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[24 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Build Your Own Tiki Bar with a Tiki Bar Kit

If you like the idea of adding a backyard tiki bar or a tiki-themed basement but aren’t much of a handyman, you still have some attractive options.  Tiki bar kits have become a wildly popular way to build home tiki bars.  These kits offer you all of the materials and step-by-step instructions you need to set up your own tiki bar.  You will often find they offer the bar top, front, a couple of shelves, and sometimes even a thatch roof. 

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[5 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

If you happen to subscribe to Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Woodworkers magazine, you probably noticed that this month’s plans focused on Creating a Tiki Bar.  As always, the plans provided a cut list and reliable step-by-step approach to building a very nice tiki bar.
This Lowe’s guide comes quarterly and often features some really nice designs for a variety of items for around the house.  It may not be too late to snag the Spring/Summer 2009 issue featuring the Tiki Bar plans, so call them at 877-569-3702 or subscribe from their …

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[4 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Stocking Up: More Booze Options

Though we delved into how to stock a home bar on a budget in a previous post, finding ways to stretch your booze budget is always worth discussing.  Imbibe Magazine is out with some specific recommendations on alcohol to consider if you (like most of us) want to stock your bar with a useful selection of spirits but aren’t ready to commit a couple months’ pay to do it.
The author recommends a few brands for each alcohol category.  The suggestions stay away from some of the more expensive, top-shelf brands …

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[5 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

In a bad economy, owning your own tiki bar is as smart as ever.  As consumers worldwide tighten their belts and spend less on going out, you can save a bundle by staying in and mixing up those Zombies at home.
As with anything else, staying within a budget requires planning.  The Herald-Mail has a few suggestions on keeping your costs down when stocking your home bar.  The author suggests limiting your spend on mixers and using fresh ingredients to save a few bucks.  Of course, it is important to focus …

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[3 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

One you come to the realization that you could own your own little tiki bar, it can be tempting to jump right in and let the bamboo fly.  However, the most impressive home bar setups require detailed planning before building begins.
If you are thinking about building your own tiki bar at home, there are a few things to consider before you get started.
Where to build – chances are, you’ve already decided where to construct your home bar.  Whether you have an unfinished basement, vacant dining room, or poolside patio to …

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[10 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

If you are looking for ideas on tiki bar decor for your home bar, check out this thread at Tiki Central.  Forum members have added their photos over the past couple of years and it has turned into an excellent collection of tiki bars built in basements and backyards.  It is definitely worth bookmarking if you are planning to build your own tiki bar or looking add some authentic touches to your current setup.
There are a lot of incredible designs in this thread, but this one is probably my favorite.

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[3 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

If you are looking for a little inspiration for your backyard tiki bar, check out this video from YouTube.  These guys made great use of stuff lying around – leftover cabinets from a kitchen remodel, old license plates, etc and built it into a big backyard tree.  For an ice chest, the pirate’s chest is a great addition.  Some very original ideas here.

If you are looking for more inspiration on indoor or outdoor tiki bars, check our our tiki bar plans.  These plans can walk you through the necessary steps …