It’s been a while since it was a good idea to hang out at a bar. If you’ve been missing the experience, there’s been plenty of time to start creating the bar of your dreams at home. All you need is some cool bartender supplies. If you’re also looking to beef up your own home bar, here’s the gear you should look at.
You’re going to need something to drink out of, and this is one of the most fun areas to collect a variety of glasses that are just right for the drink you’re making. Some common glasses include the collins glass, coupe glasses, and the double rocks glass, but you can add a variety of glasses to your collection. You might even want a few shot glasses.
Best Whiskey Glasses: Whiskey Peaks
You can also turn your glasses into a conversation piece if you want to get fancy. For example, these whiskey glasses from Huckberry are molded in the shape of various mountain ranges, including American mountain tops, the Grand Tetons, and a collection of international peaks. Glasses like these not only look great while drinking, but can also be decorative in your home bar when you’re not using them. Huckberry also includes sets with a decanter, which leads us to the next thing you might need.
Best Decanter: Whiskey Peaks Mountain + Set of Four Glasses
Enjoy this Huckberry-exclusive spirits decanter at the end of another long day working from home. This gorgeous handblown piece of glassware has a hefty 34 oz. capacity for your favorite whiskey. This set also comes with four American Mountain whiskey glasses. Note that due to the nature of glass blowing, each glass has different variations. Additionally, hand washing is recommended for this set to last as long as possible.
Best Ice Molds: Glacio Ice Cube Trays
Ice is a key part of many cocktails, but it’s not just to keep drinks cool. For many drinks, the ice is as much part of the aesthetic as the taste. Simple molds can give you those large cube or sphere pieces of ice that full bars always seem to have. Of course, if you really want to get fancy, you can get a crystal clear ice maker, particularly designed to make ice that’s not cloudy like the kind you get from your normal freezer.
Best Bartending Supplies Kit: Libbey 9pc Mixologist Cocktail Set
The Libbey 9pc Mixologist Cocktail Set is a great option for those of us, who want a professional-quality bar set but don’t want to shell out those prices. Turn your kitchen into your corner bar of a choice with just a couple of swishes.
This set includes:
- 2oz shot glass
- 20oz mixing glass
- 1 metal strainer
- 1 wooden muddler
- 1 metal stir spoon
- 1 metal shaker base
- 3pc metal shaker
Note that the glass components are durable and dishwasher safe for easy clean-up.
Best Wine Aerator: HURRIKANE Electric Dispenser Pump
Need a wine aerator that will speed up the oxidation process? Try, this battery-operated HURRIKANE Electric Dispenser Pump. This product is super simple to operate and just requires a simple rinse before putting it away. It’s the perfect gift to get you to win points with the amateur sommelier in your life. Asa bonus, it fits a wide variety of bottle sizes and is drip-free.
When you find the perfect bottle of wine, you really want it to last forever. But if you’re drinking for one or with a small group, you often find yourself pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain. To avoid this sad midnight ceremony, consider cashing in on wine bottle sealers for both red and white wines, as well as sparking wine or champagne.
Constructed of durable stainless steel and a silicone seal rubber stopper, the BGMAX sealer is perfect for the latter. It’s designed to fit most champagne bottles, is dishwasher safe, and even comes with a lifetime warranty.
For preserving plain, old regular wine, try the EZBASICS Wine Saver. It’s a durable, stylish air pump made of stainless steel and will last you way longer than a plastic wine sealer pump. It can even record the last time you opened the bottle by simply turning the ring on the stopper to the point that you wanted. And above all else, it’s even a great gift for a newbie wine lover or experienced connoisseur.
Best Wine Fridge: Ivation 12 Bottle Compressor Wine Cooler
Ivation is the leader in creating wine coolers, and this 12-bottle compressor is no exception. Its technology ensures that the temperature is not affected by outside heat sources and is low enough to accommodate sparkling white wine, which works best in a range between 41°F and 64°F. It has soft, energy-efficient interior lighting, removable racks, and easy-to-use touch controls. Plus, it even has a lock if you’re looking to keep the alcohol consumption in your home age-appropriate.
Best Beer Tap: Single Tap Stainless Steel Beer Tower
A lot of people have picked up the pandemic hobby of brewing their own beer at home. If you’re one of those people, then you will need a draft beer tower, like this one from LUCKEG. This tower is well-built and can even be used for a commercial bar setup. It’ll fit on any standard kegerator, and if there is any quality issue, you’ll get your money back or a replacement for free!
Best for Bartenders: G. Francis Ice Cooled Condiment Container
Do you know what is an absolute must for pro bartenders? An ice-cooled condiment container. This G. Francis option is available at a really affordable price point and is guaranteed to have your cocktails taste delicious. The holder fits all standard mixing rails and bars. It’s dishwasher safe, as long as the cover is removed beforehand. The holder doesn’t open at the bottom, ensuring that your condiments are 100% secure.
Best Ice Bucket: Oggi Stainless Steel Double Wall
The Oggi Stainless Steel Double Wall Ice Bucket is one of the coolest (*wink, wink) bartending supplies out there. With a holding capacity of 3.8 liters, this bucket even comes with its own scoop. Made with stainless steel and acrylic, it’s super chic. Note that this product is hand wash only.
This story was originally published by Eric Ravenscroft on 02/04/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 05/10/2021.