Re: Anyone own/run a bar?
When I bid on a constructing a bar or provide a budget to an owner, I contact millworkers for the seating and the bar and any other architectural woodwork. I contact architectural metalworkers for brass, stainless, aluminum requirements (railings, counters table legs etc.).
If you are thinking of putting a stone countertop on the bar and tables, you might have to contact a stone supplier.
Most of the time, these articles are custom fabricated to suit the space and the architect and owners tastes.
As for the equipment, there are commercial kitchen suppliers in almost every city that provide this equipment.
If you are looking for one lump sum number, you can probably contact a local design firm, and they might help you out with a price/square foot for past similar projects they have built.
If you want to break the number down even more and have a design in mind, you can contact millworkers to get a budget price per linear foot of bar, bench seating, table etc. Do the same for the steel work.
In my market, the cost to architecturally, structurally, mechanically, and electrically fit up an existing space for commercial development can run in the $100 to $300/square foot, depending on the finishes (flooring, ceiling, walls, millwork, glazing, metals etc). This does not include the kitchen and service equipment (usually the owners do this with a contract outside the building contract).
Don't forget the arhcitectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical design fees (run around 8-10% of the total price in my market).