Date PostedJune 17, 2014

New Bar where Patrons Serve Themselves

Australia’s first self-service bar where customers can pull the beers themselves straight from the tap is going to be launched at Mooloolaba.

The owner Steven Barber has predicted that the idea would be a success with patrons eager to serve themselves at this novelty bar.

Taps @ Mooloolabais currently under construction at the new venue on the corner of The Esplanade and Brisbane Road with the grand opening expected to be soon. The venue is also expected to serve other drinks in addition to beer and feature live performances.

Mr Barber had this to say about the bar:

“Taps is an exciting new concept for Australia,” Mr Barber said.

“I am thrilled to be bringing this idea to the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

“I’m overwhelmed by the support and response that locals have shown.

“I’m keen for Taps to be heavily involved in the wider community.”

The venue will have 28 beer taps flowing around the bar, set into the tables and off the walls..

It will operate on a rechargeable credit system, known as an iButton, that allows customers to pour their own beer at their own pace.


With a self-service alcohol concept there is always the risk that people will not control the amount of alcohol they consume and this type of concept allows people with an alcohol problem to drink unhindered.

There is also the risk that people who aren’t aware of how to make responsible drinking choices or aren’t aware of how much alcohol is too much, will also be put at risk. Men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units a day.

But according to Barber the documentation to make the concept legal and in line with Responsible Service of Alcohol requirements is there and had taken him years to organise.

He went on to explain:

“I’m hoping this is the new trend,” he said.

“I’m just pumped to get it open. We’ve already got people poking their head in the door to see what we’re up to.”

Mr Barber said Taps could employ up to 30 people once it opens.

Taps also will deliver a cocktail menu, a fine wine list and a fresh local produce share-plate menu.


Despite the bar offering patrons the chance to refill their own drinks, at their own pace, it is still important that staff at the venue are trained in Responsible Service of Alcohol and are enforcing the rules it dictates.

It is likely that once the first bar of this type opens, others like it may spring up everywhere, therefore it is also important that all bar owners, regardless of the type of venue a bar, pub, or licenced restaurant even self-service ones ensure every person employed has completed Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training.

RSA training teaches workers of licenced venues how to ensure that they serve alcohol in a socially responsible and ethical manner so that binge drinking, underage drinking and other irresponsible drinking behaviour is avoided.

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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