The Art Of
The Home Bar
A few simple steps toward building the most important gentleman’s essential.

A tell-tale sign of a true gentleman’s home is a display-worthy bar. I know, I know…we all have that insatiably thirsty friend who can ravage a full stock, but that shouldn’t keep you from creating a thoughtful display. To help you get started on building a proper home bar, we’ve created a checklist of the most important essentials. And, to alleviate some of the leg work, we’ve selected a few of our favorite finds for each.

Check our list of home bar essentials, and get started on building your display.

 Handcrafted Bar Cart $1650

The first step is to find your fine spirits a proper home. If your budget and floor space permit, our preferred choice is a mid-century inspired bar cart. Few objects signify sartorialism quite like this show piece, handcrafted from walnut and brass. What’s more deserving of your Balvenie or Pappy Van Winkle? If a bar cart is not in the cards, a simple serving tray atop your counter or credenza is a suitable alternative. Reserve a spot on the tray for your favorite spirits, while tucking away bottom-shelf bottles in the cupboard.

 5-Piece Stainless Steel Bar Set, $178

Crafting proper cocktails is a science in its own right, so be sure you’re equipped with a proper set of tools. If you’re building your bar set from scratch, start with the most essential – a shaker, strainer, jigger, stirrer and a mixing glass. Some recipes may call for other odd gizmos and gadgets, but in most cases, you can improvise the rest from something you already own.

 Japanese 24kt Gold-Plated Bar Set, $225-$288

We recently came across a superb set, made in Japan by a purveyor of professional-grade bar tools. Modern and well-crafted, they’ll look super-sleek atop your bar cart or tray, and if properly cared for, these should be the last set of tools you’ll ever need to own.

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 Hand-Blown Whiskey Glasses, $32-$118

For your first set of cocktail glasses, we recommend avoiding stems in favor of something more versatile and durable – like a set of lowball or whiskey glasses. They’ll suit most all beverages just fine, as you work toward the full range of glassware from snifters to shot glasses. Don’t get hung up on the name or supposed purpose – we can assure you that your martini won’t be able to tell a difference. But if you are ready to build our your portfolio of bar glasses, consult our Guide to Glassware for our take on the five most essential.

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Last but not least, the libations! This part will naturally evolve with time, but make sure you have the full set of ingredients for at least one proper cocktail. Our go-to drink is simple and sweet – the negroni. Equal parts Gin, Campari and Vermouth – stirred, not shaken – garnished with a twist of orange, et voilà!

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