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Extravagent Accessories for a Trendy Bar at Home

Modern Home Bar

It’s usually a party kill when half of the guests decide to leave and go to a bar downtown.  This happened at a party I went to a couple weeks ago. It was initially a huge group, but the party took two major blows. First there was a car accident in front of the house, and half the people left to see the damage. Then, after the crash scene disappeared, everyone except six people went to a bar. It was absurd, especially since the host had bought a keg for everyone! Only myself and the two hosts took any beer from it. Maybe having a killer bar at a party can trump the barhopping mentality.

Martini Shaped Sink by Elkay
Martini Shaped Bar Sink by Elkay

This martini sink inspired me to write a blog about home bar accessories. It’s too cute. It would be fun to install this in a bar with colored light emanating from beneath the edge of the counters.

Modern Home Bar
Modern Home Bar

This bar looks very posh, but the materials and accessories in it probably weren’t too expensive. The overhead portion was probably a pain to install, but all in all the project looks relatively simple.

Contemporary Home Bar
Contemporary Home Bar

For a bar, you want to have cool ambient lighting that makes people feel hidden. Everybody looks a little better  in low lights. When people feel more invisible, it’s easier to flirt, laugh, and start a dance floor.  However, you won’t want to be setting up glasses and cleaning surfaces in blue mood lighting, so some bright task lights overhead will be necessary.  Just keep those on a different switch. If it’s 4 am and you’re exhhausted from hours of entertaining, you can switch them on and start cleaning as a hint that it’s time to finish up. This would be the appropriate time for your guests to go to that bar down the street.

The Titan Energy Star Pendant Light
The Titan Energy Star Pendant Light

Something like the Titan Energy Star above the bar is perfect for ambient and task lighting. You could put these on a dimmer and adjust light levels accordingly.

Precision Sink from Blanco
Precision Sink from Blanco

Here’s a sleek Blanco sink to hold that ice. I love the sharp angles and details of this design. Its quality really shows. This low gauge sink is made of thick stainless steel. It will be quieter and more durable in the long run.

Art Deco Faucet from California Faucets
Art Deco Faucet from California Faucets

For bar faucets, I love something elaborate like this one from California Faucets. I used to be a bartender, and it is capital to have a soap dispenser in your bar. Your hands and arms will get sticky from cutting up fruit, occasional spills, and touching the rag you use to wipe the counter. Washing your hands frequently is always a good idea when you’re serving and clearing for multiple people. Not only will your guests appreciate it, but you’ll be less likely to catch any colds from them.

Neo Rados Bar Faucet from Blanco
Neo Rados Bar Faucet from Blanco

For many homes, a more contemporary choice like the Neo Rados is best. Blanco is one of the top manufacturers in the sink business. They use premium steel in all their products and have a good reputation and maintaining a high standard.

Blanco's Grace Faucet
Blanco's Grace Faucet

The Grace faucet has a neck like a swan. Definitely an elegant addition for a home bar. A home bar can be built in a very small space as well as a large one. A lot of people start out with a kitchen island, or breakfast nook. Having your own bar is such a luxury. It doesn’t just have to be used for mixing drinks at parties. It’s an extension of the kitchen.You can keep sodas and beer in the mini fridge. You can use it as a juice bar, or make healthy smoothies there in the morning. In many homes that have a bar, I’ve noticed that a workout space is always nearby.

Guinness Poster
Guinness Poster

Everyone knows that beer and weight lifting go hand in hand! (Disclaimer: Don’t believe  everything you read on the internet or in Irish posters.) On that note, hope you’ve enjoyed browsing these adorable bar accessories.