Most of us are spending more time at home these days. Unfortunately, for many people that means missing out on their favorite restaurants, pubs, and breweries.
While nothing can replace the feeling of going to one of your favorite bars with friends, you can still make incredible cocktails from the comfort of your own home.
You can even more fully immerse yourself in the “bar-like” experience by giving your home bar a bit of an upgrade. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do just that. The good news? You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make incredible changes that can make your home bar your favorite hangout spot until you can go out on the town again.
So, let’s look at a few ways you can give your bar a boost and have fun creating an ideal drinking space within your home.
1. Have the Right Tools
One of the best investments you can make for your home bar is to have all of the right tools. If you have friends or family members who come over for a cocktail, you’ll want to be sure to make it correctly.
Make sure you have the right glasses, jiggers, shakers, and other tools and utensils needed for a variety of different cocktails. Collecting such things can become a hobby, all on its own. But, it’s a lot of fun to have a fully-stocked bar, not only with liquor and mixers, but with every tool you need to make cocktails like a professional. There are hundreds of different types of cocktails, but knowing the basics with the right tools at your disposal is a great place to start.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
If you really want to give your bar a boost, try something different. Turn your simple home bar into a brewery. While you may not be able to do anything on a large scale, you can experiment with brewing your own beer by getting the right tools at a home brewing equipment shop.
If you love a good brew, getting into making your own beer could be a hobby you tinker with for years to come. You can control every aspect of brewing, and anyone who comes to your bar will love seeing what you’re doing. So, be ready to answer questions about your process!
3. Upgrade the Seating
Even if you have a small space, having the right kind of seating for your home bar can make a big difference, as it allows anyone who stops by to know they’re welcome. It can provide the feeling of a “real” bar, and a place to have good drinks and even better conversation.
You can never go wrong with classic bar stools, but don’t be afraid to upgrade them to fit your personal sense of style, or to fit the look of your room. Seating goes a long way in bringing your bar together and allowing it to feel like its own separate space.
It doesn’t have to take much to turn a simple home bar into your favorite place to be. Keep these simple upgrade tips in mind to give your bar a boost, and become a master cocktail maker or brewer for yourself, your friends, and family.