Home Bar Ideas
Tips for Stocking Your Bar
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Guests are sure to find their way to this home bar. Bright blue paint handily differentiates the cocktail center from the adjacent kitchen. Playfully patterned dishware and brightly hued trays partner with two stainless-steel refrigerators to make this a one-stop spot for serving snacks and mixing drinks.
Setting up a home bar can be as simple as stocking a wheeled bar cart or kitchen cart with liquor, mixers, glassware, and other necessary supplies. Bar carts offer plenty of advantages. They don't take up much room; they supply stylish profiles; and they can be moved from room to room as needed.
Extending out from a windowed corner, this handsome home bar takes its cue from the room's British-study leanings and paneled woodwork. A back-bar mirror, strikingly shaded pendant lights, and a white marble bar top draw attention to the drink station, which is outfitted with cozy leather seating.
Retractable doors slide back to reveal this kitchen's entertaining hub; when the party's over, the doors close to put bar functions under wraps. Equipped with a designated wine coolor and an undercounter fridge for holding garnishes, beer, and chilled snacks, this home bar also provides homeowners with a prep sink, easy access to glassware, and gadget storage below. An adjacent pullout pantry keeps chips, paper goods, and extra bar supplies near at hand.
A drawer with a hinged, drop-down front handily converts a chest of drawers into a small home bar. The drawer slides out to act as an easily accessed tray of sorts that holds glassware and extra mixers within easy reach of bar operations arranged on the dresser top.
This small home bar combines refined forms with hardworking function. The upper cabinets and the marble counter and backsplash provide panache, while a pretty vessel sink and small wine fridge expand the alcove's utility.
Folks will flock to this elegantly appointed home bar that makes the most of a kitchen corner. Arts and Crafts details, custom cabinets, and marble countertops fashion a sophisticated stage for displaying heirloom barware, serving fine wines, and blending fancy cocktails.
A small home bar setup makes the most of a stretch of countertop near this kitchen's microwave and eating area. It tucks into the corner until a party's on tap; then, bartending functions and drink service aligns along the countertop and breakfast bar.
Do like these space-savvy homeowners did: Place your home bar setup outside the kitchen's work core. Guests can serve themselves without intruding in the chef's territory. When possible, include cabinets, counter space, and a sink in your home bar design so you will have everything you need in one spot. Locate the bar between the kitchen and dining area, sitting room, or other space where guests are most likely to gather.
Oversize letters spelling out bar direct guests to this spacious home bar. The galley-style butler's pantry puts storage and surfaces on two sides of an aisle that connects to the kitchen. On the right side, shelves rise above shallow cabinets to provide custom storage for glassware and smaller bar accessories. The opposite wall accommodates two refrigerators, a sink, deep countertops, and a bounty of cabinets.
On the Move
Operating as a movable kitchen island and home bar, a vibrant, zinc-top rolling cart makes a splash wherever it's used. Cubbies and shelves corral wine bottles and barware, while baskets and bins organize jiggers, juicers, swizzle sticks, and paper umbrellas.
Old-world interiors accommodate new-world drink service when outfitted with contemporary conveniences, such as a dedicated sink, cabinets galore, and ample prep surfaces. Although the cabinets wear distressed patinas, the mirrored tile backsplash gives this home bar design a modern, urban outlook.
With the elan of an old-world bistro or pub, this home taproom does bar service right! The period-perfect setting satisfies barkeepers' needs and cocktail drinkers' desires in a designated area that includes a back bar replete with a hallmark mirror and recessed cabinets. A sink and countertop set just below the stone-tiled bar top ensures smooth service for those hanging out on cushioned bar stools.
Shop home stores, antiques shops, and tag sales for freestanding bars, bar cabinets (check out this piece's foot rail), or tall cupboards that you can use to keep all your bartending accessories stored, organized, and accessible. If you want the furniture piece to do more than store, choose a cabinet with a top surface that is at a comfortable height for mixing and setting cocktails.
Pretty and Practical
With a look that's more tearoom than tavern, this home bar takes a charming turn thanks to cheerful white and blue hues, furniturelike base cabinets, a pearlescent backsplash, and delightfully detailed upper cabinets. Function resides inside the capacious cabinets and atop the long countertop, which houses a sink and offers a hardworking prep and serving surface.
This small home bar operates out of a custom furniture piece designed to tuck between floor-to-ceiling cabinets, within steps of a preferred gathering area. Mirrors line the back of the glass-door cabinets and central prep surface to amplify light and make glassware and bottles sparkle. A wine fridge and drawers provide below-deck storage for drinks and cocktail-making supplies.
High-end finishes, designer wallpaper, a crystal-beaded fixture, and silver serving pieces give this home bar the look of a lounge where only the finest vintage wines are served. Note that the custom base cabinets are shallower than traditional base cabinets; opting for shallower cabinets allows for a home bar that doesn't interfere with passing-through foot traffic.
This steel factory cart provides closed and open storage, flat surfaces, and a stylish silhouette that's needed for a home bar. When shopping for a rolling cart to use as a home bar, bring measurements of the area where you plan to place the cart. Be sure to consider depth as well as length because you'll want the cart to fit through doorways and not intrude into traffic paths.
Just like your favorite watering hole, this finely detailed home bar serves up a cozy atmosphere, cushy barstool seating, and ample surface for resting elbows and drinks. Storage and preparation surfaces are set in an arched niche, which allows the bartender room to concoct cocktails out of the way of guests but still be part of the conversation.
Centrally placed wine bottle inserts turn a short run of cabinets into a small home bar with plenty of purpose. Trays up top organize bottles, glasses, and fixings; a butcher-block countertop acts as a cutting board when it's time to slice limes and lemons or chop some mint.
Complete with a mirror-paneled refrigerator, gleaming metal prep sink, and marble surfaces, this chic cabinet configuration works as both a butler's pantry and home bar. Situated in a kitchen eating area, the station serves up coffee at breakfast, midafternoon tea, and after-5-p.m. cocktails.
Stocked and ready for service, this home bar assembles entertaining essentials in one spot. Custom-designed open and divided cubbies store wine, liquor, and glassware. A run of lower cabinets houses an under-the-counter fridge that holds bottles of white wine, beer, and soft drinks; the bar sink and countertop make preparing garnishes, mixing drinks, and cleaning up a breeze.
Set between a wine fridge and comfy banquette, this small home bar makes the most of limited space. The design features a wall-mount faucet and a petite undermount sink that ensure generous stretches of countertop remain open for bar service. Two tiers of upper and base cabinets provide loads of storage for party supplies.
Home bars are equally at home in kitchens, living rooms, studies, and outdoor entertaining spaces. The goal is to place the bar where it will get plenty of use; then consider the needs and preferences of those likely to tap its contents, and stock it accordingly. This home bar (complete with an undercounter fridge) was designed to span the wall beneath a large window; two tall cabinets on the sides stylishly complete the look.