There are many accessories that can enhance your home bar, but the following are my top ten choices that are “must haves” for your basement bar. These are in no particular order.
#1 Bar Accessory – Ice Cube Maker
An ice machine or ice cube maker is a must have home bar accessory because, let’s face it, nobody wants to drink a warm drink. You’re going to need ice, and a lot of it, so who wants to run to the store to buy a bag of ice every time you want a drink or have friends over? With an ice cube maker like the one above, that won’t be a problem. Your ice maker needs will vary depending on the style of your home bar as well as the size. For example, I’d suggest going with something small and compact unless you need to fill a large space. I’d also try to match appliances such as keeping everything stainless steel. If not, I’d go with a black ice maker or a red ice maker for a pop of color.
#2 Home Bar Accessory - Shot Dispenser
A shot dispenser is one of the coolest home bar accessories you could ever have. It’s handy and convenient. It measures your alcoholic shots correctly. Most importantly, it has a wow factor and a coolness about it. The shot dispenser pictured above actually rotates and spins. There’s something about a rotating shot dispenser that screams “coolness”. It is both elegent and hip at the same time. If you only get one bar accessory from this list I’d recommend a rotating shot dispenser above all the others.
#3 Home Bar Accessory – Neon Bar Lights
There are man different types of bar lights that can be used to enhance your home bar. My favorite type of bar lights are the neon lights. I especially like the ones that are placed below the bar surface such as the ones in the picture above. Adding neon bar lights in this fashion can transform your home bar from plain to sophisticated, elogant, and trendy. This accessory can give your basement bar a “club feel”.
#4 Home Bar Accessory – A Kegerator
The kegerator, without a doubt, is one of the awesomest home bar accessories anybody can have. Twelve years ago I looked everywhere for a kegerator and finally found one for sale off of a restaurant that was going out of business. I paid $700 for it. Today, you can buy one for a couple hundred dollars at many retail stores. They come in all kinds of different designs and sizes. Adding a kegerator to your home bar can really step it up a notch and give it a wow factor. Honestly, I had a lot of trouble with my kegerator and keeping the amount of pressure in the c02 tank right. Lots of times I made a big mess and it was more trouble than it was worse. But as I mentioned, that was a long time ago and I’m sure they’ve come a long way since then. I’d recommend making sure you have a solid, easily cleanable floor beneath your kegerator. I wouldn’t put one over a carpeted area.
$5 Home Bar Accessory – The Microwave
It’s simple enough, but a microwave oven can add convenience and pizzazz to your home bar. You can quickly warm up snacks to feed your guests without having to go back and forth up and down your steps each time. Microwaves come in all shapes, colors, and sizes these days so if you carefuly color coordinate your home bar your microwave can help the look of your bar just as much as bottles, pictures, and signs.
#6 Home Bar Accessory – A Popcorn Maker
A popcorn maker is an excellent home bar accessory. They look neat, they are a unique item that stands out from the rest of your bar accessories, and they are very convenient. If your guests want a snack, warm popcorn is quick and easy to make. Popcorn goes great with beer and makes everyone happy. This accessory is a no brainer.
#7 Home Bar Accessory – The Blender
Blenders have come a long way over the past few years. You can get blenders that look chic and stylish. It’s important to color coordinate your blender with your other bar accessories and match their designs. I would also suggest getting a blender with a dispenser built in. The stainless steel blender above is a Hamilton Beach blender with a side dispenser. This makes blending drinks a breeze, which is really handy when making frozen daqueries and frozen margaritas.
#8 Bar Accessory – Glassware and Wine Glass Racks
Barware and glassware is essential to giving your basement bar a look and feel or a real bar or club. Hanging glass racks are awesome products that are reasonably inexpensive, convenient, and luxurious. The hanging wine glass racks pictured above are fairly expensive but you can pick up some stainless steel wine glass racks at Pier One for about $12 each and they look very sophisticated as well.
#9 Home Bar Accessory – Beer Signs
Neon bar signs can make any home bar look cool. The bright neon colors can make your basement bar feel like a sports bar. Put up a flat screen tv in your bar and surround it with neon beer signs and you are good to go! Your friends will love to watch the big games at your house when you have a cool bar to sit at and watch the game.
#10 Home Bar Accessory – Wine Coolers
By now you’ve already got your beer drinking friends covered with your kegerator and your beer signs, you’ve got your mixed drink drinking friends covered with your rotating shot dispenser and your blender, but what about your wine lover friends? You need a wine cooler or wine chiller to keep your wine at a preferred temperature. Wine chillers come in all sizes and colors so you can color coordinate with your other home bar appliances. My personal preference is wine coolers with see – through doors so you can see the wine inside. This gives your bar an elogance and also let’s your friends know what is inside.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my top ten list of home bar accessories and I hope this has given you some ideas for your own basement bar. Other noteables that could have been on the list would be a home bar dishwasher, stainless steel trash cans, flat screen tvs, blacklights, and of course, bar stools. I’m probably going to dedicate an entire post to barstools soon so that’s why I left them out of this list. Please send me pictures of your home bar designs so I can show them off and give other people ideas as well.