Our guide for stocking a home bar with the most popular spirits, beer, wine, mixers and garnishes.

Stock A Home Bar

To get your bar fully stocked and ready for entertaining, you’ll most likely need about $250 for domestic and local brands of liquors. Tack on another 20% or so to upgrade to premium labels.

A Starter List (750ml bottles):

  • Vodka (unflavored)
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Bourbon
  • Whiskey
  • Brandy or cognac
  • Tequila
  • Cordials (e.g. triple sec, Grand Marnier, amaretto, Kahlua, Irish cream, Midori)
  • Apéritifs (e.g. Campari, Dubonnet)
  • Dry and sweet vermouth
  • Champagne, prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • White wine, several varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling)
  • Red wine, several varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir)
  • Beer, several styles (lager, IPA, Belgian-style)
As you grow your selection, you might want to add:
  • Reposado and añejo tequilas
  • Premium flavored vodkas
  • V.S.O.P. cognac
  • Aged dark rums
  • Assorted microbrews, domestic and imported
  • Assorted red and white wines from France, California, Germany, Australia, etc.
You’ll also need mixers if you’re going to serve your guests, so add the following to your shopping list:
  • Club soda
  • Fruit juices (orange, lemon, grapefruit, tomato, pineapple, lime, etc.)G
  • Grenadine
  • Assorted bitters (Angostura, orange, grapefruit)
  • Tabasco sauce

Lastly, don’t forget your garnishes, such as lemon and lime slices, olives, citrus twists, maraschino cherries, rimming salts/sugars and swizzle sticks.