Finding the right home bar with all the bells and whiskeys you want can feel a tiny bit daunting. The internet is flooded with them, from enormous professional-looking corner bars that you’ll feel you need an alcohol license for, to the more reserved, stylish bar cabinets or drinks trolleys with space for those vintage glasses you always save for special occasions.
We’ve broken the decision down to three big questions. Once you’ve answered these you’ll be ready in no time to pick from the X very best home bars that we’ve found!
Mancaves can be a real personal thing. It’s your place to sit back, relax and be yourself. You’ve earnt it!... And it’s exactly the same for home bars. If the only person who’ll be using your bar is you, you simply won’t need all the drawers, cupboards or bar stools you might need if you were entertaining. You can keep it simple with your favourite comfy chair and a stripped-back, stylish bar top. Don’t waste your money on stools that won’t get used, splash out on some great wall art or a state-of-the-art beer tap instead.
Ok we get it. You’re the host with the most. If you’re planning on inviting people over to get as much use out of your bar space as you can, you need to get thinking a lot more practically. First of all (and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work this one out), you just need a bigger bar. You don’t want to end up squeezing people onto a corner. You’ll also want a few bar stools or somewhere else for people to sit and get the cards out. And last but not least, storage: that’s cupboards, drawers, fridge space and more to make sure everyone’s happy!
Now we’re in business! If you’ve got the space, you can really let the bar do the talking. There’s nothing better than peering into a man cave with an absolute beauty of a bar kitted out with a wine rack and maybe even a glass hanger for your cocktail glasses. Why the hell not. Here’s where corner bars can come in real handy too just to make even more of the space you’ve got.
Some of the best bars out there are the stylish and simple ones. They get the job done and you don’t have to fork out a lot of money in the process. Home bars come in so many different sizes, and if you’ve only got a small space a large bar would only make it feel smaller and congested. You’ve got a few options. You could make it mobile and go for a bar cart with wheels, or maybe get a single beer dispenser fitted to really elevate your man cave, or even keep it really stylish and sleek with a bar cabinet filled to the brim with your favourite tipples. Your home bar, your call!
If a refreshing beer is what you like to end a week with you’ve got to be thinking one of two things: a beer dispenser for the home, or a beer fridge big enough to always have a cold one waiting for you. Beer dispensers range from your stand-alone draught beer taps that can fit on most bar surfaces to your integrated draught beer dispensers for the wall. If you’re new to the home bar game a stand-alone beer tap is a great place to start, get a feel for it and work out what you like!
If you’re a fan of the harder stuff, whether it’s a whiskey on the rocks or your go-to cocktail (done your way, of course), then a spirits cabinet or even a drinks trolley can be the way to go. A lot of your larger bars will come with space to keep your spirits and mixers of choice, but always make sure you get something with enough space to handle your impromptu cocktail making classes and after work drinks!
A stunning vintage-style bar set-up complete with two fixed shelves and space for 12 bottles. The storage space is a huge selling-point for this one, so great for entertaining the troops. Its charcoal grey colour with mango wood countertop will add a bit of vibrancy to any man cave.
If vintage isn’t your thing this retro, designer bar might be just what you’re after to add a little excitement and ‘old school’ to your man cave. It just screams cocktail umbrellas and pina coladas. Another choice with more than enough storage space and a mini wine glass rack.
Everybody loves a project, right? This corner bar comes with bags of storage space, and whilst its design might leave something to be desired it’s a brilliant DIY option for you to design and decorate your way! Put those Pinterest boards to good use for a change and get creative.
A little pricier than the rest but you can see why with its brilliant hand-made features and large cubby hole in the rear. The stainless steel hand and foot rails certainly add a bit of class whilst staying fairly simplistic. And you definitely can’t fault its quality. A great option if you’re looking to make a statement with a permanent addition to your mancave.
If you’re looking for something with serious style but a large home bar feels a step too far, or maybe you’re struggling a little for space, this industrial bar cabinet can be a worthy choice. It’s got space for your drinks and removable shelves at the back, and is on wheels so your guests don’t even need to come to the bar. You can wheel it over to them!
You’ve got three different colours to pick from with this stylish, minimalist home bar, offering enough choice to go with any room or design scheme. It’s a great alternative to a bar cabinet with its open shelves to really show off your extensive booze collection and vintage glassware!
This contemporary bar table with a sleek rustic wooden surface can add some real character to a man cave. The iron frame is a great addition ensuring high quality that will last. It won’t take up the whole room but is high enough to present an inspiring spread of cocktails or a few choice whiskeys for any sophisticated night in.
If storage space is what you’re after without breaking the bank, this 2-door bar cabinet from Maison du Monde is a brilliant option, with purpose-built wine rack, glass holders and plenty of space for bottles and even accessories. The shelves are adjustable as well to suit your needs! Great for adding a hint of class to a room.
Looking to make a bit of a statement or in search of a talking point? This mini bar in the shape of an oil barrel will certainly do just that! It doesn’t have the space that a full corner bar might or a cabinet packed with shelves. Its simple style also leaves room to add your own finishing touches to bring it to life!
Another brilliantly stylish piece from John Lewis as an alternative to a traditional bar or cabinet. Its wide shelves offer enough space to really fill it up with your favourite spirits and wines, all on wheels too so wherever the party moves, your trusty bar cart can follow! The gold leg frames might be a bit marmite but they’re sure to add a bit of luxury.
Who hasn’t spent their whole adult life wanting a vintage globe bar? It’s on the wish list of every man cave enthusiast out there and the ancient map on this one makes it an absolute winner. Made from solid wood with wheels that make it easily moveable, all at a fraction of the cost of a full home bar. This also comes with or without a side table! Genius.
Here comes stylish simplicity at its absolute max. This serving cart is a real no thrills option, and with a few South Asian trinkets and a selection of interesting spirits can become a talking point for the room. A really nice sized cart with wheels allowing you to be flexible with your space. A real all-rounder!
If you’re looking for WOW factor then look no further. This home bar in the style of a truck front will transport you and your guests all the way to the Carribean. Complete with three surfaces, a stylish bottle rack, and plenty of storage space in behind. And if you’re drinking after hours the home bar’s very own headlights will light up any party.
Did somebody say full moon party? This Tuk Tuk bar unit is your very own slice of South East Asia. Picture yourself serving your friends their favourite cocktails from the window, with all the space you’ll need for ingredients in the fitted wooden shelves and bottle rack. Huddle around this authentic piece and share stories from your travels overseas.
Not got the space for your own bar? Impress your mates nonetheless with your very own beer tap dispenser. Master the art of pouring the perfect pint (its 5 litre capacity will mean there’ll be a lot of pints to get through, 8.8 of them every top up to be precise). With an integrated cooler you’re sure to get that crisp ‘ahhh’ every single time.