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What's a good bar height?
martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2004-08-22 11:57 am   Permalink

Obnviously everyone will have different answers, but what are the heights of people's home bars? Either vintage bars or homemade Chiki/Ben/etc. bars? Just looking for a general survey. Do you make it different depending on whether or not you use stools?

Thanks all.


 
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Bamboo Dude
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Joined: Jul 05, 2004
Posts: 164
From: Orange Countiki, CA
Posted: 2004-08-22 12:03 pm   Permalink

Since I sell furniture, I can tell you that barstools are generally made in two standard heights...24" & 30". The rule of thumb is that there should be about 12" between the seat of the barstool and the countertop/bartop. For most bars, the standard height would be within an inch or two (+/-) of 42". Hope this helps.

 
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Satan's Sin
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Joined: Jun 13, 2004
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From: Imperial Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-08-22 2:06 pm   Permalink

My bar height: 42 1/2 "

Stool height: 30"

(the "chair" kind of stool, not the other kind)


 
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Kono
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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2004-08-22 6:53 pm   Permalink

Mine stands at 39 1/2 inches. My bar that is.

 
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LAWebChick
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Joined: Apr 21, 2003
Posts: 87
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-08-22 9:29 pm   Permalink

Our (vintage) stools are 30", the (ditto) bar is 40+, except 42" on the edge where it's padded...

Tim saw this post and trotted to another room to pick up his copy of "Successful Beverage Management" book. I don't know whether I'm more concerned that he owns it at all, or that it was on his nightstand as light reading material! So herewith - more information that you ever wanted to know about standard bar measurements:

  • Width of back bar - 24"
  • Width of liquor display shelves - 12-16"
  • Height of back bar - 42"
  • Distance between edge of speed rack and bar rail - 14"
  • Height of underbar - 30"
  • Width of underbar - 18"
  • Width of underwar including speed rack - 23-24"
  • Distance from underbar to bar top - 12"
  • Width of bar top - 24"
  • Width of speed rack - 5-6"
  • Distance between bar rail and front edge of underbar - 7-8"
  • Height of bar top - 42"
  • Distance between outside edge of bar top and speed rack - 37"
  • Height of bar die - 40"
  • Distance between bar die and back of underbar equipment - 3"
  • Distance from back wall to outer edge of bar top - 91"

A lot of things say width when I would have said depth, but that's just the tech writer in me talking. I have no idea what a "bar die" is, though.

[ This Message was edited by: LAWebChick on 2004-08-22 21:31 ]


 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5820
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-08-23 11:11 am   Permalink

This is Unga's bar height


 
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hazmania
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Joined: Dec 29, 2003
Posts: 35
From: Dallas, Texas
Posted: 2004-08-23 8:30 pm   Permalink

I built my bar according to the American Instutute of Architects Graphic Standards- 3'6" - 3'9" is the range given.

 
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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 974
From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2004-08-23 11:18 pm   Permalink

41 1/2" Professor.
Mahalo,
Al

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
Posts: 1904
From: socal
Posted: 2004-08-24 12:52 am   Permalink

I build them anywhere between 39 and 42 inches tall. This depends on how tall the bartenders/clients are. Maaaa tin

 
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Tonnikan Jinn
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Joined: Feb 28, 2004
Posts: 143
From: La Conchita
Posted: 2004-08-27 07:14 am   Permalink

No more than 9.5 inches from the ground.... it's much safer that way. If you are already on the ground, you have very little chance of injuring yourself falling.

-T.J.


 
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-08-27 1:06 pm   Permalink

All the way to the ground... I'm 6'+, so I like a taller bar, 40".

 
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Tiki Matt
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Joined: Jul 06, 2004
Posts: 924
From: North O.C.
Posted: 2004-08-27 4:53 pm   Permalink

About 42" is a good height. Standard 30" barstools will work fine with a bar at that height.
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martiki
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2004-08-27 5:42 pm   Permalink

Thanks all for the help.

Construction has commenced on the Novato Grotto! And what a perfect fucking 93 degree day to start sawing! Ugh.


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7454
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-08-30 10:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-08-27 17:42, martiki wrote:
Thanks all for the help.

Construction has commenced on the Novato Grotto! And what a perfect fucking 93 degree day to start sawing! Ugh.



He said Fucking!! (name calling on the weather!!)


 
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