Having your own bar at home is not only convenient but also awesome. It cuts down on money spent out at regular bars and keeps everyone in the safety of your own home. If you have thought about setting up a bar in your house here are a few things you will need to help you make it a reality.
Counters and Storage
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Having enough counter and storage space is essential to any home bar. If you don’t have enough storage, you will find yourself using your counter space to hold everything. Then result, no room for anything. Think about all the things you want or need for your bar and go from there to decide how much room your will need. You will have liquor bottles, glasses, appliances and other miscellaneous items. You can use hanging racks to hang wine and other glasses that have stems to add to the aesthetics of the bar and keep things organized and accessible. Having shelves is also a great way to store your liquor and have it on display for everyone to see. If you are usually super organized, having glass doors on your cabinets will also add to the appeal of the bar.
Appliances and Accessories
There are a few key appliances you will need to buy in order to have a great operating bar. First and foremost is a refrigerator. In some countries you will find that they serve their beer warm. In the USA, however, it is ideal to serve it cold. You can purchase a mini fridge that will sit nicely under the counter to house any bottles of beer, juice, or other mixes that you may want to indulge in. If you can, installing a "kegerator" or beer tap system is also a great way to serve cold, draft beers. Along with a mini fridge, a wine chiller is also a nice appliance to add to the list. Wine chillers are designed to store wine bottles at the perfect temperature. If you are into frozen beverages, a nice blender is also a great addition. Make sure you have all the necessary bartending accessories. These include items such as mixing tins, jiggers for measuring liquor, bottle openers, wine keys, and a glass rimmer. Lastly, to add the final touches to any drink, mixing straws and swords for garnishes.
As soon as you walk into a bar one of the first things you may notice are all the decorations and different types of alcohol. One of the best ways to dress up your bar, to make it feel like a bar, are neon signs. These signs can be found at local flea markets or online. Pick one or two brands you love the most and you can light up the room with their logo. If you are big into entertaining, don’t forget seating. Nothing will make you feel like a genuine bartender like having guests sit at your bar. Bar stools can be found in many varieties so you will be able to find the perfect ones to match your bar.
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Alcohol is the reason you are building a bar so this is the most important part. There are so many different types of liquor and beer to choose from it will be hard to narrow it down. You can ask the employees your local liquor store which are the best brands depending on your budget. Have enough of a variety to keep your guests happy but you don’t have to go overboard. Keeping to the basics like tequila, rum, gin and vodka should be enough to suffice. Be careful with this though. Having access to that much alcohol can be dangerous. If you feel like you or your friend's drinking starts to get out of control, looking into alcoholic treatment centers may be something to consider.
Having your own bar is an exciting addition to your home. If you love to entertain then this is an addition that is right for you.