Are you considering adding a bar to your basement? Have you been thinking about rounding out your man cave with a true sports bar or pub feel? The basics of adding a bar to your home are fairly simple – explained here – but how do you achieve the atmosphere and coziness of a classic pub? It can be very difficult to achieve the classic bar look without hiring a skilled (read expensive) finish carpenter! What if I told you there was a shortcut?
The easiest and often times most cost effective method for adding real bar charm to your home bar area is to purchase an existing front and/or back bar to start. These pieces can become available when a bar or restaurant closes. You can find them at antiques dealers, estate sales and restaurant auctions. You can also find them online at EBay and Amazon!
Check out some of the cool, original bars you can currently purchase and give a new home! These bars will make your home bar unique – you can’t get these just anywhere!
Once you find the bar you will just need to add plumbing and refrigeration to have a fully operational bar.
From there you can decorate, stock the bar and throw a party!
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A dream man cave is the perfect addition to any home! I love spending time with my wife and kids, honestly it’s my favorite thing to do. However, every man sometimes needs space and time to just relax on his own or with his buddies. The best way to get this space as a father of young kids is to create an oasis of manliness within your own home. This dream man cave will give you a place to escape to after a long day of work. The space itself doesn’t matter so much – it can be a garage, basement, attic or den – however it should be dedicated to the man of the house.
No matter what your hobbies or interests are every good man cave needs comfortable seating, a solid entertainment system, decor, and a means to store and serve for your favorite beverages. I have gathered some inspiration below in the hopes I will get to convert my attic to my own dream man cave!
Minimally a man cave needs comfortable seating so that the man of the house can fall asleep while watching golf or football on a Sunday afternoon. Ideally, a dream man cave will afford enough comfy seating for a few friends (or even the family) to comfortably lounge.
This leather recliner certainly classes up the cave.
Even Yankees fans need Decor for their man caves – [Yankees Photos](Yankees Photos)
Amazon offers so many sports photos – take a look for your favorite team.
Bar Decor – this is where you can show your affinity for a beer or liquor. Vintage signs and lights can almost be considered classy.
Vintage beer advertising can be a really cool addition to your man cave! Simply search for your preferred brand! [Beer Signs](Beer Paraphenlia)
Neon Signs can also brighten up your space! [selection of neon signs ](Beer Neon Signs)
“Classy” – if you want to keep the room more understated photographs of places you have visited or love can be great. I favor black and white photos. Art.com, Minted and [Amazon](Black and White Photos) all offer great options! Frames from Target or Amazon can be inexpensive so it may be more budget friendly to purchase an unframed photo and get the frame separately.
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Perhaps the most important ingredient in a dream man cave is the ability to store and imbibe in your favorite booze. In a smaller man cave this might simply be a bar cart and a mini fridge. However, given the space you could potentially create your own personal pub! Below are some links to inspiration!
Bar Carts – bar Carts double as both a storage and serving piece for your liquor collection!