If you are considering purchasing or building a home bar, or you already have a bar, you may be wondering how you can take it to the next level.
A home bar is the focal point of any home - not only is it a great conversation starter, but it’s a great place to store your alcohol and socialise with your friends and family. After all, who needs the pub when you have a bar in your home or garden?
To truly elevate your home bar experience, you need more than just a collection of fine wines. You need the right accessories and necessities to complement your wines and spirits.
So, what are the main home bar accessories and essentials? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this blog post - so read on to find out.
All home bars should start with the basics – glassware. Having the right glasses for different drinks ensures that you can enjoy your beverages to the fullest. Here are some essential types of glassware to add to your home bar:
- Wine Glasses: Consider having separate glasses for red and white wines, as they have different shapes to enhance the tasting experience.
- Cocktail Glasses: Include martini glasses, highball glasses, and rocks glasses for a variety of cocktails.
- Beer Glasses: If you enjoy beer, invest in pint glasses, pilsner glasses, and beer mugs for your home pub.
- Shot Glasses: Ideal for serving shots or small mixed drinks.
- Specialty Glasses: Depending on your preferences, you may want glasses for Champagne, whiskey, or other drinks.
First of all, you need coasters if you want to protect your home bar from watermarks. A cutting board is also essential to protect your bar when you’re cutting fruit or herbs for cocktails.
We’d also recommend stocking up on a quality corkscrew and a bottle opener to open your bottles of wine, beer and cider.
If you are a cocktail lover, then you’ll need a cocktail shaker and other mixing tools. We’d recommend that you purchase a jigger - this is a spirit measuring cup. It can help you measure ingredients for cocktails.
A muddler is another cocktail essential. It’s what you use to crush herbs, fruit or sugar in your cocktails. A strainer is essential for keeping ice, fruit, or muddled herbs out of your cocktail glasses. Finally, opt for a bar spoon - this can help you stir your cocktails gently.
If you plan on keeping your home bar stocked with wine, make sure you have the right wine accessories to elevate your wine-drinking experience.
You can complement your wine collection with a wine decanter. Wine decanters enhance the flavour of your wine by aerating it. A wine stopper is another wine accessory to consider adding to your home bar. A wine stopper keeps your opened bottles fresher for longer.
Your home bar can be easily turned into the social hub of your home. To create a welcoming atmosphere in your home bar, consider adding a music system. After all, who doesn’t enjoy listening to music whilst enjoying a pint or a glass of wine?
Games can also be a great addition to your home bar. Why not add a dartboard, some cards, or even a small pool table to your home bar? This can be a great way to liven up the area.
To avoid a cluttered space, make sure you have sufficient storage. Consider opting for a glass rack or glass storage solution for your glasses.
Wall-mounted shelves can be a great space-saver and a great way to organise your home bar and accessories. You can use wall-mounted shelves to store glasses and bottles, as well as other accessories.
Why not consider buying a bar cabinet? These offer a sophisticated look and ample storage for your bar necessities. You could take it one step further, and opt for a wine cabinet to store your wine bottles for long periods of time.
Why not add your personal touch to your home bar? Consider purchasing some decor and artwork that reflect your style and preferences.
This may include vintage signs or framed cocktail recipes. Likewise, a collection of antique home bar supplies can enhance the ambience of your space. Some people also opt for LED lighting or classic additions such as a ‘bell’ or a ‘bar open’ sign.
A Wine Fridge
Now, let's talk about wine fridges. They are a must-have bar accessory, especially if you’re a wine enthusiast There are many benefits to adding a wine fridge to your home bar.
First of all, wine fridges allow you to store wine at the perfect temperature, ensuring that your wines age gracefully and retain their flavour profiles.
If you opt for a dual-zone wine fridge, you can have some wine bottles aging in one section, and then prepare other bottles at serving temperature in another section.
Another benefit of wine fridges is that they minimise vibrations. Wine is sensitive to vibrations, which can disturb the aging process. Wine fridges ultimately keep your wines undisturbed.
If you’re a wine lover, you’re most likely aware of the importance of humidity when storing your wine. Wine fridges are equipped with humidity controls to ensure your wine corks don't dry out.
Finally, wine coolers look great. They make the perfect addition to any home bar. Whatever the design of your home bar, you’re sure to find a wine fridge that fits perfectly.
For example, if you have a large home bar with plenty of open space, you can opt for a wine fridge that stands freely next to your bar. Alternatively, if you have a home bar with built-in space underneath, opt for a wine fridge that can be installed under counter space.
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