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Co-hosted by Doug Radkey and David Klemt, the Bar Hacks Podcast is a reflection of both high-level journalism & consulting experience within this industry. This informative and conversational podcast is the perfect listen for any aspiring or seasoned bar, pub, lounge, or even restaurant owner, operator, and manager who may be looking for that competitive edge in industry driven trends, development, and operations. Have a listen and let us know what you think!


Planning a Bar

Bar Hacks walks you through the fundemental requirements of starting a scalable, sustainable, profitable, memorable, and consistent bar by highlighting concept & business development.

Operating a Bar

From team development to marketing plans, financial management, and events management – Bar Hacks prepares you for the day-to-day health of your operations.

Enhancing Your Bar

From award winning food programs to one-of-a-kind beverage programs – Our on-site or virtual master classes will help you elevate your game so you can start dominating!

Prepared by industry expert Doug Radkey, Bar Hacks is a reflection of 20 plus years of industry experience including 10 plus years of consulting.  Through his company KRG Hospitality Inc. that has 8 regional offices throughout North America, Doug has helped grow numerous bar & hospitality brands.

Doug not only works ‘behind the scenes’ of today’s leading hospitality brands, but is an internationally recognized speaker, industry columnist, and published author.

If you’re on social media – you may have found him as one of the “Top 22 Inspiring Hospitality Experts” to follow in 2017. You may have also seen his name as a columnist for Bar Biz Magazine, FoodableTV, Nightclub & Bar, Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News, Typsy and other leading magazines, or while he was speaking at industry leading events such as the Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas and the International Restaurant & Bar Show in NYC.

David has been reporting on and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. However, in the fall of 1998, when David turned 21, he was able to experience and learn about Chicago’s rich and often wild nightlife. Clubs like Crobar and Circus introduced David to promotions, theme nights and VIPs. Punk bar Exit and industrial bar Neo showed him the counterpoint to high-dollar nightclubs.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, David arrived in one of the global capitols of hospitality: Las Vegas. His first jobs in America’s Playground were at nightclub Ice and after-hours hot spot Seven. Within just a couple of years of moving to Las Vegas, David co-founded a valet company that served a specific property and special events. The valet company afforded him other opportunities within Las Vegas hospitality. David worked with the senior VIP host of the club his valet company served on marketing promotions. He then became the lead writer and managing editor of a publication called Vegas Party Life in 2006. As a hospitality and nightlife journalist in one of the hottest markets in the world, David constantly sought to educate himself about the business. He maintains his voracious curiosity about every aspect of the industry today.

In 2012, David was hired as a freelance journalist and contributor to cover the annual Nightclub & Bar Conference & Trade Show. He accepted a full-time position with Nightclub & Bar in 2015, becoming editor for digital platform shortly after coming on board. Over the course of five years, David developed an impressive network of international hospitality professionals consisting of chain and independent owners, operators, bartenders, chefs, educators, brand ambassadors, consultants, influencers, and more.

And now – he is a part of the Bar Hacks team!


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“Doug Radkey gives a step-by-step guide to any restaurant or bar owner that wants to maximize profits. His Bar Hacks book is full of tools and insights from his years in this roller coaster of a business. Stop settling for a small share of your market, this book will show you how to dominate! Get the book and apply it today!”

Donald Burns — The Restaurant Coach

“Bar Hacks by Doug Radkey is a must read for anyone in the restaurant, bar, or hospitality industry. Doug has compiled some useful tips & tricks that contribute to a successful bar or restaurant. We enjoyed the talks about the effects music has on customers and the importance of managing that effect”

Mat Lunnen — Playdio Media

“It’s a great refresher and you’ll learn a thing or two as well. If you are thinking of opening your own place the book is full of ideas and helpful hacks that will save you time and money. Radkey provides a fantastic illustration on spacing out your bar seating & shelving dimensions; the first of its kind I’ve seen in the industry”

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