Bar Exam {the fun kind!}


Before you revert back to bad memories of law school, your husband being in law school, your friend being in law school, your sister being in law school…. Someone you know being in law school…. Let me explain! This is a FUN bar exam! We want to look over some great ideas for home bar setup, as well as what you need to have in your own home bar. Let’s start with some great examples of pretty bars, then we’ll move on to the grocery list!

Bar Exam (Image via Lonny) // SummerHouse

(Image from Lonny)

Bar Exam (Image via House Beautiful) // SummerHouse

(Image via House Beautiful)

Bar Exam (Image via Rue) // SummerHouse

(Image via Rue)

Bar Exam (Image via Lonny) // SummerHouse

(Image via Lonny)

What are some things we can learn from these photos?

1. It is good to have your home bar stocked with a variety of liquors and liqueurs.
2. Each of these beautiful bars has some interesting accessories closeby (like plants, books, heirloom looking pieces, and other unique finds.)
3.  An intersting piece of furniture or cart or tray add a lot to a bar setup.

What do I need to have in my own home bar?

After some research, we found that the home bar should include the following items:

mid to high end vodka
mid to high end whiskey or bourbon
mid to high end tequila
mid to high end rum (best to have a white and a dark)
mid to high end gin
a simple brandy

Malibu Rum
Triple Sec or Cointreau

Mixers: Tonic Water, Sparkling water, Fruit juices, Both light and dark sodas, Tomato Juice

Garnishes: Lemon, Lime, Sugar or Simple Syrup, Salt, Mint, Ice, Olives, Cherries

Wines: Light bodied red, Full bodied red, Sweet white, and Dry white.

Other important items: Wine glasses, high ball glasses, cocktail napkins, stirring spoons/straws, corkscrew, and a little black book of cocktail recipes!

Have fun getting your own home bar ready for your next party!
We’d love to see pictures, so please feel free to submit some! 🙂


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  1. I don’t have one as fancy as the above, but I recently bought a bar cart, and I am in the process of deciding whether or not to paint it in high gloss red or high gloss gold. Throw a personalized tray on top, decanter, a few bottles and your good to go. Love it! Cocktail hour is back!

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