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5 Tips For Setting Up Your Own Home Bar Posted on September 22, 2016 by Downtown Market Nothing can cure the blues of the end of the summer like learning a new skill. And I would argue that no skill is quite as useful as learning how to make yourself a cocktail. Chasing the fall chill away with a perfectly balanced Manhattan or shaking your recently canned jams into your own signature cocktail can quickly make you forget the since-gone summer breezes and the inevitable snow drifts that are sure to come. But where do you start and what do you need? Below are a few tips that I found useful when I began: 1. Start with what you know. It might not seem like it, but you already know something about making a cocktail, even if what you know is that you love gin and tonics and you hate margaritas. When setting up your home bar, make sure you are buying the spirits and mixers that you already know you like. 2. Begin with one spirit at a time. Not all gins are the same, and there is a world of differences (literally) between each one. Work your way through your bottles, by trying different recipes and proportions with each to find out what you like. 3. Use the tools that make you feel good. My dad was a mechanic. We had a 3 stall, 2 story garage and he didn’t mind if we used his tools, but you better believe they went back where we found them and they were never left unorganized. From this I learned that to get a job done efficiently, you need the right tools and to know how to use them. When setting up your home bar, get the right tools, learn how to use them, and I guarantee your cocktails will taste better. 4. Measure and Record. Use a jigger (or anything that allows you to measure what you are putting in your cocktails) and write down what you are using. This will allow you to learn what you like and learn about balancing flavors in a cocktail. 5. Take your time. Think of setting up your home bar in the same way as stocking your kitchen. If you take your time, gradually adding new spirits and equipment rather than trying to buy everything at once, you will end up with a work space, ingredients and equipment that allow you get maximum efficiency. Give yourself the space to learn about making the types of cocktails you like and then you will be better informed on what you need. Those are my five most helpful tips for anybody who is looking to start setting up their own home bar. It's not as daunting as it may seem, but if you ever feel like you need some help, just come and visit us. We frequently host a “Setting Up Your Home Bar” class in our teaching kitchen where we have fun making awesome cocktails and teach you everything you need to know about creating the perfect home bar. Cheers! – Jenney Grant, Director of Culinary & Beverage OVER TO YOU! Have any specific problems with creating your own home bar? Any tips you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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Looking for shot glasses for your home bar? We have just what you need There’s something connoisseur –like about building up your personal bar at home. (Read our story: The Essentials List for your home bar) One of the most important tools then is your shot glass collection. Looking for new shot glasses to add to your collection or just starting to build your own? Browse the gallery to see our pick of shot glasses for your bar. To learn more about the different kinds of glasses for your home bar, read our story Glasses for your home bar. For more tips on how to build your home bar, read our story How to plan your home bar.  THUMBNAIL VIEW

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There’s something connoisseur –like about building up your personal bar at home. (Read our story: The Essentials List for your home bar) One of the most important tools then is your shot glass collection. Looking for new shot glasses to add to your collection or just starting to build your own? Browse the gallery to see our pick of shot glasses for your bar. To learn more about the different kinds of glasses for your home bar, read our story Glasses for your home bar. For more tips on how to build your home bar, read our story How to plan your home bar. 

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Those are my five most helpful tips for anybody who is looking to start setting up their own home bar. It's not as daunting as it may seem, but if you ever feel like you need some help, just come and visit us. We frequently host a “Setting Up Your Home Bar” class in our teaching kitchen where we have fun making awesome cocktails and teach you everything you need to know about creating the perfect home bar.

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“Classy dive bar :-)” Reviewed October 13, 2016 I hate giving a good review in fear of this spot becoming too popular. Bottom line the staff are hella cool, the beer is ice cold and the food is epic and far from your average bar food. Helpful? Thank BOOYAA714 Report

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It might not seem like it, but you already know something about making a cocktail, even if what you know is that you love gin and tonics and you hate margaritas. When setting up your home bar, make sure you are buying the spirits and mixers that you already know you like.

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My dad was a mechanic. We had a 3 stall, 2 story garage and he didn’t mind if we used his tools, but you better believe they went back where we found them and they were never left unorganized. From this I learned that to get a job done efficiently, you need the right tools and to know how to use them. When setting up your home bar, get the right tools, learn how to use them, and I guarantee your cocktails will taste better.

Home Bar Hours

Think of setting up your home bar in the same way as stocking your kitchen. If you take your time, gradually adding new spirits and equipment rather than trying to buy everything at once, you will end up with a work space, ingredients and equipment that allow you get maximum efficiency. Give yourself the space to learn about making the types of cocktails you like and then you will be better informed on what you need.

If you’re looking for exciting things to do around Chicagothis January, come to the House of Music and Entertainment in Arlington Heights. We’re a lot of things at H.O.M.E.: a concert venue, sports bar, and restaurant, and we host a ton of regular events as well as host a number of today’s popular artists and

There Are Plenty of Things to Do Around Chicago at H.O.M.E. If you’re looking for exciting things to do around Chicagothis January, come to the House of Music and Entertainment in Arlington Heights. We’re a lot of things at H.O.M.E.: a concert venue, sports bar, and restaurant, and we host a ton of regular events as well as host a number of today’s popular artists and

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