Lets face it, some nights you just dont want to go anywhere. But after a work day where you felt reaaaaaallllly close to recreating office space (I mean you were so close, you even snuck the fax machine out the office) a beer is sounding too damn good to give up. Those are the moments where having your own bar can make the difference between returning the fax machine or beating it with a baseball bat.
Yet on top of staying at home and still getting a dose of forget-the-job, there are several benefits to creating your own home bar, including financial ones. Because building a bar doesnt mean breaking the bank. Heres just a few of the benefits . . .
Your favorite beer is always on tap. After-all, you are the bartender! I spoke to Albert Calloway, a man who just recently built his own home bar, about the costs of buying a keg. He explained that purchasing a beer keg usually costs anywhere from $80-$120 a keg. While that sounds expensive at first, its important to note you can get at least 55 pints from a 5.2 gallon, slim keg. Im no math expert, but if a beer costs $2.50 at the local bar, and you drink 12 beers all weekend, that comes out to 48 beers a month for $120. And thats before youve included cover charges and parking fees. So for $120, youre getting 7 more beers than you would by going out somewhere. As an added bonus, you dont have to worry about drinking too many beers and driving home later- and thats a heck of a reason to drink up!
Furthermore, an in-home bar is custom made to your tastes- so naturally its the best looking bar in town. From the bar and high chairs to the wall fixtures, you can find interesting pieces to fit your personality everywhere. Target is particularly good for providing bar room décor on a budget, like this Jack Daniels wall art, for $15 in store, and $13 online. And of course, Spencers and Target provide unique drinkware, like this Octoberfest style boot, HYPERLINK "http://www.spencersonline.com/product/25-liter-beer-boot/" http://www.spencersonline.com/product/25-liter-beer-boot/ , at Spencers for $8. Beer taps arent that expensive either. Depending on the tap you want, handles start at about $10. By gradually collecting pieces over time, you can create a bar thats solely yours.
And if nothing else, you can watch all your favorite sports games without worrying about the DJ interrupting the game with the greatest club hits. Theres nothing wrong with a great bar playing good music- after-all, most nights thats what nightlifers are looking for. But if youre watching an important game and the bar isnt playing the sound, you can miss the glory of the big game-winning moment.
In the end, bar-hoppers will always appreciate a good night on the town. And with the way the Carolina bar scene has developed, its hard to resist heading out into the innovative nightlife world. But sometimes, its nice to get the same atmosphere from home, and your neighbors will certainly appreciate the upgrade- neighborhood block party anyone?