There’s a million and one DIY projects out there. Some people like to convert their attic into another bedroom, some like to turn their garage into a cosy home office, plush with all the trimmings of a high end office space. But let’s be real here: these things are good, they’re practical. They might even be kinda cool additions to your home. But fun? Oh dear, no – they’re not fun. For that, you’ll have to think much bigger. What could be possibly the greatest addition to your home? You know the answer as well as we do…a bar! A place where you and your buddies can hang out, watch the sports game, and tell a few lies over a beer (or ten). Be the change you want to see in the world: make the bar.
Getting a bar up and running isn’t all that difficult, but it does require a bit of prep. For starters, you need to decide which room in the house is going to be the new coolest bar in town. The basement, if you have one, works well, because it’s away from the rest of the house, is highly adaptable, and can easily acquire that dark and moody atmosphere that all great bars have. If the room you choose is carpeted, you’ll want to pull that up – whoever goes to a carpeted bar? Plus, having wood down there will make cleaning up the mess that always follows one too many beers all the easier to clean up.
The main part of having a bar, however, is…getting a bar! A serving bar is all it can take to make people think “hey, this is a bar”. They can be fun and straightforward to make, especially if you have access to a welder – if you don’t, learn more about them and get to work on the most important part of the new bar.
But of course, nobody wants to just sit in a place that only has a serving bar. You need the extras, the parts that make a bar stand out and fun. Adding beer drips to your serving bar will give that extra touch of authenticity. Also, neon signs, because why the hell not? There’s some great ones out there, so see what you can find and you’ll be on your way to developing a theme for your new watering hole. A television for the big sporting events is a must (no one will turn up if you don’t), and some sort of entertainment – like a pool table or darts board – will keep the punters happy!
What’s on Tap?
And now to the fun part…the alcohol! If you mean business, you can install beer taps into your bar and have the fun stuff come through a keg. If you’re not quite so ambitious, then bottled beer stocked in a fridge will do just as well – and make sure you have a wide range of spirits and mixers for the visitors who don’t like beer!