Hospitality venues are perhaps the most natural settings for playlists. Whether it’s a restaurant, bar, café, all day food venue, gastropub, hotel lobby, wedding venue stock offering or conference venue, there’s bound to be an opportunity to increase your customer experience.

The music in these environments is a chance to create an ambiance befitting of your brand. There may be a requirement for the playlists to peak every 90 minutes to cater for a changing audience, or you might need something with a longer build up. Sometimes the playlists need to convey an atmosphere as soon as a customer walks through the door and require something more continuously upbeat but ultimately not too wearing on customers already in your venue, or indeed the staff working in those venues.

Hospitality venues tend to have long opening hours, meaning the playlist may need to change over the course of the day. Perhaps early mornings can be covered with something light, such as classical music, the playlist can build to pop and upbeat classics over the lunch to early afternoon period, and something a bit more funky for the evenings?

I’ve enjoyed all the venues mentioned above and each one has a different feel. The common theme is always to provide a good background canvas against which people can enjoy the company of others. There should be a good mix of familiar, classics, lesser-known and current music. There should be some tracks that are familiar to your customers as it provides a subtle grounding effect as the playlist wanders off into unknown territory; subconsciously your customers will acknowledge it will return to tracks they know and they’ll enjoy the journey.

As part of the process, I’d advise asking staff working in your venue to trial sections of the playlists as they’re being created. They have to work whilst listening to them all day, every day, and if they enjoy the music then so will the customers.

The possibilities are endless, which is why I’d prefer to complete this type of playlist after a visit to the premises, both during trading hours and when the venue is empty to audition tracks so that I can understand your customer audience and venue. This may not be possible at the moment (March 2021) but I hope things will get better soon for all hospitality venues.

There’s a sample playlist below. I’ve also included a number of related playlists which may be of interest as you audition my playlists. Please do get in touch for a no obligation chat if you’d like to discuss anything further.

Sample Hospitality Playlist

Sampler: Hospitality


▶ DIRECT LINK

https://spoti.fi/3b3UAjj

ℹ DESCRIPTION

Hospitality Venues. Wedding venue: stock playlists. Cafés and bars: coffee lounging to late night drinks. Restaurants and hotels: conversational and the right vibe. (See also Bar By Day, Bar By Evening, Luxury Evening, Late Sessions and Seasonal playlists)

⏱ LENGTH

35 tracks, 2 hours 28 minutes

📅 INFO LAST UPDATED

1st March 2021


Related Playlists

The Bar By Day


▶ DIRECT LINK

https://spoti.fi/2IpGU6s

ℹ DESCRIPTION

Lounging, brunch, coffee, afternoon relaxation in the bar. If I owned a bar, I’d want to hear these upbeat tunes during the day. Originally this playlist was called “Tracks I wished Radio 2 would play.”

⏱ LENGTH

87 tracks, 5 hours 52 minutes

📅 INFO LAST UPDATED

15th November, 2020

The Bar By Evening


▶ DIRECT LINK

https://spoti.fi/38uIlvb

ℹ DESCRIPTION

Dinner at 9, drinks at 10, dancing after 11. Tunes to enjoy in the evening. Inspired partly by The Sugar Lounge in Manchester which has long since gone.

⏱ LENGTH

52 tracks, 3 hours 55 minutes

📅 INFO LAST UPDATED

17th November, 2020

Luxury Evening


▶ DIRECT LINK

https://spoti.fi/3eKfTGZ

ℹ DESCRIPTION

Give your evening a luxurious twist with some grooves… Designed to add luxurious sounds to your evening without sounding like you’re in a bar. They should sound fresh and relaxing.

⏱ LENGTH

105 tracks, 8 hours 21 minutes

📅 INFO LAST UPDATED

15th November, 2020

The Late Sessions


▶ DIRECT LINK

https://spoti.fi/3kiM3dQ

ℹ DESCRIPTION

Late night listening. Acoustic, electronic, laid back… an eclectic selection with a bit of everything guaranteed to improve your evening. Perfect for late evenings and my favourite playlist.

⏱ LENGTH

152 tracks, 11 hours 27 minutes

📅 INFO LAST UPDATED

15th November, 2020

Christmas 2020


▶ DIRECT LINK

https://spoti.fi/2IBkT4Y

ℹ DESCRIPTION

New Christmas songs, classics, covers and remixes. Start your Christmas party or cosy up by the fire. Something for everyone.

⏱ LENGTH

44 tracks, 2 hours 24 minutes

📅 INFO LAST UPDATED

14th November, 2020

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