If you’re missing the friendly atmosphere of the pub, the buzz of happy hour, or the clink of cocktail glasses, there is one pretty easy solution: bring the local into your own personalised bar.
Following a scorching May bank holiday, the allure of the pub beer garden has perhaps never been more tempting – not to mention the idea of seeing friends and colleagues, which still remains out of reach.
During these trying times, it’s no surprise that the virtual happy hour has become part of the new normal. The ritual of friends gathering via Zoom or Skype has made it possible to embrace a semblance of normality, but many still miss the creature comforts of their good old locals.
Obviously, there are many advantages to having your own bar at home. But if you need to sell it to someone else you live with, for one, there are no queues and it’s dramatically friendlier on your pocket – plus you can choose your own bar snacks and not get stuck with pork scratchings.
Luckily there’s also no dress code; whether you opt for slippers and a robe, or a floor length dress, you won’t find door staff patrolling your living room.
We’ve gathered the perfect set of deals and discounts not only to help you stock your bar, but to also create it from scratch. Whether your favourite tipple is a well-balanced, shaken cocktail, or simply a refreshing non-alcoholic fruit juice, the following brands will help you bring the bar to your home with just a few clicks.
Master of Malt
For connoisseurs of distilled spirits, we recommend Master of Malt. Founded in 1985 in Kent, originally the company used to only sell whisky by post. Since then, it’s branched out to practically every type of alcoholic drink, from champagne to tequila, and has become one of the biggest go-to online drinks businesses, too. You can savour American or Irish whiskies, rum, gin and a great range of alcohol-free drinks. The drinks specialist offers an experience tailored just for your taste or occasion – find something truly unique for your home-bar with our exclusive 20 per cent off code for Boutique-y gin.
To celebrate the start of summer and the season of cold drinks served in the garden, The Hut has made it it’s mission to arm you with all the right essentials. Thanks to its special section called “build your own bar” – those happy hours at home have never been more accessible. Here you will find a stylish yet practical collection of bar ware, glasses of all shapes and sizes and many more accessories to help make the perfect cocktail. All these will help you make your favourite beverage in no time. Click here to shop the “build your own bar” range with prices from only £9.99.
If you fancy the idea of having your own bar setup at home, but it’s the bricks and mortar that you’re missing, Groupon can help you find the right bar stools, tableware, glass sets and more. And it can help outside too. If you have a garden, a BBQ or a rattan furniture set could be the perfect addition to your outdoor space. Explore all of its garden and patio furniture and accessories for more inspiration. Last but not least, if you are a new customer you can claim a 20 per cent off your first order at Groupon.
If you can’t go to the pub, then why not bring the pub to you? Thanks to Beer Hawk you can order your favourite beers from the comfort of your own home. No matter whether you enjoy IPAs or sours, you can find something up your street, from craft beer, pale or real ale and even gluten free beer. If you prefer something weaker, you should give its alcohol free and low abv collection a try. Check out our offers and save 50 per cent on your first orders.
For those who prefer a glass of wine instead of a pint of beer, Laithwaites is your one stop shop for an assortment of reds, whites and rosé wines. You don’t need to wait for your favourite wine bar to open, and you can order the perfect case straight to your door. And if wine is not your go-to drink, here you can also find champagnes, ciders and a diverse range of low or zero alcohol drinks. Shop with our exclusive discount code and save £40 with free delivery included.
If it’s the bar itself that you’re missing and not the drinks, you need to head to Wayfair for the ultimate at home drinks accessory: a drinks trolley. What was once in every household has made a comeback. Go for a mirrored gold art deco style or something more Scandi-chic, there’s a wide range of designs at affordable prices too. Shop with The Independent and get free delivery on all orders over £40.
For even more inspiration, browse the deals and discount codes on our voucher code website.