Drinking at home has been a relatively common practice for many years. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made it more common as most pubs remained closed.
Even as pubs and restaurants returned to serving drinks as before, quite a good number of people still find home drinking more enjoyable. For the lone drinker, the couch is enough.
But if you have guests around or have underage children, it is best to have a special place for your drinking and entertaining friends. Traditionally a home bar consisted of a high table and some tall bar stools, which can be underwhelming when you invite friends over for casual drinking. But you can do a few things to spruce it up.
Get Some Fancy Lighting
There is a reason why pubs have lights of all colors. They set the mood in the room. So, to create the best drinking experience for you and your guests, you must set a similar mood by incorporating cool lights into your bar.
You can do a lot with lights to make your space feel welcoming. Better still, you can find many options on the market, meaning you can achieve virtually any look you have in mind. If you do not have any ideas, a home decorator or interior designer can help you.
If you fancy mixing cocktails, you may want to add a cocktail shaker to your home bar kit. Of course, not every drink will need a shake, but a cocktail shaker is a must-have if you intend to serve drinks like the classic daiquiri or a more modern one like Picante.
Even when you do not have any of these drinks to serve, it makes for a stylish addition to your drinks trolley. Cocktail shakers come in many styles and sizes. You only need to choose one that blends well with other accessories in your home bar.
Throw in Some Popular Bar Games
Most drinkers will spend quite a few hours at a specific drinking spot, but only if they have some activity to pass the time with besides the drinks. The best way to keep your guests occupied is by incorporating popular bar games in your home bar area.
Your choice of games will depend on the space in your room. For example, you could invest in a pool table or a darts board if you have a large space. If you are lost for ideas, you may want to check out this guide on some games that can give your guests reasons to stay longer and liven up the atmosphere.
Invest in an Entertainment Unit
Different people have different preferences when out drinking with friends. However, the vast majority of people love some cool soft music.
So it would help to invest in a quality home theater system that can help create the same musical experience as you would have if you were at your local. You should also consider having a wall-mounted TV just in case you host guests that love watching a show while enjoying their drinks.
Go for Bold Colors
The bar is the space in your home where you can go super bold when choosing colors. You do not want the colors to look too feminine or masculine because you want all guests to feel comfortable unless you only host a specific type of guest.
Colors that go well when used together include yellow and orange if you want a bright, upbeat feel for your bar. Another possible combination is red and brown. Red is considered a stimulating color and evokes the feeling of liveliness and passion.
The brown evokes an earthy, inviting feel, making the right combination for a feel-good drinking experience. Other popular combinations are blue and purple and white beige.