For social butterflies who love to entertain, having a well-stocked bar is a must. If you’re starting from scratch, setting up a home bar can seem a bit daunting – but investing in some basic bar tools and some fun add-ons can easily take your home bar to the next level.
Whether you’re new to mixology or you’ve been crafting cocktails for years, here is our guide on setting up a home bar.
first things first: storage
In order to set up your home bar, you’ll need drink storage. If you have the room, bar carts make a great area to store alcohol and drinkware and can add an element of style and design to your living space. We love Southern Enterprise’s 2-tier bar cart.
Otherwise, using the top of a console table makes a great small-space storage solution – just add a tray like this mirrored gallery tray from Two’s Company to dress up the table or countertop.
clink, clink: drinkware
You can’t have drinks without drinkware. We recommend having different kinds of glasses for the various types of alcohol. These pineapple glasses are perfect for fruity cocktails – so cute!
Feeling fancy? This whiskey decanter will help bring a sense of sophistication to your home bar.
back to basics: bar tools
Every home bartender needs to have a set of bar tools. As you develop your mixology skills, the number of tools you’ll want and need will expand – but here are some good items to start out with.
This 4-piece bar set includes nearly everything a budding bartender needs – a bottle opener, scoop, corkscrew and jigger. Plus, it comes with a nice stand to hold everything easily.
We also love this cocktail shaker – perfect for whipping up drinks at parties (and looking like you really know what you’re doing!).
spice it up: bar accessories
Once you have the essentials, it’s fun to dress up your bar with some cool accessories – like this iceless wine bottle chiller or corkscrew wine opener. Wine lovers, rejoice. This lets you open wine with the push of a button (literally).
Having a party? List out your signature cocktails with this chalkboard menu.
I’ll drink to that
Now that you’ve set up the home bar, you’re ready to do the most important part: drink some delicious cocktails. Cheers!