I love sipping a cocktail at one of my favorite restaurants, but heading out for a drink isn’t always an option (especially over the past year). Having a dedicated home bar means you can craft a beverage from the comfort of home. Plus, your guests will be delighted with the options!
Integrating a home bar doesn’t require a kitchen remodel – in fact, you can complete a setup in one afternoon. Keep reading to learn how to set up a bar in 3 simple steps!
The perfect place for a bar isn’t necessarily where you have the most amount of space. Look for an area that flows with your entertaining space: the kitchen, dining room, or living room are all great options for a home bar. A bar in the basement is another popular option, but if you rarely spend time down there, it will end up becoming a hassle.
Just about every home has a bit of space that you don’t quite know what to do with. An empty corner, nook, or even a small closet can be transformed into a functional home bar. Remember, a simple set up doesn’t require a lot of space when you get creative with shelves, cabinets, and tables.
Now that you found your space, you can take measurements and decide on your presentation. Take a look at some popular options:
A bar cart is compact and moveable – making it easy to roll out to the living room after dinner or the patio when the weather is warm. When organized neatly, a bar cart makes a stylish statement in any room.
Any console table, sideboard, credenza, or buffet can be transformed into a functional bar. Use the cabinets to store seldom-used glassware and liquor, and place a tray on top for your most-used items. You can even opt to take all the cabinet doors off, leaving an open display.
A built-in wet bar is the ultimate home bar, and the options are endless. Do you want hanging racks for glassware, or cabinets above the sink? A wine fridge can be added, a backsplash can elevate the style, and the counter is the ideal space to mix up your favorite drink.
Even if your go-to is a glass of wine, having the essential tools on hand makes it easy to craft new drinks for when guests visit. Here are some basics to get you started:
Now that your bar is set up, all you need to do is learn how to mix the perfect drink! Let me know what you’ll be sipping on this week!