Opening your own pub is a dream many people fantasized about at some point in their life. However, very few take the actual steps needed to start one and with a good reason. Starting a pub, just like starting any other business, has a lot of difficulties for you to overcome if you wish to find success. With that being said, if you approach those difficulties prepared, have a good vision of what you want your pub to be and add a pinch of luck, the potential results can be amazing. So, in order to help you do just that, today we are going to take a look at how to start a pub business.

Define your vision

There are thousands of pubs already out there, and one of the reasons it's so hard to find success as a pub owner is just that. It can be hard to attract visitors if you don’t have something special to offer to potential customers as they would otherwise just continue going to their usual spots. Because of this, the most important step when starting a pub is to have a well worked out and articulated vision of what you want to achieve. Start off simple, by just thinking about what drinks you will be serving and whether you will be serving food. Figuring out these two questions will give you the basis on which you can add more ideas that will make your pub special and unique and thus pique the interest of potential customers.

Focus on the details

As the common saying goes: “the devil is in the details” and nowhere is this truer than in the hospitality industry, especially when it comes to pubs. Everyone can offer you good food and drinks, but the things that will really make your pub stand out are the little details most people don’t tend to notice unless they aren’t there. For example, the addition of something as simple as well-placed shade sails in your outdoor garden can make all the difference when it comes to the experience your customers have. If they aren’t placed well so that they block the sun for the better part of the day, or if they aren’t there at all, your customers are bound to notice and remember your pub for the bad experience they’ve had. Other than this, a few details worth mentioning are the overall cleanliness of your pub, adequately placed charging sockets and even making sure the music isn’t too loud.

Pick the right location

Another crucial step when opening a pub business is choosing the right location. The location of your pub will essentially make or break your business as once you choose it, you most likely won’t be able to change it. You should aim to find a spot that is easily accessible and, more importantly, has a large number of people regularly walking by it that will want to come in and check out what you have to offer. Because of the importance of the location of your business, you should take every option into careful consideration. If you aren’t able to find exactly what you are looking for don’t rush, give it some time and something good is bound to pop up sooner or later. Waiting a bit longer is definitely better than having to shut down your business soon after you’ve opened it.


At the end of the day, it’s important to keep in mind that running a pub is a risky business. You never know in advance if it will be a major success or a disaster, which is why you have to understand that any money you invest could potentially be lost. With that being said, if you believe you have a killer unique idea and the skills it takes to successfully run a pub, then there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from trying to make your dreams into reality.

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