Setting up your own bar can seem quite daunting. How do you go about it? What appliances do you need? What kinds of drinks? What forms of entertainments? A bar’s got to reflect your tastes, as well as cater to the tastes and interests of those you plan on serving. Apart from just the style and design of it, it’s got to have efficient and wholesome appliances. Utility and functionality is key here. To help make it easier for you, we’ve narrowed down a list of FIVE important appliances you need to have in your bar.
1. Liquor Cabinet / Wine Cooler
You need a sleek, stylish place to keep your alcohol and wines. Instead of laying it out on a tray, it’s much more aesthetically pleasing to arrange all of them in a cabinet or a wine cooler. There are plenty of wine cooler options available, to suit your size and design needs. They also come either built-in or wall mounted. For cabinets, you could find one easily online or at a furniture store near you.
2. Ice Maker / Water Softener
Ice and drinks go hand in hand, and a bar is incomplete without some kind of facility to create or store ice. You have two options here: either purchase store bought ice or make your own ice! Ice makers make the whole process a lot more convenient, and end up saving an incredible amount of time! It’s an investment that will be absolutely worth it. Another add-on here is a water softener; you don’t want your ice (and also the water you serve) to be hard, so a water softener can be quite crucial. For my own bar in Corvallis, I read some of the water softener reviews online and decided to go for one from Fleck. It’s one of the best decisions I have made for my bar. Period.
You certainly need a good blender to whip up that Margarita or Martini! It’s not possible to keep mixing drinks in glasses or using other short-cut methods. To make your bar a class apart you’ll need a good blender or juicer. The whole process of serving up a cocktail is made completely easy with a blender. No fuss at all. There is a plethora of options available, make sure to choose the one that best suits your needs. A blender is the finest appliance to help you master your bartending skills.
This one hardly needs an explanation as to how essential it is. Ideally a mini refrigerator would be apt for your bar, but you could pick one based on your needs. Apart from storing alcohol, it can also be used to keep other beverages. Having non-alcoholic beverage options gives your bar a lot more versatility and is sure to keep your guests content, especially those who are abstaining.
To add that perfect final touch to your bar, get a Kegerator. It’s the cherry on the cake! Although typically used to dispense draft beer, a Kegerator can also be used for wines, coffees and other cold brews. It’s the perfect appliance for you and your beer-loving mates. There are a lot of great Kegerator options available. However, you can also convert an old refrigerator using a Kegerator conversion kit. This is an economical solution, which also gets the job done just right!