Home bar ideas

Home bar ideas

Ella. Copywriter, Ayrshire

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Ella. Copywriter, Ayrshire

When you don’t feel like leaving the house, having an indoor or outdoor home bar is the perfect excuse to stay in! From kitchen cocktail bars to garden bars and décor, read on to find some inspiration for your own home bar space.
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Kitchen cocktail bar

Transform your kitchen worktop, kitchen island or breakfast bar into a fun space for entertaining. Just add bar stools and décor and you’re ready to start mixing drinks. Your kitchen sink can even double up as a champagne trough, why not try it? 

Sideboard bar

Position a sideboard or cabinet on an empty wall in your dining room, living space or kitchen and you’ll have your home bar set up in no time. With plenty of bar shelves for storing your favourite drinks, glasses and barware, a sideboard bar makes a great addition to any space. The perfect use for that old dark wood cabinet! 

Retro bar trolley

A drinks trolley or slimline side table are great choices for storing away when not in use. Small in stature, these portable options can easily be moved from room to room, depending on the occasion. 

Space saving options

Short on space? You can still display your favourite wine bottles with a slimline wine rack or find a corner for a decadent drinks tray

Integrated drinks fridge

Slot a purpose built wine fridge under your kitchen worktop or add a compact cooler to your living or dining area. Integrated fridges can also be designed to blend in with your existing kitchen units for a streamlined finish, from white cabinets to wooden shaker cabinets.

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Home bar décor

Create ambiance using lighting 

Elevate your design by using lighting to create ambiance. Consider pendant lights, often found in glamorous bars and restaurants, or dimmable lighting to add a soft glow. 

Add some flair with accessories 

Finishing touches make all the difference, so why not add some fun artwork or a neon sign? Try draping fairy lights in and around old glass bottles for some DIY décor. 

Outdoor bar inspiration 

You could also transform your outdoor area into your very own beer garden

Garden drinks terrace 

No matter what size of area you’re working with, create the perfect social space for entertaining in your garden. From a relaxing seating area with low tables to tall bar stools, bar shelves and a slimline counter, choose the perfect pieces for your space.

Garden bar

Garden bar

Create your very own garden bar by using garden pallets. Not only does this provide a rustic and DIY feel, it can be an economical way of creating your perfect bar space. It only takes five wooden pallets to create a square bar, and six for a rectangular shape. Add some glasses and bar accessories and you’re all set, ready to enjoy your new pallet garden bar.

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Bar equipment and glasses

You’ve stocked the bar with your favourite wines, spirits and beers and now all you need is some gorgeous glassware and bartending kit. From champagne flutes to whisky glasses, here are some essential items:

Home bar essentials 

  • Champagne flutes or coupes 

  • Wine glasses

  • Gin glasses

  • Hi ball glasses

  • Tumblers

  • Cocktail or martini glasses

  • Coffee glasses

  • Cocktail shaker and accessories 

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Guide written by:

Ella. Copywriter, Ayrshire

Ella. Copywriter, Ayrshire

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