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Home Bar Rule #1: Pick alcohol you actually enjoy imbibing. When I first started my own home bar, I only picked spirits that I thought would impress guests when I had them over. I ended up spending a fortune for alcohol that I hardly ever used. While you’ll use your home bar for entertaining, don’t forget that a home bar’s main customer is you. When you mix yourself a cocktail to sip on the weekends while you sit on the patio with your dog, you want to enjoy it. The dog doesn’t care what your favorite gin is. That is of course if this pooch isn’t your dog. He’s so smug.at home bar 1Remember Home Bar Rule #2: Start small. If you don’t have room or any place to store your home bar, keep your home bar small. Pick two or three different liquors and stick with those. When I was in an apartment, I kept my small bar in a cabinet above the fridge, and I kept my mixers and garnishes in the fridge.at home bar 2Our mixology: bar + you + guests = fun. You already have a picture of the ideal home bar in your mind. And whether it’s modest or massive, the in home bar you dream about is sure to be at Watson’s of Cincinnati. Our wide variety of indoor bar styles and designs offers all the features you desire. And they’re available at a smart price, so wait no longer! The sooner your vision comes to life, the sooner you become the life of the party.at home bar 3If you do move into a bigger place and you’ve really enjoyed being a home mixologist, then I can’t recommend installing a permanent home bar in your home enough. Many homes today come with wet bars and storage space for a home bar. If you don’t have that, with a little initiative and sweat, you can install your own bar in an unused room in the house.at home bar 4Kelly and Co. Design created a contemporary-style bar in this renovated barn entertainment space without losing the ambiance of its rustic surroundings. A black granite countertop and zinc bar top sit atop wood cabinets and stainless steel fixtures. LED backlighting, which can be changed according to mood, showcases the bar selections. The bar features a keg tap, a wine fridge, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, and ample storage for glassware and other serving pieces.at home bar 5If you’d like something a bit more distinguished than your kitchen cabinet to serve as the home for your home bar, consider getting a cocktail cabinet or mini bar. They’re small pieces of handsome furniture that you can usually put up against the wall. They’re nice because they can serve as a gathering point without having a huge bar installed in your home. Cocktail cabinets take up very little space, but can hold quite a bit of alcohol and glassware. I have friend who picked up a vintage cocktail cabinet at the antique store. It was a bit rough, but with a bit of elbow grease he was able to spruce it up. Here’s a nice example of a retro cocktail cabinet from the 50s:at home bar 6For flexibility in a small space, consider creating a bar from a cart or cabinet on wheels, as designer Leanne Ford did here: You can move it out of the way when you need the extra room. When styling your bar, “mix your bottles and glassware with special odds and ends that have meaning to you,” says Ford. “That will give the space some character and turn your bar into something special for you and your guests to enjoy.”at home bar 7Wide bar, as seen on DIY Network’s original series, Man Caves. The color theme is orange and has a small bar area with bar stools and old framed photos above the counter.at home bar 8Nestled in the corner of a large kitchen designed for a family of five, this small wet bar was planned to serve the needs of the entire clan. “It’s prepped and ready to hold all of the fixings for adult beverages, but instead of wine storage we incorporated a chilled fridge space for water bottles, children’s drinks and beverages,” says the design team. “With glass storage above, the homeowners can also display their glassware and china.” See more small home bar ideas >>at home bar 9During the renovation of a home in Greenwich, Conn., Anthony DeRosa of DeRosa Builders was able to incorporate a wet bar into the design of the family room without adding on or stealing space from the seating area. “We fit the bar into a little-used closet,” says DeRosa. “We had cabinets custom built for the space. The biggest challenge was finding a sink small enough to fit within the tight dimensions.” Mission, accomplished.at home bar 10Also, you don’t have to have your bar always stocked and prepared for a big party. When you host a party, stock up your bar to fill your needs. When you’re not anticipating a party, there’s no need to have gallons of tonic water or dozens of lime wedges on hand.at home bar 11A retro wet bar with cosmic accents sits outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.at home bar 12As seen on DIY’s Man Cave, a basement bar is designed to fit this homeowner’s style. A clover with the numbers 508 is painted on the floor, a jukebox is added, and a small bar area with a tv fits against the back wall.at home bar 13The Wendl family lived in a humble home with an outdated retro design. The cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri updated their home with a modern, chic look while complementing their desired retro design. The family room has been redesigned to include a fun white and mint green bar.at home bar 14For the gentleman who enjoys entertaining, a properly stocked bar is a must. A well-mixed drink can help schmooze a boss, romance a date, and impress a friend. Mixing drinks at home for friends and family makes me feel like some swanky 1960s gentleman pouring drinks in his Space Age-inspired mid-century home. I love that feeling.at home bar 15Well, gents, that’s all she wrote. I hope this little guide was informative and a bit entertaining. But more importantly, I hope it inspired you to get started with your home bar today. Don’t wait!at home bar 16An impressive bar crowns this basement home theater. With plenty of storage and shelf space for glassware and beverages, a small refrigerator and wine fridge, neon signs, marble countertop and expertly placed television, your friends won’t want to leave even after the game is over.at home bar 17So my advice to the man just starting out: start small, grow gradually. Stocking a home bar is a marathon, not a sprint. I recommend beginning by getting the ingredients needed to make the cocktails you enjoy and know how to make well. Like Manhattans? Canadian whisky and vermouth. Martinis? Gin and vermouth.at home bar 18You also have your pick between the different flavored and infused vodkas on the market. Personally, I stay away from flavored vodkas in my home bar. I can do my own infusing with garnishes, thank you very much.at home bar 19Scotch whisky. Like Jack Donaghy, I too enjoy staring out a window, while holding a glass of scotch. It soothes the soul and assists in the thinking of deep, manly thoughts. My favorite Scotch-based cocktail is the classic Rob Roy. I suggest having a blended and single malt scotch in your home bar. Check out AoM’s guide to Scotch.at home bar 20A man with enough initiative can probably make his own cocktail cabinet. Imagine the pride you’ll feel when you can pat your mini bar, hand your friend a drink and say, “See this cabinet here, Jim? I made this little beauty.”at home bar 21Industrial style stools sit in front of the new bar and serving windows creating a great place to sit and have a drink or watch a foosball game. The windows open up to the outdoors, allowing any guests or family members to interact with anyone outside, as seen on “Cousins Undercover.”at home bar 22If you’re looking for exciting things to do around Chicagothis January, come to the House of Music and Entertainment in Arlington Heights. We’re a lot of things at H.O.M.E.: a concert venue, sports bar, and restaurant, and we host a ton of regular events as well as host a number of today’s popular artists andat home bar 23In a New York City apartment with a spectacular view of the city skyline, designer Amy Lau brought in “gorgeous, sweeping curves and natural materials” in the design of the built-in wet bar to offset the linear visuals. “Organic shapes and materials strikes the perfect balance with the cityscape,” she says.at home bar 24There Are Plenty of Things to Do Around Chicago at H.O.M.E. If you’re looking for exciting things to do around Chicagothis January, come to the House of Music and Entertainment in Arlington Heights. We’re a lot of things at H.O.M.E.: a concert venue, sports bar, and restaurant, and we host a ton of regular events as well as host a number of today’s popular artists and

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