Going out to meet friends for a cocktail is always fun, but I love having an in house bar where people can come over and enjoy drinks at our home. When it comes to creating the perfect at home bar, you want to make sure it’s stocked not only with your favorite wines and liquors, but with all the other  barware essentials you need to host a fabulous evening.

I love visiting Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales when I’m searching for great barware and accessories. They have amazing pieces in all different styles, so whether you’re creating a space with a mid-century vibe or one that’s more modern, you can find what you need.

In today’s post I want to share a few pieces I think every at home bar needs.



Bar Carts

Bar carts were originally used in the Victorian Era as tea carts. It wasn’t until the 1950’s they became an entertaining essential because they were easy to move and prevented guests from having to stop their conversations in order to refill their drinks.

Though most homes these days also have built in bars, a bar cart is a fabulous way to display your favorite accessories and can be designed to match your personality. It’s the perfect place to showcase vintage decanters, glasses or ice buckets.

Bar carts are a great option if you’re limited on space. They can give you the look of having a bar without taking up much room and can be easily tucked away until you need it.


Having the proper glassware is key to being able to mix up a fabulous cocktail for your guests at a get together or happy hour at home. Whether your guests prefer champagne, martinis, wine or anything on the rocks, you’ll want to make sure you have a variety of glasses readily available.

Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your glassware either. You can opt for something more classic in style, choose something more contemporary or select colored glassware for a pop of color.

Bar Sets

There are so many tools you can add to your bar, but having a set of stunning coasters is a must for me. They make just placing your glass down feel so elegant and help protect your furniture from damage. Some other tools I like to include are a jigger, tongs, a bottle opener, and a corkscrew. Just make sure you have the tools you need to make your favorite cocktail!

Once you have the essentials for your at home bar, you can complete the look by adding some fresh flowers, books or putting your favorite mixers within reach. There’s no limit to how you can style your bar! The important thing is to make sure it’s stocked with the things you and your guests love.
Let me know in the comments below what your at home bar essentials are!