How To Accessorise Your Home Bar In Under 20K

If you have a basic bar area in your home and are looking to make the most of the space without breaking the bank, here’s how you can accessorise your home bar on a modest 20k budget.

There might be many indications towards the same, but having a full-fledged bar inside your own home is a surest of signs that you’re a fully grown adult. Sure, bar hopping around town with mates is always fun, but having your own watering hole within the comforts of your home sans the deafening music and chaotic crowds has a charm of its own. It’s a place where thousands of new memories are made, and yet, also a place where countless old stories are retold — all of it without having to pay a premium for a badly made drink. If you have a basic bar area in your home and are looking to make the most of the space without breaking the bank, here’s how you can accessorise your home bar on a modest 20k budget.

The Essentials

Bar Stools

Comfortable seating is always important, so when it comes to furniture, bar stools should be high up the priority list. One could make a case for regular everyday chairs, sure, but bar stools are not just perfect for the environment, but also contribute majorly to the overall feel of the place.

Our Pick: Craft Brewery Crown Stool (Set of 2)
Cost: Rs.7,200

Cooler

OK, some of you might argue that a mini-fridge works better, but a cooler essentially does the same job and costs four times less. Furthermore, it doesn’t consume any electricity, and is completely portable too.

Our Pick: Coleman FlipLid 6 Personal Cooler
Cost: Rs. 1,045

Cocktail Shaker

The Bonnie to every bartender’s Clyde, a shaker is of prime importance if a perfect concoction is what you desire. The cocktail isn’t going to mix itself, you know!

Our Pick: Dynamic Store Delux Cocktail Shaker – 750 ml
Cost: Rs. 220

The Glasses

Do you really need special glasses for every kind of drink? Ask any bartender, and the short answer to that is yes. It’d be preposterous to serve wine in a mug that reeks of beer, for example, so make sure you have separate glasses for every kind of alcohol you serve, which should include whiskey, shots, beer, wine, and cocktail, at the very least!

Whiskey

Our Pick: “Trust Alcohol” Glasses (Set of 4)
Cost: Rs. 899

Shots

Our Pick: Pop Shot Glasses (Set of 4)
Cost: Rs. 895

Beer

Our Pick: Mughal Beer Mugs – Set of 2
Cost: Rs. 690

Wine

Our Pick: White – Wine Glass (Set of 2)
Cost: Rs. 1000

Cocktail

Our Pick: Ocean Duches Cocktail Glass Set (Set of 10)
Cost: Rs. 1299

Extras

Bowls

Finger food, starters, or good ol’ chakna — you’re going to need food to deal with the munchies, and thus, it’d be wise to have a few bowls ready by your bar.

Our Pick: Bowl Set (Set of 2) with Tray Green
Cost: Rs. 1275

Ashtray

Where there’s alcohol, cigarettes and cigars are bound to follow. And if you don’t want your bar to resemble the aftermath of a volcanic eruption, it’d be a good idea to invest in an ashtray.

Our Pick: Why So Serious Ashtray
Cost: Rs. 330

Lemon Squeezer

Well, it squeezes lemons and makes your drinks tastier. Self-explanatory, innit?

Our Pick: élan Citric Lemon Squeezer
Cost: Rs. 450

The Decor

Coasters

Alcohol stains are some of the worst to get rid of, so owning a set of coasters to protect the countertop is a no-brainer, really. Not only does it help keep your bar clean, but some coasters are actually rather gorgeous and double up as stunning bar decor items too.

Our Pick: Match My Beverage Coasters (Set of 4)
Cost: Rs. 400

Prints And Posters

Always remember — bare walls are never pretty! Make sure you cover the walls with some of our handpicked prints and posters, that should certainly be in keeping with the theme of your bar.

Our Pick: Hot Shot Poster
Cost: Rs. 249

Lumbernotes

Much like the prints and posters, these lumbernotes will help make your bar walls and decor seem a tad more classy.

Our Pick: Cold Beer – Lumbernote – Wall Hanging
Cost: Rs. 2000

Lighting

Lastly, it’s important to pick overhead lighting that provides enough light to manoeuvre with ease and yet isn’t particularly blinding. All in all, ensure the place is properly lit, though — literally, and otherwise!

Our Pick: Retro Cassette Lamp
Cost: Rs. 1950

Total cost of all above items: Rs. 19,902

  1. Craft Brewery Crown Stool (Set of 2) | Rs.7,200
  2. Coleman FlipLid 6 Personal Cooler | Rs.1045
  3. Dynamic Store Delux Cocktail Shaker – 750 ml | Rs.220
  4. “Trust Alcohol” Glasses (Set of 4) | Rs.899
  5. Pop Shot Glasses (Set of 4) | Rs.895
  6. Mughal Beer Mugs – Set of 2 | Rs.690
  7. White – Wine Glass (Set of 2) | Rs.1,000
  8. Ocean Duches Cocktail Glass Set (Set of 10) | Rs.1,299
  9. Bowl Set (Set of 2) With Tray Green | Rs.1,275
  10. Why So Serious Ashtray | Rs.330
  11. élan Citric Lemon Squeezer | Rs.450
  12. Match My Beverage Coasters (Set of 4) | Rs.400
  13. Hot Shot Poster | Rs.249
  14. Cold Beer – Lumbernote – Wall Hanging | Rs.2,000
  15. Retro Cassette Lamp | Rs.1,950

Other Important Pointers To Keep In Mind

  1. Stack your bar with all kinds of booze at all times — not just the ones you like. The whole point of having a bar at home is to have an amazing time with your friends and family, so it’s imperative to cater to every taste. Nobody should feel left out!
  2. Try and give your bar a theme, based on your own personal tastes or simply based on colours. It’ll make it prettier, warmer, and significantly more welcoming.
  3. If you have more money to spare, add some more elements to beautify your bar space. If you’re running short of ideas, something along the lines of a vintage clock, a large world map, or dart boards should do the trick!
  4. Garnishes! Lemon, salt, sugar, pepper, mint, and if you’re feeling fancy, olives and basil must be at an arm’s length by the bar at all times.
  5. Finally, respect your 20k budget, but that shouldn’t be the end of it. As months pass on, you can always add other whatnots as the paycheques fly in, and slowly keep improving the structure and overall look of the place. Keep doing that till you’re completely content and proudly own the bar you’ve always dreamed of!
Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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