A bar is a perfect spot for guests to gather around and get acquainted with each other. You can build your own bar in a room where you normally entertain guests or install one in your patio for summer pool parties.
You can actually build a portable bar that can be used indoors in many rooms and push it outdoors when the weather calls for it. Bars are usually made from wood or bamboo. The bamboo particularly lends itself to a tropical island bar style. Another good idea is to build a bar as a counter in the room used for entertaining and then use it for all sorts of things like a bar, a buffet table or just an extra table.
Bar glasses and tools can be stored in a cabinet underneath the bar along with the liquor so they will be out of the way when the bar is used for another purpose. This also secures these items from any curious children that may be around.
Begin the project by taking measurements, extremely accurate measurements. Obviously you want it to fit in a certain space or spaces, but don’t forget to take into account the counter height so family and guests can sit comfortably on a bar stool and it is not awkward for the bartender to stand behind, mix and serve.
There are some essential items that you will need for your bar. Bar stools of course, but also bar glasses for the various liquors you will serve, glasses for whiskey, highballs, martinis, red and white wine, beer, and mugs for those wintry drinks.
Also, bar accessories must not be forgotten. Tools such as bottle openers, wine cork pullers, cocktail shakers and stirs, ice and an ice bucket, bottle stoppers, straws and maybe even a small refrigerator.
Aside from the ice, you will be able to store ice cream, milk, and cream for those kinds of drinks. With most bars that you have at home, you will also want to make sure that it works with the decor of your home and that it blends into your everyday life.
You might treat your bar as an additional kitchen space. Put in a sink to wash glasses and snack dishes. If your bar is an indoor-outdoor portable type, you can keep barbecue utensils and pool accessories in it as well.
You need to start with a plan of how you want the bar to look, what size it should be and whether it is to be stationary or have the option of portability for use in any room and outdoors as well as indoors. With a clear vision in mind, you will find it much easier to begin the project and finish it within a reasonable amount of time. Cheers!
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