How to Setup the Perfect In-Home Bar for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a time to surround yourself with family and friends. If you are entertaining everyone in your home this year, then you are probably searching for a simple way to setup the perfect in-home bar for Thanksgiving Day. With so many people in your home, space is at a premium. Fortunately, there are a variety of space-saving tips that you can use to maximize the little amount of free space you have available.

Choose the Right Kegerator

Every beer geek out there loves a good draft beer. If you really want to impress your guests, then you need a kegerator for your in-home bar. Kegerators are not only a great accessory for Thanksgiving dinner, but they’re great for year-round use. Not only are they perfect for football season, but they offer a simple way to dispense adult beverages without consuming a lot of space. Most people immediately think of full-size kegerators but don’t always have space for them. If you want to add a kegerator to your home bar this Thanksgiving but don’t have the space, then consider these alternatives.

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  • Mini Kegerators

    The easiest way to enjoy all of the perks of a kegerator while also saving space is by using a mini kegerator. Mini kegerators are much smaller your typical kegerator dispenser. You can put them on your countertop or home bar top for convenient use, and then store it away when you’re not using it. While they include all of the functionality of a full-sized kegerator they are designed to dispense beer from mini-kegs. Some can even store and dispense beer from two mini-kegs simultaneously.

  • Undercounter Kegerators

    If you want to use a full-sized keg then consider an undercounter kegerator. Undercounter kegerators are nearly identical to traditional full-size kegerators, but the primary difference being that you can install them directly in your countertop. This is an ideal solution for anyone that has little floor-space for a portable kegerator.

  • Outdoor Kegerators

    The final option is to buy an outdoor kegerator. This is the perfect solution if you spend a lot of time outside or simply have limited space to entertain indoors. The best part about outdoor kegerators is they are designed to maintain a constant internal temperature regardless of what the surrounding temperature is. This means you can safely store and dispense your beer outdoors all year round.

Take Advantage of Beverage Refrigerators

If a kegerator isn’t your style, then consider using a space-saving beverage refrigerator. A mini-fridge is a simple way to keep all of your adult beverages cool without having to make a trip to the kitchen all the time. Beverage refrigerators take up very little space and can even act as an additional countertop as well.

If you have the space in your kitchen, you can install a built-in beverage fridge directly into your countertops. This would allow you to have an extra fridge with a convenient location, but not sacrifice any of your floor space. If you have an old trash compactor, many undercounter fridges are designed to be the same shape for an easy transition.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

When setting up your in-home bar for a Thanksgiving Day celebration there are a number of important bar accessories which will make entertaining much easier.

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  • Ice Makers

    One of the most important pieces of equipment to have is an icemaker or ice crusher. Icemakers take up very little space and are incredibly convenient. First, they make ice easily accessible to all of your guests. This will allow you to worry about preparing Thanksgiving dinner, entertaining and ensuring there’s enough pumpkin pie leftover for seconds rather than continually getting ice for everyone’s glasses. Second, having an ice maker readily accessible eliminates the risk that you’ll run out of ice.

  • Blenders, Juicers & Cocktail Accessories

    If your guests will primarily be drinking mixed drinks then there are a variety of bar accessories you may want for your in-home bar. The market for drink and cocktail preparation appliances has greatly expanded over the past several years. You can get anything from a margarita mixed drink maker to a premium juicer and blender. When choosing the right appliances for your in-home bar the most important consideration is what types of beverages your guests will be drinking. There is no reason to purchase a professional juicer or blender if your guests will primarily be drinking beer, wine, or beverages on the rocks.

  • Glassware Options

    An overlooked aspect of setting up your in-home bar is choosing the right glassware. While selecting glassware is extremely important if you’re serving wine, it is equally important when serving beer or mixed drinks. Different types of beers will taste best in glasses specifically designed to accentuate their bouquet, clarity, and level of carbonation. This is especially true if you are a home brewer and will be serving your own unique beers during your Thanksgiving Day celebration.

  • Setting up the perfect in-home bar for Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be a complicated and overwhelming process. Before choosing what appliances you will use there are two key characteristics to consider. The first is available space. It doesn’t matter what type of appliances you want if you don’t have space to set them up. For example, it would be great to have a full size kegerator but that doesn’t mean you have the space to actually use one. Instead, opting for an outdoor or mini kegerator is a more realistic solution. The second consideration is versatility. While it would be great to purchase bar accessories and appliances solely for Thanksgiving Day, try to purchase equipment which you will likely use throughout the rest of the year as well.

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6 Man Cave Necessities You Can’t Be Without

Every guy needs a man cave and every man cave is different.  If you are looking to upgrade your man cave or build one from scratch, there are a few necessities you absolutely have to have.  Regardless of your style, tastes, and preferences there are six things that will determine whether or not you have a man cave or just another room.

1.  A Big Screen HDTV

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The most important thing your man cave needs is a TV and not just any TV.  You need a big screen HDTV although a 3D TV is ideal.  The TV is a focal point of every man cave.  The entire room doesn’t have to be centered on it, but it should get the respect it deserves.  If your man cave includes a lot of additional entertainment, such a pool table, full bar, poker table, etc., you may find a single big screen HDTV to be inefficient.  Don’t be afraid to strategically place a few additional small screen HDTVs around your space.

2. Beer

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It doesn’t matter what you drink, you must have the beer.  Without beer, you don’t have a man cave.  Even if you are primarily a hard liquor kind of guy, you still need beer.  Beer is a man-staple and should be treated as such.  A growing number of men don’t want to settle for regular beer and that’s fine.  Feel free to stock your man cave with dark, flavorful micro-brews.  Note: hard cider is not beer – leave it outside.

3. The Vibe

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You have your own tastes, interests, and desires and your man cave should reflect them.  Just because the man cave is traditional centered on sports themes doesn’t mean yours has too.  The key is to have a theme or a fantasy that your man cave embodies – it doesn’t really matter what it is – it just has to be manly (aka no kittens, chick flicks, or knitting).

 

4. Comfortable Seating

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The man cave isn’t designed for one person.  It is a meeting point for a group of men with similar interests.  More importantly, it is designed for long meetings of multiple men.  This means your seating needs to be comfortable, spacious, and durable.  All the better if your seating can hold beer.

 

5. Entertainment

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Your man cave should be a hotspot which means you need to have some kind of entertainment.  This could be your HDTV blasting sports 24-7, video games consoles, dart boards, pool tables, poker tables, or whatever you and your friends want to spend time doing.  The important part is that entertainment options exist and are in ample supply.

 

6. Separation

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The number one thing every man cave needs is separation.  This is why you find most man caves in basements and garages.  It is a separate space that no one else in the house has authority over.  You can make a mess, stain your furniture, and punch the wall if you decide it is a good idea.  Your man cave – Your rules.  The only way to truly be able to create your own rules is to have your own separate space.

Leave a comment below and let us know us know your man cave must haves!

Our Top 10 Man Caves (Part 2)

The Final Countdown

Check out the first half of our Top 10 Man Caves list here.

5. NFL Network Presents…

Built for a competing family atmosphere, this football-themed man cave was built and furnished with the help of the NFL Network. As the family is torn between the Ravens and Redskins, the center couch is placed on a rotating platform, allowing you to view each game on the TV screens or projector, with service provided courtesy of the NFL Network.

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4. J-E-T-S!

If you’re a Pats fan, you might as well just get out now, because this next home bar is all about the Jets. Hand-carved, polished wood make up the bar, which is stocked to the brim with almost any alcohol of your choice. A big-screen TV with game consoles and a DVD player, as well as luxury leather couches, give this man cave a very “at-home” feel.

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3. Holy Batcave, Batman!

Come into the Down Under while we visit this man cave based in Australia. The owner took the “cave” part seriously – as the walls are made out of a faux rock siding – because of his affinity for the Batman series. A full projection screen lines the front wall, with two rows of movie theatre-style seating for guests. Come on though, who wouldn’t love a Batcave like this?

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2. The Lap of Luxury

This man cave will take your breath away as you gaze over the luxury that you can enjoy. Featuring three TVs to watch several games at once, and luxury seating that can fit a large group of people, this would be a perfect place to host a game. It also helps that a built-in wine cellar is right nearby, allowing you to take anything from your collection to enjoy.

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1. Hittin’ the Club

Our number one man cave boasts the nightclub theme, with ambient lighting to set the mood and luxury couches to relax comfortably. The fully stocked bar lights up while tables and chairs adorn the bar and around the entire room. As a roomy and relaxing atmosphere, it’s no wonder that you may feel the urge to dance.

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Are there any amazing man caves out there that we missed? Let us know in the comments which is your favorite or share pictures of your own man cave. You may even inspire us to update the list.

Our Top 10 Man Caves (Part 1)

The Manliest of Cavernous Spaces: The Man Cave

When you start to build your private space, you do the research. You decide whether to hire the contractors or do it yourself. You know that this shade of blue is for Mets fans, while this shade is for the Yankees. You seem to know everything you’re doing to make your man cave the best.

But how will it match up?

We here at Kegerator.com decided to compile a list of the Top 10 Man Caves to give you the inspiration you need. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best, and to do that, you’ll have to see the best. So here is what your competition looks like:

10. What’ll You Have?

This garage man cave comes complete with a fully-stocked pub, as well as a few parked Harleys that are ready to ride at a moment’s notice. The aluminum siding adds a bit of a manly edge to the cave, and the pub comes personalized with the owner’s name – Boutte’s – right on the front.

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9. Right on Cue

As the laws of basic man caves go, this one follows it to the letter. Everything a guy wants and needs is in this brightly-colored cave: a pool table, two TVs connected to watch the games, and even a stocked wet bar with a fridge, stove, and microwave to make your manly meals.

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8. It’s Tee Time!

Perfect for the golf lover, this man cave captures the essence of the country club while indoors. A few nice touches are the green turf added along the floor, as well as a hand-carved, man-made bench. The golf simulator is the main component here, allowing you to work on your swing without having to travel to the links.

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7. Erin Go Braugh

The Irish eyes are smiling down on this Ireland-themed man cave. Complete with an astounding collection of Irish memorabilia and family records, the owner of this man cave went all out to make himself feel at home. A built-in wet bar extension from the garage, a pool table, poker table, dart board, and luxury seating in front of the TV make this a great place if you’re feeling lucky.

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6. The Man Sanctuary

This large space is decorated with the things a man really loves: a projection TV, great leather seating, a pool table, and a full-stocked bar waiting to be tended to. Of course, none of this is complete without the décor, and no décor is great unless it has the Jack Daniels name on it!

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