The Ultimate DIY Home Bar Setup

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There's nothing like enjoying a refreshing cocktail or a cold beer at your very own home bar. It's the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, host parties with friends, or even enjoy a romantic evening with your significant other. But building a home bar can seem daunting, especially if you don't have much experience in DIY projects.

That's where Minimax comes in – bar accessories, glassware, and plenty of cocktail book recommendations – we've created the ultimate guide to building a DIY home bar setup that's both stylish and functional. Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or a beginner, our step-by-step instructions will help you create the perfect bar set for your home.

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Your Home Bar Set Up

Choosing the right bar cart is essential to setting up your home bar, and Minimax offers a range of stylish and functional options to suit different tastes and requirements. Here are some reference options from Pure Homewares, one of the many incredible brands:

The Piaf Rectangular Bar Cart

Behold; this beautiful bar cart features a sleek gold or silver frame and clear tempered glass shelves. It's easy to wheel around, making it the perfect party companion. Plus, with its built-in bottle holder, you can keep all your beverages within easy reach.

This cart has two tiers with mirrored glass shelves and a metal frame with a chrome finish, giving it a beautiful art deco-inspired design. It also features three slots on the bottom rack for storing spirit or wine bottles.

Trist Glass Bar Cart

This bar cart is plated in nickel with a black finish, giving it an ultra-slick look to complement an array of colour schemes. It includes two shelves, providing ample space to store your gleaming glasses, shakers, strainers and muddlers. Castor wheels and full handles on either side allow for ease of movement, making it easy to transport to different areas of your home.

Jones Rectangular Bar Cart

This vintage-inspired bar cart makes a statement with its striking design. It provides all the space you need for your collection of spirits and features a rectangular shape with two tiers and wheels for easy movement.

Smith Oval Mirror Bar Cart

This sleek and sophisticated bar cart features an oval mirror design that brings class to any occasion. It's contemporary and stylish, even when paired back with books and knick-knacks. It includes two shelves and wheels for easy movement.

When choosing a bar cart for your home bar, it's essential to consider the design, functionality, and what kind of bar accessories you’ll add to the bar cart. And that’s before mentioning the all-important addition of your favourite spirits and bottles of wine.

Bar Accessories

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Investing in essential bar accessories is the first step in creating a home bar. A complete cocktail set - shakers, jiggers, strainers, stirrers, muddlers, ice tongs and a corkscrew - each one will make your home bar look more professional and help you easily create a wide range of cocktails.

A cocktail shaker is a must-have for any home bar setup. It will allow you to mix and shake drinks to perfection. Minimax offers a range of cocktail shakers, including stainless steel options, which are both stylish and durable. You’ll also need a quality strainer too.

Another essential tool that you'll need to ensure that your drinks are perfectly balanced is a jigger or measuring cup. Minimax offers a range of jiggers in different sizes and materials, including stainless steel and copper. Of course, if you’re a bit of a free spirit, wield some mixology magic with a speed pourer and get those drinks out quick, fast.

A bar spoon is also a useful accessory in your home bar setup. It can be used for stirring cocktails and layering ingredients. Minimax offers a range of bar spoons in various designs, including twisted and spiral options.

You can also keep your bubbly cold with a Minimax party tub and ice bucket. Oh, and if you like your drinks on the rocks, ice tongs are a must.


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Proper glassware can make a big difference to the presentation and taste of your cocktails. Minimax offers a range of specialty glassware options to suit different cocktails, including martini glasses, wine glasses, and tumblers. For a one-stop shop brand that offers a range of different glassware options, look no further than Krosno Harmony.

Of course, the Minimax recommendations and glassware suggestions don’t stop there.

For example, martini glasses are a must-have for any home bar. They are ideal for serving classic cocktails such as martinis and cosmopolitans. Minimax offers a range of martini glasses in different designs and sizes, including traditional stemmed options and contemporary stemless glasses.

Minimax Cocktail Suggestions

•  Pasabahce Timeless Martini Glasses Set of 4: Add retro glamour to your entertaining.

•  Krosno Avant Garde Martini Glasses Set of 6: Brings contemporary chic to a cocktail classic.

•  Krosno Cocktail Glass Set of 6: Adds a bit of high-society glamour, perfect for elevating your signature cocktails.

•  Bormioli Rocco Ypsilon Margarita Glass: Designed for professionals in the bar world.

•  Bormioli Rocco Ypsilon Cocktail Glass: The crystal clear glass will catch the light and show off the contents in all its glory.

•  Riedel Extreme Martini Glasses Set of 2: When only the best will do.

Wine glasses are another essential item for any home bar setup. They are perfect for serving wine, of course, but can also be used for cocktails, such as sangria and wine spritzers. Minimax offers a range of wine glasses, including red wine glasses, white wine glasses, and champagne flutes. Not fussed with mixing and matching cups? The Luigi Bormioli Gin Glass Selection Set of 4 is an eclectic glassware range that will surely be a hit at your next happy hour.

Tumblers are a versatile glassware option that can be used for a range of cocktails, including whiskey sours, margaritas, and gin and tonics. Minimax offers a range of tumblers in different sizes and designs, including cut crystal and colourful options. Also, consider matching your glassware to your placemats and coasters for a consistent theme across your entire bar cart setup.

Minimax Tumbler Suggestions

•  Nachtmann Noblesse Whisky Set of 4: made of the finest crystal glass, you can enjoy your whisky the way it was meant to be.

•  Nachtmann Noblesse Long Drink Set of 4: beautifully cut from the finest lead-free crystal, these German-made tall glasses are perfect for cocktails, juices, water and more.

Oh, and Carafes, Decanters, and Jugs are a must if you’re making large batches of cocktails for a group of friends or a party. The Wilkie Brothers Windsor Glass Water Pitcher is perfect for entertaining and displaying a variety of refreshing drinks such as cocktails, juice or water. And for decanting that bottle of red, the Krosno Connoisseur Wine Decanter with Beechwood Stopper will bring out the very best. Or, for something more contemporary, give the Krosno Splendour Wine Decanter a swirl.

Spirits, Mixers and Anything Else You Drink

A bar is only as good as its booze selection. Gin, vodka, rum, whisky, bourbon, tequila, and any other spirits you enjoy, plus a few mixers. While some may say, "The better the quality, the less likely you'll have a hangover," you don't need to shell out for top-shelf spirits. Although price is a good indicator of quality, doing your research will help you identify the best quality spirits without breaking the bank.

Stock up on your preferred bottles because you'll consume them most of the time. Learn how to make a few basic drinks for yourself and your guests. Remember that aromatised fortified wines, such as vermouth, and liqueurs, such as cream liqueur, require refrigeration once opened because they soon oxidise or get stale.

Non-Alcoholic Options

While it may be against the idea of what a bar cart is, non-alcoholic variations of beers, wines, and spirits are becoming just as popular as their alcoholic counterparts.

Making non-alcoholic cocktails or mocktails is a great way to cater to guests who prefer non-alcoholic drinks or individuals who want to enjoy a night off from alcohol.

Cocktail Books

Cocktail books can be an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve their cocktail-making skills and expand their knowledge of different spirits and ingredients. Here are some options that Minimax sells and how they can help you become a better cocktail maker:

Amy Zavatto Prosecco Made Me Do It

This beautifully illustrated book introduces you to the world of bubbly beverages and showcases the potential of Prosecco. It features 60 delicious, light, fizzy, and fun recipes, including classics like the bellini and fresh fruit mimosa. The book also offers tips on choosing the best Prosecco and pairing it with different ingredients.

DK Ginspiration: This handy guide to gin is perfect for gin lovers and those looking to learn more about the drink. It includes tips and tricks for making your ideal gin cocktail, other exciting recipes and a guide to infusing gin. The book also provides an overview of different gin brands and botanicals, so you can choose the perfect gin for your cocktail.

Cecilia Rios Murrieta Tequila Made Me Do It

This enchantingly illustrated book introduces you to agave-based cocktails and showcases the true potential of spicy tequila and smoky mezcal. It features 60 tantalising cocktail recipes you can make at home, including classics like the margarita and modern creations like the Mexican firing squad. The book also offers tips on choosing the best tequila and mezcal and pairing them with different ingredients.

Harper by Design It's Always Gin O'Clock Somewhere

This gorgeous book pairs stunning photos of beautiful destinations with 11 classic gin cocktail recipes you can make at home. It's perfect for anyone dreaming of travelling and relaxing with a drink. The book also offers tips on choosing the best gin and other ingredients for your cocktail.

Elouise Anders Cocktail Botanica

This book features a collection of botanical-infused spirits, punches, and cocktails that will impress your guests. It provides tips on infusing spirits with different botanicals and techniques for creating botanical cocktails. Whether you're a botanicals novice or a seasoned expert, this book has something for everyone.

By exploring the recipes and tips in these books, you can become a better cocktail maker and impress your guests with your new-found skills.

The Finishing Touches

Now that your DIY home bar setup is taking shape, it's time to add the finishing touches to give it that extra wow factor. Here are some ideas to help you take your home bar to the next level:

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Add Lighting

Consider adding some LED strip lighting or pendant lights above your bar to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Personalising Your Bar

Become a bar decorator. Add personal touches like a customised sign, your favourite artwork or photos, or even a small chalkboard to write drink specials or fun messages for your guests.

Add Some Greenery

Plants can add a touch of natural beauty to any space. Consider adding some potted herbs or succulents to your home bar to add some greenery and freshness with Minimax pots and planters.

Considering your theme

If you have a favourite cocktail or type of alcohol, consider building your home bar setup around a theme. For example, you could create a tiki bar theme with tropical decor and fun, fruity cocktails or a whisky bar theme with leather accents and rich, smokey drinks.

Things To Avoid


Going all-out when setting up a home bar can be tempting, but overspending can quickly drain your budget. Stick to the essentials and build up your collection over time.

Not Investing In Quality Tools And Glassware

That being said, investing in quality tools and glassware can make a big difference in the taste and presentation of your cocktails. Cheap or low-quality tools and glassware can lead to subpar drinks and a less enjoyable experience, so find a happy medium between cost and quality.

Not Considering Storage

Proper storage is essential to keep your spirits and other ingredients fresh and accessible. Ensure you have enough space to store your collection, and consider investing in a storage solution, such as a bar cabinet or shelf.

Not Experimenting With New Ingredients

One of the joys of having a home bar is experimenting with fresh ingredients and flavours. Don't be afraid to try new spirits, mixers, and bitters to create unique and delicious cocktails.

Neglecting to learn the basics

While it's fun to experiment and try new things, learning the basics of cocktail-making, including the proper measurements, techniques, and equipment is essential. Taking the time to learn the fundamentals will help you create better cocktails and avoid mistakes.

Home Bar Maintenance

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Properly cleaning and maintaining your bar accessories and glassware is essential to keeping them in good condition and ensuring that your cocktails taste their best. Here are some tips to help you clean and maintain your bar accessories and glassware:

•  Hand wash your glassware

•  Dry glassware thoroughly to avoid water spots and streaks

•  Use a polishing cloth for extra shine

•  Clean your bar accessories regularly

•  Avoid using abrasive cleaners; lint-free cloths or a microfiber towel are recommended

•  Store your glassware and bar accessories properly, preferably away from sunlight

Your Dream Home Bar

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Setting up a home bar can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it's essential to be aware of potential mistakes that can hinder your experience. Avoid overspending, invest in quality tools and glassware, consider storage, experiment with new ingredients, and learn the basics of cocktail-making. By doing so, you can create a home bar that is both enjoyable and functional.

Creating a home bar can be a fun and rewarding project, and with the right tools and accessories, anyone can create a professional-looking home bar setup. Whether you're looking for bar accessories, glassware, bottles, or cocktail books, Minimax has everything you need to start your home bar journey. With these recommendations, we hope you feel informed and ready to make your first purchases for your ultimate DIY home bar setup.

Home Bar FAQ

Q: What essential tools and accessories should be included in a home bar setup?

A: Some essential tools and accessories to include in a home bar setup are a cocktail shaker, jigger or measuring cup, bar spoon, specialty glassware, and spirits and mixers. Other items like ice buckets, cocktail strainers, and bottle openers can also be helpful.

Q: How do I properly store and organise my home bar setup?

A: Proper storage and organisation are crucial to keeping your home bar setup fresh and accessible. Consider investing in a bar cabinet or shelf to store your spirits and other ingredients, and use containers or trays to keep your bar accessories organised. Labelling and arranging items by category or frequency of use can also keep your home bar organised.

Q: How can I create a home bar setup in a small space?

A: Creating a home bar setup in a small space can be challenging, but there are still ways to make it work. Consider using a wall-mounted shelf or hanging bar to save floor space, and opt for smaller bar accessories and glassware. A compact bar cart or a repurposed piece of furniture, like a sideboard or console table, can also work well in a small space.

Q: What are some essential spirits and mixers in a home bar?

A: Some essential spirits in a home bar include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and brandy. Mixers like tonic water, soda water, lemon and lime juice, and bitters are also essential for creating a variety of cocktails.