on slow nights or reward your patrons with specials that can get them in more often and get them talking. And, those driving by might see your specials and stop to visit on a whim.

Sundays: Weekly drink specials might include a large for the price of a small or buy one pitcher of draft and get free appetizers.

Mondays: Discount wings or a free extra side order with an entrée. If your pub or restaurant is family friendly you might decide to have a "kids eat free" night when accompanied by an adult ordering an entrée.

Tuesdays: You might offer free pool or another free game that patrons would normally have to pay for.

Wednesdays: Consider offering an all you can eat entrée such as pasta or wings as a weekly special. Another alternative is to set up a special all you can eat salad bar. You don't have to choose Wednesdays and could consider choosing a night that is normally a slow night for you. By choosing an inexpensive to make entrée you can afford to feed people more than one serving.

Thursdays: Dessert included free with meals. Come up with an interesting signature dessert that people will crave. Consider having a fun event on Thursdays as well. Thursday is a popular weeknight for people to go out to eat or for a few drinks.

Fridays: Happy Hour! Friday nights are the night many people love to go out after work and have a few drinks with their workmates so it's a great opportunity for your place to become the hangout for local businesses. Offer some great deals like drink discounts or free appetizers or giveaways and get people accustomed to stopping by your place every Friday.

Saturdays: Offer some great shooters and fun drinks. Weekly drink specials can make your place 'the' place to go on Saturday nights. Look at a drink database and experiment with some new and fun drinks served in great novelty glasses. Consider experimenting and doing surveys with new drinks to let your patrons help decide what goes on the regular menu.

As you can see, experimenting with weekly drink specials or daily events are some creative ways you can make things new and exciting which can keep people coming and result in their telling their friends that your restaurant / bar is a great place to spend their money.
(Updated 2023)

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