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How to Style Your Home Bar

So you’ve got your gear, you’ve got your ingredients, now – the feature presentation: The Bar. It should come as no surprise that we at Drizly consider this to be home’s “crowning jewel”.  There are a few different options when it comes to a home bar: a versatile cart, a simple table, remodeled bookcase, or a full fledged bar area. But no matter the space, presentation can make or break the overall effect. Since we have some serious experience in this area, we gathered up a few tips and tricks to help you style your home bar like a pro.
#1 Bar Cart:

The key to a balanced bar cart is not to overload it with clutter. The last thing you want is for your cart to look crowded and messy. Best way to avoid this? Start by only displaying the bottles you either drink most often, or look the best (everyone is guilty of buying a type of alcohol because it looks pretty). Once you've curated your top bottles, begin by positioning them neatly on a bar tray.  Depending on what liquor you have in stock, try to include at least one of each (vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, vermouth, etc.) then use the size rule to place them – smaller bottles in the front, larger in the back. The tray proves handy in keeping your alcohol looking organized, also makes things easier to move around when needed.
Carts are also great because they typically have a large amount of open space from the floor to the top shelf – make use of this. You can display your glasses on a second tray, or you can hang them on a wine rack under the main bar. Installing the rack really classes up the overall look of your bar while leaving plenty of extra room on the bottom shelf for bottles and tools. Add the final touches with something a little personal, cocktail books, flowers, flasks, whatever makes this cart more “your style" is what you should use. It helps the overall look appear more relaxed.


#2 Side Table Bar:

Similar to a bar cart, a side table can easily get out of control. To keep it clean, only display few bottles and split the tabletop between alcohol bottles and glassware. Looking for something more organized? Install a small shelf on the wall above the table and use it for glassware or small accessories. Shelves not only give you more storage space they can also help define an area of the room for a more custom look.
If you decide to forgo the shelf route, organize your supplies around a centered object. The ice bucket is a great place to start, given it's size. Keeping in mind that you should avoid cramming everything onto the table, start by displaying the glassware that you use most often (just a couple glasses will do). If you're a wine drinker, display a pair of wine glasses. If you're a martini lover, go for martini glasses. Don't feel like you need to figure out a way to fit every single glass you own on that table.


#3 Creative Remodels:

From cribs to television sets, we have seen a lot of really creative bar cart remodels. It will depend on the piece of furniture you're looking to rehab but most important have fun and think creatively about the space; a drawer can become a shelf or a storage section made into a ice bucket.
Utilize all of the space. Put the liquor on the top shelf. The first thing you typically think of grabbing when mixing a drink is the alcohol, so you'll want it easily accessible. If your new bar has shelves, feel free to use those for your glasses (we love the look above). It's great to have an even display of everything, but if you'd prefer to simply showcase your alcohol, that is completely acceptable. Feel free to store extras out of sight in the drawers or baskets slid underneath.

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