How to Make a Home Bar

A home bar is a great way to entertain guests in the comfort and privacy of your own home. There are many types of bars you can have at home, depending on your tastes and your budget, and a variety of ways to customize your home bar to fit your needs. You do not need to be a carpenter or a professional bartender to bring the party home. You can make a bar for your home by following these steps.


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    Decide where you want to put your home bar. This will play a large part in determining the size and shape of your bar.
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    Choose a design for your bar. There is a variety of home bars on the market, ranging from simple, portable bars to large u-shaped bars, that allow you to make a bar suited perfectly to your needs. If you choose to have a bar custom-made, there is no limit to your design options.
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    Determine the features that are important to you for a bar at home.
    • Shelving. You will need plenty of shelving on which to display liquor bottles, glasses, beer mugs and anything else you want to use to personalize your home bar. You will also need shelves on which to store bar tools.
    • Refrigeration. A small, under the counter refrigerator will do for most home bars. If electric refrigeration is outside of your budget, you may opt for coolers.
    • Keg storage. Do you want refrigerated keg storage and beer taps, or are you comfortable using an ice tub and a standard keg tap?
    • Wine rack. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can either be decorative or utilitarian, depending on your needs. Your bar at home may even include refrigerated wine storage.
    • Counter space. You may opt for standard-height counter space for your drink prep area and/or raised counter space for bar stools so that people can sit at your bar while you tend it.
    • Overhead wine and champagne glass storage. This decorative way to display stemware usually comes in the form of a series of grooves to slide glass bases into, allowing them to hang upside down.
    • Lighting. If you feel the lighting in your room is not enough for your home bar, you may want to consider any of a number of lighting options, from pendant lighting that hangs over the bar to tube lighting along the display shelves.
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    Find a bar that meets your specifications.
    • Search online for home bar manufacturers.
    • Bargain shop in the classified ads. You can occasionally find used bars in garage sale ads or in "for sale" ads.
    • Contract a carpenter to build a bar to your specifications. This is the most expensive way to make a bar for your home, but it is an ideal way to ensure you get everything you want out of your bar.
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    Stock your bar.
    • Bar tools and supplies. You will need the following basics to get started: cork screws, a bar caddy, cocktail shakers, bar mats, bottle openers, bottle spouts, a blender, straws, toothpicks, cocktail napkins and stirrers.
    • Alcohol. Stock up on your favorite beer, wine (red and white), mixers and the following liquors: vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, bourbon, tequila, schnapps, triple sec and scotch.
    • Glassware. In addition to stemware, you will need shot glasses, beer mugs, rocks glasses and high ball glasses.
    • Garnishes. Keep lime, lemon and orange wedges, maraschino cherries, celery stalks, olives, fruit juices and ice in a cold and easily accessible place in your home bar.


  • Make sure you take electrical outlet and water line placement into consideration when planning where you want to make a bar for your home.
  • If you don't want to put all of the energy into planning each part of your home bar, look into purchasing a complete bar setup online.

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