How to Choose the Best Jukebox for Your Bar

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How to Choose the Best Jukebox for Your Bar

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Jukeboxes are coming back into style in a big way. They’re an old-school throwback, now with modern digital perks. Jukeboxes are a fun way for guests to collaborate as they pick a song and jam out for hours while they enjoy a few drinks. Patrons become the DJ, rocking the house with their perfect jukebox picks.

Jukeboxes can show a great return on investment if chosen properly. There are a few things you’ll need to consider when looking to purchase this novelty piece:

New or Old?

Jukeboxes carry an old-timey association with them, but you don’t need to pick up an antique to get the jukebox action going. There are jukebox companies that create digitally integrated jukeboxes, or you could opt for a vintage jukebox.

You can find jukeboxes on the vintage market dating back to the 1920s. You can choose from fully restored jukeboxes, unrestored “as found” jukeboxes, or replica jukeboxes. Older jukeboxes will give a very authentic feel to your bar, but new jukeboxes can hold a far greater catalogue of songs and aren’t as prone to breaking down.

What Condition?

If you go for an older jukebox, you may need to restore it. “As is” jukeboxes are the most affordable option up-front, but unless you can restore it yourself, you’ll need to pay extra to have it brought back to working order.

Where You’ll Put It

This will depend entirely on the setup of your bar. If you have a small bar with not much floor space, then putting your jukebox smack in the centre of the action could be less than practical. If the only way to maximize space is by tucking your jukebox out of the way, then you could still let customers choose songs through a mobile app.

If you’re fortunate enough to have ample floor space, then you can choose a spot for your jukebox that will be accessible for customers to walk up and put in their coins. In this case, your jukebox is a spectacle, so keep that in mind when choosing the model and colour.

Sound Output

Make sure guests can actually hear your jukebox when it’s playing. Conversely, make sure that the sound doesn’t spill over into other areas of the bar that you’d rather keep quiet.

Lease, Partnership, or Buy?

If you want to experiment with jukeboxes in your bar but aren’t sure you want to take on the full commitment of purchasing one, then it may make more sense to lease. Alternatively, you can partner with companies that bring their jukeboxes to your location. You don’t own the jukebox and you share the profits, but it’s a no-risk way to enhance your bar and increase your profit with minimal effort.

Looks Matter

Consider how the jukebox you choose will go with the aesthetic curated in your establishment. Jukeboxes are, by nature, a statement piece. There are different styles of jukeboxes that will work with different decors. Many modern jukeboxes have a decidedly digital look. This can be an awesome choice if you’re trying to amass a crowd and generate as much activity as possible.

Going Digital

Going digital is a great thing for jukeboxes. Hooked up jukeboxes carry a vast catalogue of songs, are bright and engaging, and are easier to diagnose should a mechanical problem occur.

One of the great things about digital jukeboxes is how they integrate into a building-wide IoT system. Many digital jukeboxes are compatible with mobile apps that let guests control the action from their phones. This is much more convenient for the customer and is a great driver of repeat business. When patrons download your app, it’s a sure sign they’re having a great time using your jukebox. Seeing it in their phone on a daily basis is a subtle reminder to return to your bar and have repeat night.

Discuss with a Supplier

After deciding whether to go new or vintage, buy or partnership, call up a few suppliers and ask about their rates and policies. Weigh the pro’s and con’s and decide on the supplier you’ll ultimately go with.

You’ll be able to browse their catalogue of jukebox models and styles. Before making the final investment, search for some reviews of the company and their products to find out about any quality control issues before it’s too late.

If all systems are a go and you’re ready to get the tunes popping at your bar, give the green light and wait for your jukebox to arrive.

Jukeboxes are coming back into style at establishments where social mingling is high on the priority list. Putting guests in control of the music is a fun way to get people revealing a bit of themselves and getting silly while the crowd’s choice reigns. If you want to try out jukeboxes for your bar, call Superior Amusements at 1 (800) 528-7913 or contact us here.

Jukeboxes are coming back into style in a big way. They’re an old-school throwback, now with modern digital perks. Jukeboxes are a fun way for guests to collaborate as they pick a song and jam out for hours while they enjoy a few drinks. Patrons become the DJ, rocking the house with their perfect jukebox picks.