Even when you can’t go out to a bar, you can elevate a casual drink at home into something special with your own cool bar setup. Check out these five ideas from Mosaic Dallas apartments to create a hip home bar at your place.
An Eye-Catching Cabinet
Whether you buy a bar cabinet designed specifically for that purpose or upcycle an old piece of furniture into one, it can be both stylish and super functional. Measure the space you’d like to locate your bar, and start shopping. If you want to save your money or you’re the handy type, there are plenty of DIY conversions and makeovers of TV cabinets, dressers, armoires, and bookshelves that you can emulate with great results. If space is really tight, even two or three wall mounted shelves can get the job done and look chic.
À La Cart
If you don’t have the right spot for a dedicated bar cabinet, a bar cart can be both a beautiful and flexible addition to your in-home mixology scene. Keep it tucked in a corner, or wheel it out to play in your living room or on your balcony – wherever the party is happening. There’s an undeniable elegance to a bar cart that adds to the appeal. Whether it’s a cart made of sleek, modern lucite or it has art deco flair with brass and mirrored trim, a bar cart will add a little class to any in-home gathering.
Add Some Sparkle
A nice set of stemware and glassware so you can make even a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck look and feel fancy. You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a nice-looking set. Amazon has everything from high-end crystal sets to bargain glassware that looks just as nice to the casual observer. Or head to T.J. Maxx, Tuesday Morning, the Crate and Barrel Outlet, or Neiman Marcus Last Call to see what bargains you can find.
Tools of the Trade
Make sure you stock your bar with all the essentials for cocktail hour or a nice glass of wine with dinner. Luxe online retailer One King’s Lane recommends the following:
Tools: jigger, shaker, strainer, bottle opener, corkscrew, and ice bucket with tongs.
Basic boozes: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey.
Extra-credit boozes: vermouth, St-Germain, Campari, and orange liqueur.
Mixers: juices, sodas, tonic water, and bitters.
Serveware: highball and old-fashioned glasses, wine glasses, decanter, and wine bucket.
A Signature Cocktail
Your home bar is fully stocked, but there’s one more thing you need as a finishing flourish: a signature cocktail (or two) that will be your go-to drink. It’s easy to find recipes and instructions online, and practicing until you get it just right is fun! Pick something that suits your personal taste, whether that’s sweet and fruity, tart and tangy, or shaken, not stirred. Here are some of Martha Stewart’s favorites to try.
Have fun shaking things up at your hip home bar. For more great lifestyle tips, visit the Mosaic Dallas blog.