Home Bar Basics: Ideas, Sources, & Products

Whenever the weather cools down, we think about hosting dinner parties and serving cocktails at home. If you're the same way and October has put you in the mood to set up your own small station for mixing drinks, here are some ideas and resources to get you started.SETTING UP A BAR

1) Vintage Furniture Becomes a Bar
Keep an eye out for these flea market finds that can be repurposed as a home bar

2) 8 Pieces to Use As a Home Bar
Ideas for converting a credenza, console, secretary, or suitcase into a home bar

3) Simple Bar Set Up
A look at the stripped-down basics one needs to have a home bar

4) Setting Up a Bar Cart at Home
Tips, photos, and ideas for a portable bar

5) Using an Old Card Catalog as a Bar
An ingenious idea for repurposing old furniture

SOURCES & PRODUCTS

6) Online Sources for Barware on the Cheap
A guide to glasses, shakers, and corkscrews under $10

7) Best Bargain Booze: 7 Top Picks From Bar Experts
Ideas for affordable whiskey, gin, rum, and more

8) Best Wine Racks for the Home 2010
A mix of new and vintage options

9) Airline Bar & Beverage Carts by AL.CARTS
Play flight attendant at home with this sleek and colorful bar

10) Bar Keeper
A retro barware shop in Silver Lake, Los Angeles

• RELATED: A Well Stocked Bar: Ideas and Inspiration

Photos: Factory 20, Martha Stewart, CocoKelly, Patrick Cline / Lonny, World Market, Nora Maynard, AL.CARTS, Paul McCobb Cart from Surfing Cowboys, Bar Keeper

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