The Perfectly Stocked Home Bar!

The Perfectly Stocked Home Bar!

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


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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.

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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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