Wet Bar vs Dry Bar – which works for you?

Entertainment areas—wet bars and dry bars—are places to prepare beverages for guests. Home bars became trendy in the 1970s and 1980s. Homeowners outfitted their basements with rec rooms and added these beverage spaces to create a gathering area away from the kitchen. 

Flash forward to present day and home bars have evolved. With the growing popularity of outdoor kitchens, wet and dry bars are now becoming a trendy addition outside the home. Also, these add-on spaces may be viewed as more sought-after in a man cave or entertainment room.

A dry bar is a piece of furniture that holds all the accouterments for entertaining. From alcohol bottles to glasses to bottle openers to every accessory possible. It is portable, which makes it very convenient to locate in any section of the house or on a deck or patio. A dry bar is relatively easy to stage, too. Just mark a dedicated spot to display bar wares, add a beverage refrigerator, and have a little counter and cabinet space. No extra plumbing is required with a dry bar.  

Dry bars offer great versatility. They can be designed as per your need if you use a carpenter or designer. This is especially beneficial when you want to choose the height, number of cabinets and other small details of the bar. A dry bar can also be viewed as multifunctional for storing other home supplies. Some homeowners are even modifying the back of their kitchen island or counter with some shelves or rollout drawers for a dry bar. One can use them as a china cabinet to store crockery or as a counter space in kitchen or dining room. 

A wet bar is so called because it comes attached to a sink that has a drain. This means that they should be created near a plumbing line. Prefabricated wet bars are also available in the market, but they have the disadvantage of not being designed as you might wish.

The choice between the two bars can be hard. It can be made easy by identifying the space one has at home. It might not be possible to add a wet bar because there is no plumbing line free. Or maybe you have a passion for glassware and bottles which necessitate a dry bar. To correctly display your collection a dry bar is the best options. Regardless of which direction you go, there are current trends to keep in mind while you take that next step toward installing a bar.

Adding Counter Appliances
Basement dry bar designs used to feature modest built-in cabinetry and countertop area for a storage area for drinks and snacks. In 2018, things are getting serious with the addition of an under counter refrigeration units and built-in microwaves. Instead of having a single cabinet that stores your drink components and glasses, homeowners are adding wine chillers, beverage centers, beer kegerators, and ice makers. Not only does this add to the pub-feel, it provides more functional storage and ensures an adequate supply of chilled beverages.

Wine Storage
If you are a wine connoisseur or enthusiast, then you should think seriously about how you are going to store your wine. How you store it affects its quality. Having special storage for your wine bottles are also bound to add a dash of opulence to your bar space. In 2018, more homeowners are going full out in creating attractive and functional storage spaces for their wines. Some go as far as turning the entire basement into a wine bottle storage cellar.

Open Shelves
Many basement bars are moving towards a modern pared-down design. This includes neutral colors, simple furniture, and no excessive wall cabinetry. While some basement bars are eliminating wall cabinetry in favor of base cabinets with floating wall shelving. Installing open shelving has two advantages. One, it provides storage without being too intrusive on your bar space. It is a low profile look that is perfect for a modern basement bar.Second, it is a great way to show off your wines and glasses and adds a nice look to your bar.

Family-Friendly Designs
More and more homeowners also see the “bar” as a great family-friendly space.  Rather than being used to serve alcoholic drinks or entertaining a group of friends for a heated game of football; you can transform the place into a family-friendly game area. This involves having lower counters that the young ones can easily reach, a lot of comfortable seating options and a beverage center with drinks like flavored water, juice boxes, and soda. You can also add a microwave to pop popcorn and maybe even a home ice cream maker.  The base cabinetry or island is the perfect place to store board games, coloring books, and action figures that the family can enjoy together.

The modern butler’s pantry
This trend is still going strong. Many of today’s home bars have replaced the traditional butler’s pantry (a cabinet-lined passageway between the kitchen and dining room). These are well-designed built-ins that can fit into any of the public spaces in a house. This can mean in a kitchen, dining room, living room, media room or family room. 

Size Doesn’t Matter
Naturally, if you have the available square footage, by all means, go bigger. But if not, a bar doesn’t require abundant square footage. In fact, you don’t really want a bar to eat into the footprint of a room. There are lots of creative ways to design bar areas that take up little space. Use existing architectural elements to help. Is there corner built-ins? A lot of older homes have these in the dining room. Swapping one out for a bar is an easy solution. Make great use of wasted space under a stairwell by converting it into a bar. Even a small little-used closet offers an ideal space.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t
If “out of sight, out of mind” is your mantra, wall panels and sliding doors can help you create a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t party wall. Mirrored panels can add a touch of glamour, plus make space feel larger. The bar can be a delightful place to add character and whimsy to any home. Even the tightest corner can make for an amazing bar if you use the right materials. Combining and contrasting unique surfaces with light and texture can yield some pretty breathtaking results. Don’t be afraid to take a chance!

For more information, visit these websites:

What Is a Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar—and Does Either Belong in Your Home? by Realtor.com

What Is a Dry Bar? by eHow

What to Consider before Building a Basement Bar by InHouse Realty

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