The home bar is a beautiful thing. A private oasis for some, an excuse to party every weekend for others, the home bar is a place where you can “pick your poison” any day of the week, and invite friends to perch themselves during the game on Sunday. If you don’t have a home bar, it’s high time you took another look at the benefits. Sure, your significant other might not want to dip into the children’s college fund to knock out that dividing wall between the kitchen and lounge room and put in track lighting and a disco ball just yet, but truth be known, it doesn’t take a great deal of space to create a home bar, and you certainly needn’t renovate the house for it. Follow along for our How To Guide for the Perfect Home Bar.
Designate an Area:
If you have a den or “man cave”, you pretty much have the perfect setting for a home bar. However, if you have smaller quarters, or if you live in an apartment - the corner of the lounge room is begging to be turned into a home bar. Be strategic, and keep it compact by building ‘up’ instead of ‘out.’ An overhead glass bar rack in a smaller space looks great and saves a lot of room.
Pick your theme:
A Tiki Bar brings the flavor of the Polynesian beach culture inside. A Tiki bar can transport you instantly to the islands - the sounds of the steel drum band and waves crashing as you sip an exotic cocktail under a palm tree. Put some festive margarita glasses on the bar and deck it out with some bamboo or thatching on the front of the bar, or even create a little palm leaf or grass thatched roof that sits above the bar bench.
The Sports Lounge is a place where the boys can get rowdy with a few beers watching a football game, argue tennis scores over a honey deuce or scotch and soda, or enjoy a refreshing G&T during the America’s Cup. All you need is a few Football Party Coasters, a Nascar Beer Pitcher, and an NHL or MLB Calendar, or a Sports Scoreboard Print on the wall.
The traditional pub setting is a cozy retreat for friends who drop by, and requires very little creativity. Emulate a cozy fishing lodge or hunting cabin with Rustic Metal Signs, some fishing nets, or a moose head, or create an Irish pub theme by putting up an Irish Flag Pub Sign. Sláinte!
A classic Martini Lounge or Wine Bar theme doesn’t have to cost you a mint. You can easily add sophistication and class to a home bar with the right accents. Personal Creations wine inspired photography framed prints add a touch of elegance to your home bar. Each letter of your first or last name is represented by an image captured in a black-and-white photograph of something wine related.
Build the Foundation:
It can be as simple as a pre-built Tiki Bar (which can be bought for as little as $150), or as sophisticated as a leather paneled hardwood number with foot rails and arm rests. Check out yard sales, estate sales, Craigslist and eBay, or enlist a friend to help you build a custom wood bench. There are plenty of websites that will give you step-by-step guides to building your own bar and you can show off your handiwork over a cold brew when you are done.
Stock the Bar:
Any self-respecting publican or bartender makes sure he or she has all the right tools. You’ll need glassware and cocktail equipment and of course, a stocked bar. A small bar fridge is imperative if you don’t want to be running to the kitchen for beer during the game, but if a fridge is not viable, a Galvanized Beverage Tub with Stand will work for parties. A liquor cabinet with a sturdy lock on it is always a good idea, especially if children share the house. The basics you should have on hand are:
Glassware – You should have stemmed Wine Glasses; Stemless Wine Glasses; Short Glasses; Martini glasses; Shot Glasses; Champagne Flutes; High Ball (tall) Glasses; Margarita Glasses; Barrel Beer Mugs; standard Beer Mugs and Giant Beer Mugs. A Glass Pitcher is also handy, especially for entertaining. Personal Creations offers a Man Cave Pitcher and a Nascar Beer Pitcher. Both are great for any home bar.
Cocktail Equipment – You need at least one shaker, a strainer, a little cutting board and knife for garnish, a double jigger (measure), a muddler, wine and bottle opener, a bar spoon (stirrer), and ice tongs. Personal Creations Stainless Steel Bar Set with Stand has your cocktail bases covered, and the stand comes personalized with the monogrammed initials of the bartender (you!)
The finishing Touches:
Browse Personal Creations home bar décor for the perfect accents for bars in any theme. Buy a Floral Initial Coaster Set or elegant wooden Wine Bottle Box for your classic Martini Lounge or Wine Bar, or for the Sports Lounge theme, personalize a Nascar Beer Pitcher or set of Beer Coozies with your name in respect to your favorite sports.
If you are one of the lucky ones with a home bar in the den, welcome people with a Personal Creations exclusive doormat. Our Mixed Marriage Doormat reads: “[your last name]’s Mixed Marriage,” and each partner’s preferred drink with their name on it. For example, if one of you loves beer, and the other loves margaritas, the doormat would sport a picture of each drink with the corresponding name written on the glass. And if you are going with the Tiki theme, get behind the bar in a Tiki Lounge T-Shirt and serve your guests in style.
You’ll be surprised by just how easy it s to create your very own Home Bar. With a little inspiration and very little money down, you can create an oasis for you and your closest friends, or an entertainment area for every celebration. Cheers!