Party Rental Ltd. - Raising the Bar: Bar-Related Picks for Any Event

Raising the Bar: Favorite Bar Picks for Any Event

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Bar (noun):  the place at an event where guests go to mingle and refresh.  

Whether the event is a short-and-sweet cocktail party or full wedding reception, the bar is often one of the most popular spots surrounded by action and excitement.  Here’s some of our favorite bar-related product picks to help make sure you have what you need to keep your guests happy and hydrated. Don’t forget — menu, guest list, venue, event type, and service style vary from event to event, so your bar needs will be just as unique.  Let your creativity run wild!

But first: The Bar.

The first — and perhaps most important — choice to make when placing your bar rental order is what type of bar you will be using for your event. Many clients use standard tables for their bars with linens to match their design, often setting the table to 42” high using leg extensions, which is perfect for standing.  (Need help choosing the linen size for your bar? We’ve got you covered.)  You might also consider using a lower, smaller table behind the taller bar table to act as a shelf or an additional standard table to act as a back bar where bartenders can keep readily-accessible items like bottles, extra glasses, bottle openers, and cocktail shakers.

Want to spruce up a standard bar table?  Bar Screens can be used to give a bar a cohesive, sleek appearance.

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Bar Screen Brown Ostrich 6′, Copper Rattan, Stockholm Crystal Red Wine Glass 15oz.

Our Portable Bars are a great one-and-done bar option, as they assemble easily and come with a built-in-shelf.  

For a more stylized look, the bars in our Furniture Collection are the perfect pick.  Available in Illuminated, Chalkboard, Distressed Grey, and Maple, these premium bars add instant luxe style to any event.

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Maple Bar 6′, Wrought Iron Lantern 13.5″, Wrought Iron Lantern 17.5″, Resin Square Tray Copper 15″, Premier White Wine Glass 12oz, Grey Distressed Bar 6′, Round Highball Glass 12oz, Round Rocks Glass (Double) 14oz

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Chalkboard Bar 6′, Stockholm Crystal Glassware Collection

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Illuminated Bar 6’x20″x42″ High, Athens Flute 7oz

Clink!:  Choosing Glassware

Once you’ve picked your bar, the next big decision is glassware.  Glassware in general can be very versatile, which leaves lots of room for creativity, but here’s a selection of the most common glasses found at a bar and how they’re typically used.

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AP Wine 10.5ozRound Highball Glass 12oz, AP 11oz Bar, Classic Flute 7oz, Round Rocks Glass (Single) 9oz, Round Rocks Glass (Double) 14oz, Tray Stainless Double Wall Round 13.5″

Wine Glasses — One of the most popular glasses for bars are wine glasses, which can be used to serve a variety of beverages, from wine to water, soft drinks, or cocktails.  The AP Wine 10.5oz glass is a bar staple, but the Classic or Premier collections are great options for a more premium feel.  More discerning crowds may require both red and white glasses, but one glass is often used to serve both.

Water Glasses — Glasses with shorter stems, like the AP Bar 11oz glass, are good for serving water, soft drinks, cocktails, and even beer.

Highball GlassesHighballs are a great all-purpose glass, perfect for serving cocktails, juices, soft drinks, water, and more.

Rocks GlassesSingle Rocks glasses are a good choice for serving whiskeys, scotches, and bourbons both neat or on the rocks.  Double Rocks glasses can be used for serving greater quantities of the same liquors or for a variety of cocktails.  (For more premium styles, check out our Stockholm Crystal and Madison options.)

Champagne Flutes — Champagne flutes are perfect for serving any type of bubbly, with our Classic Flute being the most popular pick.  For a more 1920s-inspired feel, the Champagne Coupe glasses are a fun choice.

Pilsners or Pint Glasses — If you’d prefer to serve your beer in a glass, Pilsners, Pint Glasses, and Beer Mugs are classic options.

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Nick and Nora Cocktail Glass 5.5oz

MartiniMartini glasses are perfect for serving their namesake or similar cocktails.  Want a different take on the classic glass?  Try the vintage-inspired Nick and Nora Glass, Flared Glasses, or Stemless Martini Glasses.

Shot Glasses / Cordial Glasses — For small serves, specialty shots, and cordials, these petite glasses are a perfect pick.

Specialty GlassesHurricanes and Margarita glasses are great for tropical-inspired menus; Mason Jars are an all-purpose pick with rustic charm; and Copper Mule Mugs are right on-trend with specialty cocktails in any season.  The options are endless, so let your imagination run wild!

Party Rental Ltd. - Raising the Bar: Bar-Related Picks for Any Event
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Top of Bar: Paper Cocktail Napkins, Flared Cocktail Glass 8ozAP Wine 10.5ozAP 11oz BarRound Highball Glass 12oz,Round Rocks Glass (Single) 9oz, Round Rocks Glass (Double) 14ozClassic Flute 7ozChampagne Coupe Glass 5oz, Martini Glass 7oz, Mason Jar 16oz, Shot Glass Square, Hurricane Glass 15oz, Margarita Glass 12oz, Antiqued Copper Hammered Mule MugTray Stainless Double Wall Round 13.5″Bar Shelf: Carving Board Insert Oval Wood 10.5×16″, Steak Knife Black Handle, Village Carafe 17oz, Village Carafe 33.25oz, Cocktail Shaker Stainless, Ice Scoop Stainless, Cork Screw and Bottle Opener, Kitchen TowelUnder Bar: Ice Tub White Plastic, Ice Tub Strainer 5″ Deep (Perforated Lexan)

Serve In Style:  Pitchers, Carafes, and More

Whether you’re mixing large quantities of libations in advance, serving something special, or giving your wine some time to breathe, pitchers, carafes, and drink dispensers can be valuable pieces behind the bar. Some pieces – like our Village Carafes – can even be used as a vessel for flowers or decor!

When Life Hands You Lemons:  Bar Fruit and Garnishes

Is there anything that makes a drink feel more special than a great garnish? If you plan to prep your bar fruit and garnishes on-site, you might choose to include a cutting board and knife on your rental order.  Once your garnishes are good-to-go, we have several different vessels where you can keep them for easy-access from Bar Caddies, to Flaired Cocktail Glasses, to Rocks glasses, to Tasting/Mini Bowls and more.  Our smaller plates can also be used for applying rim garnishes, like salt on a Margarita glass.

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Carving Board Insert Oval Wood 10.5×16″, Steak Knife Black Handle, Village Carafe 17oz, Village Carafe 33.25oz

The Little Things: Bar Accessories

Though they may be small, bar accessories can be a huge help during a busy service.  Depending on your menu, Cocktail Shakers, Bar Pourers, and Iced Tea spoons can be invaluable cocktail-crafting tools.  Bottle Openers are always great to have on-hand at nearly any bar, especially when wine is on the menu.

Cocktail Napkins are bar essentials, and with a variety of options from paper and cotton to Hemstitch linen, there’s something for every design and budget.

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Carving Board Insert Oval Wood 10.5×16″, Steak Knife Black HandleCocktail Shaker Stainless, Ice Scoop Stainless, Cork Screw and Bottle Opener, Kitchen TowelFlared Cocktail Glass 8oz

Chill Out:  Ice Service

Ice tubs are bar essentials, as they’re great multitasking tools for holding large quantities of ice for service (don’t forget an ice scoop or two), chilling beverages, and emptying used glasses (Lexans will help strain out any stirrers or bar fruit for easy cleanup).

Should you need something more decorative, the Stainless Coolers and Copper Tubs are great choices, as are classic Ice or Champagne Buckets (coupled with ice tongs), depending on what you’re serving.

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AP Wine 10.5ozRound Highball Glass 12oz, AP 11oz Bar, Classic Flute 7oz, Round Rocks Glass (Single) 9oz, Round Rocks Glass (Double) 14oz, Tray Stainless Double Wall Round 13.5″Carving Board Insert Oval Wood 10.5×16″, Steak Knife Black Handle, Village Carafe 17oz, Village Carafe 33.25oz, Cocktail Shaker Stainless, Ice Scoop Stainless, Cork Screw and Bottle Opener, Kitchen TowelIce Tub White Plastic, Ice Tub Strainer 5″ Deep (Perforated Lexan

Cleanup Made Easy:  Sanit Solutions

Since bars are often high-traffic areas at an event, keeping a tidy space can be an important task.  Kitchen Towels and Serving Napkins help contain spills, while Bar Mats help cover the floor.  A Slim Jim or similar trash bin with the appropriate liners is great to have on-hand to help keep things neat.

 For more information, please contact our Event Rental Specialists.
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Big thanks to our friends from 620 Loft and Garden, Ovando, Hudson Loft, Carolyn Dempsey Designs,  JN Chalk & Co, Rye Workshop, Peconic Bay Yacht Club, and Sag Harbor Florist for being wonderful partners at our photoshoots and events pictured!

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