Mixing a Sazerac Cocktail at a home bar – Photo Courtesy: Caroline Scuro
Many homes now have a fully stocked bar, which provides a bit of flair and entertainment for an evening. We are used to seeing breakfast bars in the kitchen; however, having the ability to serve your dinner or party guests a wide range of drinks and cocktails from your very own bar is seen as a treat.
You are not limited to the type of home bar you install, as there are a wide variety of choices available. Some home bars are extremely simplistic in nature, whereas others are far more sophisticated and encompass all the mod-cons that you would want to see on a night out. This post will introduce you to a number of factors you may want to consider before going ahead and purchasing a home bar.
Different Types of Home Bar
A bar installed in the basement of Jason’s friend’s house and with his 56″ TV, it is a great place to watch the Superbowl! – Photo Courtesy: Jason Dean
A home bar can be situated just about anywhere in your home and many of the modern bars can easily be moved from one spot to another. One of the most common areas to install a home bar in is the basement, as it is out of the way, and can turn an area into a place of recreation and entertainment. Many people choose to install a home bar outdoors, which will look great in the summer next to a barbeque and patio area. You may even decide to purchase a bar that has various accessories and can help you make specialised drinks, such as cocktails.
You don’t have to go with the basic bar, as you will find a vast array of accessories can be added to a home bar. This may include overhead racks, which hold a number of different types of glasses, such as champagne flutes, wine glasses or pint glasses. Many home bars also have many different drawers, which can be used to keep other items, such as bottle openers, napkins, beer mats, or even a cocktail making guide. You could of course go the whole hog and have an ice machine, a dishwasher or a refrigerator.
A home bar is probably best used with the host behind the bar and their guests sat at the bar, whilst enjoying a few drinks and some entertaining conversation. You will need to keep this in mind and decide what type of home bar furniture is best suited to your home’s new addition.
You could have the standard bar stools or perhaps an area with sofas for people to relax and lounge around in. You may even consider having a couple of tables near to the bar, although this will depend on how many people you expect to entertain and also how often you will be using the bar. The whole idea is to provide a real-time bar experience, but all within the comfort of your own home, thus allowing your guests to enjoy the atmosphere of a real bar, whilst being able to relax and enjoy the company of friends without having to part with any money for drinks.
Your furniture may also include many other elaborate items you are used to seeing in a real bar, which will simply enhance the overall experience for your guests.
Aldon Vauhan is an avid blogger and a restaurateur. Aldon’s restaurant is known for its high-class exquisite vintage restaurant furniture.