Creating the ideal home bar might be the most fun DIY project, regardless of whether you own or rent. Not only do you get to add a space purely dedicated to having an enjoyable time with your friends and family, you also get to add some glamour and interest to your home’s aesthetic. Plus, you have so many options for home bars. Will you put in a freestanding bar, an island, a bar cart or something else entirely?

Before you start shopping for cool glassware at your local antique store or decanting bottles of your favorite liquor, check out the photos below. We’ve rounded up 21 of our favorite home bars for the 21-and-over crowd. Armed with this hearty dose of inspiration, you’ll be ready to create a home bar that will be the talk of all your friends.

21 home bars to spark your creativity

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Add some seating and display your bottles and glassware for an instant home bar. Image: Vernich Interiors

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When creating your home bar, don’t forget to include comfortable seating if you have the space. Image: Regan Baker Design

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Let guests know that the fun starts right away by positioning your home bar near your front door. Image: Rockwell Interiors

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A compact wet bar makes a perfect setting for your favorite home bar details. Image: D2 Interieurs

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Your home bar doesn’t have to take up a lot of real estate. A simple – but beautifully designed – bar cart is enough to get the party started. Image: Kristin Laing Designs

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Creative lighting will highlight your home bar – quite literally. Image: Steven Dailey

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Start gathering interesting glassware to fill out your home bar. Open shelving lends itself to a stunning display. Image: Herlong Architects

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An inset, backlit cabinet is all you need to transform any room into a glamorous bar. Image: Northworks Architects + Planners

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Club chairs will make your home bar feel refined – and you’ll feel distinguished enjoying a cocktail in them. Image: CIRCLE Design Studio

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Back your bar up to a window to give yourself easy access from the patio. Image: Sierra Pacific Windows

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You can tuck your home bar behind doors so it’s at the ready when you entertain but doesn’t intrude in your daily life. Image: Sutro Architects

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A floating, open-backed bar creates structure while maintaining an open feel. Image: 2id Interiors

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Add cocktail-inspired art for a fun element in your bar area. Image: The Rinfret Group

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Don’t be afraid to mix materials. The home bar is a place for fun – and you should have fun while designing it! Image: Patrick Schmitt

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Home bars can find a place in even the most minimalist of homes. Image: Pedini PDX

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… or in the most rustic. Image: M. Swabb

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Any dead space in your home – like the awkward area under the stairs – is a prime place for your barware. Image: Timothy Godbold

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Renters, rejoice! You don’t need to build in cabinets or shelves to create a home bar. Image: Design Milieu

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Home bars are perfect places for an accent wall. Image: Plain and Posh

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If you entertain families more than adults, make your home bar appropriate for all ages with fun details like candy jars and non-alcoholic drink options. Image: OSMOND DESIGNS

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A home bar positioned just off the kitchen can make hosting a breeze even when you’re putting the finishing touches on the meal. Image: Fivedot Design/Build

Once you get your home bar set up, don’t forget to invite all of your friends over for its grand opening. Cheers!