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What You Need to Have the Perfect Home Bar

Are you dreaming about having your own little bar set upright in the comfort of home? Well, it’s easier than you think! Plus, once all is said and done, just think of how great it will be to have the family and friends over to show it off, along with your new mixology skills! Stop dreaming – it’s time to plan the perfect home bar.


You can really use just about any surface like a bar, but nothing dresses up your rec room like a dedicated pub-style bar!  From DIY plans available n the internet to custom-built masterpieces, home bars come in all shapes and sizes.  Of course, Purewater features several lines of premade bars if you want to keep things economical but classy!

Bar stools add character, colour and texture to your setup. Depending on the height of your bar, you need to consider the right-sized chair to provide enough legroom and distance between neighbouring seats. Larger bar stools with elaborate backs and armrests are lovely, but in a small or tight bar area, simpler backless stools can handle more patrons!  There are many different materials you can choose from and a variety of styles.

Bar décor can also add a nice finishing touch to your home bar.  From pub signs and artwork to lighting, the right posters to the right towels, small accent and decorating flourishes can really transform your bar space to the next level of authenticity.

Stock up on the Essential Liquors

So long as it’s well-stocked, your home bar will be ready to roll. Once you have the actual bar in place you will need to think about what types of spirits and liqueurs you want to have on hand.

Of course, you can customize as you see fit, but these are the essentials for most home bars: Gin, rum, vodka, bourbon, scotch, and tequila. Other liqueurs you’ll want to stock up on include vermouth, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Cointreau or Triple Sec, Sambuca, and Frangelico.

Bar Essentials

You should also have some bar essentials on hand to ensure you can prepare and serve your guests. A good selection to have on hand includes an ice bucket, bar spoon for stirring, muddler, jigger, cocktail shaker, ice cube trays, bottle opener, and kit for rimming glasses. Stock essential drink mixers like club soda, tonic water, ginger ale, cola, orange juice, cranberry juice, and tomato juice. Take the bar to the next level with sliced lime and lemon, olives, Tabasco, mint, and Worcestershire sauce. And don’t forget about coasters!


You should also ensure that you have enough glassware to supply the number of guests you plan to entertain at any given time. It is common and adds an extra touch of class to use dedicated styles of glasses for different drinks, so ensure you have a well-stocked and varied supply in advance. To get your bar ready, purchase a series of rock glasses, Martini glasses, and long drink glasses. You can also purchase whisky glasses if you plan to have any tailored whisky tastings or if it’s your drink of choice. Pint glasses also make a nice addition if you plan to stock beer or have a tap available.

Get ready to entertain in style in the comfort of your own bar! Knowing what you need for your bar will help get you inspired to put your goal into action so that you can have the perfect spot to entertain the friends every Saturday night.

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