Guest Picks: 20 Essentials for the Home Bar
All You'll Need to Create the Perfect Home Bar — Minus the Alcohol, That Is
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I love to entertain, and I feel that a home bar is an absolute necessity. Stock it with these chic and functional essentials and you'll always be ready to host any party. These are some of my favorite go-to items, many of which I keep in my own bar at home. — Candice from The Design Boards
Lacquer Wine Rack - $39
This is such a great wine holder; it's small enough to fit on a bar or countertop, and can easily be stored away in a cupboard. Its sleek and simple design goes with any decor, and it has a bit of playfulness to it that I love.
Teraforma Whiskey Stones - $19.50
Look like a true entertaining pro when you pull out these rocks to serve to your whiskey-loving guests. These are great because they don't water down and dilute drinks, and they also look super-cool and chic!
Midcentury Silver Rim Barware Set, Cheeky Chic Vintage - $138
This is a beautiful piece of mid-century history and design that would look amazing on any home bar. I love that this set includes an ice bucket and shot glasses. Your bar would be complete with this!
Arteriors Connaught Polished Nickel Glass Bar Cart - $1,667
No home bar is complete without a beautiful bar cart. This is the perfect cart for storing glassware and bottles or decanters of your favorite spirits. I love the elegant and traditional look of this cart.
Brooklyn Glass - $5.50
I lived in New York for three years and am such a sucker for well-designed odes to the city, like this Brooklyn glassware. I love the style and design — great for serving beer.
Squirrel Nutcracker - $24.95
I received this as a Christmas gift this year and it now sits on my bar. Fun, playful and works great — I Iove it! My guests always smile when they use it too, which I also love!
Fez Platter - $49
I am obsessed with anything Moroccan these days, and this gorgeous tray is no exception. I love the look of this tray, it has such a great eclectic, bohemian feel to it.
Williams Martini Pitcher - $39
Knowing how to make a great martini should be in every entertainer's arsenal. What makes a good martini even better? Serving it in a beautiful martini pitcher like this one.
Classic Hotel Cocktail Napkin - $12
This is my favorite choice for cocktail napkins. They are a brilliant white, the fabric is nice and they look great with a drink sitting on top of them. You can have them monogrammed for a more traditional look. Overall, these are one of my must-haves for a home bar.
Vintage Glass Beaker by Modern Poetry - $49
I have a vintage glass beaker similar to this one that I use for measuring out alcohol for cocktails. It's a unique little piece and looks great sitting on my bar. I like finding different uses for vintage items!
Format Tray - $39.95
I love Lucite; it's fun, modern and super chic. This is a great bar tray for serving drinks and snacks to your guests.
Hammered Large Rectangular Tray - $59
This is such a beautiful piece. I love the look of hammered metal and this would look great filled with champagne flutes ready to serve at your next party. It's such a nice piece you could leave it on display even when not in use.
"The Very Many Varieties of Beer" Print by Pop Chart Lab - $25
I bought this print for my husband for Christmas and it makes such a great addition to our home bar. It's sure to spark some conversations about beer during your next cocktail party!
Striped Paper Straws - $4
Serve fun and fruity cocktails with these colorful paper straws. I think these are a must-have for people who like to entertain, and you can get them in several colors to go with whatever color scheme you are using.
Stainless Steel Champagne Gift Set - $49.95
This is such a beautiful serving bucket for champagne and I love the style of the stemless champagne flutes — super modern.
Wiener Dog Ashtray - $16
This is meant to be an ashtray but I think it would be a really fun serving piece on the bar for olives, nuts or garnishes. I have a dachshund so I'm always drawn to fun and quirky dachshund-y things like this!
Wine Journal - $30
I love the idea of a wine journal. If you love to drink wine, it's a great way to keep track of your favorites. I know my husband and I always seem to forget which ones we like when we are shopping at the wine store, so this is a great way to jot down notes about the bottles you drink. It's also a great hostess or housewarming gift!
Cape Wineland Cutting Board - $38
I love this serving board. The wood has such a deep, beautiful color to it — elegant but also rustic. It's so beautiful you could keep it on display all the time.
Heavy Metal Guitar Bottle Opener - $8
I love this funky and playful bar accessory. It's a great conversation piece and a fun and useful way to open bottles at your next cocktail party.
Castle Key Bottle Opener - $12
I love this quirky yet classic take on a simple bar tool. It would work with several different styles and has a great vintage feel to it.