How to Stock a Bar


A well-stocked bar is an essential aspect of a man’s home. While there are no hard and fast rules to bar stocking, no bar should be without three vital spirits: Vodka, Gin, and Bourbon.

First of all, vodka is one of the most versatile potables around. You can mix it with just about anything, or, if it is high enough quality, drink it straight up or on the rocks. I recommend Ketel One for the bartender on a budget, and Grey Goose or Belvedere if you have some money to splurge.

Gin, a personal favorite, should be in every man’s barsenal. A well-made gin martini or gin and tonic is scientifically proven to cure any and every ailment a man could possibly encounter. Okay, maybe not, but it will make you forget about that ailment, if only for an hour or two. I encourage you to splash the cash on Bombay, Bluecoat, or Tanqueray because the difference is that noticeable, but if you must, Ivanabitch is an adequate substitute.

Lastly, every American man’s bar needs some Bourbon for obvious reasons. Bulleit Bourbon, Maker’s Mark, and Woodford Reserve are always safe bets if you can afford them. If not, Jack Daniels or Jim Beam will get the job done. You can get all of these at your local liquor store.


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Joshua Specht
Originally from Austin, Texas, Josh Specht moved to Houston at the age of 18 to attend Rice University. Three years later, Josh graduated with a degree in English and Philosophy, and, rather unsurprisingly, nothing to do with it. So he packed it up and headed to the San Francisco Bay area to work as a Residential Advisor at a college prep school for underprivileged, underrepresented youth. When he is not working with precocious teenagers, Josh enjoys reading (currently Joyce's Ulysses, and by "currently" I mean for the past 6 months), writing, and exhausting his Netfix queue. Josh's interests include men's fashion, poetry, early 20th century American Literature, movies, and television.
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