Text Size

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry

Home Bar & Kegerator help

Discuss good eats, beverages, recipes, restaraunts, bars and other food and drink related topics in here.

Moderators: peeker643, swerb, mswerb

Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:24 am

I am finishing off my basement. Part of the build is a home bar that I am putting in.

I ordered a summit freezer/fridge and a summit duel tap kegerator for installation under counter. I have heard some beers/kegs may need different tap connections.

I ordered a Cleveland Browns tap handle for one of the taps. I may just get an Indians one for the other vice trying to collect a bunch for different beers. They are not cheap, $40 new, though I am sure used tap handles could be found for much cheaper. I also got a smaller Browns neon sign which should look nice.

Anyone think of any other esential or just nice to have items for a home bar. I am going for a more pub style feel with it. Though I will have two small LCDs wall mounted on both sides of the bar.

My daughter is one, so I will not be worried about her getting into anything for a bit.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby mattvan1 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:46 pm

Naxos wrote:I am finishing off my basement. Part of the build is a home bar that I am putting in.

I ordered a summit freezer/fridge and a summit duel tap kegerator for installation under counter. I have heard some beers/kegs may need different tap connections.

I ordered a Cleveland Browns tap handle for one of the taps. I may just get an Indians one for the other vice trying to collect a bunch for different beers. They are not cheap, $40 new, though I am sure used tap handles could be found for much cheaper. I also got a smaller Browns neon sign which should look nice.

Anyone think of any other esential or just nice to have items for a home bar. I am going for a more pub style feel with it. Though I will have two small LCDs wall mounted on both sides of the bar.

My daughter is one, so I will not be worried about her getting into anything for a bit.


Hard to say without seeing the place in person. I suggest that we, the readers of this forum, perform a site audit, which includes the careful monitoring and consumption of the food and beverages iin order to properly assess their quality. It will be important to judge the environment, so I would recommend having the LCDs functional and tuned to some type of sporting event. A typical site audit lasts about 6 hours. You will be required to provide transportation. We will issue our report within 5 days after the completion of the audit. PM me if you are interested in our holiday specials. Also, no Iron City, please.
I don't need to be patient, they're going to be shit forever.
- CDT, discussing my favorite NFL team
User avatar
mattvan1
 
Posts: 3653
Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:41 pm
Location: Houston

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby skatingtripods » Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:03 pm

I think a dartboard is an absolute must, especially if you're going pub style. Look around on Amazon or something for some other signs, old world kind of decor. I've seen a neon countdown to St. Patrick's Day sign at a bar that I go to down here in Akron that's pretty cool.

Other than that, not really sure. I'm sure you'll find some really cool stuff as you look around.
A God Damn dead man would understand that if a minor league bus in any city took a real sharp right turn, a Zack McCalister would likely fall out. - Lead Pipe
User avatar
skatingtripods
Sloth Duncan
 
Posts: 14346
Joined: Tue May 01, 2007 12:27 pm
Location: Cleveland
Favorite Player: Mike Aviles
Least Favorite Player: Every Detroit Tiger

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:23 pm

Well here is the bar area currently:

Image

and here is what I hope it will resemble:

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:38 pm

I agree that I will need a dart board. I have an old one but a new one (possibly in a Browns or Indians cabinet) would be nice.

As for the audit. Hopefully I'll be open for buisness early in the new year.

I hope to do some entertaining but being stuck in PA and decorating my place in Browns gear may scare off the neighbors.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby mswerb » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:33 pm

Screw the neighbors if they don't like the Browns getup. Get the team colors paint and do it right.
User avatar
mswerb
Carolina Junkie
 
Posts: 1433
Joined: Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:31 pm
Location: Euclid, OH
Favorite Player: MJ
Least Favorite Player: Anyone from DOOK

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby FUDU » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:47 pm

Is that a shuffle board table I see in that graphic?

Nice.
Criminals in this town used to believe in things...honor, respect.
"I heard your dog is sick, so bought you this shovel"

2011 TCF Stratomatic Champ
User avatar
FUDU
 
Posts: 13356
Joined: Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:02 am
Favorite Player: Me
Least Favorite Player: You

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby skatingtripods » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:20 pm

With all those studs, it currently looks like a gay bar.

/shows self out



In all honesty, you should think about doing some kind of stamped concrete or a Nature Stone type floor. You'd hate to be entertaining and get shit spilled on the carpeted floor. Also, that's a little bit bright in the color choices to look pub-style.
A God Damn dead man would understand that if a minor league bus in any city took a real sharp right turn, a Zack McCalister would likely fall out. - Lead Pipe
User avatar
skatingtripods
Sloth Duncan
 
Posts: 14346
Joined: Tue May 01, 2007 12:27 pm
Location: Cleveland
Favorite Player: Mike Aviles
Least Favorite Player: Every Detroit Tiger

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:29 pm

No shuffle board. That's a place holder for the pool table. I would love to fit one in but I got most of the space reserved already.

As to the colors, again just place holders. I planned to do the bar and the walls (waynes coat) around it in a darker (but not red) stain.

The rest of the basement I was thinking a light brown color with an orange rope light behind the molding. I'll break out the team colors in a couple of spots but will try not to over do it.

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby mswerb » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:23 pm

All you have to do now is finish the "Man Cave", move it to Cleveland and have a TCF bash.
:cheers:
User avatar
mswerb
Carolina Junkie
 
Posts: 1433
Joined: Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:31 pm
Location: Euclid, OH
Favorite Player: MJ
Least Favorite Player: Anyone from DOOK

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby mattvan1 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:02 am

Looks totaly sweet. One small comment - I can't tell from the photo where the existing water source is, but have you considered putting the sink along the back wall of the bar area and leaving more counter space? I considered putting a sink outdoors next to the grill but then decided you never use it as much as you think and it only gets in the way.
I don't need to be patient, they're going to be shit forever.
- CDT, discussing my favorite NFL team
User avatar
mattvan1
 
Posts: 3653
Joined: Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:41 pm
Location: Houston

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:26 am

mattvan1 wrote:Looks totaly sweet. One small comment - I can't tell from the photo where the existing water source is, but have you considered putting the sink along the back wall of the bar area and leaving more counter space? I considered putting a sink outdoors next to the grill but then decided you never use it as much as you think and it only gets in the way.


Thought about it but I did not really have the space to do a traditional back bar area and still leave good clearance around the pool table. So what I did is move the cabinetry to the side bar to try to keep the correct look.

I have also tried to plan for a future patio with dead headed water, electric, and gas lines.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby General » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:20 am

Where is the pole?


:spanky:
Browns are an irrelevant and comical organization
User avatar
General
 
Posts: 1848
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:35 pm
Location: Pensacola
Favorite Player: Paul Warfield
Least Favorite Player: 537 Idiots in DC

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby The Tribe Zone » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:49 am

I love the Man Caves. Every guy should have his own space to bang around in. :dingle:

While I love getting it all done, I also love where your at right now, the design stage.

I think you've got it well thought out, but now is also a great time just to hear ideas, so I'll whip out a few I did, maybe you will like also.

1)Since its a basement, its going to be naturally dark, I'm not seeing very many windows. I'd go lite colors on the main body, and accent with darker on things like your granite bar top, leather chairs, whatever.

2) I wouldn't carpet, but use area rugs. Should that bad boy ever get water in it, carpet stink will run you out. My floors are painted with masonry paint, area rug in the middle.

3)I did 3 types of lighting. Electrical can lights in the ceiling, with a few table lights. Thats one type. The other lighting effect I did naturally, with the glow of the fireplace and some antique lanterns and candle holders, what a cool look!

4) The 3rd lighting I did was with accessory type lights, mainly Indians lights. Neons. I also made some lights for my gun area out of used shotgun shells. Just recrimp the ends, get a strand of white christmas lights , and shove the light into the crimp. Damn cool effect with just the neons and shells lit only....

5) If possible, having a seperate entrance to the Cave-Bar is awesome. Mine has its own over-sized door to the outside, which I light with an OPEN sign. Great for hauling in huge furnitings, appliances, whatever, and also to keep traffic down through the house. More money yes, but you will never regret doing it.

Hope these ideas give you more to think on, and good luck with the build. :hic:
SMF Tribe

Testing a new toy

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting..."Holy Shit, what a f'in ride!"
User avatar
The Tribe Zone
 
Posts: 1685
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:42 am
Favorite Player: Mattingly
Least Favorite Player: Canseco

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:44 pm

A progress picture and my taps for the beer.

Hopefully I will be drywalling this week.

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:07 pm

Updated. Now with Drywall and Primer. I have been painting daily and hopefully have all the color on the walls soon.

Image

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Bayou Tribe » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:30 pm

Nax, when can I move my shit in?


Seriously though, keep bringing the updates. Everything looks awesome. :cheers:
"Dammit you piss me off. I f#ckin hate you and I hope you f#cking get killed by a rabid polar bear you douche bag."

-- TIMMAH to CDT
User avatar
Bayou Tribe
"Rickey wants to play baseball"
 
Posts: 2817
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:47 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Favorite Player: Drew Brees
Least Favorite Player: Steve Smith

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:19 pm

I have added some color. My wife picked out the off white and I couldn't take it so I added some brown to a couple of walls. It feels better now. I am going to also hit it with some team colors in areas.

Image

Image

I got some more drastic changes coming soon. Trim and doors will happen this week.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:45 pm

I am thinking about changing thevertical edge of the soffit to the brown color that is on a couple of the walls and arches. I still have a crown mold that will be going up on the bottom edge of the soffit for a rope light to be tucked behind and will need to choose it's color as well.

What do you guys thinks?
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:26 am

Well I painted the soffit.

Now I just need to figure out a color for the crown and trim.

I was playing with a dark brown but am currently leaning toward a glossy white.

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Bayou Tribe » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:01 am

Looks good Nax. I'd go with a lighter color crown. If it's a basement room (less natural light) and you'll be putting things on the wall, you ma want to brighten it up.
"Dammit you piss me off. I f#ckin hate you and I hope you f#cking get killed by a rabid polar bear you douche bag."

-- TIMMAH to CDT
User avatar
Bayou Tribe
"Rickey wants to play baseball"
 
Posts: 2817
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:47 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Favorite Player: Drew Brees
Least Favorite Player: Steve Smith

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:09 pm

Got a little of the crown and trim work done today.

Can you spot the team colors?

Image

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby FUDU » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:43 pm

Nice job, you have a talent.

Seems like you work fast too.
Criminals in this town used to believe in things...honor, respect.
"I heard your dog is sick, so bought you this shovel"

2011 TCF Stratomatic Champ
User avatar
FUDU
 
Posts: 13356
Joined: Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:02 am
Favorite Player: Me
Least Favorite Player: You

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby GreatGoo » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:14 pm

Looking awesome! :pop:

What kind of boob tube you going to purchase for this bad ass room?
"If sport is to have any value at all, the road traveled, even when it leads to a dead end, should always be a trip worth taking. Without the pain, the champagne, when it finally flows, will have no taste."
User avatar
GreatGoo
Awaiting First Championship
 
Posts: 605
Joined: Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:49 pm
Location: Fairview Park
Favorite Player: TBD
Least Favorite Player: Larry Hughes

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:47 am

greatgoo wrote:Looking awesome! :pop:

What kind of boob tube you going to purchase for this bad ass room?


I am putting in a 58" plasma in the media area with two 19" LCDs by the bar. I have LCDs in the house but this will be the first plasma I have owned.

The sound system will definetly be the best I have had also. Integra reciever, Canton speakers. I am setting it up so that my office computer will become a digital music server and I'll be able to stream internet radio to the reciever.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:46 am

All the crown and some more trim work complete. Maybe I'll be done by the Superbowl. Outside chance since I'll need to have the cabinet guys, counter top template, and floor guys in. As well as the plumber back for his hook ups.

Good thing is other than touch up paint I should be done very soon.

Image

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby StewieG » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:25 am

Looks awesome! Someday I'll have something like that

Skating Tripods wrote:With all those studs, it currently looks like a gay bar.

/shows self out


I don't know that's worse...that joke, or the fact that I chuckled
StewieG
 
Posts: 4008
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:21 pm
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Favorite Player: Delonte MF'in West
Least Favorite Player: LeQuit

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:57 pm

I have been gone this weekend to visit the inlaws (Happy Chineese New Year) but my cabinet guys have been busy today and I should have some nice pictures later.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Orenthal » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:02 pm

I luve the arch that creates that small soffit, centered on the larger soffit.
"When a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience leaves with money and the man with money leaves with experience."
User avatar
Orenthal
 
Posts: 4179
Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:18 pm
Location: The Midd Heights
Favorite Player: Dan Gilbert
Least Favorite Player: Blacks, Gays, Poor

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:06 pm

Here are the updates:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Thanks for the kind words. This project is very consumming for me. It feels so close to being done but still is a few weeks away.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:07 pm

I am just about done. Alot of touch up painting to do and some minor trim work.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby skatingtripods » Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:58 pm

Absolutely love the bar and the dark hardwood that you chose to match the bar and the chairs. Not sure how I feel about the felt color of the pool table, but it matches the rest of the room with a neutral color.

It's looking awesome man. The basement-warming party should be quite an event.
A God Damn dead man would understand that if a minor league bus in any city took a real sharp right turn, a Zack McCalister would likely fall out. - Lead Pipe
User avatar
skatingtripods
Sloth Duncan
 
Posts: 14346
Joined: Tue May 01, 2007 12:27 pm
Location: Cleveland
Favorite Player: Mike Aviles
Least Favorite Player: Every Detroit Tiger

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Naxos » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:29 pm

I think I am done. Except for decorating now.

Image

Image

Image

Image

I got some cheap beer to break in the tap system. Good choice. I drained the CO2 tank dry in the less than a week. It was missing a rubber seal in one of the connections. I think the beer survived. Kind of hard to tell it is some cheap stuff.
User avatar
Naxos
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:08 am
Location: Reading, PA
Favorite Player: Brian Sipe
Least Favorite Player: DA

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:50 pm

Dude, that is awesome.
This natural coozy comes free with every Miller Time
Image
User avatar
Erie Warrior
Goose Slayer
 
Posts: 6424
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:50 pm
Location: Hampton, VA
Favorite Player: 1995 Indians
Least Favorite Player: Global Warming

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby StewieG » Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:53 pm

Wow, Naxos! Fantastic job!
StewieG
 
Posts: 4008
Joined: Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:21 pm
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Favorite Player: Delonte MF'in West
Least Favorite Player: LeQuit

Re: Home Bar & Kegerator help

Unread postby Bayou Tribe » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:22 pm

Nax, man, you've outdone yourself.

That is absolutely incredible.
"Dammit you piss me off. I f#ckin hate you and I hope you f#cking get killed by a rabid polar bear you douche bag."

-- TIMMAH to CDT
User avatar
Bayou Tribe
"Rickey wants to play baseball"
 
Posts: 2817
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:47 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Favorite Player: Drew Brees
Least Favorite Player: Steve Smith


Return to Eat, Drink, & Be Merry

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests

Who is online

In total there are 0 users online :: 0 registered, 0 hidden and 0 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 181 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:50 pm

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests