The Home Bar: A How-To Guide

A home bar is a fantastic addition to any living space to help hosts entertain. With just a few key pieces, you can create an enticing hangout spot for your family and friends. We've put together a simple and practical how-to guide for curating a bar area in your home.


The Bar


oak home bar


The bar is obviously the cornerstone of your bar area, so make sure to choose one you love. The right bar should fit the allotted space and work with your room's decor. It should fit the number of stools you'd like to have and should feel sturdy and comfortable to sit at. We love the oak construction on this bar, which could work everywhere from modern sitting room to a beach house solarium.
AHB Evolution Home Bar in Oak, Hayneedle.com


The Stools


clear bar stool


Use these fun clear stools to keep the area from appearing too cluttered. The see-through chairs don't take up any visual space, making your bar feel much more open.
Vapor Acrylic Bar Stools, CB2 



The Glassware

The proper glassware can make your wine taste better and your whiskey stay colder. Check out these stylish, well-made versions of some classic styles.


rocks glasses

Rocks Glasses: These beauties will do justice to your aged whiskeys and Scotches. How very Mad Men of you!
Danuta Double Rocks Glasses, Cocktail Kingdom


stemless wine glasses

All purpose wine, beer, and more glasses: Stemless is the way to go. We love this Crate & Barrel version-- sturdy, inexpensive, and perfect for everything from a Negroni to a sour ale to a rich merlot. 
Stemless Red Wine Glass, Crate and Barrel 


pink champagne coupes

Champagne coupes: We love the whimsy and delicate nature of these pink coupes. They'll turn any drink into a celebration!  
Rosy-Cheeked Coupes, BHLDN


The Bar Tools

Similar to glassware, the proper bar tools can make or break your cocktails. Elevate your game with our picks.

oxo clear measuring cup

Clear Measuring Cup: It's way easier to learn with this than with a jigger. Don't spend your time worrying about if you poured the right amount-- let this handy tool tell you. 

yarai mixing pitcher and hawthorne strainer

Hawthorne Strainer: Not only will this set keep fruit and ice out of your cocktails, but the Japanese mixing glass will impress your guests while you build their drinks. 

The Little Extras

As every girl knows, accessories can really complete the outfit, and it's no different with home decor. A few well-placed bar accessories can make your guests extra comfortable. 

godinger hershey's kiss candy dish

Nut or Candy Dish: A nut or candy dish tells company right away to relax and stay a while.

arthur court antler napkin holder

Cocktail Napkin Holder: This nature-inspired piece is on trend and will look beautiful atop a wooden bar.

cooper wine bottle cooler

Wine Bucket: Because your wine hates that late summer heat as much as you do.
Cooper Wine Bottle Cooler, Pottery Barn 

We hope this has helped you turn an empty corner of your home into your new favorite bar. Cheers!

This post was written by Lauren.

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