Mixology at home.  Elements of a great home bar.

Posted by Molly Sowry

Mar 06, 2017

Reservations are not required when you have your own bar at home. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply want to sit back with a nice cocktail at the end of a long day, it’s nice when you can enjoy a good drink in your own home. Having a bar in your home is also great for entertaining.

With so many options for designing a bar, where do you start? Here’s a handy list to work from when turning your space into a stylish pub:

Cabinetry – This should be customized according to the drinks you will stock. If you like a good glass of wine, be sure to include cabinets that include a way to stock your wine collection, such as open wine storage. Your cabinets should also provide easy access to your stemware. Glass front cabinets are a nice way to show off your glassware or collectibles. Another option is under cabinet stem glass holders which will free up space in the cabinets.

Plumbing – If your bar is located off of your kitchen or close to it, consider putting in a bar sink that corresponds well with the kitchen sink. Same with the faucet. Whatever your kitchen faucet style may be, find a bar faucet in the same product line or one that looks closely like it in the same finish. This offers continuity.

Appliances – Your home bar will likely include a refrigerator of some kind. Depending on how you like to entertain, it can house wine or other beverages. Choose one that fits your space and works with the rest of the room. If space allows, you may want to add in an ice maker for convenience. 

Backsplash – If you want your bar to fit in with the rest of the room, use the same backsplash as you have if it’s off of your kitchen. If you want to make it stand out a bit, go with a different texture or color.
Add some personality - If you like rustic, you might want to clad the front of your bar with reclaimed wood. If you like transitional, go with a mirrored backsplash and recessed paneled cabinets. If you are a minimalist, how about flat panel cabinets with quartz countertops? We have installed stained glass as a glass cabinet front for one of our clients because it was a family heirloom. This is the area where you can add in some fun.

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