Wet Bar vs Dry Bar | A Comparison 

Imagine a place where you can spend time with your guests, friends, and family while being a top-notch host and enjoying the whole experience from start to finish. Quality hosting often starts with having a well-designed setup, whether that includes a dedicated wet bar or just a simple dry bar in the corner of your custom kitchen.

Ultimately the question of a wet bar vs dry bar really comes down to personal preference. And as more people choose to stay at home for those big games or TV show premieres, having your own wet or dry bar becomes more of a priority. And hosting is always more enjoyable when you are prepared to entertain with the best. 

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What is the Difference Between a Wet Bar vs Dry Bar?

A wet bar includes a sink with running water, while a dry bar does not have plumbing or running water. Both a dry bar and a wet bar significantly improve your ability to entertain in your home. A wet bar, or simply a bar with a sink, is a great idea, especially if you are hosting in an area of your home away from your kitchen.

While a dry bar is simply a bar area that does not include a sink or running water. Ultimately, when choosing between a wet bar vs dry bar, if your bar is near the kitchen and in a smaller space, then a dry bar is perfect. On the other hand, if the bar area is in a different room, a wet bar is probably the option of choice. 

Another popular in-home dry bar idea is a portable cart or bar that can be stored in a closet and pulled out when the party begins.

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What are the Benefits of an In-Home Bar?

One of the best parts of having an in-home bar, whether it’s a wet bar or dry bar, is the ability to be chatting with your guests while preparing your hor d’oeuvres. No need to be holed up in your kitchen for the whole evening. 

In-Home Bar Ideas

Why Custom Bar Cabinetry?

There is nothing that says “high-end” and “quality” louder than custom in-home bar cabinetry. Whether you choose to install a simple dry bar or go all in with a complete wet bar setup, choosing custom cabinetry for your design is key! 

Why are custom bar cabinets better? We have a complete blog that covers the topic of the what and why of custom cabinetry

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Wet Bar vs Dry Bar: FAQ’s

Is A Wet Bar Outdated?

The wet bar is still a trendy and contemporary addition to any home or even outdoor hosting space. In the past, an in-home wet bar was a staple of the modern home. However, as these houses have been remodeled, the wet bar funds have slowly been allotted to entertainment centers and ever larger TVs. In recent years, the wet bar has been making a comeback. This is especially true in larger homes and for those who enjoy hosting in any space of their home.

While in some cases, “wet bars can be pretty unnecessary and redundant for the modern style of entertaining,” says Los Angles bar designer and builder Ricki Kline. “One exception would be a big-budget addition such as an entertainment room or man cave. In that case, a wet bar might fit right in”.

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Does A Wet Bar Add Value To A Home?

A wet bar is a unique addition to any home. And while it probably won’t fund your retirement account, it can add value, to your home, as a selling point. While some realtors have warned about wet bars making your home seem outdated, having a strategically placed and custom-built home wet bar can improve the value and salability of your home.

Wet Bar vs Dry Bar: In Conclusion

Having a custom-built home bar in your residence is not only a status symbol but a very practical and fun way to improve your hosting experience. So whether you’ve chosen a luxury wet bar with all the trappings, or a custom-built dry bar near your kitchen, we’re confident our custom bar cabinetry will be the difference you desire. 

In this high-tech world of mass production and speed, Ayr Custom Cabinetry is different. As a fully custom cabinetry company, we strive to create one-of-a-kind heirloom-quality cabinetry that represents who you are as a person. Come visit our expansive 2,200 sq. ft. showroom to truly see the Ayr Cabinetry difference. The showroom features multiple kitchens, bath vanities, closets, and more, including incredible bar cabinetry. With love and attention to every detail, our team is committed to creating a luxurious masterpiece for you and your family to enjoy today and for years to come.

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