Bars are designed to create ambience. It is not so much as the food and drinks served as it is the surroundings that make it suitable for talking and meeting people. Bars, after all, have been a common congregation spot for people for all ages. In England, they call them pubs, where working men and women gather after work, talk about the day’s events over a draught of beer or watch football.
Lighting for bars and pubs is therefore very important to make your establishment effective and successful. Bar lighting fixtures are usually dim. For one reason, it makes meeting other people a more comfortable affair. It also helps in better eye adjustment and since alcohol is always served, it has the least tendency for glaring light to hurt the eyes. Pub lighting is also the same, although it usually offers more light than bars. Football watching requires more light around the room. Also, it denotes a warmer lighting experience. Overhead lighting fixtures usually consists of hanging lamps and side lighting are made up of wall lamps.
Design-wise, it would depend on the bar or pub design. If you choose a more contemporary design, there are available lighting fixtures for those. However, most bars and pubs settle for the traditional and romantic 40s and 50s feel which can be comforting and inviting.