Recently I did a series on “What We Love About Home.” One of the things I’ve noticed in the last few years is that people are really investing in their homes. They are really focused on putting love into them and making them spaces where people want to gather. Why go out when staying in is just as fun? One of the ways to really complete a home for entertaining is making a great home bar. If you do it right, friends and family will always want to return to your cozy cantina.
The first thing you will want to do is make sure you are stocked with the right supplies. Here’s a good checklist:
-Ice bucket and tongs: no finger picking, please!
-Bottle coolers: keep your Chardonnay & Champagne at the perfect temperature without the fuss of ice
-Cocktail shaker: Make sure to get a large one since this is for entertaining (at least 2-3 martinis per shaker). The small, personal ones won’t cut it.
-Decanter: let your wine breathe a little!
-Barwear and glasswear
-Coasters: Ack! Rings on your wood are no good.
-Rings for wine glasses: so your Pinot doesn’t get picked up by the wrong person
-Wine fridge: Even for the smallest bar, you will want your wine at the perfect temp.
We have a variety of beautiful decanters in-stock that will fit the style of any home.
Now that you are stocked, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the right furniture. Whatever you are using as your prep station, you will want at a bar height which is at least 36”. This is so you stand and prepare without hunching over. I really recommend that even for the smallest bar you want to get a wine fridge so everything is at the proper temperature, unless you are fortunate enough to have a cellar! Also, you want to make everything really accessible. An icemaker drawer installed in your bar is great to keep you from running back and forth to the kitchen. When you entertain you need a lot of ice, and the freezer is usually already full with party food!
If you have cabinetry, you will want to use for hard liquor and to keep mixers there. Storage for all of this requires a decent amount of space. If you don’t have a lot of space in your bar area little, think about keeping all of your items like glass wear and mixers elsewhere. You will really want to think about how to maximize your space no matter how much you have. Hiring a designer for a couple hours to help you plan the space will be a GREAT investment.
What other things do you find essential for creating a great home bar?