Fill Up a Pint Glass Alongside Your Smart Phone with USB Ports Built into Bars

Old Ebbitt Girll & Bar

Any bartenders reading today? How annoying is it when you’re working on a busy night and a patron asks you to plug in their charger to give their phone some juice? Even if it’s a regular, someone you like, someone who tips well, it’s still a bit irritating.

How about bar goers? Don’t you hate when you’re out on the town and you get the low battery warning from your smartphone? It’s the worst.

What if the bar you tended or attended had USB ports installed for customer use? You sit down at the wood, plug in your charger, and get some battery juice alongside your elixir of choice. You build electrical outlets into the bar, with cables running behind, and USB ports tucked underneath. This could work at restaurant tables as well. 

For bar and restaurant owners unwilling to alter the construction of their bars, but still in search of a solution, there are other options. Some bars have purchased mobile phone chargers, such as the Mophie seen below, branded them with the name of their establishment, and then distribute them to customers in need. Some offer this as a free service, others charge a nominal fee. 

Mobie iPhone charger

Some bars have created freestanding charging stations, with each “charging cubby” protected under lock and key. Patrons swipe their credit card, open their cubby, charge their phone, and return when they’re ready.

ChargeItSpot, BrightBox, and goCharge are three companies that have done the work for you. With stations available for rent and purchase, having a place for customers to charge up isn’t all that difficult.

goCharge Eagle Charging Station

The Eagle Charging Station by goCharge

While part of me doesn’t exactly love this idea because I think our smartphones are already robbing of us of real human interaction, I’d be crazy not to acknowledge the opportunity. Whether we like it or not, with each passing day, and each advance in technology, we become more dependent on the tech that fits in our pockets. And thus, we need that battery life. Expect to see this trend skyrocket in the coming years.

What do you think? Have you ever asked to charge your phone at a bar? Would you use a charging station? Would you pay for one? Hit us up in the comments and let us know.

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Caleb Houseknecht

I'm the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I'm not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I'm usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.


  • Ben Bradley April 29, 2016 @ 10:55am

    I cant believe no one has commented on this yet! Of course EVERYONE with a smartphone at some point would need juice while drinking! It inherent to be forgetful when drinking… its what you come to the bar for in the first place! to relax and forget for a while!

    I work for a bar owner of 5 bars in San DIego, the 5th being remodeled as i type. He’s had so many people ask him to build a phone charging station into the bar, that he has gone from “No we’re not gonna do that” a few months ago, to asking me last night to look into giving every barstool on one side of our horseshoe shaped bar a usb charging port! Thank you for this article, ill be showing him so he knows his options.

    • Daniel July 18, 2017 @ 2:12am
      • Rob gagnon July 14, 2018 @ 8:50pm

        They have yet to send me product after paying them 1000.00 for the Equipment. Buyer beware.

      • David December 10, 2018 @ 7:40pm

        Barjuice is a scam

  • Dave Redden March 11, 2017 @ 2:28pm

    Great artice and coment. What solution did you end up with Ben? Sit N Charge has been selling solutions for bars for a while. Initially in Las Vegas, but we have had bars call from different parts of the country. I think some the San Diego area

  • Nita June 24, 2017 @ 9:59pm

    I’m anew bar owner and this was one of my first concerns and goals to solve. I may have conduits install along the bar.

  • Nita June 24, 2017 @ 10:00pm

    I’m a new bar owner and this was one of my first concerns and goals to solve. I may have conduits install along the bar.

    • Kev February 4, 2019 @ 7:48am

      Has anyone have pics of their bar installation of USB ports

  • Gaz August 15, 2017 @ 2:01pm

    I like the mobile phone chargers. As a bar owner, I worry they will be stolen. Is there a solution to ensure theft?
    Great article by the way.

  • Eric Hernandez July 27, 2018 @ 3:37pm
    Number one bar usb charging station in the world!

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