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Dec 112012

Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar – What’s The Difference?

Customers regularly always ask how to build a “wet bar”.  Somewhere they picked up the obvious, but yet foggy term. Some sites claim to sell them, but in almost all cases, they clearly do not fit the proper definition. So what is difference between a wet and a dry bar?

The dictionary says that it’s “a bar with running water for serving alcoholic drinks at home“.  That’s the simplified definition. There’s much more…

More than just running water and booze:

wet bar

typical home wet bar with sink and beer tapper system

First, a wet bar should include a sink with running water and a plumbed drain. The drink prep area should be designed to both prepare cocktails and contain spills. The bar top design should also prevent over spill onto the floor in the event someone tips over a full glass.

In any wet area proper electrical protection should be  provided using GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected electrical power outlets. This safety breaker device protects against dangerous electrical faults that could occur in drink mixers and other electrical devices.

Counter tops should have glassware mats for proper drying and sinks should include drain filters to prevent stir sticks from clogging the trap. Mold and mildew are always a threat, remember your kitchen cleaning aides.

Avoid Trench Foot:

The floor area behind the bar should be sloped toward the nearest drain with anti fatigue floor matting installed to reduce foot fatigue and prevent the bartender from getting trench foot standing in beer swill all night.

anatomy of a wet bar

EHBP-03 Keg Box Wet Bar

Spigot drains are also a feature of a true wet bar, one definitely located under your beer tapper, preferably made of stainless steel or brass.  A beer gutter is also a key bar top design feature that allows you to mix drinks or dispense tap beer in a wet area with proper drainage.

Our plan sets detail these wet bar features and make it easy and affordable for the weekend do it yourself builder.

The wet bar plans we currently offer are:
EHBP-03 Straight Bar Design
EHBP-04 L-Shaped Bar Design
EHBP-09 45 degree corner Bar Design

Each of these wet bar plans are designed to accommodate a sink, plumbing and many key design features to contain and control spills. They also include plans for building your own integrated kegerator and CO2 charged beer tapper system that will keep your tap beer fresh for weeks. We also include the EHBP-11 Back Bar Cabinet to compliment your wet bar and accommodate your liquor and glassware supply.

What about Dry Bars?

My definition of a dry bar is basically a standard beer / soda serving bar. We have several models of dry bar models, they include:
EHBP-01 Straight Standard Bar
EHBP-02 L-shaped Standard Bar
EHBP-05 Portable Tailgate Bar
Keep in mind, these so called “dry” models can also serve as wet bars and include beer / cocktail prep gutters to contain spills.

Of course you can also look at an establishment itself as “wet” or “dry” depending upon whether or not they sell or dispense adult beverages.

Oh, and one small inaccuracy in the dictionary definition of wet bar, it does not require alcoholic drinks. In fact, we know of many folks who run a home bar but mix only non alcoholic drinks. In that case, you might call it a wet bar that’s gone dry. Wet or dry it’s all the same to me.

Faux Wet Bars:

Finally I have to mention one free home-wet-bar project that is incredibly misleading. You can find it online by a bar gift store. They claim it’s the bar that “started it all”. That’s funny since we were online with our plans four years earlier and months before on this domain. If you trip across his free design, you will find it has zero wet bar features, just a finished box and a top. They have plenty of useful but pricey bar accessories though. Amazon is always your best bet for that stuff. I digress.

So, if you wan to do it right, stop guessing, get started building your bar today!
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