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Bartenders: Jump on the Latest Insider Trend | Partner Tip

Why Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library and other top venues in the world are flocking to the latest trend in inventory this holiday season.


It’s the latest trend in bar inventory management that’s making moves from Bar Rescue to Brazil. Fans include Portland’s Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library, and PDXCW favorite Doug Fir, NYC’s Buddakan, NOLA’s Antoine’s, and Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Chicago, just to name a few.

In case you haven’t heard of Partender: it’s an innovative tool that lets you do accurate inventory and ordering, skip data entry, and inventory anything — all in minutes with a few taps and swipes on your smart phone.

Everyone dreads inventory, so this brilliant app-based solution seems to be a no brainer. But what’s the catch?

Enter Michael Lorberbaum, Partender client & Lead Bartender of Multnomah Whiskey Library on his answer to FAQs:

Really, just 15 minutes?

Michael [his voice/thought]: The Library has over 1400 bottles; we literally have to climb ladders to make cocktails. Bar Inventory used to take 35 labor hours! That was just the counting. Analyzing the data and creating an order was another 2 hours of management time.

Now, it takes 6 people less than 2 hours and an order is automatically generated once you have entered your pars. I don’t think the Library will ever perform bar inventory in fifteen minutes. We just don’t have enough ladders!

Is the software expensive?

Michael: Partender is less than $200/month, which is way more affordable than the comprehensive inventory systems currently on the market that cost a few thousand dollars just to get started. The cheap inventory apps are still based on an inaccurate 10 point scale system or weighing, and scales go bad if not switched out regularly.

It is a great tool to have in our arsenal to control pour cost and budgeting. Even before our first full inventory session, we locked in the annual grandfathered rate. We knew it was going to be something that would help us focus more on what we love — educating ourselves about whiskey.

But my quill and scroll are free. Hard to beat Free, don’t you think?

Michael: Monthly overhead might be a tough sell, but it’s worth it when you consider labor and budgeting savings. Bars in the US lose over $20 billion in potential sales each year – simply from not being able to do consistent inventory. We want to avoid being part of that statistic.

Partender takes the subjective .1 .2 system out of the equation because it’s a visual based inventory system; there is no guess work. The analytics and instant purchase orders alone are worth the price of the whole system.

With added savings, what are some new possibilities for the Library?

Saving money is always at the forefront of any business, but there is one thing you can never buy and that is “time”. Time to spend with your guests, time to educate your staff, and most importantly time to spend with your family and loved ones.

Multnomah Whiskey Library is well known for their Craft Cocktails. What’s your favorite cocktail to make for first-timers at the library?

If a guest is game for a straight spirit drink the old fashioned is a no brainer. We typically choose a whole barrel of bourbon or rye specifically for the old fashioneds (unfortunately we are between barrels currently) As far as guests that are hesitant about straight spirit drinks; our Ward 8 is outstanding in my opinion. House grenadine (pomegranate & cranberry juice reduction) with lemon, orange juice, and rye.

Any last comments you’d like to add regarding Partender or the Library?

If you hate doing inventory, go check out Partender for yourself. They are currently offering an exclusive deal for Liquor.com readers. Sign up today with the promo code LIQUOR and get Partender free until January 16 (the code must be redeemed by 12/18).

Oh, and if you’re ever in Portland. Try to find someone with a membership to Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library and come have a drink or two!

Photo Credit: Gabi Porter

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