Nine Home Bar Essentials

home bar essentials

Do you love hosting your friends and neighbours for dinner parties, drinks and game nights? If you love having people over to entertain, a home bar can be a great addition to your home to up your hosting skills and impress your guests. 

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Choose where you’re going to set up your bar, and if you’ll need any new furniture for it. If you have the space, like a large dining room or a basement recreation room, you could invest in a proper bar. A vintage drinks cabinet makes a beautiful addition to a sitting room. If you have less space, a bar cart with a retro bar trolley design could work better. 


To make drinks, you’re going to need the right tools. Start with the basics like a corkscrew and a bottle opener. For pouring spirits, you might want a jigger for accurate measurements. If you’re going to make cocktails, invest in barware like a bar spoon, a muddler, a strainer and of course, a good cocktail shaker. A decanter is a good piece for wine.


Buy the right glassware to improve the quality of your drinks. Pint glasses are obvious, but you’ll also need glasses for wine, cocktails and spirits. Different wine glasses for red and white wine and some flutes for fizz are good pieces. Buy different styles of cocktail glass for different drinks. For parties, add cocktail pitchers or a punch bowl.


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Choose the right spirits. Start with your favourites and basics for good cocktails, like a good gin, vodka, rum and whisky. You can add more spirits later, like a good tequila. Bitters are a good addition if you’re planning to mix cocktails too.


Buy mixers. Choose simple mixers first like lemonade, coke, fruit juices and plain tonic water. Expand your collection later to include some more unusual fruit juices, different flavours of tonic water and other mixers like ginger ale and tomato juice. 


Upgrade your bar set up with some pieces to enhance your favourite drinks or the kind of drinks you most enjoy serving. If you love cocktails or spirits, setting up your spirits in an optic looks professional and make drink measures easier. A mini fridge could be great for keeping mixers or canned drinks cold. A sleek wine rack will look beautiful too. 

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Learn some cocktail recipes, and invest in some cocktail making books for more ideas and to improve your skills. The books will look good on your bar top too.


Add some more advanced bar tools to your collection of basics. A wine aerator is perfect for red wine lovers, or you could treat yourself to an electric corkscrew. If you love a blended cocktail when you’re on vacation, why not add a blender so you can enjoy slush drinks at home. 


Stock up on some drink garnishes, like fruits, herbs and peppercorns. To save on fridge space and waste of fresh garnishes going off before you can use them, freeze them in ice cube trays in small amounts, so they’re ready to go when you need them.

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Hope you found this post useful for your next party!

All pictures in collages are via Pinterest.


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