Have you always dreamed of having a personal home bar? A home bar can be one of the best features of your home, especially if you like to entertain. Before you get started with building a home bar, you should consider which features to include. All home bars aren’t created equal. Make sure yours is customized to fit your home, your family, and your lifestyle. Make it awesome.
Here are some of the most-loved features of a home bar.
All home bars include a serving space in the form of the bar top, but have you considered adding in a workspace as well? A lower back bar counter can be useful for preparing drinks, slicing lemons, and filling those bowls of nuts.
While seating isn’t an absolute requirement of a home bar, it is certainly recommended. You won’t regret giving your family and guests a place to hang out and chat. Allow enough room between chairs or stools for guests to walk around comfortably.
A small sink and plumbing for running water will make the clean up quick and convenient, so you can get right back to your party, minimize the number of glasses you need to store, and skip the big mess at the end of the night.
There are a few different options for storing your glassware. Use racks above the bar, or underneath the bar top, to hang wine and martini glasses. Store beer glasses and cocktail glasses on shelves under the bar. Store all of your glasses upside down to keep the dust out.
Bar Tool Storage
Mixed drinks and cocktails require tools and accessories, such as shakers, stir sticks, and the classic drink umbrellas. Those tools require storage. Build in some sturdy, accessible drawers in your home bar.
Storing all of your different bottles can be a challenge, since your favorite drinks and ingredients may come in bottles of different shapes and sizes. Then there are wine bottles, which must be stored horizontally, if they are sealed with natural corks. The best way to solve this dilemma is to install plenty of flexible shelf storage, plus a wine rack, to accommodate all of your bottles.
To store ice for drinks, and to keep your wine and beer cold, you will need a mini-fridge or wine cooler. A beer keg refrigerator might make a nice addition for beer fans.