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Home Bar Ideas for Elevated Entertaining

Any host with the most knows the at-home bar is the epitome of home entertaining. Follow Liberty’s rules to achieve cocktail success to wow even the most hard-to-please guests
By: Charlotte Pavitt

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Home Bar Ideas for Elevated Entertaining

Home Bar Ideas for Elevated Entertaining

Any host with the most knows the at-home bar is the epitome of home entertaining. Follow Liberty’s rules to achieve cocktail success to wow even the most hard-to-please guests

By: Charlotte Pavitt

There is much to love about the joy of entertaining at home in the winter months. From dinner parties and guest sleepovers to games nights and craft club get-togethers, it’s a season that calls for opening up your home as a space for all to enjoy. Whether you do your best entertaining in the kitchen, dining room, living room or even garden - introducing a home bar area not only creates the perfect opportunity for post-dinner drinks but provides an epicentre for long overdue catch-ups. There are a few must-know home bar ideas that help to create a good vibe from the word go, so if you’re wondering how to achieve such a feat, our ideas may just prove helpful.

Best Served In

Any Liberty-approved bar is not just stocked with the best wines and spirits but decadent drinkware, too. Every cocktail connoisseur knows that there is an optimum glassware pairing to every drinks order so make sure you’re well stocked with tumblers, pitchers, coupes and flutes to suit every guest’s needs. Take for instance, the Negroni - a classic cocktail served ‘on the rocks’ and best made in short tumbler glasses, garnished with a slice of blood orange.

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Look Up

Not all bars are created equal. Whether you’re simply adding a bar cart of your favourite tipples and a decanter to the living room or creating an entire drinks nook in your dining room, always look to optimise the space (and decor opportunities) with height. Open shelving will not only allow you to display your carefully curated collection of glassware, but provide a space for artwork, cocktail recipe books and extra storage.

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Amusing Accessories

It’s a common misconception that all bars should be dark and moody - reminiscent of a speakeasy - but it’s no surprise to learn that here at Liberty, we strongly advocate for injecting colour, print and fun accessories into the space. After all, the home bar is a place for entertainment! Ensure your guests feel inspired by adding cheerful pieces like Maison Balzac's Marble Hand Incense Holder, £95, twisty and striped candles and a decorative jug to house stirrers and straws.

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Garnish Your Bar

Limes, lemons and oranges are all cocktail bar essentials, but aside from being a great garnish they can also help to brighten up the space. A heaped bowl of citrus fruits or a small dish filled with olives for those martini-lovers will go down a treat, creating an opportunity for more interactive, DIY drinks-making. Paper umbrellas optional.

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Create an Atmosphere

Think about how to welcome your guests. Everybody knows a good at-home cocktail evening requires not just great drinks, glassware and company; but a great playlist to really set the tone and candles to scent the scene. Diptyque’s Odour Removing Scented Candle will allow the night to go seamlessly from dinner to drinks, while Neom’s Happiness Scented Candle, £35 will invite a joyful atmosphere.

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Game On

Round off any evening get-together with after-dinner games that are stylish enough to play or pop on display. Whip out your best selection of light bites, comfy cushions, cocktails (of course) and Backgammon to make your dinner party one for the books. If you’re serious about optimising your games night, ensure the bar is stocked aplenty and has plenty of seating for all your players.

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