When it comes to having a good time in your own custom home, it’s Your custom home needs an incredible lower level bar.hard to beat a lower level home bar. Whether you’re hanging out after a long day or planning a party for your friends, the lower level bar is a staple in a custom built home. It’s the perfect place to unwind, store your favorite wines, brew up a new beer, and have fun while you entertain guests.

Here are few ideas for you to include in your lower level bar:

Showcase your wine collection with a lower level cellar.

If you’re a collector, connoisseur, or just all around fan of a glass of wine at the end of a long day, then you should show off your collection in a unique, fun way. Go beyond the wine chiller under the bar and think outside of the box. Your custom home builder can design an entire cellar to flow with the design of your lower level. A glass wall behind the bar that looks into the cellar is a fun way to incorporate your collection into the atmosphere of the bar. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more discrete, consider a hidden door behind the bar that only you and a select few even know about. This door can lead into a cellar large enough for your collection and a tasting table, where you can taste the wine before pouring a glass for your guests.

Improve your home brew skills with your very own brewery room.

If you’ve been looking for a way to get into the homebrew scene or wanted to step up your brewing game, then a brewery room is the perfect way to do it. Have your own beers on tap, set up a place for your beer to ferment and age, even install a stove to get your wort boiling. To round out the brewery room and make it a killer home bar design, consider adding a table for you and your friends to hang out around while sampling some homebrew and other favorites.

No lower level home bar design is complete without entertainment areas.

When you’re hanging out in the lower level bar, you want to feel like you’ve gone out for a night on the town without actually having to leave your house. A bar is great, but entertainment in a bar is even better. To complete the feeling of a bar atmosphere, consider adding an area for one or all of these entertainment ideas:

    • Dart Board: keep things lively with a friendly game of 701.
    • Pool Table: whether you’re a shark or just enjoy the game, it’s hard to resist picking up a pool cue.
    • Ping Pong: certainly not for every home bar, a ping pong table does provide hours of entertainment for players of all skill levels.
    • Arcade Games: track down your favorite retro games like Pacman or grab the latest release of Golden Tee.
    • Cards: Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Baccarat, it doesn’t matter what your favorite tabletop card game is when you’ve got the right place to play.

Glassware and cocktail tool storage is important.

If you fancy yourself a mixologist or just really enjoy using the proper glassware for your drinks, then you want to make sure everything has it’s own place. Hanging above the bar, in glass-fronted cabinets, on shelves behind the bar, it doesn’t matter where you place the glassware, so long as it’s accessible. It is important to make sure you have enough storage space, though. No matter how many guests you have over sipping wine or trying your latest brew, you’ll want to make sure you have enough glasses for everyone.

When it comes to your cocktail tools and accessories, you’re going to want to keep them someplace handy. You never know when a guest might want a Martini or Old Fashion instead of a beer or glass of wine. So, consider creating a storage solution on top of the bar or on an open shelf just below the bar.

Drink prep areas make entertaining easier.

If you love to entertain, then creating a drink prep area will make your life and entertaining easier. No bar is complete without the right space and tools to prepare drinks. A cutting board won’t cut it when it comes to making drinks and fixing cocktails. Instead, your lower level bar needs:

    • A sink: rinse fruits and other cocktail mix-ins right at the bar.
    • Counterspace: go beyond the bar top and create a counter specifically for cutting and getting drinks ready.
    • Small fridge: keep cocktail add-ins cold with a fridge.
    • Wine chiller: make sure you always have a few chilled bottles ready to go.
    • Glass washer: don’t waste time running upstairs to wash your dishes.

Are you ready to design your perfect lower level bar? The custom home builders at G&G Custom Homes would love to sit down with you and talk about your ideas! Contact us today to get started!