BUILD YOUR OWN DRY BAR FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING – This year, up the ante on entertaining guests for holiday parties, dinner parties, and game nights by building a dry bar at home. Simply put, it’s so much classier to mix a round of martinis or dissect the latest holiday microbrew when standing around your bar than around your kitchen table. Because dry bars don’t need a sink or connection to your water supply, they’re far easier to build at home with common power tools and some DIY confidence.
As with all things, location is key. Where do you want to locate the bar so you have enough space to enjoy your dry bar without crowding other elements. It may seem ideal for game-day parties to stash the bar in your living room, but a dry bar can take up valuable real estate. Other members of the family might not want your bar in their living room. Once you’ve found a space, measure the dimensions of the dedicated “dry bar” area. Browse dry bar plans and pick what elements you’d like in your bar, such as liquor cabinets, a granite or marble countertop, a wine rack, and so on.
You may decide you want low cabinets that form the basis for a bar top where you can mix drinks. Or you may decide to push tall cabinets against the wall, then create a separate table for your bar
Using pre-made cabinets as the base of your dry bar cuts down on some of the construction and allows you plenty of storage from for liquor, glasses, and bar tools. If you prefer to fully customize the depth and height of your cabinets, you can build cabinet boxes to meet your specifications and screw on glass or wood cabinet doors. Start with a sheet of plywood that’s 3/4-inch then and cut two sides, a top and bottom, and a back for each cabinet you need. Use your initial measurements as a guide when planning. Use wood glue to glue the cabinet pieces together, then secure each side with nails. After the basic cabinet boxes are assembled, sand the plywood and stain or paint the wood.
Mount bar cabinets on the wall using 3-inch screws. To ensure the cupboards will hold your bar supplies, first use a stud finder to identify studs. Have a friend hold the cabinet flush on the wall, and drive in the long screw using an electric drill or screwdriver.
If you create low cabinets, adding a tabletop surface helps camouflage the piecemeal nature of the project. Measure the dimensions of the completed cabinets, then look for a piece of marble or granite in the appropriate size. Lay the material on top of the cabinets to create a finished bar. If you desire a more permanent bar, glue the topper down using an epoxy adhesive designed to work with stone.
When you isolate storage from the bar area, you have greater flexibility in terms of your table. Choose to re-purpose an existing table, or build a from-scratch table for your bar. To create a basic table, cut plywood in the dimensions of the top. Screw table legs on at the corners, then attach 2-foot-by-4-foot boards that go between the legs, to help support the weight. When the table is finished, sand and stain or paint the wood.
Once you build the basics of your dry bar, pick up bar stools, glass racks, and other bar peripherals from a restaurant supply store or home goods store. Then test out that new bar by inviting your pals over for a drink!