From the Other Side of the Bar: The Accessories Up a Bartender’s Sleeve

The bar is more than just a place where some dude pours drinks. It is the pinnacle of humanity’s love for alcohol, a sanctuary where people come to unwind, spend some time by themselves or socialize, get a load of their mind, and all of that over a few drinks.

When you walk up to a bar, it is important that you are greeted by someone who is confident and knows what he is doing, or at least looks like he knows what he’s doing. Bar tending is a form of art, a craftsmanship if you will, and every craftsmanship is a fusion of skills, tools, and materials. This means that if you want quality service, your bartender needs to be skilled, friendly, charismatic, and have a psychology decree. While the grade of your alcohol is the most important factor for a fine drink, if you want to get the most out of it, your bar needs to be equipped with all the essential accessories. Having the right tools and equipment and understanding of how they work will give you the confidence needed to serve and mix excellent drinks and it will make the customers feel like they are in the right hands.

Today you can easily buy bar accessories online, both for commercial use and for starting up a bar right in your home. But, before you do that, you need to know what to look for. Here is a list of some of the must-haves along with some details on what they are used for.

  • First of all, you will need a solution for storing and displaying your drinks while also having easy access to them. A rotary bottle stand is an ideal bar accessory for that. It can hold up to six bottles and has a heavy metal base for maximum support. It provides easy drink selection with a single hand, it speeds up pouring and also saves you space.
  • Chances are, you have a lot more different bottles of liquor than you can fit on bottle stands which is why you will need some additional measuring tools. You can use either jiggers or liquor pourers. Jugglers are basically reversible shot glasses with two different measures on both sides and one is typically twice as large as the other. Liquor pourers, on the other hand, go directly on the mouth of the bottle and provide control and accuracy while pouring. You can choose from two measured pourers that dispense a predetermined amount of liquor or free-flow pourers that provide a continuous flow while the bottle is tipped.
  • Cocktail shakers are the most popular bar accessories and often the first thing that pops in our minds when we think of bars. Many of the best drinks and cocktails are shaken before poured which is why shakers are an essential tool of every bar. You cant expect Picasso to paint without a brush.

When you are out to buy bar accessories, you must also nut for get all the basic ones such as an ice tray,

bar spoons for stirring drinks, ice crusher, a fruit knife, cream whipper, and, of course, some fun glassware.