How To Build A Sinatra-Worthy Home Bar In 12 Clicks
We live in a time of utter convenience, where groceries, booze, movies and sex can be ordered with the touch of a button. For better or worse, one doesn’t even have to leave their couch to have their entire apartment furnished from top to bottom.
The home bar is an essential for liquor lovers and wannabe-liquor lovers alike who want to display, and offer up, their collection of sought-after booze. With sites like Target, Amazon, and JackThreads at your disposal, you can buy everything you need to build very own Mad Men-style home bar in under 90 seconds.
Safavieh Bar CartPrice: $299
If you’re living in a small apartment or even one of those tiny mobile homes that everyone’s losing their shit over, the Safavieh bar cart from Target is the classy solution to finding a bar cart that’s small, unobtrusive, mobile, and actually not hideous. Made with glass and gold-colored metal, this is a far cry from the cardboard box you used to keep your bottles on. Pro-tip: if you’re looking for a way to keep your bottles safe and sound for super cheap, I personally own one of these suave utility carts from IKEA. $30 and no one will ever guess that it was built to hold tools instead of whiskey.
Nachtmann Aspen 3-Piece Decanter & Tumbler SetPrice: $100
A decanter is a vital piece of barware that not only looks cool, but actually makes your whiskey taste better. This decanter & tumbler set gives you the old-school top floor executive vibe without the outrageous price tag. Plus, you get two tumblers! For drankin'!
Marquis by Waterford Sparkle HighBall GlassesPrice: $31.25
It’s nice to have a little variety when pouring yourself a little glass of something, because not every drink has to be served in a tumbler with a big block of ice in the middle. And after recently being served a simple scotch and seltzer, I’ve gained appreciation for the highball glass and you should, too. These brilliantly-cut lead-free crystalline glasses are a not-often-thought-about barware essential that make any kind of booze taste better.
The Emperor Ice BucketPrice: $40
You know who keeps their ice in boring old non-animal-shaped buckets? Guests at dirty motels off the highway. If you’re going to keep something as boring as ice on display, you might as well store it in a giant emperor penguin.
Scrappy's BittersPrice: $19.99
Bitters are a vital component in some of the most classic drinks and cocktails, including the Old Fashioned and your gourmet Long Island Iced Tea. Wait, can a Long Island Iced Tea be gourmet? In any case, Scrappy’s Firewater bitter (containing alcohol, distilled water, habanero, organic herbs and spices) is a total treat and belongs in your home bar.
Brooklyn Slate Beverage CoasterPrice: $25
I have a question for you: do you respect wood? Because sometimes a regular paper coaster just won't cut it. Made from stone culled from a private family quarry in upstate New York, these beverage coasters will save your table with from even the strongest drink. See what I did there?
Usagi Heavyweight Cobbler ShakerPrice: $69.95
This handy shaker will allow you to effortlessly mix drinks the way bartenders and mixologists do. Fun fact: liquid stored in copper vessels gain an essential micronutrient that's been proven to stimulate the brain, promote bone strength, and aid in digestion...so feel free to shake for a while.
Laphroaig Quarter CaskPrice: $50
Come to think of it, you're probably going to need some booze for your bar cart. Laphroaig's Quarter Cask is a scotch that tastes like scotch—burnt rubber, smoke, and Robitussin. It's a classic drink that either belongs on display in your living room or in the bottom shelf of your desk.
The EssentialsPremium Julep Strainer
We all know what kind of drink this is for. The Mint Julep calls for classy barware, so give your drink what it deserves. This copper-plated strainer fits large and standard mixing glasses for all your mixing needs.
Gold plating over stainless steel, this vintage-style jigger is the only way to make sure your drinks are measured with accuracy. It looks like a Stanley Cup, and how can the Stanley Cup let anyone down? It's been a cereal bowl and a urinal!
Beveled Bitters Bottle
Styled in the likeness of a bottle from the 1930s, this bottle has a copper top in the cork and allows you to pour straight from the bottle while simultaneously storing your bitters in a supremely cool-looking vessel.
Gold. Plated. Skull. Barspoon. Try not to look badass handling this beast. It adds that perfect amount of Danzig to your bar cart that you didn't even know you were lacking.
Jeremy Glass is a staff writer at Supercompressor and mixes all of his drinks with love, inaccuracy.
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