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Home bar ideas

Inspiration for your own indoor or garden bar.

5 indoor home bar ideas

Habitat Zayn wood effect bar table & 2 black chairs.

1. Cocktail bar seating

Turn your kitchen countertop into a swish entertaining space with a few bar stools. Choose a style to suit your decor - we've picked these luxe velvet chairs for a sophisticated aesthetic. Not got enough worktop? Opt for a space-savvy breakfast bar table and stool set.

A Habitat morillo reeded glass sideboard in blue colour with a clear glass vase, lilac coloured candle, indoor plant, and books on top of it.

2. Stylish sideboard bar

A sideboard is a great way to make use of an empty wall in your dining room, living space or hallway. Once in place, laden with your favourite glassware and prettiest drinks - all that extra storage space comes in handy too for spare glassware, your 'fanciest' bottles and favourite board games.

Habitat Kai wood drinks trolley in black & mango wood.

3. Portable drinks trolley

There's been a resurgence of the retro bar trolley - and we LOVE it! Roll out one of these dinky drinks-on-wheels and simply store out of the way when you're finished. A slimline side table is a great space-savvy option too.

A Habitat stainless steel wine rack for 5 bottles in gold finish placed on a marble counter along with 2 wine glasses.

4. Space-saving bar

You can still make a space for your drinks even if you don't have room for a new piece of furniture. Choose a stylish wine rack to display your favourites, or get a stylish drinks tray for entertaining.

A Russell Hobbs RH34WC134 wine coller in black placed by a kitchen counter.

5. Integrated drinks cooler

Like an ice cold beer, chilled wine or cool can of fizz? Free up space in your main fridge with a drinks cooler. Undercounter styles will slip discreetly into your kitchen, but these compact coolers can sit just as neatly in your living space.

Garden bar ideas

Sun out? Celebrate with an al fresco aperitif. Here's how to transform your outdoor space into your own pub garden.

Habitat Malta 4 seater rattan effect garden bar set in natural finish.

Your own courtyard cocktail bar

Even if your patio is on the petite side, you can still fit in an entertaining space. Our tall garden furniture sets, complete with stool seating over the perfect spot to perch with a summer spritzer.

Barware & glassware

Got the drinks? Now all you need is some gorgeous glasses and cocktail making kit to create and serve your signature tipples.

Habitat Portofino set of 4 wine glasses.

Your essential checklist

Champagne glasses: For a glass of bubbles, nothing beats the elegance of a flute. Coupe styles have a more shallow bowl shape, and are great for cocktails.

Wine glasses: Traditionally these have a long stem (which you hold to stop your hands warming the temperature of the wine).

Gin glass: These are quite similar to wine glasses but have a bigger bowl-like shape - plenty of room for ice, mixers and pretty garnishes.

Hi balls: Great for serving up 'tall' cocktails or mixed drinks with lots of ice.

Tumblers: Ideal if you just want a small mixed drink, or are serving a neat pour of alcohol over ice.

Cocktail glass: Or martini glass, these feature that signature cone shape.

Coffee glasses: A stylish alternative to a cup, you can use these to offer guests an Irish coffee.

Cocktail shaker & accessories: Essential kit for shaken drinks. 

Decorating your home bar

Habitat Tires Alabaster ceiling pendant light in brushed brass.

Use lighting to create ambience

Why are those intimate cocktail bars and bistro restaurants so inviting? Aside from tasty food and drinks, a clever use of lighting likely has something to do with it. Investing in some designer lighting can really elevate your look to luxe level - we love pendant style lighting and large filament bulbs for their soft glow.

Lava 14.5in lava lamps in multiple colours.

Add personality with accessories

Complete your at-home bar with a few finishing touches, like some artwork or a fun light-up sign. We love arranging fairy lights around the glassware and bottles - they reflect against the glass to create an eye-catching display.

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Cocktail recipes

Fancy yourself as a mixologist? Impress with these cocktail recipes. Please drink responsibly.

Ruby riviera.

Ruby riviera

You'll need:

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part rose wine
  • Orange soda (or orange juice mixed with soda water)
  • Crushed ice
  • Slices of grapefruit

Fill a wine glass with the slices of grapefruit and crushed ice (you can make this by gently breaking up a few ice cubes with a rolling pin). Pour the vodka and rose wine over the ice, before topping up with the orange soda mix.

Blackcurrant bubbles.

Blackcurrant bubbles

You'll need:

  • 1 part blackcurrant liqueur
  • Sparkling wine
  • Frozen blackcurrants

Add the blackcurrant liqueur to a glass of your choice (we like champagne flutes for bubbly drinks) and top up with your sparkling wine. Garnish with the ice-cold blackcurrants. To make this a mocktail, swap the liqueur for cordial or squashed blackberries, and mix with sparkling grape juice.

Red brandy sunset.

Red brandy sunset

You'll need:

  • 1 part brandy
  • 0.5 part Creme De Cassis
  • Lemonade
  • Ice
  • Sliced lemon

Start by half-filling your hi ball glass or tumbler with ice and slices of lemon. Next simply pour the brandy and Creme De Cassis over the ice, before topping up with lemonade.

Black Martini.

Black Martini

You'll need:

Start by adding some ice to your cocktail glass to cool it while you mix the cocktail. Add the vodka and raspberry liqueur to the shaker and mix vigorously. Remove the ice from your glass, and strain the Martini mix into it. Finish with a garnish of blackberries.

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