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Old 02-07-2011, 03:32 AM   #21
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Your alumnus are generous for helping you actives/associates out.

That little "urinal" is probably useful in catching freshman yak.

Whatever you choose to build I would go for quality/strength over aesthetics. It's not uncommon to your house damaged with holes in the wall after a good night.
I'm actually considering covering the bar front in plexi-glass, after covering the brick with the wood design. We do still want this bar to have a certain class to it, but at the same time we are worried about the bar front and how likely it will get damaged. The bar top shouldn't be a problem for damage either, unless someone really heavy leans on it, and I mean really really heavy. Behind the bar we shouldn't have to worry about damage as the only people who are allowed back there are sober. We take our TIPS seriously, especially since our insurance relies on it.

As far as generosity of the alumni goes, yeah, I guess they are pretty generous for doing this, but we are renovating close to the entire house. The bar was originally a project they had when they were actives and, while we have contractors working on the rest of the house, they wanted to see the bar built by the actives, keep it in the tradition.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:31 AM   #22
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We're not entirely sure where the drain goes for that sink. Most of us are convinced they just drilled through the foundation and have it drain straight into the ground. Though, I don't think we will be getting rid of it, just because the plan is to build a lower bar to mount the taps, that the bartenders can work on, and that the sink can be built into, so it's not just hanging there attached to a piece of wood jutting out from the bar.

The keg is disassembled and being cleaned to use as a half barrel fermenter, hence the rubber stopper. We will be brewing our own party beer for parties rather than buying kegs of it, risk management issue involving insurance. So we will be using 2 of those kegs to brew 1 bbl batches of "fizzy yellow beer".

Also, do you think just painting the walls behind the bar would be better than bricking it over? I was thinking of trying for a look similar to this. At least as far as the contrast from the wood faced bar and the brick walls goes.
I'd say paint what has been previously painted, but if you want to leave the brick exposed that's ok, it would look a lot cleaner if you put a clear sealer on the exposed brick. You forgot to mention what fraternity?
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:31 PM   #23
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I'd say paint what has been previously painted, but if you want to leave the brick exposed that's ok, it would look a lot cleaner if you put a clear sealer on the exposed brick. You forgot to mention what fraternity?
Judging by the startegically placed smudging in the first pic, I think he wants to keep that to himself...haha.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:56 PM   #24
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I think you have a definite chance to make the place awesome. Use that brick!!! Sandblast it clean, seal it up nice, and be happy. I think the biggest thing will be the lighting. I would go for some cool stylized track lighting. It can be cheap and very effective for creating a cool look, and could be easily used to tie the older look of brick and the new age infinity top (which i would try to steer you away from, but you sound pretty set).

I would also suggest a shelf or two levels of shelf on the bar back and a large bar mirror with your Frats insignia etched on the mirror.

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Old 03-24-2011, 06:29 AM   #25
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I feel qualified to comment since I lived in the fraternity at Washington State between 87 and 91 when it was considered one of the top party schools in the nation. 8+kegs in one night was considered "adequate" and we often ran out.

I like the mirror idea for the wall behind the bar, that will be fun for people at the bar to see who is behind them and to be able to see the action while they're waiting. Make very sure it is well supported so it won't break when some gonad falls over into it.

Space out the taps so everyone isn't all crowded up against one spot. Four single tap towers is better.

Spray the ceiling/pipes flat black. Don't try to drywall/finish it, it will just get damaged and beer splattered.

Knotty pine on the walls. The original stuff is likely too far gone but pine boards with a bevel edge are easy to get, easy to finish, hide damage well and would likely be in keeping with the age of the house.

I like the lighting idea. Suggest you put some thought into drainage, and buck up for some of those thick rubber anti fatigue mats that you see in restaurant kitchens. Easy cleanup for the next morning. Just light the serving area, not the back bar.

For the front of the bar...people are gonna beat the hell out of it. Plexiglas over wood will not last, either. Nor will wood. People drop most of their drinks right in front of the bar. Splattered beer will get behind the plexiglas--until it gets inexplicably shattered somehow. How about steel panels, held on over a wood backer. Spray it with muriatic acid and then water, let it rust, and then clearcoat it. It will be bombproof.

For the bartop just make sure it's not disco looking. This is a big project and you want to make sure it gets done but most of all that it lasts.

Put lots of thought into crowd control. If people are happy waiting for beer, then they will have more fun when they get back out dancing, talking etc which is the whole point--get em drunk and then offer to show them the fishtank that you have up in your room.

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:56 PM   #26
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Spoken like a true party hound

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Old 03-27-2011, 05:41 PM   #27
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Subscribed/ I so want to see how this turns out.

Any updates?

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:14 PM   #28
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No updates yet, still in the planning phase, but I have been told some of the equipment for the functionality aspect is going to be coming in to us soon.

I don't know if I'll really update too much on that, since it will initially be setting up the 2-tower tap/kegerator system into the existing bar.

It seems that most of the renovation will be done over the summer, or it will entirely be done during a week-long period right before the semester starts in August called "work-week"

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As of today, all of the equipment needed for functionality of the bar was purchased. Seeing those invoices was amazing. I don't think I've ever been more excited for packages to start coming in.

In the order was a brand new 19.7 cu. ft. freezer, 2 cornelius kegs (we already have 2 sanke kegs which will be used), 2 10# CO2 tanks, and 2 dual faucet tower taps. (all the connections were also there, just not as exciting as the things listed)

When it starts coming in, we will be assembling it for use in the parties we will have the rest of the semester.

Over the summer, the aesthetics will be addressed and then we'll start making it look good, rather than just having it function well.

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Old 04-02-2011, 05:42 PM   #30
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Wow, you are gonna make that look great.

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