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5 things you need in running a successful sports-bar business

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By Carlo P. Mallo |

There are bars, lounges, resto-bars, and there are sports bars. But what makes a sports bar different from other gimmick places?

Aside from the being the venue for watching the live telecasts of the bouts of Manny Pacquiao, the month-long FIFA World Cup, or even the F1 Grand Prix, there are five components that makes a sports bar, well, a sports bar.

When Sofitel Philippine Plaza decided to open up its own sports bar, its direction was clear: It will be a sports bar for the Filipino.

Immortalized on the walls of Snaps are images of two of the greatest Filipino sportsmen: boxing champion Pacquiao and billiards legend Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes. Two other Filipinos who are also featured in murals are top bowler Paeng Nepumuceno and football star James Younghusband.

Other sports idols include NBA players Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan; controversial golf star Tiger Woods; boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, swimming’s Michael Phelps, China’s table tennis wonder Ma Lin; tennis superstars Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova; and billiard masters Mark Shelby, Ali Carter, Neil Robertson and Stephen Hendry.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Vice President Hiroshi Endo shared with Entrepreneur.com.ph the five key components that must be present in a sports bar.

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