If you do a lot of entertaining, chances are you have, or wish you had a bar. A home bar is fun, can look extremely elegant and is a great gathering place for parties and a nice alternative to the traditional, stuffy liquor cabinet.
Here are 5 ways to get the ultimate home bar:
Go English. There is a reason pub culture is such a major cornerstone of life in the United Kingdom: they are comfortable! Red velvet stools and warm overhead lighting are a fun, thematic touch to a home bar that will draw people in and make them want to stay for that extra pint.
Build around the bar. Most good bars are not just places to sit and drink, they offer activities. Consider pieces such as a pool or ping pong table, dart boards or big-screen TV to make the place more than just a watering hole and a place to grab a drink and have fun with friends as you would in any other neighbourhood bar.
Keep to a theme. If you bar is off your kitchen or your living room, even in your basement or rec-room, make sure it doesn’t clash. This goes without saying for any addition to your home, but keeping with colour schemes, even choices in wood and cabinetry will help you blend the bar into the rest of your house. That’s not to say that it shouldn’t have character – a good bar always does.
Play with lighting and decorating. A home bar is a great place to experiment with some out-there light fixtures. Things that may be too eclectic for the kitchen or dining room can work great in a bar because the expectations are so much different. Add some funky decorations and inject some of your or your family’s unique character with original pieces of art, funny family photos or items you’ve collected while travelling.
Keep it stocked. An unstocked bar is just another counter. A good bar should always have one of everything, or at least to make your basic cocktails and high-balls. If you reserve the beer, wine and liquor behind the bar for entertainment purposes only, you will not have to worry about having things in stock when friends and family come over for a drink.
Home bars are charming. They add an undeniable element of fun to any home and are usually talked about by those who don’t have them. Depending on how sophisticated you want to get, they can require some plumbing, and definitely some electrical, but pay attention to the above five tips and you can have your own home bar up and running in no time!