If you love hanging out with your friends at your local bar, here are some ideas for bringing the party to your place by building a bar in your basement. Your basement is already dark and cool, just like a bar, and you can hang out, listen to music and drink with your friends without either hiring a sitter or keeping your kids up past their bedtimes. Basement bars are a fun way to make use of space you weren't quite sure what to do with anyway. Depending upon how much time and money you want to invest in your bar, you can make it look just like a real bar, or you can put it together it together yourself over the course of a few weekends.
Your cold, dark, wet basement doesn't seem like such a great place to hang out. It is absolutely perfect for storing wine, though. If you are a hard core wine enthusiast, you can build a wine cellar and a tasting room in your basement. For the wine cellar, you need lots of shelving and good lighting. You can also build a special room where you can control the temperature and humidity of your wines' environment and lock the door if you have kids or teenagers at home. For the tasting room, you should definitely build an enclosed, finished room where you can control the temperature and environment. Install a few shelves for glassware and a small refrigerator for cheeses and wines that need to be cooled.
If you love watching sports games with all of your buddies but don't really have a great place to do that in your house, turn your basement into a sports bar. You can build a bar with comfortable stools and granite countertops that looks just like a real sports bar. Build shelves for your liquor and glassware and put in a refrigerator for beers. If you are anticipating really getting a lot of use out of your basement bar, you can even put in a tap. Most important of all, though, is a big flat screen television with a good sound system. You guys can watch all of your favorite teams without disturbing anyone else in the house.
If you love fun and you have a sense of humor, turn your basement into a tiki bar. Build a bar and decorate it to look like it came directly from Polynesia, with a grass roof and carved wood bar and stools. Pick up a bunch of tiki gods and coconut monkeys as decor for your basement paradise. Stock your bar with rum and lots of fresh fruit and juices so that you can mix up all sorts of fun tropical cocktails for your friends. You can even get some electric lights that look just like tiki torches for your bar. Make sure that you have a good sound system installed so that you and your buddies can listen to Elvis croon while you sip your daiquiris and pina coladas.