Having a proper home bar is a necessity these days, along with a movie theatre room, game room, and home office lot.
Creating a perfect modern home can be narrowed down to an exquisite design and incorporation of every little detail to suit everyone’s needs. Even if you are a teetotaller you should have a collection of classy spirits to offer your guests. On the other hand, being a party crasher makes you think of creating a space to entertain your guests in home domesticity. Why browse surrounding pubs for a bit of fun if you can get intoxicated at your own residence?
First of all, I want to guide you through the arrangement of a perfect home bar. There is a large variety of bar furniture, from classic to modern design, as well as additional accessories like tall bar stools and proper wine racks on the market. Finding an appropriate location within your house perimeter is second on my agenda. Even if it is a simple built-in bar or a separate party room I will show you an exact guideline. Moreover, I will explain all the essentials that you should have on hand. It does not matter whether you start from a scratch with a ‘Cocktails Book’ in front of you, or you are an advanced player, mixing spirits for years, you are going to set up an amazing Home Bar that would work best for your occasions.
Home Bar Solutions
Entertaining a lot means that you will benefit powerfully from having a proper home bar.
To begin with, you can easily host numerous gatherings, with an extra seating plan accompanied by an additional counter. It is a common sense solution to store spirits, liquors or glasses within reach. By adding a practical serving cart to your collection you can throw a garden party during an exceptionally hot summer. Well chosen accessories double act as focal points for guests. Your invited friends linger around the home bar, reaching out occasionally for a home-made cocktail. On daytime basis, a bar spot is ideally used for serving meals to the family as well as a snack bar.
Types of bars:
- standard home bar,
- free standing bar cabinet,
- wall mounted cabinet,
- serving bar cart,
- bar unit with bottles and glasses storage,
- entertainment cart with a serving tray,
- a microwave cart with storage on wheels,
- kitchen cart,
- drop-leaf kitchen cart,
- kitchen island cart,
- utility bar cart;
A standard home bar or a wall mounted cabinet consists of a table or a dresser with plenty of space for glasses.
Unfortunately, there is limited storage for spirits and wine bottles. It is usually a medium-height bar that comes with two bar stools. If you want to own a home bar with all the extra equipment, buy a sophisticated one with a wooden counter, plenty of stools and additional storage containers for glassware and the wide selection of spirits bottles. You may be only in need of buying additional, fancy appliances to make up the whole look. A refrigerator, an ice maker or a wine chiller do not come usually in a set. There is also a choice between a ‘dry bar’ and a ‘wet bar’. The former means there is no sink, so it must be situated near kitchen utensils. The latter, on the other hand, is equipped with an elaborate plumbing system, therefore, it can be positioned anywhere literally.
A bar cabinet is a very convenient component. You can keep all the necessities close-at-hand without the need to reach out somewhere else.
As I listed above, you can spot in stores units equipped with microwaves, countertops or serving trays. They are well-planned and suitable for everyone’s needs. Glasses and bottles are attractively displayed; there is enough room for snack preparation and the exterior surface allows mixing elegant cocktails.
The most efficient and sensible way to entertain guests provides a serving cart.
It is a lightweight appliance, with wheels to manoeuvre between small gatherings of people. During most times they work as a buffet/server or a kitchen island cart. A serving cart presents a great sight at parties, with a drop-leaf counter for a preparation of sublime drinks. With friends at bay, it changes its main purpose to a plain looking furniture with an extra possibility of locking wheels.
- bar tables,
- bar stools,
- pub sets,
- wine coolers,
- wine racks,
Placing a bar table is an impeccable solution for hosting parties.
Not only it preserves much-needed space but also offers a commodious opportunity for guests to hang around and chat freely. A typical Bar Height Table measures between 40” – 42” Tall and is widely used with home bars. They are tall and sleek in shapes so can perfectly fit in corners where a traditional table could not. Buying two or more bar tables creates casual seating opportunity for simmering down in the amiable atmosphere.
Height is the differentiator between bar stools. You can find three main kinds of these:
- counter stools,
- bar stools,
- stools with a back;
A counter stool is between 22” – 24” tall at the seat which allows putting an elbow on the top surface. Remember to buy one with a footrest because of the unusual seat height. They are the fantastic addition for a kitchen island unit.
A bar height bar stool is commonly 28-32 inch from the floor to the seat. Ideally pair bar stools with 40 – 42-inch bar tables. Those are exactly the same stools you come across in pubs and behind the counter in restaurants. It is easy to notice that they are few inches taller than the average Table-Height Stools. The most common use of Bar Stools is for standard home bars.
Our third choice is a stool with a back. Maybe it takes a little bit of extra space but comfort is the most important factor here. The swivel option allows guests to turn in the desired direction of a host or a television.
Bear in mind the seat width too. Maybe it is going to take up some space but you make it up in comfortability. Your main goal is to arrange a leisure area for your guests. Most stools have from 15 to 17 inches in width. For best snuggle leave approximately 8 inches between each stool.
A pub set is the most common choice for a home bar.
A pub or a bar table softens the line between a mundane table and a special place for unwinding with a beer after a stressful day at work. Having such a casual luxury creates a feeling of actually sitting in a pub around a typical bar table. You can also use it for a morning coffee with your spouse and a drawing table when spending quality time with your children. When deciding on a bar set, think carefully about the design and material it is made of. If you are going to place the pub set outdoors, glass is a perfect choice; waterproof and easy to clean. For indoor use I recommend wood, rattan or metal; it ages with grace and you do not need to worry about the weather conditions.
If you are keen on sipping wine during a party then a wine cooler is the great recommendation for you!
It is designed to keep wine at the perfect temperature. On the market, you can get either a single or dual zone wine cooler. Single Zone is first of all much cheaper than the other one. If you are a moderate drinker, sticking to just white or mostly red wine, it is the best option to go for. Being an avid drinker of both type of wines makes you turn your attention to Dual Zone Wine Cooler. It is a little more expensive but still a good investment. The latter is for those fans of wine who know exactly that various wines must be housed in different, but stable temperatures.
Once you made decision to set up a gorgeous Home Bar, sooner or later you will have to answer a question ‘Where am I going to store all the wine bottles?’
It can be a challenging task as there is a large variety of options on the market to browse. At this point, I am sure that owning a wine rack will exceptionally enhance the value of your wine collection. To add to that it is easy to assemble appliance which appears astonishingly magnificent. Surely your guests will look with an appraisal on your newly bought Wine Rack.
Browsing over the selection in stores, your choice will become obvious. Apart from deciding on the material it is made from, there is a huge variation in prices, depending on the size of a wine rack. Being a wine connoisseur makes you opt for a large one with additional room for storing wine glasses. You can find some amazingly designed wine racks made from wrought iron or wood. Choosing a small unit, think of one with a small counter top attached to the top surface. That will give you a possibility to keep an open bottle in hand for serving purposes.
Mastering the art of bartending
Having a Home Bar makes us invite friends over for a drink.
Here comes the obvious, you want to show off your newest purchase, and mastering basic bartending will make you stand out among your buddies. These days no one gets excited about a shotgun of standard vodka. You can get literally all the booze you dream of in any store. The basics are that any of your acquaintances can fix themselves Rum off the bargain with Diet Coke. Therefore, you ought to master numeral recipes of fancy drinks, based on Champagne, Gin, Rum, Tequila and Vodka. Given enough practice, you will become a perfect bartender in no time. On the top of that, having a well-stocked home bar makes you a perfect host. Start imaging guests waiting in anticipation for their favourite off-the-top-shelf cocktail, gazing admiringly with eager eyes at you…
Home Bar Rules
#1 Impress your guests with a well-stocked bar. Having a wide selection of spirits is a must!
- Bourbon whiskey
- Scotch whiskey
#2 Till now you must have crafted the art of a few cocktails so depending on those, stock up on favourable mixers:
- Tonic water
- Coca-Cola or Pepsi
- Orange/ Tomato/ Apple /Pineapple juice
#3 I am sure that you can be creative when the time needs. Garnishes give something for the eyes as well to nibble on while enjoying the artfully created drink. Different beverages require all sorts of small punches. A cocktail laced with Tequila must be followed by a lemon or lime. In Gin-based tonics, you can often find olives.
When you start to entertain, your beautifully set home bar transforms into a focal point. Guests mill around the Bar, laughing and enjoying themselves; In general, have fun! I hope that my guide has truly inspired you to get started with setting up your own Home Bar as soon as possible.
Guests mill around the Bar, laughing and enjoying themselves; In general, have fun! I hope that my guide has truly inspired you to get started with setting up your own Home Bar as soon as possible.