The best way to have an amazing looking bar (size no ‘bar’. Get it? Get it?) is, to have a mix of materials and elements. There could be a mix of wood, granite, marble and glass. Make a bar with one material and it all blends in itself.
Accessorize it with fun and beautiful elements. Put a raised tray to hold small appetizers or toothpicks and utilize the space under the tray for small accompaniments such as olives.
Please do not use steel bowls. Get nice ceramic elements into play with small bowls to hold the above mentioned accompaniments, fruit wedges, lemon slices, garnishings (eg- mint leaves) etc.
Keep cocktail napkins around the different areas of the bar so they are easily within your guests’ reach.
Always keep the décor of the room/ area in mind. Would want to have neon signs all over the place if your room has a formal setting? Or will you be okay with a retro look if your room is more contemporary? Do not make the mistake of making it look like those loud boisterous people you see at parties and from whom people keep away.
Get good looking accessories such as an ice bucket, tongs, cork screw, scissors, knife, stirrers and a cocktail shaker.
If you are lucky enough to have a well sized bar at your place then invest in some nice bar stools. They can be made of wood or metal.
What to stock
No bar is complete without a good collection of beverages. Always stock up your bar according to the kind of guests who visit you. If your social circle consists of more of whisky drinkers, then you wouldn’t want more bottles of rum. Know your audience!
If your budget allows it, then invest in a mini fridge to be kept below or behind the bar. This will help keep your mixers, white wine and beer chilled.
Also always be aware as to how a beverage is served. For example, did you know red wine should be opened 15 minutes before serving at room temperature? That way it tastes awesome.
What you serve the beverages in is also important. Invest in proper glasses such as red and white wine glasses (they are different. The white wine glasses are taller and narrower to avoid hand contact and air circulation which would have otherwise warmed the wine), champagne flutes, martini glasses, Collins and whisky glasses. Have the beer pilsners and/ or the white wine glasses chilled in your (mini) fridge and keep some regular glass tumblers ready for those cocktails and other beverages.
Whether you would like to be that talk of the town home bartender or the more serious one who listens to his/ her friends’ woes while wiping glasses or if you just like entertaining your friends or if you are a connoisseur of those expensive limited edition bottles, always keep a budget in mind. Do not go overboard. You can keep on beautifying it in time. Whether it’s a scene from Cocktail or whether you name it ‘Smoky- the Bar’, no one can deny the beauty of a well stocked bar with bottles filled with the amber/ dark/ light/ red coloured liquids. And always remember, let your friends/ guests drink but never drive (it is against our principles to say ‘don’t drink’)