Let’s give ourselves a little break from all the COVID-19 news and take up a brand new project at home. A home bar may seem like something reserved for huge houses, but in fact, with a few clever mini bar ideas, you can add a cocktail prep area to even the tiniest of apartments. You don’t need a bar top, stools, or a sink—all you need is a bit of space, a few spirits, and the right tools. We’ve gathered some minibar ideas to help you make your space party-ready, whether you have a few feet of space or just a few inches. Take a look at these simple solutions and get inspired to start mixing up some cocktails.
The bar cart has practically become a requirement for a modern apartment. Put your finest bottles on display and store the rest in the pantry or kitchen cupboard. If you’re running short on space, tuck it next to the sofa, add a lamp, and let the bar cart double as a side table.
If you’re a true cocktail aficionado, you may want more than just a small cart to serve up drinks. Take over a built-in wall cabinet and retrofit it to store all the essentials in one impressive display. This will also keep the bar out of sight when you’re not entertaining.
A tray can turn any surface—from a countertop to a desk to a console—into a minibar. Choose a tray that speaks to your style, whether it’s a colourful lacquered piece or a classic silver design. Pick a few spirits to showcase alongside a couple of gorgeous glasses.
Don’t let that awkward corner go to waste. Take advantage of the space by squeezing in a bar cart or setting up a small table that you can top with some bottles, cocktail tools, and glassware. Go the extra mile and hang some floating shelves overtop for a layered look and out-of-the-way practicality.
If you have a sideboard or dresser that needs a decorative topper, why not transform it into a bar? Utilise the top of a dresser to house your drinks of choice. Top it off with different glassware for a whimsical look. If you have some extra space (lucky you) inside the cabinet as well, go ahead and fill that up with some of your less aesthetically pleasing bottles and bar necessities, i.e. napkins, bottle openers; you get the gist.
Looking to add some height to your space? Fill up your étagère with all of your bar essentials. Throw in some decorative vases, and a fruit bowl complete with limes and maybe some grapefruit if you’re feeling adventurous with your cocktails
For serious home bartenders, a full bar is a must-have. Fortunately, they don’t have to be massive. A slim bar can be installed in a hallway or between rooms. Add a sink to make it a wet bar, and consider a wine fridge to keep bottles at the perfect temperature.
You don’t need an entire wet bar to be able to whip up cocktails at a moment’s notice. Get rid of a few paperbacks and use a shelf in your bookcase to store bottles, a shaker, and tools.