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Mar 14, 2017

How to: Make a DIY Industrial Bar Cart for Under $40

Frustrated with unnecessarily high prices for unnecessarily flimsy discount store kitchen carts, Andrew decided to get creative and whipped up an industrial-styled bar cart.

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Nov 29, 2016

Going Out? Google Will Tell You How Crowded Your Favorite Bar or Restaurant Is (in Real Time)

For awhile now Google has had its Popular Times feature which allows you to view a summary of a specific location's general busyness based on Google's metadata. But now - just in time for holiday shopping - you can do it all in real time...   

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Oct 25, 2016

How to Stock Your Home Bar on the Cheap (Yes, We're Naming Bottles)

Look, we love a solid cocktail bar. It's an awesome experience to meet up with some co-workers for happy hour, or connect with a friend or date over something shaken or stirred and served in a quality glass. But there's something to be said for sipping at home. Most importantly, it's much less expensive. Bar and restaurants try to keep their food and liquor costs to 20-25%, which means that $12 martini is actually made up of only $3.00 of ingredients. But we also can't argue with the value of staying home, whipping something up for your partner or friends on the fly in the warm, quite confines of your own living room. (Pajama pants optional).

And while we have no problem dropping some serious change on a truly elegant whiskey or craft spirit, the truth is: most mixed drinks don't actually require the highest end of spirits. So, if you're looking to experiment with crafting your own drinks, but don't want to invest mega bucks in a full fleet of top-shelf spirits, it's time to learn how to stock your home bar or bar cart on a budget.   

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Jun 13, 2016

Home Bar 101: The 10 Essentials For Every Home Bar

Cover PhotoKeeping the home bar stocked with the recommended staples takes a bit of planning, but even the best stocked cabinet is useless without the tools to make them right. Here’s our list of 10 essentials to outfit your bar with everything you need to make those drinks right.  

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Jun 01, 2016

Home Bar 101: The 7 Essential Spirits Everyone Needs

Old FashionedStocking a solid home bar takes a bit of planning, or lots of experimenting. I built my bar a few bottles at a time, but looking back it would have been nice to have a solid list. Here are my essentials that will make the majority of drinks on the menu.  

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May 25, 2016

Home Bar 101: What's the Deal With Bitters?

BittersJust about any drink can be layered for a more complex flavor with the right dash of bitters, so it’s standard to find a few different bottles in the well-stocked liquor cabinet. So, which ones will serve you best? Let’s talk.   

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Make the Ultimate Homemade Tonic Water

Finished Drink Want to up your entertaining game? Start with some homemade tonic water and you'll be sure to make an impression. The ingredients are a bit hard to find, but they're definitely worth the effort.  

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Jun 09, 2014

DIY Inspiration: A Bottle Ceiling Light Installation

Shustov Brandy Bar

Now there's something else to look at instead of all those flatscreens....

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Apr 21, 2014

Site of the Day: The Stupid Trendy Cocktail Bar Name Generator

created at: 04/21/2014

We've all seen them. We're walking around some urban gathering of boutiques, restaurants, and the like, and we stumble across some new bar with an aesthetic that inspires us to say..."Man, that's going to look so 2012 in a couple of years." You know the place: the bartenders arm garters, everything's served in mason jars, and there's probably a meat cleaver in the logo.   

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Jun 04, 2013

How to: Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

This summer, move beyond cans and a cooler of ice, and create a sturdy, portable bar cart for your outdoor cocktail parties and grill-filled get-togethers. This option is made from cedar dimensional lumber, so it can not only stand up to the elements, but it's a great project for those without a table saw and a bunch of fancy woodworking tools.    

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Feb 11, 2013

How to: Give a Flea Market Bar Cart a Modern Makeover

created at: 02/11/2013In an ideal world, we'd all have fantastic kitchens and dining rooms, with enough cabinet space and hidden storage for all the food, tools, and utensils one could ever need, all out of sight. But, most of us don't, and we're forced to leave some items out for view, particularly urban apartment dwellers.

If you're without an adequate home bar or liquor cabinet space, a great solution is

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Oct 15, 2012

Roundup: 5 Simple and Stylish Masculine Bottle Openers

Trust me: you want to be the guy with the bottle opener. At a party or small gathering, you'll be the guy everyone talks to. For those times when pick up your sweetheart and some longnecks to go watch the sunset. Or for the many, many reasons you'll need one on vacation or a work-related trip.

My go-to options are the wall-mounted one I picked up at a restaurant supply store and a double-hinged wine key that I use for everything, but each of these is a well-designed heirloom item that'll have you opening bottles just so you have an excuse to use it.

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Jun 01, 2012

The Best Bars in America

You usually can't tell what kind of bar you're in within the first five minutes. You've got to sit for a minute, watch the other patrons, let the jukebox play a few selections, let the bartenders do their thing, perhaps even order some food. Sure, you may know you're in a dive by the general smell and look at the place, but it'll take a round or two to know whether you're in a great dive.   

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May 01, 2012

Infographic: The Beer Belly of America

created at: 05/01/2012

Armed with Google maps and the finely tuned research skills of a team of geography professors and graduate students, the curious minds at FloatingSheep set out to answer the simple question, "where can I get a drink."      

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Feb 15, 2012

How to: Create a Home Bar from a Vintage Television

The visual appeal of this killer vintage Silvertone television is obvious, but even if it did work, it likely would be rather tough to watch when the average mobile phone has a better resolution, and get likely get more channels.

So, when Dylan and Bethany stumbled across it in a secondhand shop, they took it home, and did what anyone might. They built a bar out of it.  

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Jan 12, 2012

Bar Basics: The 12 Bottles Any Home Bar Should Have

High-end, underlit, swanky joints and well-worn, leathery pubs alike have it in common: a lot of bottles of spirits. On first glance, even the smallest restaurant with a liquor license will seem to have just a few selections, but start counting, and you'll realize that most bartended spots have, on average, around 35-40 bottles, with many going up to into the hundreds.

For the home mixmaster, that can be intimidating. You're interested in creating classic and contemporary cocktails alike, but have neither the budget, the space, nor the use for even an average restaurant-style selection.

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Sep 13, 2011

Cocktail 101: How to Stock a Home Bar (A New Approach)

Knowing the basic recipes for a few classic cocktails, and the proper way to shake or stir them up, is a classic guy skill. But they rely, of course, on a first step: having the proper home bar staples around so you can show off your cocktail-making skills whenever you have guests over.

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May 18, 2010

ManMade Video How To: Shake the Perfect Margarita

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Margaritas are simple drinks, though most of us wouldn't know it. We've been weaned on the sweetened, frozen, bright green slushies that replaced the classic margarita in Tex Mex restaurants in the 1970s.

But a real margarita, made not from a mix but 100% pure agave tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juce, is all about brightness and freshness. As such, use a silver or blanco tequila, so the oak-aged flavors of a reposado or an añejo don't interfere with the high-end crispness of the Cointreau and the kick of fresh-squeezed lime. If you do need a little sweetener, dissolve just a touch of sugar in the lime juice before shaking...but try the original, at least once, and see what you think.

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May 05, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Essential Bar Tools

created at: 05/03/2010

Unless you're a millionaire*, or a seriously, seriously committed enthusiast, your home bar won't ever rival the levels of underlit top-shelf spirits and specialized glassware of your local upscale martini bar. And to this, we say "good." Making cocktails at home is totally different than heading out on the scene. And, thankfully, with a few key wares and tools, you can make quality cocktails that'll make you think twice about whether or not you need to go out at all. And with that in mind, here's a ten home bar essentials tools that, with some glassware, ice, and spirits, are really all you'll need. AND, stay tuned, cause at the end of the month, we're gonna give away this entire Top Ten, plus lots of extra goodies!

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1. Cocktail shaker.  In order to mix a drink, you've gotta have something in which to mix it. The object of choice here is the classic cocktail shaker. There are two styles: the common three-piece Cobbler shaker, which includes the capped strainer and a lid, and the Boston shaker, which is a two-piece set consisting of a metal beaker and a mixing glass. Our vote here is for the latter, as it's certainly what the pros prefer, and offers much more versatility.

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Feb 24, 2010

Barbots 2010! Cocktail Making Robots for the Classy Geek

ManMade reader Stephen sent in this heads-up on an awesome sound festival that happened last week: BarBot 2010, a cocktail party served by RoboBartenders. Imagine the soundtrack - a little 8-bit bossa nova? Some Switched-On Esquivel! or Moog-y Martin Denny?

"BarBot is a celebration of cocktail culture and man-machine interface. Get a drink from an actual robot. Chat up a snarky electronic bartender. Listen to some graceful tunes being played by robotic music makers. And, after downing your sixth martini, you can finally admit that it’s the geeks who shall inherit the earth."

It seems like the original cocktail making robot fest is Roboexotica in Germany, where the robots above and below - Hobot and Bar2D2-  were featured.http://www.roboexotica.com/images1/Bar2D2--JamiePrice.jpg  

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