Bars nowadays often occupy less space in our homes, being incorporated into a side table in a living room, or using a kitchen island to double as a bar/party area when needed. A drinks cart is another way to bring a party atmosphere without constantly dedicating space to it. Ideally, the space will accommodate a variety of alcohol bottles, glasses, ice, a sink, and cold drinks. A large tub filled with ice can work as a bar fridge if necessary.
While many of us use our every day drinking glasses when we entertain, and just bring out the wine glasses, its nice to have a decent sized collection of mixed glasses, including shot glasses, beer mugs, wine glasses, champagne flutes, tumblers, highball glasses and mixed cocktail glasses, so we don’t run out.
Many types of glassware, while recommended as dishwasher safe, are made of high quality but thin glass which gives it an elegance and comfortable feeling in the hand. You will find your glassware will probably last a lot longer if you take the time to hand wash it.
I love the simple elegance of these Riedel H2O Longdrink/Highball Glasses. They are a bit fragile for every day use if you have children, but are high quality glasses and are really beautiful for entertaining. The tall cylindrical shapes convey upscale urban cool. Lead-free glass, dishwasher safe, made in Bavaria. Set of 2, 22-7/8 ounce. For other Riedel H2O drink glasses see:
- Riedel H2O Water and Juice Glass (Set of 2, 11-5/8 ounce)
- Riedel H2O Double-Old Fashioned Whiskey Glass (Set of 2, 15-1/8 ounce)
The GoVino wine glass is made of a shatterproof material and allows you and your guests to enjoy your wine without worry. These modern, stemless wine glasses are made to travel and reflect wine’s color and aromatics much like crystal. They are recyclable, and reusable. Each wine glass holds 6 ounces to mid point of thumb notch, 16 ounces to brim. GoVino wine glasses, with their distinguishable notch, were the winner of the Silver 2010 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America. Hand washing is recommended. Set of 4.
In collaboration with two of the leading IPA brewers in the USA, Spiegelau has created the new standard for IPA beer glassware. Achieved through a series of design and tasting workshops in which hundreds of possible designs were considered, the brewers ultimately and unanimously chose, by secret vote, one glass – ‘number 6’ – shown here, from a final line-up of eight custom-made prototypes. It was designed to showcase the complex and alluring aromatic profiles of American “hop-forward” IPA beers, to preserve a frothy head, enhance taste and mouth feel, and present a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to savor each beer. Dedicated beer drinkers will appreciate the enhanced drinking experience these glasses offer. 2 pack, 19 ounce.
The Libbey Vina Margarita glass has a generous 13 ounce capacity. These Margarita glasses are clear and elegant glasses for the price, its no surprise that they are best sellers. The Libbey Margarita glasses seem to be chip resistant and tough enough to run through a dishwasher, and glasses hold a lot, so you’re not constantly refilling. The top of the glass fits nicely into standard Margarita rimming containers. These glasses are also very pretty when you use them as dessert or appetizer dishes. Set of 6. Classic Margarita recipe: Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in 1 6 ounce can frozen limeade concentrate, 6 fluid ounces tequila and 2 fluid ounces triple sec. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
This moderately priced, modern and elegant stemless flute glass has an 8 1/2-ounce capacity and is part of the popular Vina series. It is great for parties or to be used as a fancy juice glass. It is dishwasher safe and made in USA. Stemless champagne glasses add a modern touch to any gathering.
If you prefer a classic stemmed champagne glass, the stem of each Lenox Opal Innocence Flute bears the flowing Opal Innocence leaf motif. The pair of flutes, along with a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, makes a most appreciated gift.
Libbey 13-1/2-Ounce Stemless Martini glasses are another simple, elegant option in modern glassware. These can stack upside down for storage, saving space in the cupboard when not in use. They can also be used for cocktails, tappas or chilled soups or desserts. Dishwasher safe. Made in the USA. Set of 12. Classic Martini recipe: Pour 2-1/2 ounces gin and 1/2 ounce dry vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters, if desired. Garnish with 1-3 olives or a lemon twist.
A modern Irish coffee cup, these Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses are made of durable, heat resistant, mouth-blown borosilicate glass of the finest quality, the 12 oz. Serafino glasses are the largest in the Ozeri Artisan Series of award-winning handcrafted drink ware. Borosilicate glass is stronger than common glass, shatter-resistant and with the Serafino’s double-walled design, it offers the ultimate insulation to maintain drinks at their ideal temperature. Each glass is made to keep your hands cool even with your hottest drinks and free of condensation with your chilled beverages. Dishwasher safe, set of 4.
Maxam 16 Shot Roulette Drinking Game Set has 3/4 ounce shot glasses to add to the game’s longevity. Pick your poison! No matter who wins, everyone will have fun while playing the drinking roulette game! Give it a spin and let the roulette wheel determine your fate. A great addition to your next party. Includes 16 shot glasses and 1 roulette wheel. Please drink responsibly.
Also see: Fred and Friends Party items
Bar Sets and Tools
Getting all the right tools for your home bar can be a daunting challenge. Luckily, this bartender mixing set includes everything you need to start making drinks like a seasoned professional. The set includes (1) Stainless steel shaker (1) Stainless steel strainer (1) KegWorks Glass Cocktail Measuring Beaker (1) Long metal stirrer/spoon (4) Liquor bottle pourers (1) Heavy duty combination bottle opener & cork puller (1) KegWorks Mixing Glass with six common drink recipes. This is a good, attractive basic starter bartender mixing set and would make a nice gift for someone starting out.
Whiskey is best served cold and undiluted. The best way to chill your liquor without diluting it is with a set of Stainless Steel Whiskey Stones. These liquid-filled cubes are tasteless, odorless, and the perfect alternative to ice. These food-grade stainless steel whiskey stones are extremely durable and very easy to clean. There’s no better way to chill your drink without affecting its flavor. Great for iced tea or lemonade too!
These jiggers provide excellent measurements with accuracy and ease. With the innovative dual-sided design, there will be no need to get a second measuring utensil. The stainless steel material guarantees that acid will not corrode the product.
This Stainless Steel 5-Piece Cocktail Martini Shaker Set has sleek lines, soft curves and brushed stainless steel that bring function and style to any bar. Use the set to mix martinis with ease. Concoct cosmopolitans on a whim. This stainless steel bar set makes creating your own cocktails a breeze. Its a good basic starter set which has everything you need to make a perfect martini. and would make a nice gift for someone just starting out. The set includes a 20 ounce cocktail shaker, stirrer/spoon, strainer, double jigger, and ice tongs. See classic martini recipe above under “Glasses”, or investigate The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes.
For all of the gadgets and wine accessories available, nothing beats the classic Waiters wine corkscrew to open a bottle of wine. This corkscrew was designed by a professional winemaker and winery owner for ease and comfort of use. The curved handle fits the natural shape of your hand and allows for easier, more comfortable turning. A stainless steel auger was added for durability. The lever is just the right length to make raising the cork as easy as possible. The foil cutter was tested to find the right curve to fit the bottle and remove the cap easily and safely.
An Ice Ball Maker adds elegance to any drink with perfect 4 X 2 inch ice ball spheres. You can either make a bunch ahead of time and store them in a ziplock bag, or you should buy more than one ice tray. Free ebook included (note, this does not come in a gift box).
I love the simple lines of this Bayou Classic 4873 Stainless Steel Serving Cart. Its a great option if you are short on serving space, you can just wheel it to the party, whether in the living room or on the deck, and have lots of space on two trays for the alcohol, ice buckets, glassware and anything else you want to stuff onto it. Serving carts can be used not only as a bar for parties, but whenever you have extra company over it can serve as an extra kitchen cart, or even a craft cart. It has large stainless steel trays 35″L X 19.5″W X 4″D, and 4 swivel casters (2 locking). Approximately counter height including wheels and handles.
This popular GoPong Portable High Top Party Bar is an indoor / outdoor portable bar that folds out from a compact briefcase to a full size bar to serve all your guests. Sets up in less than a minute. Perfect for tailgates, backyard parties, pool parties and more. Includes three interchangable front skirts to fit any occasion (Tiki, Football and Formal)! Includes carrying case for ultimate portability.