So, as many of us are currently experiencing restrictions on where we can go and who we can see, now is the time to make the most of your home environment – when was the last time you went out and had a refreshing drink at a bar? Probably a while ago, so why not look into creating your own at-home bar in the comfort of your living space. It can give you back a sense of normality and can also give you a winter project to focus on over the coming months. Once life goes back to normal your home will be the place everyone wants to visit!
Let’s explore the steps to take to create your own personalised bar at home…
The right lighting is essential to create the atmosphere you want. Avoid garish bright lights, and instead, opt for neon light signs that will add a touch of edge and authenticity to your space. With these, you can select different colours and LED options (signs, neon rope or tube lights, for example), meaning you can easily personalise your bar with some great value illumination – the way your bar is lit can really take it to the next level, with the ambience you need. Give your bar a name and get it made into a neon sign!
Of course, what is a bar without a beverage? Now, this doesn’t necessarily have to mean alcohol if you don’t drink or fancy something lighter. Stock it up with whatever it is you love – spirits, cordials, carbonated drinks, syrups, juice – you name it. The more options you have, the more fun you can have, as if you’re feeling experimental you can knock up some cocktails with your various liquids. You can even start off a collection of different bottles to enjoy or to try out on special occasions.
Just make sure that everything is stored the way it should be. You may want to consider a mini fridge-freezer to store soft drinks and ice to ensure that the taste is as premium as possible.
Okay, this all depends on how much room you have but you’re probably going to want a high table or cabinet to act as the actual ‘bar’ where you mix and serve drinks. You could also accompany your table with some bar stools to sit on whilst you enjoy your tipple. If you want to go all out you can also have lower, more comfortable seating too, so that when we are allowed to gather in larger groups again, people have options of where they want to sit and there is more seating for everyone.
Snacks and garnish
If you really want to go all out, bar snacks never go amiss. Stock up on salted peanuts, crackling, crisps, or whatever you fancy! You can also look into garnish for the drinks, such as maraschino cherries, mint leaves or olives. You’ll feel as though you’re back enjoying yourself on a night out!
Now, you mustn’t forget glasses to drink your beverages out of! It’s always nicer to have a drink out of its intended holder – for example, whiskey is traditionally served in a tumbler, orange juice from a tall glass, and lager or cider from a pint glass.
This article was created in collaboration with Ultra LEDS