May 11, 2021
A roundup of our favorite bar website designs
We’ve rounded up our favorite website designs for bakeries, fast-casual restaurants and neighborhood spots. Now, we’re back with our top bar websites, including those with commerce tools that drive additional high-margin revenue like online ordering, merchandise and gift cards. Belly up to these great designs that are #poweredbybentobox and get some fresh ideas on how you can bring your own bar to life online.
New York City
Whether you’re at Dante to drink a negroni via a porrón — the infamous Spanish drinking vessel — or to converse over a few afternoon spritzes’ with friends, Dante’s two West Village locations are a must-visit in New York City. Rated the world’s best bar in 2019, Dante is a modern-day icon in the bar world. There’s no reason why their website would be anything short of world-class. Dazzling photographs of craft cocktails across a minimalist design, visitors to the website can view eclectic cocktail menus, inquire about private celebrations and even purchase a plethora of pre-batched cocktail kits such as The Complete Negroni Sessions: 8 Bottles on their website.
NYC, Los Angeles, Denver
Death & Co is another one of New York’s iconic, must-visit cocktail bars. More so, Death & Co is an institution. The original East Village outpost is dark, really dark, and boasts some of today’s most celebrated bartenders. Despite its name, Death and Company’s website is an inviting experience that shares the story and origin of this famed establishment. The bar has expanded to multiple cities and visitors to the website can view each location’s menus, hours of operation and order to-go online.
The Bandit is a vibrant bar in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The latest concept from DineAmic Hospitality combines the charm and character of a local neighborhood bar with the sophistication and quality of an upscale, chef-driven restaurant. The website highlights online ordering and reservations as a means of driving more on-premise bookings and takeout orders. The mobile version optimizes conversion through always-present buttons on the footer of the page.
New York City
In a breezy space adorned with cartoon palm trees, guests at The Happiest Hour enjoy a laid-back and whimsical atmosphere to imbibe over non-pretentious cocktails and food. Enticed website visitors will find a clean, photo-forward website with access to the latest menus, press write-ups and options to make a reservation or order delivery.
Food, wine, music, vinyl — is there a greater combination in one place? Sunday Vinyl offers just that and more in an intimate setting in downtown Denver. Part of Frasca Hospitality Group, the name refers to the ritual of slowing down and connecting with friends and family over great music, food and wine. The website evokes this intimate yet casual demeanor through a minimal and elegant design. Visitors can check out the latest offerings such as “Flight Night,” which pairs 5 wines from a specific wine region — even subscribe to their latest Spotify playlists through the website.
New York City
Sonny Boy is a beloved, no-fuss Australian bar and restaurant in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood. Guests revel in a stylish space that serves seasonal food and drinks from morning to late at night. Their website is effortlessly stylish, with fun illustrations and animations, paired alongside great black and white photography. From an office party to an at-home celebration, visitors can inquire about catering options or even shop the merch store for curated wine selections or even branded t-shirts, tote bags and hats.
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Taking its name from the mysterious, almost supernatural “bootleggers” of Chicago’s black-market underbelly, The Chicago Spirit pays homage to the bygone prohibition era in America’s second city. The website is captivating, with ghostly images of days past and a riveting story about which the bar is named. Visitors can navigate the “Declassified Cocktail Files” to see the latest cocktails they’re mixing or even purchase bottled libations to enjoy at home.
From NoHo Hospitality Group comes The Brakeman in Detroit, MI. The Brakeman is an American beer and rec hall serving up rotations of craft beer and buckets of fried chicken from its neighbor, Penny Red’s. Taking cue from Detroit’s auto-industry past, The Brakeman’s website features a blueprint of the space, alongside a mix of flashy animated illustrations. Guests can simply scroll through the site to view menus, book a beer tap table or inquire about special events.
New York City
The Spaniard is a beloved cocktail bar in New York City’s West Village neighborhood that serves fine food, strong drinks and plenty of whiskey. Visitors to the website are greeted with a moody painting on the homepage alongside a minimalistic navigation bar. An omnipresent header alert promotes visitors to make a reservation. Guests can also visit their online store to purchase branded merch and gift cards or view their “Giving Back” section that highlights their partnership with charity: water, bringing clean water to families in need.
New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago
Last but not least, is Broken Shaker, a multi-location cocktail bar from Freehand Hotels. Whether it’s in Miami’s backyard oasis or overlooking the skylines of New York City and Los Angeles, Broken Shaker is made up of an eclectic mix of skilled mixologists and cocktails. It’s no secret the website shares these similarities with a healthy mix of great photography showcasing the vibrant decor and setting of each location. The simple navigation allows visitors to view menus, make reservations or see the latest happenings for each location.
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