It’s possible that you may not be aware of the man that turned his barn into his own private pub in Northern Ireland – after all, why would you be? That said, it’s a fantastic idea that can perhaps be more attainable on a smaller scale than you may realise. All it takes is one little machine, or perhaps that should be a ‘mini’ machine.
The mini-fridge is a powerful tool in the respective wars against fridge space, inconvenience, practicality and dehydration. The fridge being overstocked is a particular nightmare that the mini fridge provides ample solution for, especially if you have guests over often. You want to cook them a nice meal with an abundance of fresh ingredients, but then where do you put the drinks? Why the mini fridge, of course.
Keeping the mini fridge stocked with the finest alcoholic components can help you create your own cocktail bar, especially if you fancy yourself as an expert mixer. Alternatively, you might be looking for a simple place to stock the beers and ciders. Either way mini fridges are something of a godsend.
Maximise the miniature
It can be a difficult task arranging your mini fridge if it’s used for both food and drink, but if it serves the purpose of a fridge solely to chill drinks, it becomes slightly easier. Keep an eye on spaces and try to use each space accordingly.
It’s likely you’ll have different variants of size for the bottles and cans, so arrange and organise carefully – don’t just pop them anywhere. If you’re not sure where to begin in terms of what to put in your mini-fridge, then some inspiration could well help on that front.
It may be called a mini fridge, but you’d be surprised how much you can fit in there if you are organised with how you lay out your beverages. But what other ways are there for you to bring the best out of your home bar?
Creativity with other spaces
You might have an underused linen closet, for which you’ve always wondered if it could carry some kind of ulterior purpose. Well, now you can stock some of the non-chilled cocktail ingredients there. You might even want to put the mini-fridge in somewhere if there’s an outlet available.
You can make your house both a bar and a home with a few simple creative ideas. A lot of these ideas don’t have to cost the earth either – take a second-hand rolling cart for example. Even a bookcase with a blend of books and liqueurs can add a veneer of class to your home – the kind that says; ‘Yes, I read, but I also like the occasional tipple.’
You only have to look around the home to notice there are plenty of surfaces you can use and turn into classy spaces for those social evenings. You don’t need to splash the cash when a lot of what can turn your home into a bar is essentially already at hand.
It’s surprising how little effort may be needed to actively turn your home into a bar, but it really is possible. While you’re there, pour us a large one…