A home bar is much more than a counter with a bunch of booze on it! There is a lot that goes into the planning and execution of building one, and with some foresight, it’s actually really easy. In this post, I want to show you some easy tips for planning the actual bar itself, the stemware, and where to get discounts on stocking it up.
The physical bar can really be anything you like it to be. If you want there to be a space on the backside for someone to serve drinks it will take more planning, but it can also be a long counter with an ice machine and running water. The water aspect of it makes it much more self-sufficient than just a counter would be. It can be in any room of the house if it has water so that you don’t have to run back and forth to the kitchen for everything. This is much easier to do when your bar is in a room that’s next to a bathroom since there are already water pipes nearby. A bar faucet can be as simple or elegant as you like, and when paired with a farm sink you have a recipe for the perfect home bar cocktail!
The type of stemware that you use depends on what you drink, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money for any of it (unless you really want to). Find a restaurant supply store in your area and you will be able to buy the same stuff that your favorite local bar uses. The best thing about shopping this way is that you can buy by the case to save money.
Shopping for liquor can cost more than installing the bar, so it’s important to cut as many expenses as possible. Many people will build the collection as they go to spread the cost out, but if you don’t want to do that you can get liquor much cheaper at places like Costco and Bevmo! than anywhere else.
A home bar is a great addition to any home. Be sure to plan it all out ahead of time so that you can get it all put together with as few problems as possible.