The home bar is a common fixture in many homes, but what exactly is it, and how do you know when you should have one? A home bar is a space in your home dedicated to entertaining guests, which is usually located at the far end of a living area. A home bar is a good addition to your living area that can be useful when entertaining guests and family. Though common in homes and bars, many do not realize many types of home bars can be used to display various types of liquors and mixers.
Just as we’re constantly on the hunt for new cool stuff to show you, we’re also constantly on the lookout for new things to drink. We turn to our friends at The Home for advice on glassware for our home bar and for help in picking out the perfect glass for a particular drink. We’ll show you a few of our favorite glassware from the home and some of our favorite cocktails to go with them in this blog post.
- A Martini or Cocktail Glass
If you’re a fan of classic cocktails, such as the martini or the old-fashioned, you probably have a set of glasses or tumblers that you use almost every time you entertain, whether it’s at home or a bar. Most cocktails are made with a glass that is rimmed with sugar and filled with liquor. But there’s a lot more to glassware than just mixing drinks. Partner up with a local glassmaker, and you can get glassware with a range of extraordinary designs and meanings.
- A Shot Glass
It’s probably no surprise that every bar and restaurant with a liquor license will have a well-stocked bar, stocked with a variety of liquors ranging from the traditional to the exotic. But the wide array of alcohols out there can be hard to keep track of, which is why they need some sort of bar glassware that can help them do their job.
- A Champagne Glasses
Champagne glasses are a staple for most home bars, but there are a lot of different types and styles. This post discusses the two most commonly used at home: the flute and the coupe. The flute is the more elegant glass that is perfect for indoor use. It is more substantial and looks great with a single accent color. The coupe is the more casual of the two and has a more casual look that is most suitable for outdoor use or casual parties.
- A Basic Wine Glasses
It doesn’t matter if you own a set of expensive, specific-use stemware; you will probably use the same basic glasses day after day. Sure, you may have a few “show-stoppers” that you keep for special occasions, but for the most part, you reach for the same old wine glasses.
- A Beer Glasses
If you are a fan of craft beer, you probably already have a can or two of that drink on hand. You might even have a few bottles in the back of the fridge, waiting to be popped. But what do you do when the nearest bottle opener is on the other side of the room? That’s when you need a portable, beer-friendly bottle opener. This is the perfect solution; it’s small and light, so you can easily carry it with you wherever you go, and it’s sturdy enough to be used as a glasswasher if you’re so inclined.
There are a lot of options when it comes to beer glasses. There are the beautiful, long-stemmed glasses that are perfect for fancy dinner parties, and there are the short, fat glasses that will fit in your kitchen cabinet. Some people like the very tall, slender glasses that are great for sharing and for a nightcap, and others love the sturdy, square glasses that are perfect for a day of drinking beers. Some like the wide-rimmed glasses that make every drink taste better, and others prefer the smooth, straight sides that make for a more elegant taste. Many people like a combination of the two.
The stereotypical home consists of an average-sized living room with a comfortable couch, sometimes sofas, a TV, and a coffee table. That is all that most of the time is needed. However, if you were to take a bar setting for a few nights, you will find that it could look quite different and yet still be wonderful.