How To Build and Stock a Home Bar

How To Build and Stock a Home Bar
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    You may have reserved a portion of your home for a mancave, i.e., an area where you can retreat and hang out with friends.


A home bar for mancave is considered the ultimate feature. It’s not such an impossible dream as it may seem at first. Many people can accomplish it as a do-it-yourself project, or you can hire a contractor. In either case, it will ultimately fall to you to stock the bar with the required drinkware and liquor.

Tips for Design/Building

A home bar project can range from simple to complicated. Before you get started, you should make sure that the space has what you need, e.g., an outlet in which to plug in a refrigerator. If not, it is easier to plan a different site for your home bar than to rewire the space.

Decide which features you want for your home bar. A drink rail for pouring is not a necessity, although it does make a nice feature. However, you may want to think about having a drip lip or a drip tray to catch any spills.

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      some home bar stuff ideas to consider      

Be sure your bar has the right dimensions. A standard bar is 42 inches high with a top 16 to 20 inches wide, including the molding. Bar stools are typically 30 inches high, but not all conform to this standard. Stools are typically spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. Make sure to take careful measurements before you start cutting anything.

You can get a unique look for your bar by using different materials, such as stone or metal. Try to choose those that are recycled or sustainably sourced.

Tips for Stocking

Once you have your home bar built, the next task is stocking it. You can’t serve any drinks without glasses to put them in, so acquire your drinkware first. You’ll need different types of glasses depending on whether you serve drinks with or without ice.

Coupe glasses are used for cocktails with no ice, while Collins glasses are used for drinks served with crushed ice. As implied by the name, rocks glasses are used for drinks that you serve over ice cubes or, as an alternative, ice balls.

You will also need equipment for mixing drinks. These may include blenders, which require an electrical outlet, shakers, and mixing glasses. You will also need utensils, such as a 30-centimeter bar spoon. If you plan to juice your own fruits, you will need a fruit press and a strainer.

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      some home bar tool ideas to consider      

When it comes to purchasing alcohol, of course it is important to choose liquors that you like. However, if you plan to serve other people, be sure to stock a supply of base spirits that go into a wide variety of drinks:

  • Bourbon
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Whiskey
  • Vodka

Go easy on your wallet by not choosing the most expensive offerings.

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You should also keep staple mixers on hand so you can make cocktails. These include soda water, vermouth, bitters, and tonic.

Instead of buying simple syrup, you can make it at home with an equal mix of water and cane sugar. Ultimately, the types of cocktails you plan to make determine the mixers you should buy.

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