How much alcohol do I for a Party or to set up my Home Bar? We answers these questions today!

Knowing how much alcohol to get for a party is tough, even setting up a home bar is work! Today, we are going to give you advice on liquor choices and even the smart way to serve it. Let us help you to get the most out of your buck!


We are going to talk and hit on what types of alcohol to purchase for the size of your party and/or setting up your home bar and about how much money you're going to spend. Then at the end we are going to share some articles of ours you may like to read and maybe even some suggestions on bar tools you will need to get your bar or party set, so lets get to it!

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Parties come in all shapes and sizes and the events are endless: Holiday, Celebration, Wedding, BBQ, Pool and the list for parties keep going on and on! We all love a party and we are always looking for a reason to party! We are just social creatures, but we all need to know how or what it takes to get it started, so lets get started with the basics!


Where should a temporary bar be?

That all depends on the party you are having and the size of the location.


The best way we can put this is, if you have the room, keep the bar as far away from the food as possible. This will keep everyone for grouping in one spot and will help the flow of traffic.


Things you will need at your temporary bar are:

  • Ice

  • Coolers

  • Punch bowl or fountain

  • Mixers

  • Cups

  • Napkins

  • Sturdy table(s)


If you don’t have the room, keep it in your kitchen, there you will have access to your fridge for ice, mixers, etc. and it will be easier to clean if someone spills.


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Where should a permanent bar be?

Most permanent bar set ups at home are in or near the kitchen. This is because you are closer to your cleaning supplies and to a bigger fridge and sink if needed.


An outdoor bar is great to have, too! These permanent bars normally tied in with an outdoor kitchen and are great for anybody who loves hosting parties outside or by the pool.


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Before we get to bar setups, lets talk about stretching your buck and serving smart!

  • Use the measurements the recipe calls for, if it calls for an 1 oz., use that amount. You are not doing anyone any favors by over serving and you’re wasting money. A simple rule of thumb is to never serve more then 2 oz. of liquor per drink.

  • Have punch available for “light” drinkers

  • Have alcohol-free drinks available. Coffee, tea, etc.. Have proper serving glasses

  • Use fresh ice and fresh fruits.

  • Always have scoops for Ice, never serve with hand.

  • Use pourers on bottles, helps keep you from over pouring.

  • Close the bar about an hour before shutting down your party.

  • If at all possible, hire a pro bartender.


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The fun part of setting up your bar for the first time, while it can be expensive, it can also be a lot of fun making your dream bar stand out! Lets get started with the cheapest setup and work our way down to expensive!


Basic Bar Setup

This bar setup will cost you anywhere form $200 to $300+ US to set up the first time, depending on if you buy premium brands or not. All depends on what you want your guests to think of you.


  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of your choice of aperitif ( Campari, Dubonnet, Lillet, and etc.)

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of champagne or sparkling wine

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of dry vermouth

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of sweet vermouth

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of flavored vodka ( choose either Orange, lemon, raspberry or vanilla.)

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Vodka

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Gin

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Rum

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Scotch

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Single-malt Scotch

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Whiskey

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Bourbon

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Tequila

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Brandy or Cognac

  • 3 - 750 ml bottles of cordials (choose cordials like Irish Cream, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, B&B, Schnapps, etc.)

  • 4 - 750 ml bottles of domestic white wine

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of domestic red wine

  • 12 - 12 oz. beers of your choosing

This is the perfect set up for any start up bar. Most cocktails can be made from this list.

Complete Bar

This bar will cost you any where between $300 - $400+ US. added on to the basic bar.

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Russian or Imported Vodka

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Imported gin

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Dark Rum

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Coconut Rum

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of 12 year old Scotch

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Single-malt Scotch

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Irish Whiskey

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Canadian Whisky

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Tennessee Whisky

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Gold Tequila

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of V.S. or V.S.O.P Cognac

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Port imported

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of cram sherry

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Italian red wine

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of French Bordeaux

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of French Burgundy

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of California whit

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of French Champagne

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of additional Vodka Flavors (orange, lemon, berry, etc.)

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of additional cordials

  • 12 - 12 oz. of imported beer

  • 6 - 12 oz. of light beer

  • 6 - 12 oz. of Ale

Ultimate Bar

If you want to go all out and have no limit and/or the room, here is the bar for you. Add this to the basic and complete bar and ranges another $350 - $450 US.


  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of imported or super-premium domestic Vodka

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of 15 year Single malt Scotch

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of V.S.O.P Cognac

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Armagnac

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of imported Brandy from Germany, Portugal or Spain

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Dark Rum

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of flavored Rum

  • 1 - 750 ml bottle of Gold Tequila

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of additional Cordials

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of Imported vintage Champagne

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of Domestic Champagne

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of French Bordeaux

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of French Burgundy

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of Robust Italian red wine (Barolo)

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of California white wine

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of California red wine

  • 2 - 750 ml bottles of German white wine

  • 3 - 750 ml bottles of flavored Vodka (Citrus flavors or go crazy with the flavors like cotton candy, etc.)

  • 6 - 12 oz bottles of assorted microbrews

  • 6 - cans of energy drink

Other Bar Supplies

1 bottle per five guests:

  • Ginger ale

  • Lemon-Lime soda

  • Cola or diet cola

  • Tonic water

  • Seltzer water or club soda

  • Tomato juice

  • Orange juice

  • Pineapple juice

  • Cranberry juice

  • Grapefruit juice

  • Lime juice

  • Lemon juice

Fruit and Garnishes:

  • Orange Slices

  • Olives

  • Maraschino cherries

  • Lemon Twists

  • Lime and lemon wedges

And finally:

  • Angostura bitters

  • Worcestershire sauce

  • Tabasco sauce

  • Superfine sugar

  • Salt and pepper

Always remember you can build your bar at your own pace. If you don't want to go all you just start with cocktails and liquors you love and then add on to it every time you go to your favorite Candy Store (Liquor Store)!


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How much Liquor do you need to purchase for a party?

We are going to break this down to a simple list of 10-30 guests. If you have anymore then that, add on and use this information with what you know about your guests, you don’t need all of this, but it won’t hurt either.


10 - 30 guest alcohol list

(This is your average party guest list size)


  • White wine, domestic…………5

  • White Wine, imported………..2

  • Red Wine, domestic……………1

  • Red Wine, imported……………1

  • Blush wine………………………….1

  • Champagne, domestic……….2

  • Champagne, imported……….2

  • Vermouth, extra dry……………1

  • Vermouth, red…………………….1

  • Vodka…………………………………3

  • Rum……………………………………2

  • Gin……………………………………..1

  • Scotch ……………………………….1

  • Whiskey………………………………1

  • Bourbon …………………………….1

  • Irish whiskey……………………….1

  • Tequila……………………………….2

  • Brandy/Cognac…………………..1

  • Aperitifs………………………………1

  • Cordials………………………………2

  • Beer 12oz. ………………………….48

Total cost averages around to $500 - $600 for the list


Remember: this is the average list for a party and there are enough ingredients here to make a party last!


Pro Tips:

  1. Know your guests

  2. Know what kind of party you are having

  3. Always ask your guests to bring booze (most guests will bring beer, wine and/or liquor)


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Now that you have the knowledge, get that home bar started and if you need some reliable and quality bar tool to get your bar off to a great start, shop with us at Bar Solutions! While you are at it, sign up for our email list, it’s the only place to find out about discounts and upcoming deals and get first dips on our blog! See you there soon!


Cool bar products you can find on Amazon, also check out our new page filled with bar products found on Amazon called: Fun Bar Gadgets

  • Bar lighting - This multi color changing strip is the cheapest way to get your bar looking great and for 16.5 ft is under $15!

  • Hue lighting - If you are looking for some reliable and smart lighting this is the lighting for you! Set up motion sensors, smart phone control, lighting times and even have it go off when you leave or turn back on when you are home! Not to mention all the apps you can purchase to do amazing things! Even works with Alexa.

  • Sturdy foldable table - Get yourself a reliable table and store it for party after party.

  • Bartending Book - I use this book all the time for recipes and it was a great learning tool for me. Most of this article came from this book, so get a copy for yourself.


Come check out more cool gadgets for the bar on our site at Bar Solutions: Fun Bar Gadgets


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