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Having a bar in your house may sound quite strange. Does it mean your living room will be full of drunks? Maybe. Does it mean you are going to have a great time making cocktails, experimenting with flavours and enjoying spending time with friends and family? OF COURSE!Those of us who enjoy a good cocktail after a long day at work or really enjoy entertaining may wish to create a home bar. But what do you need for a great bar? Glasses, neon lights, alcohol, mini umbrellas? Here are just a few things:
The bar is a place you will enter to have fun, so make sure there are plenty of things to keep you and your guests entertained in there. Music is a must. Get the best playlist ready! You may also wish to consider placing a television in the space, or if room allows taking it one step further with some really fun things such as video games, billiards, a pinball machine and things of that nature. The more entertaining the better!
You will want to make sure your bar has all of the supplies necessary to serve drinks. Make sure there is storage space that can house all the glassware that will be needed (unless it is just you then all you need is a coaster) and you may want to consider a small refrigerator to house ice, mix and those lovely lemon wedges, not to mention keeping the beer cold.
A Well Stocked Bar
The most important element when creating a bar in your home is of course the alcohol. Be sure to stock your bar with all of your favorite brews and beverages so a cold refreshing drink is always at your fingertips when you need it. Try to keep a decent variety on hand, consider some spirits and top shelf bottles for those special occasions.
Comfort is important. You will want to make sure there is comfortable and appropriate seating both at the bar itself, and throughout the room. If opting for a bar stool look for one with supportive arms and a back and that has a cushioned seat because nobody wants to sit on a hard wooden barstool. Adding some comfy recliners & loungers will provide additional seating when entertaining and ensure the bar is always where you go to relax.
The bar is the one room of the house that you can have a lot of fun with. The decor doesn't have to be bland, you want to create a space that is fun to be in and truly reflects your personality. The bar room is a great place to showcase collections, display fun and interesting memorabilia, and show off your favorite items, especially the ones that don't necessarily fit in elsewhere.
The Crowning Touch - A Neon Sign
No bar space is complete without a piece de resistance, a neon sign. Your neon sign will be the main focal point of your bar and create a truly authentic atmosphere. There are endless designs and colours available so finding the perfect neon sign for your space should be no problem at all and be an excellent representation of yourself and the things that you enjoy. A great neon sign will take pride of place in any home bar, providing the perfect accent to an amazing space. How you decorate your home bar is important, but there is no wrong or right way to do it. Have fun with the space and incorporate the elements that you think are most important, just don't forget the basics, comfort, fun and drinks (maybe not always in that order)!