Bar fights happen very quickly and are usually over within 5-10 seconds. The first person to get hit usually goes down in one punch if he is drunk and just like that, it’s over. If the fight goes longer than 5-10 seconds, it is turning into melee and you CANNOT stop that. The key is to get ahead of the curve and keep the fight from happening at all. When you’re on the verge of an alcohol-fueled fight, remember one thing: People don’t like to fight; people like to beat people up. Fights present major problems for bars and nightclubs. They open the establishment up to lawsuits, they make the customers feel unsafe and less likely to return, they increase the likelihood of police involvement, and they bring a bad name to the establishment. No one wants to go to a bar where fights break out often and patrons are in constant risk of injury. Here is a list of few ways to control a bar fight :
1). Monitor the Room :
It may seem obvious, but it is shocking how often bouncers do not monitor the patron behavior. Too often, once someone is let inside, no one pays any attention to their behaviour until they cause a problem. As soon as a bouncer spots a potential problem, they should make their presence known to the patron causing the problem and communicate with them in a calm and cool manner. If the patron reacts violently, they should be removed from the bar to prevent any chance of a fight. In addition to this, bouncers should reduce the potential for a problem to arise by managing space, moving the patrons apart when needed, and constantly looking for signs of a potential fight.
2). Communicate With The Staff :
Servers and Bartenders constantly interact with customers and more often than not, they can quickly identify llikelihood of a potential fight or altercation. But, many a times they keep their mouths shut and assume that the bouncer will take care of it. Make sure that your entire staff is informing your security staff about the potential fights. This is an effective as well as an efficient way to prevent the fights from happening at the first place.
3). Stop A Fight Before It Starts :
Always stay calm. Let your cadence and body language lessen the tension. Never make assumptions. You’re dealing with drunk alcoholics who have nothing better to do than act like jackasses. So be ready for the worst. If two drinkers start arguing or fighting each other, stand directly between them. If you must, push them apart but don’t repress. Direct your attention to the more aggressive patron. Shift his focus from the other fighter to yourself. While you’re talking to him, have someone remove the less aggressive patron. Once they are out of each other’s sight, the fight will be over before it even started.
Remember, that no man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. So keep your calm and follow these rules to control and prevent a bar fight.