November 22, 2003
ago in our old apartment on Vilas, we hosted our first
"bar party" by constructing small wooden "bars"
across each doorway in the kitchen (see illustration below). They were
functional as total strangers conversed as they ordered their favorite
drinks. But these bars were, well . . ., small.
take this party to the next level, I made the bar bigger. Not only was
it bigger (spanning the kitchen of our house), it had
plush burgundy carpet covering the front draped in
subtle lighting from above. The railing was made of
real wood, stained and glossed. I even installed a
railing along the bottom to rest your feet on. We spent about $20 on
the whole bar, including the carpet. Sadly, it was the least expensive
item for the evening.
a "early colonial" theme or something so
I was pressured to buy a couple of period-style paintings, plus Bicentennial
glassware and a little picture of the liberty bell - all from St. Vinnie's.
I think it worked but I don't know if anyone noticed.
were asked to bring components for mixed drinks (Vodka, Rum, Club Soda,
etc.). Draught beer was provided (Kostrizer Schwartz, Warsteiner and
Paulaner Oktoberfest from 5L mini-kegs). Kathy and
a another friend created a wonderful spread of specialty snacks of meatballs,
humus, spiced nuts and little quesadillas.
night went off very well without anyone needing to be kicked out. There
were several bartenders making a cornucopia of different drinks (some
from The Bartender's Bible, others, mistakenly, from
their own "creativity"). Folks stayed around till about 2:30.
And despite a sticky kitchen floor cleanup wasn't so bad
bar party has to be bigger. Unfortunately, this can't happen at our
place as we just don't have the space for such a large attraction. But
I saved the wood and I'm hoping for at least a 3 sided bar. I have plans
if anyone wants to see them.