Posted on October 19 2017
That's right, you don't have to have the perfect skyscraper loft or a mixologist's library of tinctures to impress guests, or make that first after-work drink a delightful ritual. With a little planning and savvy purchasing, you too can feel as victorious and accomplished as Peggy Olsen at the end of the day in your row home or studio apartment.
A couple starting questions to ask yourself:
1. When Do You Drink?
Do you have a drink first thing when you come home from a long day, or do you wait until after dinner? Try walking through your front door and do a dry-run of your relaxing routine. Where do you dump your stuff? Should your drink be right there waiting for you, or do you need to pass through the kitchen first?
2. What do you like to do when you drink?
Some people love to make themselves a cocktail and watch T.V. In that case, you probably don't want to have to hunt down your refill. You may even want the bar to be accessible from the couch.
Or maybe you like to play games around a table with a few friends. Arranging furniture so that there is open flow from the bar to a table area will ensure your guests feel welcome to pop up and get a refresher before the next hand.
If you're the kind of person who needs somewhere quiet to read with a glass of wine at your side, a minibar in your study or quiet area sets the ritual of drink-pouring in an atmosphere of calm contemplation. Alternately, build a setup in your hobby room to kick up the inspiration and keep your creative process loosey-goosey.
Want to blow some minds? Mini bar in the bathroom. Legend has it Marilyn Monroe was so into champagne and potato chips in a bubbly tub, she was always late on movie sets. And hey, if you feel the need to pour the champagne into the tub, you're still going to need somewhere to set those bottles.
Wine, Beer, or Liquor?
When picking furniture, look for the pieces that will accommodate your drink or routine of choice. A good rule of thumb is to find a multi-functional piece that can store wine bottles, display your liquors, and have enough space to actually pour. You may decide you want to use multiple pieces to organize beverage types.
- Liquor has a long shelf-life if kept in dark and cool conditions, but once it's 2/3 empty, drink up!
- Most classic drinks use gin, bourbon and scotch whisky, rum, and tequila. Keep the vodka in the freezer.
- Stock up on the essential bar accoutrements: ice bucket and scoop, cocktail shaker, strainer, jigger, a rag for spills, and a few options for bitters.
- Keep things organized with a sexy tray, lazy susan, or shelves installed on the wall above your bar.
Okay, now the photos! And don't forget to check out our Happy Hour Collection to see a small sampling of bars, barstools, pub tables, and barware we have on the floor.