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Should You Get a Wet Bar?


[Updated: Aug 17, 2020 ] Jun 06, 2020 by Maurie Backman
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If you're the type who loves to entertain, then there are certain features you may want to add to your home to enhance your guests' experience. For example, you might choose to invest in an outdoor kitchen for backyard gatherings, or put in a new deck that lets visitors spread out. Or, you might choose to install a wet bar in your living room, dining room, or finished basement. But is that a worthwhile investment?

What is a wet bar?

A wet bar is simply a bar with running water and a sink built into it. A dry bar or regular bar, by contrast, doesn't have a water source.

Why get a wet bar?

If you tend to mix a lot of cocktails when guests come over, then a wet bar may be a worthwhile investment. Having one will make it easier to rinse glasses and mixing utensils to accommodate a larger crowd, and it also means you won't have to ditch your guests and run off to the kitchen to refresh people's drinks.

How much does a wet bar cost?

The amount you'll spend on a wet bar will depend on its size, the materials it's made of, and the countertop you choose. HomeAdvisor reports that a wet bar can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $12,000, depending on how large and high-end you want that bar to be. Keep in mind that a wet bar will generally cost more money than a dry bar, since you'll need to tap into a water source to set it up. But remember, a dry bar can be expensive too, especially if you opt for high-end materials.

Is a wet bar right for you?

Adding a wet bar to your home could increase its value and help set your property apart from the competition when the time comes to sell. But don't expect to get your full investment back, especially if you opt for a higher-end bar. In fact, a better reason to get a wet bar is that you expect to use and enjoy it. If you don't entertain often, then there's really no reason to put in a wet bar.

Furthermore, before you put in a wet bar, think about the impact it will have on your space. Say you're thinking of adding that bar to your dining room. Will doing so make it difficult for guests to sit or walk around? Make sure that bar won't be too obtrusive.

Finally, think about the people living in your home. If you have young children, having a high-end bar with fancy glassware and cocktail accessories (not to mention liquor) out in the open may not be the best idea. You also don't want that bar to turn into your toddlers' indoor jungle gym. That isn't to say that having kids should automatically preclude you from getting a wet bar, but really think things through before making that investment, as you don't want your wet bar to become an instant source of stress.

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