Do you want a home bar? This article will help you to set up the perfect home bar for singles.

Home Bar Essentials For Singles

It does not matter if you enjoy wine, beer, spirits, or a cocktail. You may want to have your home bar. You can make your favorite cocktails or enjoy a dram of your favorite spirit. Here is a brief overview of the different types of spirits.

Clear Liquors

Vodka and gin are both essentials in a home bar. Vodka is an easy-to-mix liquor. Gin is another essential since a proper martini requires gin, and add tonic for an easy gin and tonic. Vodka is also one of the most popular liquors among drinkers. If you are hosting a party, your guests will enjoy having a bar that includes vodka. However, consider spending a few dollars more and upgrading from Absolut or Grey Goose to Russian Standard for your standard vodka. Russian Standard received five stars on Vodka Buzz. For your gin, Broker’s Gin is another great choice.

Brown Liquors

A proper home bar also requires brown liquor, that is, whiskeys: Canadian, bourbon, rye, blended scotch, and single malt scotch. A classic Canadian whiskey is Crown Royal. A popular bourbon is Jack Daniels. Templeton, Sazerac, Redemption, Rittenhouse, and High West are options to add to a well-stocked bar for rye whiskeys. The standard for a blended scotch is Johnny Walker Black. For your single malts, the regulars are Macallan, Highland Park, and Laphroaig.


You may also want to stock your home bar with wine. For your friends who are wine lovers, they will greatly appreciate it. There are red wines. The different types of red wine are:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah (Shiraz)
  • Zinfandel

There are white wines. The variety of white wines includes:

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Moscato
  • Pino Grigio
  • Riesling


There is used only to be mass-produced beer. There has been a craft beer boom. The big-name beers are Coors, Miller, and Budweiser. There are now plenty of craft beers. Oskar Blues is a craft beer company that you may be able to find at most grocery stores. You can always choose to support your local craft brewery too.

Beer Advocate breaks down the variety of beers. The type of beers includes:

  • Lagers
  • Pale Lagers
  • Dark Lager
  • India Pale Ales (IPA)
  • Dark Ales
  • Bocks
  • Brown Ales
  • Pale Ales
  • Wheat Beers
  • Wild and Sour Beers
  • Strong Ales
  • Porters


You can make a classic martini with vodka or gin. You could also make vodka soda or a gin and tonic. You could enjoy a Manhattan or Old Fashioned for bourbon and rye whisky. There is the Blood and Sand, Rusty Nail, and Rob Roy for scotch.


These are home bar essentials for singles. You can always add to your bar over time. You could also decide to emphasize one type of alcohol over another one. It is your home bar, after all.

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James Bollen is the Founder and President of Secure Single. He is an entrepreneur and a content creator with the goal of helping all different types of singles to learn to thrive as a single person.
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