How to Stock Your Bar: Getting Started Guide

After a long hard day at work, few things are as satisfying as coming home to a stylish and perfectly stocked bar for a well-earned, relaxing drink. On weekends, your guy friends will envy your set-up and women will quickly see the difference between you and the average dude with nothing more than a few Bud Ice languishing in his fridge. I would go so far as to say that a properly stocked bar is a marker of achievement. It says you’ve graduated into that select group of men who knows how to take care of himself and others, and knows how to do it with a bit a panache.

How to Set Up a Home Bar – Select Home Bar Furniture

The first step is to get the proper bar furniture. What  you select here will come down to how much space you have and what your budget can handle. I absolutely love this Traditional Cherry Finish Bar Unit w/Wine Rack Sink Drawers. 

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If space or price happens to constrain you a bit, fear not. A fantastic 2nd choice is this Black Oak Vietti Bar Cabinet with Bottle and Glass Storage. It’s smaller and more affordable, making it perfect for younger men with smaller apartments.

 

How to Set Up a Home Bar – Select Essential Alcohols

Now that we have selected a great piece of furniture, we get to the fun part – choosing booze! This is one part science, one part art. There are a few essential alcohols for your home bar that you will need to have on hand. However, this is YOUR bar, so you can and should stock it with your favorites as well. Feel free to experiment and have fun building your collection. I’ll leave that to you. But what are the essentials for a home bar? Here’s my recommended list of 7 basics to start with.

Gin

Rum

Tequila

Bourbon Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

Vermouth

Vodka

You can stock all of these for under 200 dollars, or you can drop $200 a bottle easily. It really comes down to how much quality you are willing and able to pay for. The best way to go about this is to write up a list of what you want and set a specific budget. Then head down to a few local liquor stores and ask for some advice. I always manage to find someone who loves their work a lot who’ll consult me and help me find exactly what I need. Grab this book too if you want more advice on choosing specific bottles for your bar.

How to Set Up a Home Bar – Select Cool Accessories

Allright. We have the furniture. We have the alcohol. The final step is to get the right drinking accessories. I file these under 3 categories. 1) Things to Drink. 2) Things to Drink From. 3) Things to Drink By. Let’s take these one-by-one.

  1. Things to Drink – Here’s where we need to think of mixers. To the easiest way to start out is with a a great starter kit. Limited budgets should consider this cocktail variety pack from Skinny Mixes. If you have a bit more money to invest, try this set from Bittermilk.
  2. Things to Drink From – I suppose you can drink a martini from a coffee cup. You can also wear your pajamas to a job interview, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, begin building a collection of drink-ware that you can be proud of. A starter kit like this will get you going. And part of the fun of having your own home bar is adding to your collection over time.71EKQTY44eL._SL1500_
  3. Things to Drink By – This is the final step. Get some cool items to set the atmosphere of your home bar. This last step is highly personal and will come down to the specific ambiance you seek to create. Do want it to feel old-fashioned and traditional? Trendy and modern? Playful or serious? Once you choose your style goal, select individual items that will help you create it. For example, this LED Bar Display is amazing if you often entertain guests after dark.71m4G7R8SiL._SL1500_

I hope today’s post inspires you to start your very own home bar. Enjoy!

Jamie

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How to Be a Cool Uncle

Congratulations man, you’re an uncle! Now what? Do you know how to master this role? Fear not, it’s actually not too hard. Let’s see how you can be the coolest uncle out there.

When I first began teaching at a university, I was a bit nervous. How would I be seen by my students? Would I be a popular instructor or would I be that guy – you know, the one whose class you absolutely hated but had to take? I loved my field and had plenty of experience making classes interactive and fun, but beyond that, how would they see me as a person? I sat down for coffee with another new instructor the day before classes began and we started discussing this question.

We concluded that the way to be seen as a “cool” instructor that was likeable was to have what we termed, “a crazy professorial affectation.” In other words, we needed to have something unique that we played up, something that made us different that others, and that became the thing that you instantly thought of when you saw us. My fellow instructor was a New Zealander, so he decided to make that his thing. Me? As silly as it sounds, I chose to have an obsession with American fast food, particularly burgers.

What happened? The students loved it. Within a few weeks, students were emailing me tips on local restaurants serving American-style burgers, asking me for tips on how to prepare authentic American burgers, and touchingly, created a giant poster at the end of my first semester, covered with thank you messages scrawled all over, you guessed it, a large drawing of a cheeseburger.

Back to your new role as uncle. You need to choose your crazy (in a good way) uncle category. They’ll come to identify you strongly in connection with this thing and you’ll have the power to shape their lives in a really cool way. Music? Travel? Food? Sports? Choose one thing and talk about it with them, take them to events related to it, give gifts connected to it, etc.

Do you love music? Play the drums? Get your nephew or niece a drum set and teach them to how to jam! Look at this one. It shouts cool uncle!

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Sports?

Look at this complete badminton and volleyball set.

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Science?

Look at this amazing telescope.

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Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll be a cool uncle. Just choose your topic, make it your thing, and teach, talk, and gift around that topic. Good luck, you cool uncle you!

Jamie

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Calling All Self-Improvement Bloggers

Hi, I’m Jamie Moyer. I’m a pretty regular guy. Grew up in a small town in a very middle-class family. Attended a state college. Nothing fancy. However, 8 years ago, I made a decision that changed my life forever. I decided to prioritize my personal growth.

Many people I knew would grow a lot during their childhood, teenage years, and college – but after graduation, their progress would slow and eventually almost stop. They’d settle into a routine with work and family and that would pretty much be it. I made a vow 8 years ago to focus on personal development day after day, month after month, year after year.

In those 8 years, I earned an MBA, traveled to several countries, lived and worked abroad, started 3 businesses, taught at a university, and met many amazing people along the way. I’m still a pretty regular guy, albeit one who has had some great experiences that have taught me a lot.

Recently, I started this site, Improve My Life This Year, in order to codify the best self-improvement tips I have learned during these 8 years. I am in the process of creating a 365-day curriculum of self-improvement that will super-charge someone’s personal development.

This is where you come in. I’m not a genius. I’m not smarter than the next the guy. The only reason I consider myself an expert on self-improvement is this – I’ve been a good listener. I haven’t created radical, revolutionary ideas that will change the world. Rather, like a good museum curator, I have identified and gathered the best ideas of others to assemble this curriculum.

And this is why I need you. Do you have valuable self-improvement ideas? I’d love to hear them. I’m sure each self-improvement blogger out there has incredible advice to that both I and my readers would love to hear. During the month of June, I will be opening up my blog to ideas from other great bloggers.If you have a piece of great advice, I am giving you the opportunity to showcase it here. This site is less than 2 months old and already ranking well in the U.S. and internationally.

If you have a piece of great advice, I am giving you the opportunity to showcase it here. This site is less than 2 months old and already ranking well in the U.S. and internationally.

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For context, we are already ranked around 2 millionth out of about 1 billion sites globally, and we are increasing week by week. So if you’d like to get your advice and link back to your own site out in front of my audience, please contact me at jamiemoyer622@gmail.com

Here are some guidelines for your submission.

  1. Your article should be around 500 words (Maximum 1000 words). This site aims to deliver advice that can be read in just a couple minutes. If your post is about a longer idea, feel free to link back to more complete advice in one of your own posts on your site.
  2. Your article should be original and you must agree not to republish it anywhere else. Reposting it on your site or elsewhere is plagiarism and risks both your site and mine being penalized by search engines like Google.
  3. Keep your posts PG. I use damn, hell, and whatnot, but please no f-word, explicit sex advice, and whatnot. I personally do not have a problem with that style of writing and you are free to link to an article on your site that includes those, but Improve My Life This Year aims to be a comfortable place for readers all age groups, religious backgrounds, etc.

If you have questions, please contact me and I’ll be happy to answer them. Once you send me a possible post for submission, I’ll respond within 24 hours to let you know if I will post it and if not. That way you will know whether or not you are free to submit it elsewhere or on your own site.

I look forward to hearing your self-improvement ideas, and I thank you in advance on behalf of my audience for your willingness to share your advice with so many people.

To our self-improvement,

Jamie