Designing the Perfect Home Bar: DIY Custom Bar

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2020 has come and gone, and as we’ve crossed almost the first 30 days of 2021 one thing is for sure, we’re going to have to get use to this “new normal”. One of the biggest takeaways for the bar industry is that at home mixology and DIY cocktails at home is officially a thing. To be honest, it always was, and it’s been slowly ramping up every year for the last 15-20 years but 2020 gave it a big boost when we all suddenly found ourselves unable to visit our favorite watering holes.

We’ve gotten A LOT of emails asking us about tips on building an at home bar.  It’s not the easiest thing for us to answer because there are different strokes for different folks.  For some it’s a bunch of bottles in a cabinet, for others its a bar cart in the corner, and for some it’s a full blow real scale bar in the man cave. Planning for it, building it, stocking it, it’s a lot. Fortunately, this week we partnered with Adriana Lopez, a contributor at and she’s put together a great guide on designing the perfect at home bar. You really want to focus around:

  • Starting with the space you have – Don’t go crazy, use what you have!
  • Design and functionality – Think STORAGE…
  • Choosing the right materials and knowing what tools you’ll need – Inside or outside bar?
  • Stocking the bar with the items that work best for YOU – Don’t go crazy grabbing syrups you’ll never drink, they’ll expire before you ever remember you bought them.

To read the entirety of the article, click here and read Custom Bar DIY: Designing the Perfect Home Bar over at

Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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