March 26, 2015

When planning for an event, don’t make the mistake of leaving the bar details to the last minute. The set-up of your bar can make or break your event. You don’t want to waste money by buying too much, but you definitely can’t run out of drinks either, and you want a wide variety of options to accommodate all of your guests. Follow these simple tips for stocking your bar and keep the good times flowing at your next event.


For many events, hosting a simple beer and wine bar is an appropriate way to save money. Offer three types of beers, including one light option, two white wines and two red wines. Popular choices include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir. If you are providing a full bar then augment the above with vodka, gin, tequila, rum and whiskey. Champagne is appropriate for certain high-end events, and a creatively named specialty cocktail can be a fun addition. Be sure to have plenty of water, soda and other non-alcoholic drinks available for children, designated drivers, and those who don’t drink.

Mixers and garnishes

For a full bar, your mixers should include seltzer, cola, tonic water, orange juice, cranberry juice, sweet-and-sour mix, vermouth and grenadine. Depending on the type of event, margarita mix and daiquiri mix might also be appropriate. For garnishes, maraschino cherries, salt, and pre-sliced lemons and limes are essential. Lastly, don’t forget to have plenty of ice.


Different glassware is necessary for different types of drinks. If you’re hosting your event in Los Angeles event rentals are readily available to you. If you are serving champagne, then champagne flutes are essential. The same wine glass can be used for both red and white wines. Pint glasses are appropriate for beer. All-purpose highball glasses are perfectly suited to a variety of mixed drinks. If you are hosting a cocktail reception with a full range of cocktails, then having more elaborate glassware on hand like tumblers, brandy snifters, martini glasses and shot glasses will make a great presentation.

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