If you’ve been thinking about updating your basement or patio by putting in a bar, you have a lot of options, starting with whether you want a wet bar or a dry bar. But what’s the difference? Both are great for entertaining your family and friends, but they’re each suited to specific purposes. Read on to learn the difference between wet bars and dry bars and which one will suit your home best!
Wet Bar vs. Dry Bar: A Simple Difference
In some ways, a bar is a bar is a bar. They all provide an additional place in your home for friends and family to gather, chat and have fun while they watch you mix up their favorite beverages. What type of bar you choose is going to depend largely on what kind of space you’re working with, and where you want to put it. The difference between a wet bar and a dry bar is simple—a wet bar has a sink built in, and a dry bar doesn’t, but this leads to some key differences in installation and usage.
Wet Bar Pros and Cons
First of all, wet bars are more versatile than their dry counterparts. For instance, it’s easier to prepare drinks continuously for large groups of people with a wet bar, because you can wash glasses as you go without carting them to the kitchen. Wet bars generally contain more storage, too, which is handy if you have a lot of supplies for mixing different kinds of drinks.
As always, these pluses come with a few caveats—you’ll have to make sure your bar is situated near an existing plumbing line, and be prepared to shell out for a professional plumber to connect the new sink. Aside from being more expensive to install than dry bars, wet bars may also be seen as a little dated according to modern tastes in entertaining, unless you opt for a wet bar as an extension of your outdoor kitchen. The lesson here? If you want a wet bar to enjoy it yourself, go for it—but if you’re hoping a wet bar will increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell, don’t bet on it.
Dry Bar Pros and Cons
Unlike wet bars, dry bars are easy to add to any size space without worrying about running a plumbing line. They’re also on an upward trend as a desirable home feature compared to wet bars (understatement is the name of the game here). Dry bars are a good place to display a curated selection of bottles and glassware, and since they generally take up less space than a wet bar, they’re a good way to make use of otherwise unusable space in a room.
Because of their smaller size and lack of a sink, dry bars are only really ideal for entertaining small groups. You’re also best sticking to a more limited drink menu to cut down on trips to the kitchen.
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