You could take a plank of wood, throw some brews on top of it, and call it a bar. But you aren’t a savage that lives in the woods. So you should consider these handpicked, tricked out ways to raise the bar at home -- from highbrow glasses to classic shakers to interesting jiggers, some of which are older than you.
Antique Russian Silver Vodka Shot Glasses (£2,344.29)
You gotta hand it to Imperial Russia -- they knew something about luxury and vodka. And while you’re handing that to them, hand your collection of tourist shot glasses to someone at a garage sale and step up with this silver set from 1894.
Restored Ballpark Stadium Seat Barstool (£449.00)
Old school stadium seats were practically optimized for cold drinks and snacks being hurled at you. So, bring that feeling right to your home bar stools with these salvaged seats. Plus it’ll be pretty funny having a standoff seat that your friends will jokingly, but kind of seriously, fight to sit in.
Victorian Star Mint Julep Strainer (£75.00)
Even the Victorians, for all their incredibly uncomfortable clothes and bicycles, probably also hated getting a mouthful of slimy leaves with their cocktails. This neat little spoon comes to us from them, allowing you to strain your mint julep as elegantly as they did, well, everything.
Metal Enameled Horse’s End Bottle Opener (£125.99)
It may not be as classy as a Victorian Mint Julep Strainer, but this absurd bottle opener is certainly classic (zing), and way better than any keychain opener -- come on, that Michigan state opener you’ve been nursing since the ‘80s is totally falling apart anyway.
Gold Cartier Swizzle Stick (£1,210.99)
Not much is quite as classy as Cartier when it comes to watches and jewellery -- except apparently Cartier swizzle sticks! It’s time to stir your drinks like a fancy, discerning adult.
107 Assorted Beer Tap Handles (£2,799.99)
Beer rocks, so having a veritable army of tap handles is necessary to prep for whatever keg is on deck. Or if you just feel like constantly pranking friends by putting a Shock Top handle on a keg of Dogfish Head, that works too. Whatever floats your keg cap.
Peace Hand Jigger (£35.00)
You could buy an ordinary, undecorated jigger, or you could measure out your cocktails while giving them a peaceful benediction at the same time with this cool silver cup from the ‘60s.
G. Reeves 1940s Cocktail Set (£120.00)
Maybe you’re not writing revolutionary ad copy, or causing shenanigans in an office that would make HR’s head spin. But you can still get your Mad Men on by picking up some retro style with this ‘40s black and gold shaker set.
Bobcat Kegerator (£2,800.00)
If you’ve already gone ahead and invested in over a hundred tap handles well… you’re going to need a bigger keg fridge. Start with this behemoth that comes out of a used Bobcat dealer’s shop, and is every bit as cool as a tiny bulldozer.
Red Bull Gas Pump Fridge (£1,699.00)
Why hide away your fridge (and all the goodies inside) when you can put it out on full display, which you’ll totally do with this one emblazoned with the energy drink formulated expressly to keep parties going.
Firewood Coasters (£59.95)
If you’re the kind of person who has a home bar, you’ve probably also got a nervous tic in your eye from whenever jokers put their drinks down, without a coaster. Toss those pieces of cardboard for these log coasters that are so cool, people will snatch them up without you having to beg them first. Just make sure no one tries to start a campfire in the corner.