Do you enjoy entertaining guests at home? Do you enjoy a drink or two after a long day at the office? If you answered yes to both, then having a properly stocked bar in your home is highly necessary.
Setting up a home bar is not as complicated as it looks. You can use your kitchen island if installing a separate countertop isn’t possible, you just need to smartly integrate the fume along. Some kitchen installations have a bar that’s elevated from the kitchen island counter. It’s really flexible, now you just need to match the perfect bar stools for a perfect night out with friends.
Setting Up A Home Bar
You do not need a permanent bar to be able to invite friends over for drinks. However, there are things you need to know and understand before setting up your bar. If your kitchen has already been installed, as mentioned above, you can opt for an elevated bar counter.
You need to measure up and see how big of a space you can accommodate for a bar.
If there’s not a lot of space in your room, a bar cart would also do, it’s space saving and you can move it around too. You’ve probably seen those globe bars that covers your precious wines when not in use, it’s cute and classy and doesn’t take a lot of space.
Movable bar cabinets are a good option if you have enough space and likes to move furniture around.
You can also opt for a portable bar table/console that you can easily store away when not in use (which is unlikely).
Lastly, there are adjustable single tables like the one in the above photo, and you can get matching adjustable bar stools.
How To Choose Bar Stools
The Right Height
Depending on the bar you have or choose, get bar stools that would match its height. As you measured the bar, so should you measure your stools. That’s why adjustable Yaheetech Bar Stools, which are a good match for your dining chairs are perfect if people in your home (and friends too) have diverse height. It could easily be adjusted to their comfort, making sure that there’s enough leg space from the bar, and that they can rest their feet on the floor.
Fabric and Upholstery
There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to bar stool fabric and upholstery, metal or wood, button tufted or leather. Choose bar stools that match your overall interior. You can look into these five popular bar stools from the Yaheetech store to get ideas and inspiration.
Right Match or Not
Aside from the height to match your bar, the colors of your bar stools should complement the look of your interior. It’s not always being uniform with a style but you can use the same style of stools in different colors to add some vibe.
Some stool legs could not only be noisy when dragged around, they could also damage your floor. It doesn’t matter if it’s metal or wood, consider your flooring when you choose bar stools. In any event, you can always put felt stripping to minimize noise and scratching.
How to Stock Your Bar
You don’t have to be an expert when it comes to mixing drinks. However, you need to stock up on some stuff to make sure that you are mixing your drinks properly.
Get Your Favourites
First, make sure you stock your bar with alcohol that you enjoy drinking. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing spirits you think others would love, choosing drinks you prefer is a proper thing to do. After all, it is your bar and you are its main customer. Besides, choosing the spirits you enjoy would give you time to learn how to mix and concoct different alcohol variants. Then, when you have guests over, you can let them sample your signature drinks.
Start with a Few
Second, don’t attempt to create a full working bar from the get-go. Start small; meaning, you only need to buy a few spirits to stock in the bar. You can add to your collection gradually. Remember, setting up your home bar is not a race to the finish. It’s not a sprint where speed is of key importance. Think of it as a leisurely walk in the park; enjoy stocking your bar and take pleasure from seeing your collection grow.
Learn How to Mix Cocktail Favourites
If you plan to mix your own drinks, start with your favorite cocktail. Buy the ingredients you need to make it. If you enjoy a glass of martini, then buy a bottle of gin and vermouth. Having the necessary ingredients to mix a cocktail or two is a good place to start. Once you get the hang of mixing drinks, then you could expand your selection so you can start mixing other cocktails.
Third, buy what you need to ensure that your home bar is properly stocked. Earlier, we mentioned that you should start with a bottle of gin. It’s a versatile spirit that can be used as base for a variety of cocktails. You should also buy a bottle of vodka, which is perfect for mixing drinks. Other drinks you should have in stock are Scotch whisky (Scotch-inspired liquor), Bourbon whiskey (a liquor of Irish and American descent), tequila, and rum.
Since a bar is typically where you mix drinks, you need mixers to complement the above-mentioned spirits. Club soda, tonic water, soda (Coke, 7-Up, or Sprite), juices (orange, tomato, pineapple, or cranberry), and ginger ale are some of the famous mixers that bartenders use when mixing drinks. Don’t forget to buy garnishing, too, such as lemon, lime, olive, salt, and of course, ice.
Invest in Glassware
Finally, buy glassware and other items necessary to mix drinks. Drinking is more enjoyable when you’re using the right glass, so make sure you have martini glasses, wine glasses (for both red and white wine), beer mugs, Scotch glasses, and tall glasses. It’s also a good idea to have a martini shaker and strainer handy.
There you have it – everything you need to know when it comes to setting up a home bar to how to choose bar stools, and keeping it properly stocked.
What’s your favorite cocktails aside from Irish coffee? (Yes, it’s listed as a cocktail too and we enjoy it at times). Have you tried Soju and Yakult? Let us know in the comments what you recommend!
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