37 Funny Bar Signs to Increase Foot Traffic to Your Brewery or Bar

Grace Lee-Weitz
Post by Grace Lee-Weitz
May 4, 2022
37 Funny Bar Signs to Increase Foot Traffic to Your Brewery or Bar

As of April 2022, the Brewers Association recorded a record number 9,118 breweries operating in the United States. In such a crowded marketplace, how can you make your establishment stand out from the crowd? Sure, you can opt for traditional print or digital marketing. And social media should certainly be an essential part of your marketing strategy. But what are those one or two tips and tricks you can use to push your taproom ahead?

If you’re looking for a new, creative way to potentially drive extra foot traffic into your space. It might be easier than you think. Creating a clever or memorable sign can give your bar or brewery a distinct advantage over other businesses in the area.

Witty or humorous signs immediately establish a connection with potential customers. Plus, it leaves a memorable impression in patrons’ minds. And it’s an instant Instagrammable moment that people can post, helping you virally market your business for free!

Below you’ll find a list of 36 witty, funny ideas for bar signs to help increase foot traffic into your bar or brewery. Consider hanging these phrases up around your taproom, writing them on a chalkboard, or setting them out as their own sign on the sidewalk.

Use these clever repartees to draw potential customers in to drink, entice new patrons to check out your place, or as a way to directly increase your sales.

You shouldn’t use all of these ideas. This is more of a find-the-right-fit approach…quality over quantity. Take some time to comb through all the ideas, finding one that fits with your brand and your personal identity.

But once you find that buzzword, go to town discovering new ways to get this message out to your community, attracting new customers, and hopefully garner some free attention on social media.

Best Bar Signs: Beer Life-isms

We don't trust camels or anything that can go a week without a drink beer sign - From: @thewaverleyarms
Photography courtesy of @thewaverleyarms | Instagram

These are signs with life truths that give us all a good laugh. These signs find clever ways of working beer into everyday situations.

  1. We Don’t Trust Camels Or Anything That Can Go a Week Without a Drink
  2. Save Water, Drink Beer
  3. Beer, Now Cheaper Than Gas! Drink, Don’t Drive
  4. Good People Drink Good Beer
  5. Beer Will Change the World. I Don’t Know How, But It Will
  6. Life Happens. Beer Helps
  7. The Best Type of Beer Is an Open One
  8. 24 Hours in a Day, 24 Beers in a Case. Coincidence? I Think Not
  9. The Couple That Drinks Together Stays Together
  10. Did You Forget Your Crowler?
  11. This Week’s Special: Buy One Beer for the Price of Two and Receive a Second Beer Absolutely Free
  12. I Only Drink on Days That Start With “T”: Tuesday, Thursday, Today, Tomorrow, Thaturday, Thunder
  13. We Sell Beer. Because No Great Story Started With Someone Eating a Salad!
  14. And Yes, Beer Runs Do Count As Exercise
  15. Hungover? We Can Help. Us Too
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Best Bar Signs: Alcoholic Beverages Other Than Beer

I'll never drink again - oh, look! Fireball! Finding Nemo inspired beer sign

Because we know beer isn’t the only drink on this planet…we found some signs that cover all types of spirits and wine.

  1. Today’s Soup: Whiskey with H20 Croutons
  2. When Life Gives You Lemons Add Gin & Tonic
  3. I’ll Never Drink Again (picture of Dory from finding Nemo)...Oh Look, Fireball
  4. Of Course Size Matters. No One Wants a Small Glass of Wine
  5. If You Drink to Forget, Please Pay in Advance
  6. Trust Me, You Can Dance - Vodka
  7. Drinking Responsibly Means Not Spilling It

Best Bar Signs: Weather

Beer inside, rain outside sign from Bouncymustard.com
Photography courtesy of Bouncymustard.com

People love talking about the weather almost as much as they love to drink. Take advantage of that social context. Weather permitting, of course!

  1. <- Beer. Rain ->
  2. Drink Plenty of Water in This Heat. Beer Is Made Up of 97% Water
  3. You Can’t Fix the Weather but I Can Fix a Drink

Best Bar Signs: Wordplay

Roses are red, violets are blue, poems are hard ... beer - From: @thewaverleyarms
Photography courtesy of @thewaverleyarms | Instagram
  1. Roses Are Red Violets are Blue Poems Are Hard…Beer
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Point Me to the Nearest Bar
  3. Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beerholder
  4. You Are the Hops to My Barley 
  5. Sip Sip Hooray! 

Best Bar Signs: Technology

Incoming Call from Beer - Accept or Decline? From Crystal C on Pinterest
Photography courtesy of Crystal C | Pinterest

These are signs that tap into technology almost everyone uses today. You’re sure to get a laugh out of people who can relate to these iPhone, iPad, and Wi-Fi situations.

  1. Incoming Call..Beer. Hang Up. Accept.
  2. Sorry You Don’t Have an iPad. We’ve Got IPA, but It’s Up to You to Find the D
  3. Free Wi-Fi, Great Beer

Best Bar Signs: COVID-19

Because if we can’t try to laugh about the current situation, we may cry. Everyone can relate to the conditions of the global pandemic. Chances are your bar or brewery is offering an escape for many people. Give them a chance to come inside and safely enjoy a drink.

  1. Eat. Laugh. Distance
  2. Fact: Alcohol Kills Germs. Come Join Us!
  3. Come on in. Our Alcohol Is Strong. Our Hand Sanitizer Is Stronger

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Grace Lee-Weitz
Post by Grace Lee-Weitz
May 4, 2022
Grace is the Managing Editor for Hop Culture and Untappd. She also organizes and produces the largest weeklong women in craft beer festival in the country, Beers With(out) Beards and the first-ever festival celebrating the colorful, vibrant voices in the queer community in craft beer, Queer Beer. An avid craft beer nerd Grace always found a way to work with beer. After graduating with a journalism degree from Northwestern University, she attended culinary school before working in restaurant management. She moonlighted as a brand ambassador at 3 Sheeps Brewing Co on the weekends before moving into the beer industry full time as an account coordinator at 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. Grace holds her Masters degree in the Food Studies program at NYU.