Having a home bar means you don't have to go out again for a beer or a Manhattan as soon as you've just gotten in from a day's work. Have everything to hand - the spirits, the blender, the ice, and you're relaxed before you know it. If you entertain a little then a bar is a useful and natural conversation station, and a bit more sophisticated than sitting in the kitchen with guests. For a dinner party evening, drinks at the bar is an ideal prelude to taking your seats at the dining table.
So you’ve decided to set up a bar in your home – what a great idea! Your bar could just be a corner of your lounge if you’re limited for space. In practical terms all you need is a bar-top surface to lean on, and some storage underneath, preferably with a mini-fridge. You will probably want some bar stools, and the ones from Bar Stools Now are ideal since they can adjust easily to suit your guests. Isn’t it amazing how couples are sometimes quite disproportionate in relative size? You see a pint-sized chap with a tall woman quite often, but the reverse scenario seems rarer.
A bar often has a theme, which can add to the experience. If you only drink tequila you might want a Mexican theme, for example. Some prefer the traditional wood panel look, but the trend is towards shiny metal or chrome, with glass and mirrors. You should make the mirrors as large as possible because they make the place look bigger, and they reflect nicely the pools of light from individual lamps or spots to give a luxurious ambience. You can also admire yourself in the mirror over a scotch whilst mulling over your next career move. (more...)