Do you have extra space that needs filling? A bar creates a cozy, fun atmosphere for any gathering, and it can take many different forms. Here are a few ideas to help you get started, and not all of them are alcoholic!
Coffee Bar. Have some coffee enthusiasts in your house? Almost everyone can enjoy a good cup of coffee, and you can use this bar whenever you’re craving caffeine. Gather around it in the mornings, host coffee-shop parties, and try a variety of gourmet brews and flavors in the process.
Wine Bar. This bar is a hit during dinner parties or friendly get-togethers. Decorate the area with wine racks and dark accents, and enjoy a french-style wine bar in your own home. Add a mini-fridge to store cheese and fruit, and enjoy the creative process associated with decorating! An ivy plant of fake grapevine can be a cute, creative addition to the natural feel of your indoor wine bar. (Ask your Charlotte, NC, real estate agent about how much value a wine bar could add to your home…)
Whiskey Bar. If you’re a hard liquor person, this idea can sound better than a trip to the pub. This bar can be decked out with many different types of whiskey, and you can stock up on shot glasses, whiskey tumblers, and other drink mixers. Whether you’re enjoying a fine, aged drink or a casual whiskey & coke, this bar is a classic twist.
Beer Bar. Superbowl party? Don’t settle for junk food and a couch, get a beer bar! There’s nothing like enjoying a pint while watching the game, and a bar can be the perfect location for you and your friends to gather. Mount a television above the bar for easy viewing, and enjoy the private atmosphere of your very own personal bar.
Cocktail Bar. Whether your signature drink is a margarita or a strawberry daiquiri, a cocktail bar can be the perfect thing for parties. Stock up on drink mixes, get a rolodex of recipes, and don’t hesitate to buy that blender! There’s no need to spend money on fancy drinks at a bar if you can just as easily make them at home.
Feeling inspired yet? Since winter is rolling around, here are four fun, warm drinks you can mix up at your in-home bar.
- Hot chocolate! Predictable, but who doesn’t like hot chocolate in the wintertime? Keep a few jars of hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and peppermint sticks in your bar for easy access, and don’t hesitate to add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon for added flavor!
- Irish coffee. Your coffee bar and your whiskey bar come together to offer a hearty, enjoyable winter drink. The perfect combination of strong flavors, A well-made Irish coffee is the perfect before-bed drink.
- Cider. The winter must-have for any in-home bar. A good, spiced apple cider can warm up any cold visitor, and this drink is perfect for Christmas or holiday parties. Serve it in mugs or fancy cups for an authentic winter feel.
- Champagne. No New Year’s party is complete without popping a bottle of champagne. This bubble beverage is fun to drink, tastes good, and feels fancy without being outrageously expensive. Kick-off the new year with a pop and a fizz.
A bar can be the perfect location for you, your friends, and your family to gather and spend time together. You can serve drinks, talk, and enjoy each other’s company without having to risk driving home or dealing with people who may not know their limit. If you’ve got the space, try putting an indoor bar into your list of home improvement projects!
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