Cheers to the Home Bar!
One item clients are expressing interest in more and more is a home bar. It gives you a chance to mix up a cocktail for friends and guests in a very cosmopolitan way! Today, I thought I’d offer some tips on the must-haves for a fabulous home bar!
1. A Dedicated Ice Maker
A dedicated under-counter ice maker is a luxury, yes, but if you entertain a lot and host more than a guest or two, it’s also a necessity. No trips to the kitchen, no having to go to the store for bagged ice - it’s always there for you, with perfect icy cold cubes!
2. Under-Counter Refrigeration
I love beverage drawers. Everything is so easy to see, and there’s no need to pull out items first to get to that one item in the back. This means they are also an efficient use of space as well.
3. Climate Controlled Wine Storage
Most, if not all clients, want climate-controlled wine storage for their special bottles, either in the kitchen, or in a dedicated wine room like I created for my wine-enthusiast University Park clients, below. They are serious about their wine, so we went for a full-height, counter depth unit, for maximum storage capacity.
4. Wet or Dry?
Clients often wonder if they need a sink at their bar (a wet bar), or not (a dry bar), and the answer is either! I think wet bars were a must back in the day, but in the age of bottled water they aren’t really necessary. Bar sinks are nice, but they are too small to really be of much use, so If there isn’t a nearby pipe to pull from, I’ll often just skip the bar sink in a renovation.
5. A Well-Stocked Bar Cart
A well-stocked bar cart is a great substitute for a built-in bar, especially in smaller homes and apartments. You just need the basics: an ice bucket, a shaker, some pretty bottles of your favorite liquors and small bottles of tonic and bubbly water, essential bar tools, a few glasses and you are good to go!
6. The Idea of a Cocktail
In a studio apartment, sometimes you don’t really have space for even a bar cart, but you can always make your guests feel welcome with the idea of a bar, even if you don’t have any room! A cute vintage ice bucket, and a couple of bottles of liquor you can serve on the rocks would be a cute stand-in for a dedicated bar space, and you can easily slide over to your kitchen area to make anything more complex. It’s really just a symbol to put guests at ease, and let them know you are a welcoming host!
For more home bar inspiration, please visit my Raising the Bar Pinterest board.