According to the latest official figures, the UK is home to some 47,200 pubs and bars, of which 23,400 (49.5%) are independently operated. For those establishments without the luxury afforded by breweries and their collective buying power, finding bar signs that are on-brand and within budget can be an intimidating proposition—that’s where JMF can help!
At JMF, we’ve spent over 40 years supplying the highest quality signs and signage materials to bars of all shapes and sizes. Our comprehensive service is designed to account for every step of the business sign process, from site inspection and design, to manufacture and installation. No matter where you are in the country, our team are on-hand to ensure your vision for the perfect bar sign becomes a reality.
To learn more about our bar and pub signage solutions, give our team a call today. Alternatively, grab a drink, and read on for our expert guide to bar signs.
Designing Personalised Bar Signs for Your Brand
When it comes to developing unique and bespoke bar signs, there are a few key things to consider:
What are the unique personality characteristics of your brand, and what is the image you want to convey through your signage? Perhaps you run a pub with an interesting history? Or maybe it’s your business’ values that set it apart? Whatever the particulars of your brand, you want to create signs that are true and faithful to that image.
What specific kind of establishment do you operate? Are you a bar, a pub, a restaurant, or a hybrid? Customers will make certain assumptions and set certain expectations based on your company signage, so it must be reflective of your product, service, or premises.
If you are specifically looking for pub signs, take a look at our dedicated public house signage page.
Is your bar located in a busy shopping area, or nestled away in a small rural village? The location of your business has likely already helped you establish a decor theme, and should also help to inform the style and tone of your signage.
An often overlooked aspect of sign design: when do you need your signs to be seen? You might want your exterior bar sign to be highly visible to passers-by throughout the day and night, and might decide an illuminated sign is the best way to achieve this. Conversely, for interior signs only visible to customers during opening hours, you might opt for something a little less elaborate.
How do you want your bar signs to be manufactured? At JMF, we offer a wide range of sign solutions, from traditional hand-painted signs and gold leaf gilding, to the very latest in digital printing and LED technology.
Last but not least, it’s important to consider what you want your signs to achieve. Is your bar sign designed to advertise or to inform? Is it intended to attract new customers, or simply reinforce your brand identity for existing ones?
Can JMF Create a Home Bar Sign?
The COVID-19 pandemic saw a huge increase in demand for personalised pub signs for home bars and man caves. At JMF, we produce the highest quality signs that are fabricated to cope with the durability demands of commercial brands and their business premises. As such, our signs are probably more than you need if you’re looking to create a home bar.
However, if you’re looking to impress your friends and brighten your bar, and only the most premium signage will do, give us a call today to discuss options.
Exterior Bar Signs
Exterior signs are often the first impression your premises will make on its guests; it’s important to make sure it’s a good one!
Take a look below for some of our favourite exterior bar sign options:
Hanging pub signs are a traditional and effective way of advertising your business to the customer on the street.
Available with a huge range of material, size, shape, and finishing options, hanging signs can be fully personalised to match your brand identity, and existing collection of brand materials.
A-boards are a versatile and cost-effective solution for bar signage, and one which is ideal for busy pavements and high footfall areas.
Offering durability, portability, and simple storage, the classic A-board design is a brilliant way to welcome old guests and encourage new ones.
Neon Signs / Micro Neon Signs
When you think of a bar sign, there’s a good chance your mind jumps straight to neon.
At JMF we have spent decades supplying safe and durable neon signs in a range of bright and vibrant colours. What’s more, we can also supply LED-based micro neon options, which are much durable, malleable, and energy-efficient than traditional neon tubes.
For a premium look, perfect for trendy bars and gastro-pubs, why not consider built-up letters?
Fabricated from a variety of different materials, including stainless steel, bronze, and aluminium, built-up letters can be left raw or finished to match your company colours.
If you’re looking for a more subtle sign solution, our flat-cut lettering might be the answer.
Unlike built-up letters which are raised off the surface, flat-cut letters are cut from a single sheet of material and can be installed directly to your facade.
Interior Bar Signs
When it comes to decorative interior bar signage, you want to find something which fits the decor and ambience of your establishment.
Some of the most popular categories of interior bar sign include:
Neon Signs / Micro Neon Signs
Neon signs are a popular choice for both interior and exterior bar signage, adding a glamourous, premium look to any decor. What’s more, durable micro neon can be fashioned into any word or logo you choose; think: “bar”, “drink”, or even “gin”.
For a more understated interior sign solution, consider an LED lightbox. Ideal for displaying menu details or promotional images, lightboxes come in a range of sizes to decorate any space, while offering simple and convenient changing of image and marketing materials.
Window Graphics / Window Manifestation
If you have a large frontage or windows which are visible from the street, make the most of this prime real estate with some striking window graphics.
At JMF, we can produce everything from simple vinyl cut lettering to full-colour printed manifestations, all at low prices to suit any budget.
Wayfinding Bar Signs
If you run a large bar or one which is spread over multiple floors, wayfinding signs are an important way to help your guests navigate their way around your establishment, and improve customer experience.
There’s no getting away from it—toilet signs are a necessity for any business, and that includes bars. At JMF, we stock a wide selection of pre-designed toilet signage, so you’re sure to find something that works for you.
Kitchen / Bar / Lounge Directional Signs
Signs that direct to kitchen, bar, and lounge spaces can be useful for both visitors and staff, ensuring the time that they spend with your business is time well-spent.
No matter what sort of business you run, some areas are off-limits.
To ensure the privacy and safety of your staff and customers, we recommend investing in some ‘private’ door signs.
Smoking Area / Beer Garden Directional Signs
An increasing number of bar and pub locations are offering beer gardens and designated smoking areas for their patrons. With this comes the need for effective wayfinding signage.
Mandatory Bar Signs / Health and Safety Bar Signs
The number of mandatory signs and health and safety signs required by bars and restaurants is huge; owners who ignore this fact are putting themselves and their businesses at risk.
To give you some examples of the industry-specific mandatory signs we offer, take a look below:
No Smoking Signs
Essential for any pub since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007, no smoking signs are now a legal requirement for all pubs and bars.
Fire Exit Signs
As with any public building, fire exits must be clearly signposted in the event of an emergency. This lets your staff and your patrons feel safe and secure while they’re on-site.
In the event of an accident or injury, first-aid signs will help to direct staff and customers to the designated first-aid area.
Designated Smoking Area Signs
Designated smoking area signs can be used to direct smokers to specific areas where they are allowed to light up. With wall-mounted steel signs available, you can provide your patrons the opportunity to dispose of their cigarettes responsibly at the same time.
JMF Group: Your One-Stop-Shop for Bar Signs
At JMF Group, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for bar and pub signage. Our comprehensive service includes:
We offer a free on-site visit to all our clients throughout Britain and the UK. This is an opportunity for us to get to know your business and understand your signage requirements first-hand before we get to work.
Our experienced team of designers will work with you to create the perfect sign for your bar, taking into account your brand, budget, and any specific wall or building requirements.
All our signs are manufactured on-site at our factory in the North East. This allows us to maintain complete quality control over every aspect of the production process.
Once your signs are ready, our team of certified installation engineers will fit them quickly and efficiently, with minimal disruption to your business.
Think you can manage the job yourself? Collect your new signs from us, or we’ll arrange delivery, allowing you to get your wall signs up in super-fast time!
After your signs are installed, we offer a comprehensive maintenance service to ensure that they remain in good condition for years to come.
What Are You Waiting For?
The search for your new bar sign is over—JMF is here!
From the entrance to the bar, and everywhere in between, our signs will improve brand perception and customer experience, all at a price to fit any budget.
Interested? Give us a call today! We can’t wait to get to work!