"What's drinking? "A mere pause from thinking," wrote Lord Byron in one of his plays. The famous poet certainly seems to have had the right idea, more so in relation to our modern generation. In this fast-paced day and age, we definitely need to take an occasional break from the daily grind to relax with friends and family.
Entertaining friends and chilling out becomes a whole lot more fun when you have an indoor or outdoor bar in your home. There's nothing like a perfectly equipped home bar to keep up your spirits. Even if you entertain only once in a while, the sheer beauty of a home bar with an array of stylish glassware will add a touch of unmistakable class to your get-togethers.
Your perfect home bar should fulfill three essential functions of storage, display and convenience of serving. When shopping for a home bar it's important to make sure that your bar has enough storage space both for bottles and glasses as well as a serving counter.
Permanent Home Bar
The size, material and design of your home bar should depend on your available space, budget and lifestyle requirements. If you have a large recreation room, you might opt for a permanent bar which usually includes a separate serving counter, a storage space for bottles, bar glassware and accessories, along with a couple of bar stools.
Generally made of high quality wood, a permanent bar might seem a little expensive at first, but it makes a tasteful and convenient addition to your home that you can enjoy for years to come.
Semi-Permanent Home Bar
If you have a medium-sized recreation room or den, a semi-permanent home bar might be your perfect option. A semi-permanent bar usually resembles an elaborate cocktail cabinet and displays bar equipment, glassware and bottles. Besides multiple cabinets, these home bars usually have a pullout shelf or a spacious to mix and serve drinks.
Mobile Home Bars
When you have a smaller-sized den or need mobility, a portable home bar offers a convenient way to entertain your guests. Offering easy portability, mobile home bars let you entertain in any part of your house. If you decide on a portable home bar, make sure it has adequate space on top or a pull-out counter to lay out glassware and prepare drinks.
The Right Location for Your Home Bar
You should choose the location of your home bar based on your floor space and convenience. Many people prefer to have their home bar in the recreation room in the basement where they can enjoy with friends without disturbing other family members.
However, you might find your living room or study to be the ideal location for your home bar as well.
Placing the home bar in a corner usually saves floor space - but once again, make sure the spot you choose is convenient for you, your guests and your family members.