Over the years, the home bar has become a point of pride for many homeowners. And it’s not just men anymore. Women are also taking the time to design and maintain bars that can be used to entertain friends and unwind at the end of the day. But in order to have a good home bar, you need the right items and accessories.
Here are a few of the top bar items that should be on your list.
1. Unique Bar Stools
Sometimes your guests will stand up and mingle, while other times a couple of people will want to sit down at the bar and chat. Adding a couple of bar stools to your home bar can really tie together the visual design.
This is one aspect of the design process that should be unique and fun. If your bar is dark and sophisticated, a pop of color or a unique shape can lighten the mood. You’d be surprised by how many unique collections there are, so do a little shopping and see what you can find.
2. Variety of Liquor
You don’t need to have everything, but a home bar must have liquor. Otherwise, it’s just an awkwardly placed countertop hovering in the corner of the room.
The key is to have a variety of spirits. Make sure you have the basics – a couple of vodkas, gins, whiskeys, bourbons, rums, and tequilas – but you also want to make sure you’re buying stuff that you’ll actually drink. While it’s nice to buy some liquor to impress guests, remember that you’ll be using your bar 10-times as frequently as anyone else.
3. Good Glassware
Almost as important as what’s in the glass is the glass itself. Sure, you can offer guests plastic solo cups, but if you want a more refined experience, make sure you’re adding cool glassware to your collection.
Glassware can actually be a good conversation starter – especially if you choose unique selections like a City Map Glass or these Rossini Flutes. It’s completely fine to mix and match glassware in your home bar. Find a few items that you like and add them over time.
4. Jiggers and Bitters
Okay, these two items don’t really belong in the same category, but it’s pretty fun to say “jiggers and bitters.” Let’s start with jiggers. While you may pour your own drinks by hand and sort of “eye-ball” the measurements, you don’t necessarily want to take this approach when serving guests. That’s why you can’t forget about a basic jigger. Grab a few different sizes and toss them in a drawer.
Bitters are also important for making a variety of drinks. There are a variety of bitters on the market, but you really only need one kind: angostura aromatic bitters. Most cocktails call for them and you really won’t run across much of a need for anything else.
5. Bar Games
The absolute worst thing that can happen at your bar is having a bunch of people awkwardly standing around. For those events and gatherings where people don’t really know each other – or even for the ones where everyone is really close – having a couple of entertaining and simple bar games on hand can liven up the evening. Good choices include Jenga, darts, cornhole, dice drinking games, bar roulette, and, of course, karaoke.
Get Your Bar Stocked Today
With the holiday season approaching, it’s never too early to get your bar stocked and ready to go. From family gatherings to office parties, there are plenty of opportunities to entertain friends and impress them with your newly updated home bar.