Inspired by the relaxed vibe of their favorite pub
or intimate lounge, many of my clients are creating a place of their own to entertain. Basements, garages and even hall closets are being turned into trendy residential bars. We have converted larges rooms and small spaces. Here are a some of the key components we included in each design.
Bar stools, cozy chairs or a community bench are all necessities as you take pleasure in your favorite beverage over an enjoyable conversation. Having stackable options in a storage room is also smart when the party is a little larger.
Variety is key when entertaining, and having several options within reaching distance for you and your guests is best. Theme bars from spirits to brews are popular, and adding an elegant or rustic chalkboard menu to feature your selections is a wonderful introduction for guests
Shaker, jigger, muddler, bar spoon and bottle opener are just a few of the items you should have in your drawer. Many of these items can be purchased in a set and they make the perfect host/hostess gift. And don’t forget the bar towels!
If a cold drink is what you are serving, it must be frosty! Frozen ice cubes, whisky rocks or a kegerator are all essential items in your bar. The key word is “in.” Within close reach you will need a tap handle, freezer and/or ice bucket. And, chilled mugs are sure to delight!
Glassware in the bar is mandatory. Have fun stocking the appropriate beer, wine, cocktail and outdoor glasses, depending on your occasion and location. Use stylish stemware for a night in or durable polycarbonate for poolside parties, picnics and barbecues. Whichever you choose, have plenty easily accessible to your guests as well as a visible utility tote for dirty glassware.
With any great drink comes an equally important pairing. Again, depending on the menu, easy edibles are ideal when entertaining. Quantity and portions are important to keep in mind when you send your invites. And be creative — use your barware as serving pieces.