The Perfectly Stocked Home Bar!

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Whether you enjoy the occasional cocktail or you frequently engage in a nightcap, nothing says welcome home (or welcome to MY home) like a well-stocked bar.

One of the first goals I set for my new place was to put together a solid and efficient bar. If your current setup is a little lack luster then this post is for you. We will cover the basics that make a great stock and I will show my current bar setup and break down how I organized it.




  • Vodka (Grey Goose or Kettle One)
  • Gin (Hendricks or Tanqueray)
  • Tequila (Jose Cuervo or 1800)
  • Rum (Bacardi or Pyrat)


  • Scotch (Glenlivet 12 year or Dewar’s Aberfeldy 12 Year)
  • Bourbon (Jack Daniels, Knob Creek or Maker’s Mark)
  • Rum (Kraken)
  • Brandy (Hennessy or Courvoisier)
Brands listed are just MY preferences

Cocktail Ingredients

  • Triple Sec
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Sweet and Dry Vermouth


  • Tonic Water
  • Club Soda
  • Ginger Ale
  • Coke
  • Sprite

Home bars are not just for basements anymore. Not everyone has the luxury of a built-in home bar. In fact, most people probably don’t need one, but on those occasions when you’re entertaining with adult beverages {or other types} you need a place to corral and display bottles, glasses, and mixers. Here are some carts and setups that are eye-catching, budget friendly and some you can make yourself that can blend with any style of decor.

raskog-utility-cart-gray__0154992_PE313176_S4Ikea: $29.99

bygel-utility-cart-white__0112315_PE263829_S4Ikea: $29.99

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 5.50.36 PMFlat Fare: $62.64 download7th Ave: $95.99
T_WithoutZoomBallard Designs: $84.15 (on sale)

bar-trayWal-Mart: $31.30


Life Designed 16ALifeDesigned: $150


7ed34-img_3210Life In High Cotton: $50-80


Now if you have a small setup like a cart or serving tray having all these in stock  are a little much, I would suggest only picking 5 of the items. Now even if you have a fairly large space, tweak the list to what suits YOUR taste.


Now for the essential bar tools. Ever been curious about all those fancy gadgets at play behind the bar? With names like muddler and jigger, you can easily get overwhelmed. Well fear no more! Here’s a list of some must have tools!


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Stirring spoon
  • Strainers
  • Wine opener
  • Cocktail picks
  • Muddler
  • Pourers
  • Jiggers
  • Ice Bucket w/ Ice tongs or scoop
  • Square Ice Molds (optional but well worth it!)
  • Decanters

I opted to purchase mine separately. But, If you’re looking for sets I found a couple that are great starter kits that you can build onto.

Macy’s: $36.00

Bed, Bath & Beyond: $29.99

West Elm: $49

A3JJ_1_20140110409147264Newegg: $33.95


Now that we’ve covered the basics, I’ll share my current setup. I’ve labeled most of the pictures with whats on each shelf. It’s perfect for my space and the company I entertain. Not saying that I wouldn’t add anything to it, but it is ready to go!

At first the bar was on the built-in buffet in our dinning room. After living in the space I wanted a more “stacked” feel.

Instead of stocking every liquor listed above, I like to switch up the alcohol in each decanter once it’s empty. I will update you on what I add and change around. A couple of goodies are on their way, so look out for part 2!

What is your favorite cocktail? What is a must have spirit for your home bar?
Let me know below!!!


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  • Katelin Knust

    Great resource! My husband has mentioned putting a bar into our basement, but I’m not sure that it’s something that we’ll do in our current home. I’d rather have space for future kiddos to play than have a wet bar next to a TV!

  • that’s a great idea. thank you for all these rcommendations

  • Looks like you don’t need to go to a bar anymore coz everything you need is already at home! 🙂

  • Jasmin N

    This is such an inspirational post! Thanks for sharing 😀
    #finns&alcohol #alwaysinterested

    <3: Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

  • Things Sarah Loves

    French Martini definitely. I love making cocktails at home.

  • Yay awesome post! My favourite cocktail is a cosmo! x

  • This is really detailed and helpful! And I like that West Elm cocktail set. I love cocktails but I never make them at home. Maybe I should try! You make it sound fun!

  • Ashlyn

    Who needs a bar when you all of this awesome stuff! I bet it’s a lot cheaper drinking in rather than going out. And look how cute it is! That flat flare thing is quite cool looking. You’ve inspired me to start learning how to bar tend for myself. Thanks!

  • Omg love your little setup. I think it’s so essential for every house to have a bar even its a little nook where you store your drinks.

  • Lauren Kunin

    This was a very detailed post. Great job. Gives a lot of insight. And I love diy projects!

  • Diana De Luca

    Great (sharable) post! This is going to be super useful when I get my own place (saving on Pinterst) ♡

  • Rose Sahetapy

    We have a simple and classic style cart at home for a few bottles of liquor and glasses. Your post though give me some inspiration, and I like the Flat Fare care. It looks so feminine.

  • Saccharine Soul

    I currently have a small fridge were we store some liquor and wine, but one day, I’ll have a pretty corner just like yours!

  • Kerry O’Byrne

    Love your bar set up! I have a cupboard which is cool where i can keep my wine and spirits. Would love to have my own little bar area.

  • Klaudias Corner

    What an excellent post , you are hitting the hole in one 🙂 I’m a landlady of a cocktail bar , hahaha . I know all about it , you are very well organized ! All there , I would just add a chopping board , easy to clean ones . Thinking of the acids from lemons & Co. But , great post . I am glad , I have come across this 🙂