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5 Essentials for Your Home Bar

Make your home bar as welcoming as your local pub and raise a glass to the end of a long day, celebration, or holiday. Whether you're hosting a party or simply serving cocktails for two, here you'll find everything you need for a stocked and streamlined bar space that goes far beyond just a few bottles in a cabinet.

1. Space to Serve (and Store)

You can carve out a functional bar space regardless of how much room you have available. Classic freestanding home bars come in a variety of sizes and styles and provide storage for spirits, glassware, and other essentials either out in the open or contained discreetly.

A bar cart is a versatile addition because it can be used as a full bar in a smaller home or a secondary bar for larger events and still provides room for all your happy hour favorites. If you already have a built-in bar in your home, consider adding wine racks, a liquor cabinet, or wine cooler to keep your space tidy.

2. Stylish Seating

You can't belly up without a proper seat, so if you have a traditional bar area, bar stools are a smart addition. Surround your built-in bar or standalone home bar with stools, or if you're using a cabinet without much surface area, add a pub table to provide extra seating. Read our bar stool buying guide and shop by height, style, and finish to find the right fit for your space.

3. Tools of the Trade

Be sure to have a variety of glasses to serve your favorites. Most drinks can be served in pint glasses, wine glasses, or highball glasses, and you can add to your collection as your repertoire expands. Coasters keep surfaces clean, while beer and wine bottle openers, jiggers for measuring, and martini shakers and strainers help simplify serving. Go above and beyond with muddlers, cocktail sticks, bar spoons, and tongs. Buy only what you'll use regularly or choose a bar set with key mixology accessories.

4. Intoxicating Accents

Put a twist on your home bar space by infusing it with some extra décor. Go classic with beer signs, sports signs to show off your favorite team, or rustic wine décor, or add a splash of color with neon signs and fun activities such as darts, game tables, or shuffleboard.

5. A Selection of Spirits

Last, but not least, be sure your bar is properly stocked with beer, wine, and liquor. There's no need to inventory as much as your favorite corner bar –start small by purchasing spirits you drink regularly and then add over time. Have an ample supply of mixers including sodas, tonic, and fruit juices along with your favorite garnishes to provide the craft cocktail touch. An ice maker and ice bucket keep drinks flowing smoothly so you can focus more on your guests and not your supplies.

A well-stocked bar can be as edited or expansive as you like while still keeping everyone satisfied. If you want even more ideas on how to be the perfect host, check out our Pinterest board full of ideas! At Hayneedle, you can find all the home bar essentials to keep guests toasting to your brilliance, no matter your space, style, or budget.

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