If you like having friends over, a home bar is almost a must. Regardless of the fact that you have children or not, adults like to spice up their evenings with an elegant drink. And, if you want to be the perfect host, you’ll offer them the chance to taste some amazing cocktails at your house.
You don’t need something extremely fancy, but you will need to install a home bar somewhere in the living room. Preferably in an area where everyone can sit down or get out on the terrace to admire your amazing garden. If you already have a bar in place but you feel it’s boring, don’t worry! There are lots of ways to make sure your home bar is the best it can be.
Where To Install
This is the very first step you have to make – installing the bar or creating the area. If you have a spacious living room then it’s more a question of choice. Yet, if your living room is small, adding a fixed structure may not be the best choice.
In this situation, you can use a bar cart. They are in style and very elegant right now. You can buy one made out of wood or metal or you can simply make one yourself. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with a bar cart. Even more, guests will feel comfortable to prepare their own drinks so there will be less work for you.
If the cart is out of the question, any surface can be easily transformed into a bar by simply adding a large tray with drinks and glasses on it.
If you really want a bar, then you need to buy the specific accessories. Start with the stools as there are a wide a range of models out there. You can even find bar stools online for sale so you don’t have to get out of the house to buy them. Just make sure to select a design that fits the general atmosphere. You can find anything, from simple stools with a wooden seat to luxurious ones covered in leather and padded.
Other must-have accessories are the ones every bartender should have:
- Bar spoon
- Cocktail Shaker
- Hawthorne strainer
- A Corkscrew
- Citrus peeler
- Handheld citrus press
Now you’re only missing the skills of a bartender and you can start inviting friends over.
There’s absolutely no reason to keep an empty bar! So, make sure you get everything you need starting with drinks your friends love and ending up with mixers (lime, ice, club soda, syrups, cola, bitters, and so on).
In the end, if you’re not educated in the art of mixing drinks, it’s time to start learning. You can go online or buy a cocktail recipe book, but you must know at least several amazing recipes. It may take a while to learn, but you have time until the next party. People will definitely love watching you in action and tasting those delicious drinks.
In the end, we’re letting you on a little interior design secret: a fixed home bar is the perfect room divider in a large living room. You don’t need any other extra furniture because the bar will create a specific area that is different from the rest of the room.