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How To Set Up An At-Home Bar

Eva Amurri shares how to set up an at-home bar

I’m somebody who likes to go out and have a drink or two on occasion with girlfriends as much-needed “me time”. But recently, as the world has drastically changed, so have my habits!

I haven’t gone out for drinks at all since the pandemic started, and as a result, I’ve been using my own at-home bar cart much more than I normally would. It’s been reminding me how great it is during these times to have a chic and inviting set up for enjoying a delicious cocktail at home.

I’ve also been noticing that many of you are searching for cocktail recipes right here on HEA! I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of my favorite pieces that I like to pull together to create a really nice at-home bar experience.

As always, please indulge responsibly!

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Bar Carts

 

I love a bar cart! I think they’re so chic and fun, and I’ve definitely wheeled my bar carts into other areas of my home while entertaining or setting up special themed cocktail events. I think they’re a wonderful investment piece!

Cumberland Bar Cart

ALLMODERN

This round version is so chic!

Terrace Bar Cart

West Elm

My dining room bar cart is sold out, but this one is the most similar to mine in vibe!

Colne 35" Acrylic Bar Cart

Pottery Barn

I’m obsessed with this acrylic and brass bar cart! So chic and modern!

Monaco Bar Cart

Serena & Lily

This wicker bar cart feels so retro in the best way possible.

Noemi Bar Cart with Tray

ALLMODERN

This copper bar cart is super chic and really unusual. I love it!

Glassware

 

I collect cocktail glasses and champagne flutes, and I love picking and choosing the ones I want to use each time I shake up a new cocktail! It never hurts to drink a yummy drink from a pretty glass: file under “Simple Pleasures In Life”.

These are some of my favorite glassware collections!

Italian Classic Cocktail Glasses

Bormioli Rocco

These classic Italian cocktail glasses are as chic as it gets!

Schott Zwiesel Pure Wine Glasses

Fortessa Tableware Solutions

These are the wine glasses I have — and I love their champagne flutes too!

Hand-Blown Recycled Margarita Glasses (Set of 2)

Sobremesa

These handblown Margarita glasses are gorgeous!

Shatterproof Tritan Wine Tumblers (Set of 4)

Barebones Living

Drinking outdoors? I have these shatterproof wine glasses that I also use for outdoor cocktails, lemonade, and sparkling water!

Stackable English Pub Pint Glasses (Set of 12)

Bormioli Rocco

If you have a beer-lover in the house, these pint glasses are a must!

Iridescent Set of 4 Stemless Champagne Flutes

Goldinger

If you’re looking for something ultra girly, these iridescent, stemless champagne flutes are so pretty!

Jupiter Set of 6 Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Fortessa

Prefer something a little more whimsical? These double old fashioned glasses are stunning and come in the prettiest colors!

SPUN LIGHT PINK BARWARE

CB2

I have these pink glasses and love them! Plus, they’re a total steal.

EVE COUPE COCKTAIL GLASS

CB2

These are my favorite coupe glasses I own. I find them so elegant and they look really perfect with cocktails that have a hint of color.

Bar Martini Glass, Set of 2

LSA

These martini glasses are a WHOLE VIBE! Love!

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ACCESSORIES

 

Bar accessories really contribute to the feeling of your at-home bar experience. I think bar accessories are a gorgeous gift, and a really nice investment piece to buy yourself since they’re on display on your bar cart all the time. I’m also sharing some accessories that may not be on display but are great additions to your cocktail-making arsenal…

BLOCK 4-PIECE MARBLE BAR TOOL SET

CB2

This is the accessory set I have for my bar cart and I absolutely love it.

4-PIECE BAMBOO BAR TOOL SET WITH STAND

CB2

This bamboo bar tool set is another beautiful choice!

Cocktail Shaker

Amazon

This cocktail shaker is classic and gets the job done!

COPPER COCKTAIL SHAKER

Mark & Graham

This beautiful copper cocktail shaker can be monogrammed!

STONE COLD MARBLE WINE CHILLER

CB2

I always bring my wine to the table in my marble wine chiller.

Stainless Steel Straws (Set of 10)

Onyx

I have these straws and love them! An eco-friendly alternative to plastic, and helps keep your drink cold!

Rabbit Electric Wine Tools

Rabbit Wine

This wine opener is a total splurge…but if you open bottles of wine often (I may be speaking from experience) then it is worth it! This is yet another fantastic gift idea by the way!

Mixed Natural Stone Whiskey Cubes (Set of 6)

Hawkins New York

These natural stone whiskey cubes are so chic and would also be a wonderful gift. I keep mine in the freezer, and pop one in to a glass of whiskey or tequila instead of ice so it doesn’t get watered down!

Microplane Zester and Spice Grater (Set of 2)

Microplane

These are perfect for adding zest or spice to your cocktails!

Sphere Ice Cube Trays with Lid (Set of 3)

W&P

These round ice cube trays are a must! It really elevates the look and taste of your cocktail!

FUN SIPS + SPRINKLES

 

Here are some nice little additions to your bar cart! Plus some subscription services that I love for keeping my at-home bar game stacked!

Casamigos Cocktail Mixes, Set of 4

Williams Sonoma

These Casamigos mixers are DELISH!

Williams Sonoma Cocktail Mix, Yuzu Meyer Lemon

Williams Sonoma

I’ve been buying this Yuzu Meyer lemon mix for years. I love it with vodka or whiskey!

Seedlip Cocktail Mix Trio Gift Set

Seedlip

Seedlip is super buzzworthy right now. I can’t wait to gift this set for the holidays!

Cocktail Bitters Set

Uncommon Goods

This bitters set is the perfect starter kit for an at-home bar.

Haus Essentials

DrinkHaus

These aperitifs are delicious!

Firstleaf Club Membership

Firstleaf

Never run out of wine again!

MOSCOW MULE ORGANIC COCKTAIL KIT

Royal Rose

This Moscow mule set makes mixing up a yummy cocktail TOO easy.

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Photographs by Julia Dags

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3 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Where is your shelving unit above the bar cart from?

    09.14.20 Reply